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but, at upwork, we found her. she's in prague, between the perfect cup of coffee and her museum of personal computers. and you can find her, and millions of other talented pros, right now on hello, everyone. i'm bianna golodryga in new york. ana cabrera is off. redacted but revealing. we are getting more details as we pore through the redacted affidavit from the justice department. he here it is right here. the 38-page document providing a glimpse of the scale of this investigation. let's go to evan perez and katelyn polantz. we can't stress enough how unprecedented this is, releasing an affidavit in this point in
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the investigation. walk us through some of the key revelations in here. >> well, the reason why the fbi went to mar-a-lago just over two weeks ago to do this unusual -- this highly unprecedented search was because after reviewing the 15 boxes that were retrieved earlier this year from mar-a-lago an sent back to the national archives, they found 184 unique documents bearing classification markings. that's a lot of documents that were being stored in an unsecured environment in the basement at the former president's beach house in palm beach. that's the bottom line of why the fbi was so concerned, why the national archives were so concerned and why this became a criminal investigation in february of this year. obviously this is now an investigation that is ongoing and that's the reason why there is so much information that is still redacted. about half of the pages in this 38-page affidavit document are
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still redacted because the fbi says it has concern about the safety of witnesses. they have concern about the safety of some of the law enforcement agents who are working this investigation. we'll go through just a breakdown of the 184 documents. 67 are marked confidential, 92 documents are marked as secret and 25 documents are marked as top secret. and this is all on page 17 of this affidavit for those who want to follow along. the remarkable thing about this, bianna, is you see the description of the type of documents we're talking about. the thing that stands out is these documents that the fbi says were marked as hcs. these are human sources. these are the types of documents that are typically controlled by the cia because they are talking about or there's information that could help identify human spies that provided this kind of information.
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this is the kind of sensitive information that is highly, highly guarded by the u.s. government. and the question i think everybody is asking is how did this end up in these boxes intermingled with other things that ended up in the basement of the beach house of the former president. >> yeah, and a lot of these classified documents confirm the reporting that led up to this redacted affidavit here that we have reported ourselves. the question key is you're right, how did they leave the white house and get to mar-a-lago. katelyn, there's also a key section relating to probable cause in here. explain that. >> bianna, whenever we were seeking this affidavit during this ongoing investigation, there was this question coming from the right, coming from the left, coming from donald trump, coming from lots of people asking why was a search needed? this is so unprecedented, so unusual. why did the fbi need to go and get boxes? and this affidavit does lay that out exactly. there are things we're not
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seeing, but we do see a quote at the very top of this saying that, you know, there is the belief that there is evidence of crimes still contained at mar-a-lago. we need to go and get that evidence. and the way that the justice department wrote it is that they wrote there is probable cause to believe that additional documents that contain classified ndi or national defense information or that are presidential records subject to record retention requirements currently remain at the premises of mar-a-lago. there is also probable cause to believe that evidence of obstruction will be found at the premises. so those are the three things that are under investigation here that this affidavit outlines. looking into the espionage act, the handling of national defense information, the obstruction of justice, also the handling of federal records. the document does have some things redacted here. we can't even see apparently the part that explains why they have such probable cause for obstruction of justice.
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but they do say that there is probable cause to believe that classified national defense information and presidential records would remain at mar-a-lago and the investigators note that mar-a-lago does not have a secure location for the keeping of classified information or highly sensitive documents that would pertain to the national defense. >> just to give our viewers a sense of these pages of what has been -- here's the redacted portion back in the back. but the front several pages have been unsealed in this affidavit. and what was interesting, evan, before we got the affidavit, the doj issued a memorandum of law listing basically the risks for releasing this as whole without any revisions. talk about what was in here specifically the threats to fbi agents and to witnesses. >> yeah. these documents -- there's two documents, memorandum of law and
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the document that is the affidavit. but the memorandum of law talks about the reasons why they need to protect this investigation. they also need to protect the number of civilian witnesses. i'll read you just a part of this. it says the attached document must remain sealed to protect the safety and privacy of a significant number of civilian witnesses in addition to the law enforcement personnel as well as to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation. we're talking about, you know, again, an investigation that is focused on the conduct of the former president of the united states, people around him, and yet what the justice department and fbi are very concerned about and they point to it. they say just since the revelation of this search, there have been threats made to members of the law enforcement team that went to mar-a-lago. their names were published. they were pushed out by the social media platform that
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belongs to the former president. and so those members of law enforcement are now -- have now been subject to threats. and so that's what the concern is here, is that witnesses who have already appeared. and again, the term is witnesses, right? it's not just one person who told the fbi about what was there at mar-a-lago. but, you know, multiple witnesses, bianna. >> and it's not just hypothetical in terms of the dangers and threats against fbi and doj officials. we've seen a number of them since his house was searched earlier this month. evan and katelyn, thank you so much. let's discuss with former u.s. assistant attorney harry litman and elie honig and steve moore. elie, you're on set with me. give me your blanket early analysis of what you found in this document.
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>> we now know why this escalated to a criminal investigation. there's two sets of boxes here. it's the boxes that the fbi removed from mar-a-lago during the search warrant. we already know a good bit about those boxes because we've seen this receipt for property that was laid out that there was classified evidence in those boxes, including sci, which is the highest level of top secret documents. however, there was a second set of documents, an earlier set of documents that archives, the national archives got from mar-a-lago. 15 boxes. and we knew next to nothing about what was in those boxes. but now we know a lot that's really important. we know they contain 184 classified documents. 25 of them were top secret. they contain donald trump's handwriting. we don't know when that got in there. they were unfoldered and intermixed with other documents. that tells me somebody was in there doing things, moving documents around. we don't know whether for good reasons or bad. and we know, not surprisingly, that mar-a-lago is not a secure
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facility for classified documents. and that's what caused archives. when they got those documents and realized there was more at mar-a-lago, that's what caused archives to get doj and the fbi involved. that's why this is a criminal matter. >> and we get a scope of the timeline of how long this had been going on, right, because you have the former president's legal team saying basically you should have just asked us. we were cooperating. now we see how many attempts were actually made to do just that. >> this notion that doj or archives acted suddenly or irrationally in going in and executing the search warrant two and a half weeks ago is completely false. it's completely undermined by the actual facts. this tells us archives started asking for these documents from mar-a-lago in may of 2021 and didn't actually get them until seven months later. that is remarkable patience. if anything, i think you might question archives and doj, why did you wait so long. >> why didn't you go in sooner. harry, let me turn to you on this issue of probable cause. because we also learned that there was evidence of obstruction that would be found
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on the premises. what do you make of that? >> yeah, and not just evidence of obstruction in a boiler plate way, bianna, but in both the filings the court ties it directly -- excuse me, the doj ties it directly to what they have learned so far. so we are talking about the former president of the united states actually harassing witnesses, bringing them into danger and the like. to elie's point, which i agree with, remember it's a year, a full year until they find this and then they look, this is in paragraph 47, and see what kind of markings they have. the top secret stuff and compartmental can get people killed. it is completely alarming. nobody down there except -- well, not even trump any longer even has a clearance at all. so it's not simply that they're being cavalier in their treatment of it but that they are completely without authority
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to be messing around in the first place. these are things that adversaries really could get ahold of and do harm to the u.s. finally, just the overall architecture. we have the legal justification here tied to trump and then just a few things that really are the back and forth with trump's team, including an appendix here. what we are discovering is what trump already knew and it's documentation of just what elie says. an unbelievable forbearance and prolonged length of time especially when they find out how incendiary and radioactive these documents are. >> steve, when we look at the memorandum of law that was issued, the listing of the risks to witnesses as one of the reasons they needed for this to be redacted the way it has been, i want you to respond to this from the doj. they said if witnesses' identities are exposed, they could be subjected to harms, including retaliation,
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intimidation, harassment and threats to their physical safe teechlt as the court already notes, these concerns are not hypothetical in this days. the fbi noted how fbi agents in this investigation have already been identified and received, quote, threats of violence from members of the public. we've seen this materialize in terms of threats towards these fbi agents. how concerning is that and do you think that their rationale for sealing this or for keeping this portion redacted is justified? >> i think that's very justified. you know, fbi agents are used to having threats made against them. you do a long career and there are going to be people who hate you and people who threaten you. you know that's going to happen. but this is unprecedented the way things are going in social media. most of my career there wasn't social media and you didn't have to worry about it. but people still published your address, names. but here's the thing with informants and this is kind of
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crucial. every agent throughout their career is going to be running informants. that's just the way you get these -- it's like real estate. you need prospects. the informants help you with cases immeasurably. the problem in getting informants is the first thing they're going to ask you is i don't want to get in trouble, i don't want my name brought up in this. and the agent is put in a rough position because you can say i'll do everything i can to keep it from getting public. but if a court orders it, i don't have a choice. the old joke they used to tell is getting an informant and saying you're going to be protected is like going to a bar and saying i'll respect you tomorrow if you come back to my house and the next day you don't call. all of a sudden, nobody is willing to be an fbi informant. and it chills the ability to get deep into a crime.
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and in this situation, somebody had very specific information right down to where the rooms were. >> that's an interesting analogy i haven't heard before. but you should note that the affidavit could be used to identify many, if not all of these witnesses. doj clearly suggesting that there's more than one witness involved here. everyone, stay with me. we are going to continue to dig through all of this. the newly released and redacted affidavit. we'll be right back after a break. i brought in ensure max protein with 30 grams of protein. those who tried me felt more energy in just two weeks. uhh... here, i'll take that! yay!!! ensure max protein, with 30 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar enter powered by protein challenge for a chance to win big!
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stands out more. >> it does. it helps explain why there are so many redactions because the fbi wants to protect the identity of these witnesses but it did stabnd out to me that there were a significant number of civilian witnesses helping the fbi, talking to the fbi in its investigation which helps you better understand why the fbi had the evidence and the belief that there was more classified information at mar-a-lago and that is why it needed to take the extraordinary step to execute that search warrant. in fact what we know from this redacted affidavit, and it is heavily redacted, but we still are able to get some key information, is just how much classified information was handed over to the national archives in january and then how much remained from what we know from reporting at mar-a-lago even after those 15 boxes were handed over. so in january you had 184 classified documents, 14 out of
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the 15 boxes handed over to the national archives contained classified information. then we know that the fbi went to mar-a-lago in june, retrieved more information, an unspecified number of classified documents in june. and then executed that search warrant where 11 sets of classified information were taken from mar-a-lago. and so what this shows you is this document today, it provides a lot of insight. but what it doesn't tell you is what else was left at mar-a-lago after those 15 boxes were handed over to national archives, which the fbi used to help make the case that there was probable cause that these three statutes were violated, including the espionage act. and it is notable that once the fbi was able to go through these boxes in may, the investigation started in february after that referral from nara. in may, some of these documents contained classified markings to protect human sources. i mean if that information were
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to be made public, lives really could be at risk. human sources are foreign spies that help the united states and national defense. if information about those human sources were to get out, you could see why that would be a national security risk. so that just shows you the level of the classification in some of these boxes that the affidavit says some of these classified documents were intermixed with newspaper clippings, with personal records, and it shows you just at the very least the level of carelessness in the way these classified documents were being handled. >> yeah, we also now know how long that the national archives had been trying to get these documents and boxes back. the majority of 2021. it was only in 2022 that the doj finally got involved. pamela brown, thank you. well, our experts are back with us now. let me start with you again, elie, and that is the affidavit could be used to identify many,
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if not all of these witnesses. >> yeah, so some crucial language we can parse here. there's another reference to information from a broad range of civilian witnesses. okay, civilian witnesses means not law enforcement, not police officers, not fbi, normal regular people. we don't know exactly who they are, but that's important. broad range, this is what prosecutors call being intentionally vague, but i can tell you this. you would not say a broad range if you had one witness, you would not say broad range if you have two witnesses. so they are dealing with a substantial number of normal people who have provided them information. and doj deserves credit here. because the number one goal you have as a prosecutor, as a law enforcement agent, is to protect your witnesses. protect them from retaliation, protect them from harm. they held the line here. they told the judge we will unseal as much as possible but they drew a line they would not cross when it comes to anything to compromise a witness. >> steve, are you satisfied with the doj's response in trying to protect the witnesses and the
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fbi officials as well? >> yeah, i think they have done as much as they legally could. if i were the agent trying to protect sources, i would be very happy with this outcome. i think just tailing on what was just said is one of the things that's interesting to me is almost the last part of this document. it talks about the destruction or concealment of information, of classified information. there's your obstruction right there. it could come down to the fact that the possession might not be the big deal. the big deal might be actually the obstruction. >> harry, so what happens next? where does this investigation go, and when will we likely see the full unredacted affidavit? >> yeah. the music stops for a while now and we know that we are early in
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the investigation. they said so last week. that's again a feature of this unusual characteristic that they had to go in to get the documents even though it was a relatively young investigation. now we can expect perhaps trump to file more kind of crazy motions. he has to justify one that he did last -- on monday today. and otherwise the department continues to pursue its investigation but quietly and make a decision whether to bring charges. i do want to second the point just made that although we're just giving the kind of procedure, you can by knowing the procedure infer a pretty serious criminal investigation, particularly into obstruction, and that is because the back and forth shows that trump knew what he had and that he lied about it. one very important point to add to pamela's timeline is a lawyer signed a piece of paper. imagine the timeline.
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it takes them a year to see. then they find out it's all this classified stuff. four months until they can look at it. now the fbi is alarmed. they go down and get more. finally they say is that everything? and they sign a piece of paper that says it's everything. turns out to be a lie. so they're really now fit to be tied. that's what they'll be looking at in terms of obstruction. and it could be months of quiet work by the doj when you can expect nevertheless trump to be yapping in the public sphere. >> so, harry, the likelihood of the doj, of the attorney general just saying we have everything we needed, we're done with this investigation, is what? >> well, as of today right now, not large. but remember this started as a retrieval mission and just two weeks later it looks so much more serious. and it looks as if the kind of charges that they could bring, it's by no means a picayune
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presidential records act. it's not that everything that belongs to the people belongs to him. the soonest they could do it would be a couple months i would say. but it is now free standing and untethered from all of the january 6th stuff which will take a lot longer to bring to fruition. >> so, elie, if we could pick up on what harry mentioned, today is also the deadline for trump's legal team to refile what the judge basically said was an incoherent initial filing in his request for a special master, does this redacted affidavit impact any of that, or is that already done and sealed and ready to be filed? >> there is an interesting revelation towards the end of this affidavit where doj says we already have a wall team, a taint team it's called sometimes that's going to review these documents for attorney/client privilege so in some way addresses some of the concerns donald trump has. i think donald trump's response would be i don't trust them to
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say it. here's one group of doj lawyers, they're going to review it before it goes to the other doj lawyers. when he asks for a special master, he wants a neutral independent outsider to do that. in donald trump's motion, which was procedurally a debacle, what he asks for is a review not for attorney/client privilege but also for executive privilege. so to some extent this document actually answers the motion that donald trump has to refile today. >> does he have any executive privilege given that he's not currently the president? >> only in theory. it is a very serious uphill climb. i do want to say this. it is not correct to say that a former president absolutely cannot invoke executive privilege. the supreme court has held open that possibility. it's difficult for a former president to do it. it's extraordinarily difficult to do it when the current president is not invoking the privilege as we have here. but can it happen? yeah, it can happen. >> well, elie honig, harry litman, steve mohall, thank you
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former president trump is now trying to discredit today's release of a redacted version of the affidavit that led to the fbi search of his home. meantime, some of his allies tell cnn that today's new information is bad news for him. cnn's gabby orr has the details. gabby, what is trump saying now? >> reporter: well, the former president just moments ago took to truth social, his own social media platform to complain about this affidavit calling it heavily redacted and repeating arguments that he has made previously about the way that this fbi search at mar-a-lago was conducted. he calls this a break-in of my home. he goes after the judge, bruce reinhart, who arrived the search warrant in the first place. and he also criticizes both the fbi and the doj. this is a similar tactic that he has used since we first learned that the fbi conducted a search at mar-a-lago, repeatedly trying to discredit the basis of this search, claiming that he
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declassified presidential records that were taken from the white house to his mar-a-lago property at the end of his presidency and that there was no reason for the search to occur. he says at one point in this post, quote, we gave them much. so the president -- former president again trying to portray himself as entirely cooperative with both national archives officials and federal investigators, bianna. >> yeah, we've heard this explanation many times in the past. so what do we know now about trump's discussions with his legal team and his allies, and is the current legal team up to the task? >> well, we know that the former president huddled with his attorneys and members of his legal team at his bedminster, new jersey, golf club earlier this week, presumably to prep for the unceilsealing of this redacted version of the affidavit. we don't know exactly what was discussed during that, but our reporting tells us that the
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former president has been asking allies of his whether they think he is truly in legal jeopardy, whether he will be indicted. and we know that there are concerns inside his -- inside his orbit, inside his inner circle about the legal team that surrounds him. we've become familiar with christina bobb, a former one america news host who is now working as an attorney. a former parking garage attorney from new jersey and of course evan corcoran who signed a letter to jay bratt that was at the end of this affidavit today. jim trusty is seen widely as the most competent member of the former president's legal team, but right now there are definitely concerns inside his orbit that he does not have adequate representation and that his current team of attorneys are just not up to the task of defending him in a moment like this. >> yeah. he also has that deadline today to refile his initial motion.
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gabby orr, thank you. let's go to the white house now where phil mattingly is. so, phil, is president biden or anyone on his team saying anything about what we've just learned in the past hour or so? >> reporter: you know, beianna, in short no. certainly as it relates to this investigation they are not weighing in and not to have any particular insight on any moment as this has transpired. the white house briefing started about 20 minutes ago and the top official to speak, deputy economic advisor only talking about student loans. we'll see if karine jean-pierre gets a question and weighs in any differently than she has prior to now but officials don't consider that very likely at this point. this has just been the approach the white house has had, almost operating in a parallel universe to anything related to the former president, particularly as it relates to any investigations. keep in mind how the may 11th letter from the national
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archivist was revealed, making clear when it came to privileged questions as they were trying to give investigators access to some of the boxes that they had at the national archives, the president delegated the privilege decision to the national archivist to try to keep as much distance as they can both for concerns about political repercussions, making sure they want the justice department to be seen as independent but also because the president has an agenda that he wants to focus on. now, he was talking about an element of that agenda, the supreme court decision on roe versus wade asked whether he had concerns about the national security implications of what may be discovered in the former president's -- what he has in terms of documentation in terms of national security documents. this is how he responded. >> are you concerned -- [ overlapping speakers ] >> we'll let the justice department determine that. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: we will let the justice department determine that. you can basically take that
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answer, maybe add or subtract two or three words and that's about the extent of every answer you're going to get from every official from the president on down. the president will be leaving the white house shortly. supposed to tape an interview with jay leno for some future content. that is not the focus of the white house today. the focus is student loans and eventually the president will head back up to delaware. >> phil mattingly, you'll stay on top of this for us as always. thank you. well, more rate hikes ahead? fed chief jerome powell is hinting yes in the fight against inflation. ping through the sky like a tiger ♪ ♪ defying the laws of gravity ♪ ♪ (don't stop me now) 'cacause i'm havin' ♪
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jerome powell speaks, the investment world listens. new today the federal reserve chairman weighing in on the economy. here's the warning that caught wall street's attention. >> while higher interest rates, slower growth and softer labor market conditions will bring down inflation, they will also bring some pain to households and businesses. >> i want to bring in greg ipp, chief economics commentator for "the wall street journal" andra h and rahel solomon. greg, how should households and businesses read that warning of
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the potential pain to come? >> you know, this was one of the toughest speeches i've ever heard a fed chair deliver. it was tough for the markets and tough for americans. he told markets you're being way too optimistic. we are not going to cut rates next year like you've been assuming and that's why the dow is down 600 points as we speak. the message to americans is that getting inflation down will involve a weaker economy, probably higher unemployment. again, as close as you'll ever hear a fed chairman say get ready for a recession. not a happy message. the point he wants to drive home is if they dawdle, the pain will ultimately be even worse. >> so not a happy message. get ready for a recession. rahel, this comes the same day that we got economic data showing consumers are continuing to spend not at the rate they spent last year, but unemployment is at historic lows. what is he seeing that aren't, given that this data is rear
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view. >> it's what he's seeing that is right behind the corner. consumer spending has held up but it is slowing. business investment is slowing. inflation has just started to ease, but not nearly enough for the fed to feel confident that inflation is significantly moving in the right direction. to your point, we did get new inflation data today that showed that inflation is easing up. monthly inflation actually declined 0.1 of a percent. core inflation rose 0.1 of a percent so we are dealing with the very early stages of what could perhaps be the peak of inflation. and so we're just not there yet. so the pain that he's talking about is for certain people, we're going to be dealing with high inflation and high borrowing costs. that's going to hurt on both sides. but also as greg pointed out, the likelihood the demand for workers is going to change. you're not going to have as many options as we have had and we could see some job loss. >> so that 3.5% may not stay where it is ride now. >> it may not.
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>> greg, it's clear the fed chair does not want to understate the economic environment. last year he mistakenly, he admitted himself, calling inflation transitory. that having been said, we all understand this is a very unusual economy right now. i guess the question is does he have the right tools at his disposal to deal with it? >> well, he made the point that not all this inflation is a result of excess demand, and excess demand is the only thing the fed can deal with by raising interest rates. as we've all heard many times there have been all sorts of supply chain bottlenecks, container ships that are tied up offshore, shortage of semi conductors and so on. but powell confronted that argument head on. he said just because some things are causing inflation that aren't caused by demand does not absolve us, the fed, of getting inflation down. look at the labor market, for example. we are used to saying 3.5% unemployment, that's great. half a million jobs created per month, that's great. no, the fed is saying that's not
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great. the demand for laborers is far in excess of the supply. they have to act until the demand and supply come back into line with each other. >> that inconsistency is puzzling. rahel, the fed is meeting again next month. what can we expect to see in terms of rate hikes? >> the expectation is that we're going to see another three-quarters of a percent. right now the fed's benchmark interest rate is about 2.5%. the consensus is we are heading toward 3.5, approaching 4% toward the end of the year. i.e., we're still not done yet, right? in terms of what the fed is going to be looking for, powell has been very clear that they are looking for enclclear and convincing evidence that monthly inflation is declining. we haven't seen that yet. so they're going to be watching very closely every inflation report that comes in like this morning's, every job report that comes in, to get a sense of are we starting to see some weakening in the labor market. are we starting to see clear and convincing signs that inflation is easing, and we haven't yet. >> yeah, that was an ominous
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radiation disaster still hangs over europe's largest nuclear plant despite the most immediate danger being tampered down for now. ukrainian officials say the zaporizhzhia facility has been
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successfully reconnected to the electric grid after shelling and fires knocked it off for hours thursday. david mckenzie is live in lviv. there's a lot of uncertainty about the state of that plant, and that in and of itself is worrisome. >> it's very worrying. that power outage is not just an issue for electricity in the area, it's a dangerous scenario that could lead, worst casae scenario, overheating or meltdown or the fuel rods. russia said they will do everything they can to allow iaea inspectors in there. but you have not seen concrete moves to demilitarize the zone to get inspectors over the dnipro area and see if that area is safe.
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