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surge. if the storm system starts to slow down you're going to see more prolonged moisture. if it speeds up, it will make the wind damage very extensive across this area. so right now the latest forecast that will be updated in the next hour has this storm system growing in intensity, wind speeds picking up to 120 miles per hour overnight tonight. so we are less than 24 hours before we start to deal with hurricane warning impacts across portions of louisiana. then by tomorrow we'll watch that potential landfall turning into a cat 4. this will be a strong storm system as it makes landfall and then the impacts are going to be very extensive, wide and long, still a cat 2 as we go into overnight hours monday. now, we just had major damage, deadly destruction across tennessee, and this is going to be a problem tuesday into wednesday, forecasting at least
five to ten inches in that area. so hurricane warnings are currently in place, and that means the next 24 hours we will be seeing things deteriorating in this area from baton rouge to morgan city. right now the national hurricane center extending these tropical storm watches into portions of mississippi to alabama. i want to make this very clear, we are not seeing this forecast chiselled in stone. it could make its way east or west in the next few hours. and then you still have a chance of a different kind of landfall in areas of maybe even texas to alabama, mississippi. now, this forecast for rainfall really important. if it slows down at least 20 inches possible for new orleans. we already know what that looks like. you're going to see flooding rain across lake pontchartrain and even the mississippi river. 10 to 15 feet storm surge, 10 feet is a one story building.
on average 15 feet is a two story home so this will be extensive damage from more dan city all the way into the biloxi area. this storm system, lindsay and aaron, is just beginning. >> janessa, thank you for starting us off with that. more breaking news in afghanistan. the u.s. carrying out a drone strike against isis-k in response to thursday's deadly bombing at the kabul airport. now u.s. officials say the target was a member of the militant group thought to be involved in planning future attacks against the u.s. forces there. president biden had vowed to retaliate in the aftermath of the suicide bombing that killed 13 u.s. service members and more than 150 afghans. >> this morning we're learning more about those americans killed in the line of duty. you can see, i believe we have nine of them right there on your screen. their friends and their fellow troops are still on the ground
in afghanistan trying to get the remaining americans and u.s. allies out of kabul. isis could strike again as the u.s. nears tuesday's deadline for withdrawal. we just learned that the uk will end its evacuation flights out of kabul today. nbc's matt bradley is at ram stein air base in germany where many are getting treatment. first on that drone strike, what are you learning? >> reporter: yeah, good morning, lindsay and aaron, you can call that retaliation, that reaper drone strike but it was also prevention. the isis-k operative they targeted with that reaper drone, he was actually planning a further attack by isis-k, probably around the airport in kabul, maybe similar to the one that killed 13 u.s. servicemen and as many as 169 others on thursday. that's according to the associated press. so that was what they call an over the horizon strike which means that reaper drone was
launched not from within afghanistan has had been done over the past 20 years of conflict by the united states in that country, but from somewhere outside of afghanistan. that's going to be the norm from now on as the united states rushes to get out of afghanistan ahead of that august 31st deadline coming up next tuesday. that's the deadline that the taliban and president biden have agreed to, and now we're starting to see that evacuation trying to pick up pace. a lot of those evacuees are coming to right here in germany. i'm not far from ram stein air base, that's the largest u.s. military base outside of u.s. borders and right now i was talking to one of the heads of that base. he said that there are as many as 17,000 evacuees who could be housed there and that just these last couple days he believes they had reached capacity. we're going to start to see a lot of these evacuees taken to other bases elsewhere in europe, albania, italy. it goes to show how much this effort is really reaching a
crescendo right now because of these attacks and because of the effort to try to meet this deadline on august 31st. that attack, you know, that killed, as i mentioned, 13 u.s. servicemen. it also wounded 15 of them, two plane loads of wounded servicemen landed here in germany just last night. they were brought here to the lam stool regional medical center, outside of ram stein air base, the largest u.s. medical center outside of u.s. borders and this is where they're going to be taken care of. this place has been a place of convalescence for wounded soldiers from afghanistan and from the middle east for the last 20 years of that war on terror. it was no surprise they would be brought here. but we're starting to hear about the mourning for those 13 servicemen who were killed. here's one of the fathers. >> the one thing he always wanted to do when 9/11 happened.
he was only 11 years old. and at that point he'd already made up his mind. and by the time he was in high school, the recruiters came into the high school, and i don't know what it was about the marine corps. but that's what i want. >> so u.s. intelligence and the embassy in kabul warning there could be further strikes against kabul international airport. that's a major threat and the embassy had warned american citizens and others not to approach the airport. that's going to be a big problem when it comes to getting out where there's thought to be 500 americans who are still left somewhere in afghanistan. guys? >> our thanks to matt bradley there in germany for us today. nbc's high -- >> so many questions within hours of the president saying we will hunt you down, how will
that work? will this happen? will these individuals be brought to justice before the united states exit it is nation and now we have our answer, this initial drone strike with the initial indications that the target who was an isis-k islamic state planner was driving on a remote road in the eastern part of the province outside of kabul. the white house is not commenting specifically on the incident but they did refer us back to what the white house press secretary said yesterday. >> i'm not going to get into details from here on what hunting down and going after the terrorist who killed 13 service members will entail or detail and i don't think the department of defense will either but that will -- that commitment will remain until it's done. >> a taliban community elder did claim that initial -- additional individuals were killed in this incident. however, this is not information
the united states has right now. but they are telling us, in clear terms, that this is the most dangerous part of the mission in these days in which we are trying to extract our individuals, our personnel, and our equipment. the president was briefed in a very sober briefing yesterday by his military advisers, and told that another attack onkabul is likely. they know this deadline and these images you see of individuals frantically trying to reach the airport are only expected to get more desperate here as individuals know that they have a limited amount of time to get out. we have thousands of isis fighters and al qaeda fighters who were released from prisons who are planning or hoping to plan additional attacks, whether that comes in the form of another suicide attempted bombing, or using trucks and other materials to get closer to those facilities.
our military personnel are indeed in a very perilous situation right now as we try to get everyone out. and the president says this mission, though, will go on until we have all of our personnel out, aaron. >> all right. >> certainly it is perilous, heidi, as we are literally counting down the hours until that withdrawal deadline. joining us, msnbc military analyst jack jacobs and contributor david road, executive editor for the new yorker who was captured by the taliban in 2008 and held in pakistan for more than seven months. good morning to both of you. colonel, we'll begin with you, the purpose of taking out this specific target, this isis-k planner believed to be involved in the planning of future attacks, what message does this send to the militant group? >> well, it tells us we're going to seek them out and, you know, brings to them the message that the president gave the other
day. but it's important to realize that this is a fragmented organization. and what we require is continuous intelligence information that we can process and turn into targeting information. the irony here is that our partner in this is the taliban because isis-k is a sworn enemy of theirs. the taliban has yet to actually consolidate its power. it will feed us any information it can so that we can target their enemies, whether it's isis-k or anybody else so expect these targets -- these targeting -- targeted attacks to continue. >> colonel, i'll show folks live pictures out of kabul right now where the airport is still back open, there are flights. we've been seeing planes move around here. you can see one on the tarmac there right now. the white house warns that it expects isis to strike again as you've noted and we talk about the taliban. how much trust, how much faith
can there be that the taliban will actually do what's needed to avoid another incident like we saw in thursday's bombing? >> well, at the highest levels of the taliban you can expect some cooperation, more than a modicum. i mean, as the administration has said you can't really trust the taliban. the problem with the taliban is that it's not the well oiled, well controlled, discipline machine we think it is. no organization is. and so the people at the top of the taliban food chain can tell us what they want but at the bottom of the food chain there's no way to control people who might do something the taliban doesn't want to do, aaron. >> david, we want to get to you next. you have really been on a roller coaster trying to help an afghan journalist and friend of yours and his family to get out of afghanistan. you both were held captive by the taliban. he helped save your life, guiding you to a military base when you guys escape ed way back
when. now you're trying to do the same for him and his family. tell us what's happening with them. >> they are out of afghanistan. they were lucky enough to get in the airport, and the sad truth is that many other colleagues of mine, other journalists are still trying to get their friends and family out. this morning the update is even american citizens are struggling to get into the airport. people are desperate afghans who back the united states, there's an estimated 300,000 afghans who backed the american effort over the last, you know, 20 years, again 300,000 are now trying to look at land routes to get out. so i feel for those people, this family, this colleague of mine who saved my life, his family is safe and out. but many other afghans are not. >> david, can you help us understand a little bit more about what's happening there on the ground? as you've talked to people who are still stranded there, who are still trying to get out of afghanistan, this deadline is fast approaching, what have they
described to you in terms of the effort or how hard the effort is to get to the airport, for example, as they're watching all of this unfold? >> there's been an extraordinary effort. it's beautiful. i mean, you saw, you know, the father talking about his marine son. like there's an amazing kind of empathy and bonds between, i think, members of the u.s. military and the translators who worked for them, aid workers and the afghans who were their partners and journalists who worked with afghan journalists. so there's been this enormous effort to shuttle people into the airport. the gates have constantly been closed for days it's been very chaotic, it's gotten better, it's an amazing achievement to get 100,000 people out. but the gates are now closed. this network of americans and afghans and europeans that have been trying to help is advising people to try now to go to grounds, to hide, and try to get out of the country out of land.
the evacuation, unless you're an american citizen, and again i just heard from someone that even american citizens can't get through the gates anymore, but the evacuation is essentially over. >> all right, gentlemen, we will leave it there. colonel jack jacobs, david rhode, thank you both. tomorrow marks 16 years to the day since hurricane katrina made landfall. that devastation is sered into the memories of many people who lived there. i traveled there in the days after katrina. i remember how devastating it was and how devastated people looked. how is the state now preparing for a possible repeat? we'll be live from new orleans. up next, today is the day voting rights advocates are pushing back. many republicans say their efforts to rein voting is to prevent fraud but the tens of thousands set to take to the streets today say it's a thinly vailed attempt to -- d.c. is the site of biggest march of the
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we are live in d.c. today where tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets here in washington, and across the country. marching in more than 100 planned rallies. on the 58th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech a push for voting rights and an act of defiance. this year, multiple republican-led states have tried and succeeded in legally scaling back voting access, with more than 30 new restrictive voting laws enacted in 18 states as of
last month, that's according to the brennan center for justice. in washington, nbc news correspondent josh letterman, the pre-rally for the march on washington and voting rights is beginning in just a few moments. the crowd is picking up a little bit. what can we expect? >> reporter: the crowd's picking up and, in fact, even before the sun came up a little bit ago there were already folks starting to gather here in advance of these events today. you can see they're getting the stage set up behind me for speakers who are going to be appearing here at mcpherson square, and then down past the white house. behind those trees over there. you can't quite see it right now. while there are events taking place all across the country today washington, d.c. is really the epicenter with more events taking place in addition to this one there's also going to be a rally and concert taking place
at the lincoln memorial in the name of make good trouble and you're going to see a whole host of different speakers out and about today trying to make the case on voting rights. you might be wondering at home why now? when it seems like the push for making more voting rights codified into law seems to be really stalled in the senate. and that really is exactly the point. the voting rights activists that we're speaking to here today say, look, democrats right now, they are willing to go it alone without republicans to try to get other parts of president biden's agenda through on climate, on family assistance through that reconciliation bill. why not voting rights? they want to see something done to either get rid of the filibuster or try to modify it so that they can make progress on this issue. particularly as we get into the midterms next year, lindsay. >> josh letterman, thank you so much for that live report here in washington. i want to bring in co-chair of the poor people's campaign,
william j. barber speaking today at the make good trouble rally at the lincoln memorial today. you've been organizing rallies all summer. talk to me about the significance of today and what it is that you'll be fighting for. >> well, the great question before america today is what does it profit america if you hold onto a filibuster, and hold on to a partial infrastructure bill but you lose the soul and the infrastructure of the democracy, which is voting rights and the infrastructure of our daily lives, which is living wage and economic justice. this cannot be just about one day or one issue. it wasn't in '63. it's not today. we can't say this starts to push back. we've been pushing back. this is a day we come together and if that's all you do as a day you haven't done enough. we have to continue to move and have a campaign. when i go on the stage i'll have a low wage worker from west virginia, who's white, one white, one black, standing together speaking saying look, this is not about black people,
this is about a moral crisis, that there's a direct line from voter suppression to suppression of living wage, suppression of health care. you have to draw that line and it's held up by a non-constitutional filibuster. >> something happening behind us at the capitol. the john lewis voting act was passed in the house. and expected to see resistance in the senate. why keep the filibuster if it will abolish the heart of democracy here, but do you think that today's events, the culmination of these hundreds of rallies that we're going to see will put pressure on lawmakers? >> not if it's just today. it's got to continue and the fact of the matter is what was dr. king and others speaking out against then? in '63 it was a rally for jobs and justice. they were talking about economic justice. they were talking about voting rights and they were speaking out against the filibuster. in '63. so today, yes, we have to end that filibuster. it has done too much damage now through history. we have to have the john lewis voting rights restoration act
but that's still not enough. we have to have the for the peoples act. that will deal with what's going on right now. the voting acts restoration will deal with what's going on later and then we have $15 living wage and then we have to push for a true economic spending plan that lifts from the bottom up and helps bring people up. this is a moral crisis we're in, not just about black and white. anybody that limits it to one issue is not properly remembering the march in '63, nor understanding the pain and the problems that we face today, black, white, brown, native, asian, gay, straight, everybody's being hurt by this filibuster, everybody's being hurt by voting rights suppression and everybody is being hurt because of lack of living wages. >> i want to talk to you about minorities in texas, it's likely to be signed into law.
gives more power to partisan pole watchers. bans drive-through voting. so while republicans say they're not targeting minorities here is there any debate that is who will be most impacted? >> it's targeting minorities but it's also hurt b everybody. you have that happening in texas, same kind of deal being passed in west virginia where there's hardly any black people. we have to broaden this, america's infrastructure of her democracy and every one of those things you just mentioned you have to have federal protections to stop them. which means you've got to have the for the peoples act because that deals with access. voting rights restoration deals with pre-clearance. you have to have both of those and guess what? in that state, the same lawmakers that are suppressing the vote and they want to block people from voting is happening in 49 other states across the country. 56 million people use the kind of access to the ballot that they're trying to block now and in texas the same people that are doing that, they blocked living wages, they blocked
health care, they speak out against immigrants. you have to draw the connection. that's why we have to have a multifaceted, multiracial fusion movement, moral movement that says this is a constitutional moral crisis and we can overcome it and that we cannot be satisfied until we deal with all of these issues. >> you have a busy day ahead and we will be listening to your speech on the lincoln memorial. thank you so much for your time and for joining us today, we appreciate it. >> thank you so much, forward together, not one step back. >> thank you so much. >> all right, aaron. >> lindsay thanks. coming up. one in every six hospital beds nationwide has a covid patient in it and as the death toll rises a judge in florida deals a big blow to governor ron desantis and his covid strategy. we'll tell you about that. and to want representative cori bush joins tiffany cross live to discuss this week's supreme court ruling on the eviction moratorium. watch "the cross connection" at 10:00 a.m. eastern on msnbc.
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major ruling in florida, a state ravaged by covid, health services frommed, judges overturned governor ron desantis's ban on mask mandates in schools. many hospitals nationwide are at a breaking point. nbc correspondent miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: with our nation deeply divided over how to best protect children in school, a florida judge ruling the governor's controversial ban on mask mandates in the classroom is unlawful. a major defeat with similar legal challenges already under way in states like texas and arizona, who were also defying cdc guidance. >> i'm personally sick and tired of people playing politics with my child's life. >> reporter: as more children become infected with covid, the cdc warns hospitalizations will rise. a growing number of pediatric units are already overwhelmed.
>> without proper, you know, barriers in place like masks, social distancing, we expect to see that these numbers are going to probably keep going up. >> reporter: delta is still driving infections around the world. a new study from the uk says the variant is doubling the risk of hospitalization. states like alabama already at a breaking point. >> we are really in a crisis situation. i don't know how much longer we're going to be able to do this. >> reporter: as the pandemic grows more dire and more hospitals are in need of a lifeline, the u.s. has again surpassed 2,000 deaths in a single day. breaking the grim benchmark for the first time since march. a new model now suggests by december 1st 107,000 more could still die. >> that was horrific. you've got to listen to your child die. >> reporter: lisa lost her two
sons within 12 hours of each other. she was vaccinated. they were not. >> this is the most devastating thing i've ever, ever been through. >> reporter: one mother's preventable loss as our nation sees far too much heartbreak every day. miguel almaguer, nbc news. well, coming up, more than two dozen san diego area students are stranded in afghanistan with their families. the plan to get them out next. plus, residents in new orleans are being told to evacuate as a possible category 4 hurricane threatens to hit louisiana. we're there live. and today representative ilhan omar joins velshi to discuss the latest in afghanistan. that's today at 8:00 a.m. eastern on msnbc. eastern on msnbc
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chesky is there for us this morning. morgan, you've been getting the emergency alerts there on your phone. you've been tweeting about it. we know the mayor has called on everyone outside the levy system to get out. president biden has approved a state of emergency. we're talking about a serious storm they're preparing for. >> reporter: you're absolutely right, a category 4 hurricane is incredibly serious. it's a life changing storm is what some experts are calling this. and for a lot of people that live up and down the l don't ha too far back t hurricane laura hurricane delta hit. katrina 16 years ago. as it stands right now, the landfall anticipated to hit around late sunday august 29th. the winds upwards of 140 miles an hour. we're talking about a potential storm surge in the hardest hit
areas that could hit 20 feet high and that's why the evacuations are already under way. important to note that the mayor of new orleans has said that because this storm is approaching the louisiana coast so rapidly, it is -- they don't have enough time to issue mandatory evacuations for those in the city itself. meaning they don't have enough time to arrange the highways and that contra flow pattern to let people get out as fast as they can. whenever we were approaching the water this morning we saw cars already going out of town early, before 5:00 a.m., people not wanting to take any chances because they realize that once ida gets over these gulf waters that are so incredibly warm, it can intensify so rapidly, very similar to what we saw with laura last year, when it was just one or two miles an hour shy, windwise, of approaching the power of a category 5. that's why today, nobody is
taking any chances with this storm. we know that hospitals in the new orleans area, at least several of them, will go into lockdowns starting tomorrow morning. that means that staff will go in and essentially not leave until the worst of this storm passes. at the pediatric hospital here, parents will be able to come inside, wait out the storm with their kids, fingers crossed that their home is still standing when they come outside. lindsey, kendis. >> morgan chesky for us in new orleans today, morgan, thank you. a desperate effort is under way right now to get several san diego area families who are in afghanistan back to the u.s. the story's been developing by the day. it started with eight families that were stranded, including 24 students from the cajon valley union school district. since wednesday the majority of them had safely evacuated or are in the process of leaving the country but one family is still there waiting for help as we understand it.
the families traveled to afghanistan to visit relatives months before the taliban seized power there. they planned to return before the new school year started. tamara otero is the school board president of the cajon valley union school district in california. she's been working with congressman daniel ice's office to bring these folks home. tamara, i know you guys have been serving as a lifeline for these families really, you're down to one family that still needs help to get out. talk to us about how you were able to make it happen and what the status is on that family that's still left. >> hour district has been fortunate over the last few years to build what is called a family and community engagement office. and that office also consists of about 17 liaisons that work closely with parents and schools to build advocacy and trust. we are home to a very large refugee group here in the cajon valley area. and we had two liaisons that had built a wonderful trust between
those families, those students, and their schools. and so on about august 16th we had a student, one of those family members, reach out to our liaison and say, hey, i'm going to be late for the first day of school. can you hold my seat? i want to make sure i'm still in school. i still get my spot. and that communication really has been the line between reaching out to those families in afghanistan and being able to hopefully bring them all safely back home. as you mentioned we still have one there. >> i have to ask you, there have been reports that indicated these families traveled sometime between may and june this summer. we know the u.s. had started withdrawing some of its troops prior to that, the situation there was starting to deteriorate. were these families not aware of the potential risks going into that country? >> it's hard to say. i think i would be speculating if i tried to share that. i will say that they went to go visit family and you can
imagine, this is where they're from. this is their homeland. so perhaps they would see it differently than you or i would but i went to go visit family and knowing this may be one of the last times they're able to do that. i have great empathy for a family that went back to see, you know, grandmothers and grandfathers, knowing that maybe this wouldn't be available to them again. >> it's hard not to do that when you know that the odds are not necessarily in your favor in the future. we're three days away now from this august 31st deadline, no plans really for an extension of that in any significant way. how confident are you that these folks who are still there are going to be able to make it out by then? >> i'm very confident. we've been really, really lucky to work hand in hand with congressman ice's office, and they've been extremely responsive to our situation. and as you mentioned earlier we're down to just the one family that we're still trying to help. so i'm hopeful that today will
bring us some news with that family, haven't heard anything yet. but that's the last family we have to get out safely. there are four, i'm told, that are still in afghanistan, but they're secure and awaiting transfer. >> i know you've had this? >> we've been advising them to reach out to, you know, their to work through those channels. i think the difference, like i mentioned earlier, is that we have this liaison system in place and so when you build trust prior to an emergency it really helps in a situation like this. i'm hopeful that other school districts, other areas will be able to get their families out as well. my advice would be reach out to
your senator or your congressman and do what you can to share anything that you have, any information that you may have. >> well, i know how tense and scary this had to have been for the families who've made it out and for the folks who are still there and we're fortunate there are folks like you and others who are working to try to help these folks get back home and get back here to the states. tamara otero, we appreciate your time today, thank you. >> thank you so much. and coming up, florida was one of the first states to pass a law restricting the right to vote, and today people are pushing back. we're going to go live to the site of a massive march in miami. before we go to break now, we are learning more about some of the service members at the kabul airport who were killed days ago. we want to honor them. before joining the here, corpol hunter lopez, served in the riverside sheriff's association explorer program in california and he planned to return as a deputy after his deployment. it was something that ran in the family, apparently. the agency writing that hunter
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we are turning back to the voting rights rallies across the country. many are kicking off in just minutes including here in d.c. florida was one of the first states to pass a restrictive voting law this year, it cuts back on voting hours and bans activities that could influence voters near polling sites. today near miami a voter-cade will get under way leading to a rally at florida university. what can we expect from today's rally in miami? >> if you remember just last year, caravans, these voter-cades was a big thing in
south florida. people head to their cars and made their voices heard that way. what we expect to happen today is people will first start by going to their congressional representatives offices or senator's office. from there, they will travel and make their way to another site where they will have a drive-in rally. and stay there listening to speakers and activists talking about what's going on here and around the country. when governor ron desantis signed that legislation into law, he said florida had some of the strongest election integrity measures in the country. those were his words. he claimed it wuld prevent fraud. president trump actually won this state in november when desantis signed that restrictive voting law into law. he didn't let all of the media in. if you remember, he only allowed fox to be there. it was an exclusively aired on fox event. he claimed this is something that would benefit the entire case. if that were the case, he would think he would want floridians
other than fox viewers to hear it. that's how it aired that day. he signed it into law again saying it would make this state have some of the strongest election integrity laws, rules in place in the country. critics say that that is something that will take this state back to the jim crow era. it's meant to specifically restrict the rights of primarily people of color. today they plan to make their voices heard. they are going to be joining activists in states across the country calling on officials to denounce voter suppression, to also stand up against voter restriction and ultimately to sign for the peoples act to make sure this is something that does not continue to happen in states across the country. >> i know here in d.c. there are some concerns that so many people will be gathering and we have covid spreading and the delta variant. here in d.c. a lot of march organizers say they will have vaccine tents set up with j&j
and encouraging masks and everything will be outside to try to prevent the spread. any mitigation efforts there in miami? >> the big mitigation effort is that no one will be leaving their cars. they'll be pulling up to this rally and staying in their vehicles as they listen to speakers. this happened a good bit leading into the election last year where people would flip their radio to the predesignated station and hear people on the stage. a lot of horns honking to represent the cheers that people would normally have if they were out in the crowd. we expect that to be the case today. they'll be meeting up at starting locations and congressional offices, but then they will be in their cars, voter-cade driving to the next site for a drive-in rally. >> very interesting. keep it here, because we will have special coverage of the nationwide voting rights marches all day on msnbc. more legal woes for former president donald trump.
this week seven capitol police officers filed a lawsuit against trump, his allies and members of far-right extremist groups accusing them of intentionally sending a violent mob to stop the certification of the election in an unlawful effort to stay in power. >> the lawsuit says plaintiffs were violently assaulted, spat on, tear gassed, bear sprayed, subjected to racial slurs and epithets put in fear for their lives. plaintiff's injuries continue today. we are joined by the lawyer filing suit on behalf of the officers. we've all seen the video and heard the powerful testimony given during the january 6th committee hearing. tell us what led these officers to make their decision to launch a lawsuit? >> these officers every day go to work to protect congress, the
people in congress, the members. the people in the public that go to congress every day. january 6th was special. they were not only protecting them but protecting the right to vote of 155 million people in the country that voted in the 2020 election. they helped protect the votes of all those people against insurrection. in this country, it's voters that decide elections, not insurrectionists. so these officers want the people responsible behind january 6th to be held accountable. >> john, explain to us the legal argument you will make here. why do you feel the former president, president trump specifically is responsible here. >> it's president trump and a lot of the people behind january 6th.
the law -- the primary law we're using is the ku klux klan of 1871. that act is designed to protect federal officials in terms of doing their jobs. if somebody is going to intimidate, coerce, attack those federal officials in terms of doing their jobs, they are to be held accountable. you think that back then the ku klux klan act was passed in order to prevent groups like the klan from preventing federal officers from doing their job in the south, which at that time was to have a multi racial democracy. there are echoes of that in terms of what happened on january 6th, where there was an attack on the vote and particularly the attack on the vote of people of color. and president trump and all the people that he conspired with, groups like the proud boys, they were trying to understand mine that vote. >> the house committee is debating a massive trove of
documents related to january 6th. it includes documents that include trump family members. the former president plans to invoke measures to block that from happening. how can that tie into your lawsuit? >> obviously to the extent that there are documents that come out of the committee subpoenas and information that comes out of the committee subpoenas we'll learn more to the degree of coordination going on between the president and between all of these other groups with respect to causing the january 6th insurrection. >> and, john, do you expect to get your hands on those documents to go through them to add to the case you're making? what do you hope to find out from the house committee? >> it is our hope that at the appropriate point in time congress will release -- will get documents from these subpoenas and that they'll release it to the public and
we'll be able to use it to support our lawsuit. >> all right. john greenbaum, appreciate your time today. thank you for watching msnbc reports. >> "velshi" starts right now. today on "velshi," crowds are amassing right now on the streets of the nation's capitol and fanning out across the country to march on washington again as dr. martin luther king did 58 years ago to demand free and fair access to the ballot for all americans. we'll take you live to the front lines of the battle for voting rights unfolding now in historic protests across america. plus the latest from afghanistan as the threat of further attacks looms over the kabul airport with three days until the u.s. deadline for
getting out. we'll talk to reporters in the region, a former translator who is still trying to get family out of the congress and congresswoman ilhan omar who knows what it's like to flee war and arrive in america as a refugee. with covid cases surging including among children, the fight over mask mandates in red states is boiling over. then a haunting story from a picturesque american town with what some local residents call a dirty secret. "velshi" starts now. good morning. it's saturday, august 28th. i'm mehdi hasan in for ali velshi. in afghanistan, the u.s. evacuation efforts are taking on greater urgency. we're just learning this morning that the uk's final evacuation flight carrying civilians will depart today. president biden's august 31st deadline to leave the country is quickly approaching and the
horrific suicide bombing outside of kabul's airport is adding to the pressure. the attack killed 13 u.s. service members, you can see nine of them here on the screen. it's the deadliest u.s. casualty event in afghanistan in ten years. yesterday president biden expressed his condolences to their families. >> my art heartaches for you. the lives lost yesterday were given in the service of liberty, the service or security, the service of others. the service of america. >> more than 110 afghan civilians were also killed in the violence. perhaps many more than that. some put the afghan civilian death toll at 200 and maybe 200 others wounded. in retaliation against the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attack, isis-k, u.s. military forces conducted a drone strike that