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specially designed homes for severely wounded veterans of iraq and afghanistan and their families. you can find the items at homes for our troops. bidding closes on sunday. you can follow me on facebook, instagram, twitter and the tiktok. our coverage continues now with one mr. wolf blitzer right next door in "the situation room." see you tomorrow. happening now, breaking news. a new batch of subpoenas from the january 6 committee targeting ten more trump allies including fire brand loyalist, steven miller and kayleigh mcenany. the select committee zeroing in on the role to overturn the presidential election. also, a republican congressman takes partisan anger to an ugly extreme. he posted a video showing him killing democratic
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representative alexandria ocasio-cortez even as some gop members are also attacking their own. aaron rodgers now says he takes full responsibility for misleading people about his covid vaccination status. is it enough though to repair the enormous damage from the misinformation he spread? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we begin with the breaking news on this, the new flurry of subpoenas from the january 6th select committee. ten more trump allies were targeted. let's go straight to ryan nobles. ryan, now a total of what, 16 subpoenas have been issued in the past 24 hours alone. tell us about this new batch.
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>> that's right. this group of individuals that were targeted by the select committee today represent something very important. this is a group of people very close to the former president, donald trump, and they were in close proximity of him in the days leading up to the january 6 capitol insurrection. new targets to help uncover who was behind the insurrection. narrowing in on those closest to the former president, donald trump. the committee dropping more subpoenas today. ten new ones. including key players in the trump orbit in the time between the november election and january 6th. the biggest names, long time loyal adviser, steven miller. body man turned white house personnel chief, and kayleigh mcenany. mcenany, one of the loudest voices in trump's inner circle, pedaling the big lie about the election results both in and outside the white house. >> the integrity of our election matters. the insticonstitution of the un
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states matters. what we have seen across the country, is democratic officials trying to do a run around the constitution to tip the scales of the election in their favor. >> this comes just one day after targeting other high ranking trump officials like bill steppian, jason miller, and former national security adviser, michael flynn, who suggested trump impose martial law to run the election again in states he lost. >> if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities and he could place them in those states and basically rerun an election in each of those states. >> the committee also seeking out aide, angela mccollum, who left a message for voters urging them to overturn the election. >> you have the power to reclaim your authority and send a message that will support trump and pence. >> and the committee still wanting to hear from john eastman, the conservative lawyer who outlined the memo about
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former vice president mike pence's authority to overturn election results. >> we know there was traditional fraud that occurred. we know dead people voted. >> and bernard carrick. all four of them among those gathered at a d.c. hotel for what is described as a war room to overturn the election. carrick already warning he does not plan to comply. i will not be threatened, intimidated or silenced at the hands of this committee who are not looking for truth, but targeting patriots and members of the president's legal team that wanted nothing more than to investigate. his confrontational tone, an example of the difficult time the committee is having getting trump allies to cooperate. their ability hinging in part on a decision by the department of justice, which is yet to weigh in on a criminal contempt
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referral of steve bannon, who has openly defied a subpoena. merrick garland refusing to shed any light on how the doj plans to respond. >> we evaluate these in the normal way we do. facts in the law, and applying the principles of prosecution. >> and in addition to mcenany, miller and mcentee, these are people that were very close the to the president on the day of january 6th. not just in terms of their relationship, but in proximity. they were physically in the room with him different parts of that day. including nicholas luna, michael molly and ben williamson, who is close to mark meadows. wolf, it shows that the committee is trying to find a direct link between the former president, donald trump, and what happened here on january 6th. >> certainly does. thank you very much. let's get more on this. joining us now, cnn senior law
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enforcement analyst, andrew mccabe, the former fbi deputy director and author of the threat. also with us, cnn's senior legal analyst and former assistant u.s. attorney, the author of hatchet man, how bill barr broke the prosecutor's code and corrupted the justice department. when you look at who's targeted with these new subpoenas, are these investigators after an inside account of what was happening inside the oval office on that critically important january 6th? >> i think that's exactly what the investigators are looking for here, wolf. this is an aggressive move by the committee. it shows us that they are dead set on getting the truth or at least as much of the truth as they can. and i think what we're starting to see emerge is sort f a two-track strategy. on the one track, you have the deep trump loyalists. the people who the committee
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understands are very unlikely to cooperate. steven miller, kayleigh mcenany, michael flynn types. i think the committee understands they're going to have to dig in and fight those people, perhaps hold them in contempt, send them to doj for potential prosecution. but there's a second track where i think there's some hope that some of these people may give productive testimony. for example, in today's batch, keith kellogg, the committee said the reason they're interested in him is because he urged donald trump as the attack was going down to send a tweet to his followers to call him off. so there may be some people here who may be willing to provide important information. >> we'll find out soon. andrew, some of these officials were at the rally this morning. some were at the white house on january 6th. how important is it for the committee to get a firsthand account of what former president trump did on that day? >> well, wolf, i think it's absolutely essential. as eli was just saying, you have a real focus now on people who were in physical proximity to
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the president on the day of the events in question. maybe not necessarily people who were engaged in substantive discussions with them about those events, but who would have seen others engaged in those discussions who could testify about what they saw the president doing or who he might have been talking to or other interactions he might have had. those are essential pieces of evidence. it's essential for investigators to look beyond kind of the center main players of the conspiracy that they're looking into and look to those folks who may provide really important corroborative evidence around the edges of that group. >> eli, is the justice department's handling of the steve bannon criminal contempt referral going to be a test case for whether the committee will ever get cooperation from so many of these long time trump loyalists? >> that decision, wolf, coming from merrick garland we expect soon, is coming soon. it's going to be much more about
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steve wbannon. is it just a free for all to defy subpoenas without consequences? if doj does not prosecute steve bannon, steven miller, kayleigh mcenany, jeffrey clark who refused to answer questions last week. there's a crucial message that doj is going to send one way or another with their decision on steve bannon. >> if the general attorney general, merrick garland, doesn't prosecute steve bannon, how does the committee try to get the information they need? >> well, it's going to be very tough. it's going to be very tough because that would be a very clear message to every witness, all the ones we've seen subpoenaed so far and all the subpoenas potentially to come, that they essentially can play this waiting game. they can outlast the committee, they don't have to provide information. that's going to bring what could be a torrent of information of facts and detail about what
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happened about the attack on the capitol and scale it back to a trickle at best. it will hamper their efforts to find out what happened. >> thank you very much. just ahead, a republican lawmaker, get this, tweets a very disturbing cartoon video showing him killing congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez and attacking president biden. will he face any accountability from the gop leadership? stay with us. you're in "the situation room." it was no cost to them. >> woman: really? >> tech: that's service the way you need it. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪ i don't just play someone brainy on tv - i'm an actual neuroscientist. and i love the science behind neuriva plus. unlike ordinary memory supplements, neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance. more brain performance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger. ♪ well the sun is shining and the grass is green ♪ ♪ i'm way ahead of schedule with my trusty team ♪
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♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience, you have the flexibility you need to unveil them to the world. ♪ republican congresswoman liz cheney spoke about the extremism being fueled by former president trump. she's one of the few, the very
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few republicans trying to hold him accountable for the january 6th insurrection. listen to this. >> we are also confronting a domestic threat that we have never faced before. a former president who's attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic. aided by political leaders who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man. leaders who sit silent in the face of these false and dangerous claims are aiding a former president who is at war with with the rule of law and the constitution. >> our senior political analyst, david gergen, is joining us right now. so what do you think? this is pretty significant. she's speaking out very bluntly, but she's in a tiny, tiny majority compared to the rest of the republicans. >> yeah, absolutely, wolf and she's spoken out bravely, but what does she get for her
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bravery? they're trying to strip her of various titles. throw her out of the congress. you know, they're doing everything they can to railroad her out. and maintaining the silence. where did he come from, by the way? under rock was he before he just recently appeared? you think, wolf, it was just a few weeks ago we buried colin powell. he buried john mccain. george h.w. bush. we bury our heroes and elevate these people. >> you know, dana bash, our chief political correspondent, is in new hampshire covering liz cheney's remarks there. dana, she was really blunt. she's been blunt now for months in speaking out against the extremist vain in the gop right now. give us your sense of what's going on.
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i don't know if dana's hearing me. hold on for a moment, dana. we're going to get your microphone and your audio working. david, what is your sense about what's going on in the gop right now? >> i think they'll continue their dissent into madness. they now think maybe after this recent election, they found a magic formula. stick with trump up to a point, but then put out a few new things. i think it's still on the fringes, these people are mad. and they're so denigrating to our politics. i just can't tell you, the drop in quality from what you and i were used to, what we grew up with, to what now represents the republican party. it's so sad. so tragic and really dangerous. >> david and dana, i want both of you to stand by for a moment. one of former president trump's strongest congressional allies is trying to down play a truly shocking video he posted to social media depicting violence
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against top democrats including the president of the united states. brian todd is working the story for us. this is just the latest example, very disturbing example of what's going on. >> it is, wolf. this video is as disturbing as it is bizarre. that post and another tweet have democratic leaders demanding these rogue leaders be brought under control. tonight, republican congressman paul gosar of arizona under fire for posting a photo shopped anime video depicting him attacking and killing democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez. the video also depicts his character attacking president biden. she tweeted a response saying a creepy member of congress that quote, shared a fantasy video of him killing me. democratic house intelligence committee chairman adam schiff told the view, gosar has no
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business being in congress. >> he creates this video glorifying violence against one of our colleagues who's already been the subject of death threats and that's perfectly okay. >> gosar did not respond to cnn's request for comment, but he tweeted, it's a cartoon, relax. his own sister is horrified. >> does he have to act on it himself before we believe that he's an -- he's a sociopath. >> this comes as another trump al ally, marjorie taylor greene, is taking heat for tweeting out the phone numbers of the 13 republican house members who voted in favor of president biden's infrastructure bill. one of them, fred upton of michigan, played a voice mail threat he received to anderson cooper. >> i hope you [ bleep ] die, your blood pressure blood
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pressure family dies. >> we've seen civility bounce right here. i'm concerned about my staff. they're taking these calls. they're threats to them. >> some conservative house republicans have discussed retaliating against those 13 republicans who voted for president biden's bill by trying to get them booted from their assignments, but it's the increasing threats of violence to members of congress that worries a former secret service agent. >> that environment includes organized groups that we saw around january 6th, but it also involves lone actors. people who are just lashing out maybe having received some of these messages as a call to action and then acting upon it. >> house speaker, nancy pelosi, tweeted that house republican leader, kevin mccarthy, should condemn the gosar video.
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>> why is leader mccarthy not speaking out more? >> well, he wants to be speaker of the house. he doesn't want to irritate the president who of course has a very big microphone to this day. >> analysts say the longer that, excuse me, mccarthy goes without punishing these republicans, the more they could be emboldened. cnn has reached out to his office. we have not heard back. >> if you do, let us know. thank you very much. i want to bring dana back and david back as well. dana, you heard representative schiff said that representative paul gosar has no business being in congress. in any other setting, if he worked anywhere and said, did these things against fellow employees, wouldn't someone like that be fired for pushing a video that extreme? >> of course. of course.
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and doing it in the context of what we know actually did factually happen. two members of congress and to our democracy on january 6th. it's even more unbelievable and it really does relate to what happened tonight where i am in new hampshire where liz cheney spoke because he talked about her own republican leaders being hostage to the lies that are pushed by donald trump. this is not related specifically to donald trump, but it's all part of the same idea. she's saying republican party needs to stand up for truth, and for values concerns, conservative values. the question is, whether there's a lane for that in the republican party. now she's testing that here in new hampshire, but one of the answers might be given to us by what is not happening right now in washington, at least so far, with the gosar situation. >> it's really disgusting, that
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video, and we'll see if the republican leadership does anything. david, you worked for multiple presidents. including several republicans. did you ever think you'd see republicans attacked by simply voting for a bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the senate with the senate minority leader, 19 republicans in the senate voting in favor of that infrastructure. >> wolf, it was just a progress that we got some republicans to vote for something that the democrats were sponsoring. had the scent of bipartisanship and that's to be encouraged. instead, the republican party is turning its back on them like an adam kinsinger, it had been so pleasurable to see him step forward, but now they're trying to toss him out, too. and it is, i go back to the question because i think that we really need a center right party in this country just as we need a center left party and when you
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go to the extremes the way republican party is now doing, it's -- what was once a very honorable party. >> all right, david, thank you very much. dana, thanks to you as well. coming up, prosecutors wrap up their case against kyle rittenhouse, the young man charged with killing two people during the unrest in kenosha, wisconsin. also, stand by for an update on the astro world concert disaster in houston. new emotional reaction from the families of victims.
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the trial of kyle rittenhouse is entering a new stage. he's charged with killing two people and injuring a third. >> with one phase of the kyle rittenhouse trial over, the next moves forward as the defense begins its case. starting with those who were with rittenhouse on august 25th, 2020, before and after his shootings that night following heavy protests in kenosha, wisconsin. >> repeats, i just shot someone over and over. i believe at some point, he said he had to shoot someone. i tell him to walk outside and turn himself in. he said i had to. i had to shoot someone. >> the next witness said rittenhouse personally reflected on what just happened. >> do you recall him saying anything? >> pulling back really hard and
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just comment was my god, my life might be over. >> did kyle respond to anything that was said? >> yes. >> that he had to. >> the first of two killed that thiegt and it was those moments that were a large focus at the end of the prosecution's case. rosenbaum was shot four times. once in the left thigh, the hand, suffered a graze wound to his head and then shot in the back. the lethal shot. >> gun shot wound is the one that would cause death as a result of the injuries to the lungs and the liver with the hemorrhage and the injury to the organs themselves. >> the doctor's testimony came with graphic pictures, especially of the gun shot wound to the head and back of rosenbaum. all the while, rittenhouse appeared to be visibly shaken, at times averting his eyes similar to what many jurors were
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doing. they focused on what position he fired. >> the first were while mr. rosenbaum is facing mr. rittenhouse. >> yes. >> then came the graze wound to the head. the shot to the back. >> is it your opinion to your medical certainty that the back to front shots to the head and then the kill shot to the back would have been while he was falling or perpendicular to the ground? >> the only way that the trajectories of the gun shot wounds to the right side of the head and the back make sense is if he was horizontal to the ground and that is occurring at the time the last two gun shot wounds are heard on the video. >> the defense wanted to underscore how fast this deadly interaction occurred. >> the shot is .76 after that. that is how fast the four shots
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were fired with my client's gun and he goes from the furthest 4 feet to touching the gun, correct? >> yes. >> so if i was charging like a bull and diving, that would be consistent. >> at one point, the rifle used by rittenhouse was displayed in court to give jury jurors a better idea. but they went back to the first shot -- wasn't voluntary. >> the injuries you noted, they'd also be consistent with falling after being struck in the hip? >> yes. >> now, that doctor was the last of the 22 total witnesses called by the prosecution. right as they were resting their case though, the judge dismissed charge number seven against rittenhouse. he still faces five felonies for including homicide and reckless
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endangerment along with the misdemeanor of being underage with a weapon. but now, we are headed into day seven of testimony in this trail. day two for the defense after the defense, it will then be left with the jury more than a year after these shootings first took place here in kenosha. >> thank you very much. let's get more. right now, joining us cnn's senior analyst, laura coates. the prosecution has rested its case. did they do what they needed to do to get a guilty verdict? >> it's a great question because at times, you had some of the prosecution's witness that was helping the burden of proof to be established. that this was something who was engaged in criminal behavior, not acting in self-defense. then you had some of those same government witnesses who were providing information that could lead a juror to potentially say that this person, the defendant, was acting with the perception
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that he would kill or be killed. so you've got this sort of conflict happening overall, but overall, the prosecution through all of their witnesses established that there was evidence that kyle rittenhouse acted in a manner by virtue of being there. trying to protect property that is not a threat to you in some way, you don't just get to protect property and kill people. you can't engage in that sort of behavior. the idea it was reasonable for him to proceed, kill or be killed. they made a strong case about that very issue, but there's still the notion they had at least the surviving victim who was shot, but did not die saying that he had a gun, he was in fact armed, but he believed the defendant did not accept his surrender. that's going to be a point of contention in their case. >> there apparently, paul, were times where it seemed like witnesses for the prosecution actually made statements that could be helpful to the defense.
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did they unintentionally make the defense's job at least a bit easier? >> yes, i think they did, wolf. i have to say that's not unusual in cases like this where self-defense is the big issue and remember, they called 22 witnesses. and human beings see things in slightly different ways and prosecutors will say to the jury later on that this is an indication that they were telling the truth, that there were some inconsistencies that helped the defendant. i'm thinking back to when i was trying one of my first self-defense cases as a young prosecutor in brooklyn. it was a murder case involving somebody who used a gun to kill somebody else. and all the prosecutors said to me, the street rule says you don't bring a gun to a knife fight. well, in this case, kyle rittenhouse brought an ar-15 assault rifle and one of his victims was armed with a skate board. so i can tell you, you don't bring an ar-15 to a skate board
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fight. and i think in the end, the jury's going to look at that and they're going to look at a second thing, also. what's he doing here in kenosha, wisconsin? he's from illinois. and he comes across here and he's looking for trouble, i think. and i think the jury's going to get a sense of that that these, a lot of these people would still be alive today if he had remained in illinois and let law enforcement people handle the situation. so in the end, i think we're probably going to see a mixed bag here in terms of convictions, but i think -- >> should rittenhouse take the stand? >> i think it's really incumbent on him to do so because he's going to be in a position to talk about and really be able to convey to a jury if there was a reason he could feel threatened. it's also very dangerous to have a defendant take the stand. they are unpredictable and a very successful cross could unpack any of his defenses in a way he could not recover from.
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so it's going to be a tactical decision tonight, but i expect him to testify. >> thank you very much. just ahead, aaron rodgers gives a halfhearted explanation for his misleading comments about refusing the covid vaccine. but he still won't apologize or correct the record. stay with us. >> man: what's my safelite story? my my livelihood. so when my windshield cracked... the experts at safelite autoglass came right to me... with service i could trust. right, girl? >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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so i'm going to get back to doing wto what i do best, and that's playing ball. i shared my opinion. it wasn't one that was, that was come to frivolously. it involved a lot of study and what i felt like was in my best interest for my body. >> let's bring in our chief medical analyst, dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay is also out with a new book, lessons from the covid-19 pandemic and how to prepare for the next one. sanjay's our chief medical correspondent, i should correct myself. aaron rodgers did absolutely nothing to correct the record in this new interview. how incredibly irresponsible is this? >> well, it's very irresponsible, unfortunately, because he gives a lot of voice, either intentionally or not, to the anti-vaccine movement at a time when we're still in the middle of a pandemic where over 1,000 people are still dying of this disease.
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94% of nfl players are vaccinated. 100% of staff, vaccinated. so when we hear these stories, sometimes it becomes sort of like, you know, half and half. it's not. the vast majority of people in the nfl are vaccinated. i think what he seemed to say, and i think this was the biggest error, that he wasn't honest about the fact he hadn't been vaccinated and he potentially put other people at risk. he seemed to say that he had natural immunity, which can be a thing, but the problem is, first of all, we don't know how long that lasts. we don't know when he exactly got covid. if he didn't have the delta variant, he may not have had protection against delta. there's all these considerations, you know, that's why you have to be honest about these things and not put other people at risk. that's the really disheartening part. the other people around him trusted him and may have actually been exposed as a result of this. >> yeah, that's really so, so bad. you know, aaron rodgers also is still saying he came to his
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conclusions by when he said he was talking to his doctors, but would any kind of credible, serious doctor actually give a patient that kind of advice? >> i don't think so, i don't know what his doctor specific lif told him versus what he said he was getting from other people. guidance he was getting from others. it's not clear. now, one thing i think at some point he mentioned an allergy to the vaccine. and that's a possibility. there is a component which some people rarely have an allergy to with the mrna vaccine. that's why people would be counseled to take the johnson & johnson vaccine. he talked about fertility. this has been a rumor that started almost as soon as the vaccines were released. it's not true. it does not affect fertility. simple as that. ivermectin is something he talked about. again, there's been a lot of enthusiasm around ivermectin, but there's not data to show that it works. that's the problem.
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what becomes confound sg that vaccines have a ton of data. billions of shots have been given around the world. ivermectin does not have any of that data. why would you choose one other the other. >> yeah. i think you're right. dr. gupta, as usual. thank you very much. coming up, president biden weighs new steps to try to tackle soaring gas prices even as experts warn there's little he can do to bring them down. we'll have more on that right after a quick break. because as a fiduciary, it's our responsibility to always put clients first. (other money manager) so you do it because you have to? (naj) no, we do it because it's the right thing to do. we help clients enjoy a comfortable retirement. (other money manager) sounds like a big responsibility. (naj) one that we don't take lightly. it's why our fees are structured so we do better when our clients do better. fisher investments is clearly different. with mucinex all-in-one you've got unbeatable relief from your worst cold and flu symptoms.
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tonight, president biden is trying to get a handle on the growing supply chain crisis.
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the white house says the president just spoke with the ceos from walmart, ups, fedex, and target about the situation now threatening to cause major disruption just ahead of the holidays. this, as the biden administration is scrambling for solutions to one of his biggest, biggest political liabilities, soaring gas prices here in the u.s. our chief white house correspondent, kaitlan collins, has more. >> reporter: tonight, high gas prices and few solutions. >> we are looking at all-let tools in our arsenal. >> according to aaa, the national average for a gallon of gas, now $3.42 compared to $2.11 a year ago. increasing pressure on the white house, as 53 million people prepare to travel for thanksgiving. but like presidents who came before him, joe biden has few options when it comes to combatting high fuel prices. >> every president is frustrated because they can't control the price of gasoline because it's a global market.
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>> reporter: the group of oil-producing nations known as opec, rebuffing biden's calls for them to pump more oil. >> they are going to pump some more oil. whether they pump enough oil is a different thing. >> oil a global market. it is controlled by a cartel. that cartel is called opec. >> reporter: the president, also, considering tapping the strategic petroleum reserve, though industry experts have warned that would do little to alleviate the problem. >> the president is looking at all the tools he has. >> what about the strategic petroleum? >> that is one of the tools he has. >> reporter: nearly a dozen senate democrats are calling on biden to consider all the tools available at your disposal, even the extreme step of banning american oil exports, which goldman sachs warned would be counterproductive, and could actually raise prices. a new forecast from the federal government predicts that brent crude, the international oil price benchmark, will remain near current levels for the rest of 2021, before eventually dropping next year. as biden gets the blame for
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people paying more for everything from groceries to gasoline -- >> how many of you have been to the grocery store lately and noticed what is going on here? >> reporter: the white house offering few specifics on what's next. >> is that because he feels that his hands are tied when it comes to what he can actually do to try to combat high gas prices? >> i wouldn't read -- read it that way. we just don't have anything right now to -- to announce. >> reporter: and, wolf, we will see president biden on the road tomorrow in baltimore. he is going to the port of baltimore to sell this infrastructure bill even though he hasn't signed it yet and is expect today do so next week and, wolf, he is also going to talk about steps their taking to try to alleviate this gridlock in the supply chain. >> kaitlan collins reporting from the white house. coming up. the brother of an astroworld concert victim says festival organizers have, quote, blood on their hands. we have new details on the investigation and the growing lawsuits. we'll be right back. that's why dove renews your skin's ceramides and strengthens it against dryness for softer,
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new developments tonight in the deadly crowd surge at that houston music festival where the rapper travis scott was performing. cnn security correspondent, josh campbell, is in houston for us tonight. josh, there have been, what, at least 18 lawsuits already filed. give us the latest on the investigation. >> that's right, wolf. several lawsuits and among the defendants, they include rapper travis scott, as well as concert organizer live nation. they have been accused of negligence. cnn has reached out to both for comment. we have not, yet, received responses. however, we are learning new information from the "wall street journal" that one item investigators are looking at is
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the possibility that some of those concertgoers may have suffered illness after consuming drugs laced with fentanyl. now, the fire chief was on cnn today. he said that it's too soon to draw any conclusions there. that remains under investigation. wolf, we are also hearing from family members of those victims. they are obviously in mourning. the family members of one of those victims, danish baig, was on cnn today with very powerful comments. take a listen. >> i just want everyone to know that people who lost their lives shouldn't have lost their lives in this festival. um, all the parties that were, um -- that set up this event should be held accountable. um, it's just justice for them, justice for danish, justice for the victims, and justice for the families. that's what we want. and in terms of that, if that means rules and regulations need to be changed, how they do things, how they act, and how they make these events, they need to do something about it. they have blood on their hands. >> reporter: now, wolf, this is
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obviously a tragic story all around. sadly, some heartbreaking news into the situation room. we are learning that among those victims that are still in the hospital, they include a 9-year-old boy who's been placed in a medically-induced coma. as doctors treat him for possible brain injury, wolf. >> what are the police saying, josh? >> wolf, it's been radio silence from the houston police department. we have asked many questions, even basic questions like process. you know, what are you doing? how are you going about your investigation? they have essentially directed us to their twitter feed but this is obviously a community that is demanding answers not only those eight victims those who died, their family members, their loved ones but also the many injured. many questions still remain here. they want answer frs police, wolf. >> josh campbell in houston for us. finally tonight, we mark the passing of former-veteran affairs administrator, the former-u.s. senator max cleland. president biden is remembering him as an american hero and a decorated war veteran who turned pain into purpose after he lost
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his legs and right arm to a hand grenade in vietnam. the georgia democrat was 79 years old. he was a great american and a wonderful patriot. may he rest in peace, and may his memory be a blessing. thanks for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. outfront next. more of trump's inner circle served subpoenas wanted for what they know about trump on the day of the insurrection as top republicans tonight refuse to condemn a republican congressman who posted a video depicting violence against congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez in president biden. plus, the judge in the kyle rittenhouse case dismissing a charge against the teen as the prosecution rests, did they make their case? and quarterback aaron rodgers speaking out, addressing the backlash after claiming he was immunized even though he
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