The first explosion took place just outside the Abbey Gate.
Thousands have been gathering at the Abbey Gate in hopes of getting on a flight out of Kabul. Seven people were killed there last week in a stampede of desperate Afghans attempting to flee.
The second explosion took place at the Baron Hotel, nearby where the first explosion occurred.
“The Baron Hotel near Kabul airport was used by Canadian and British military as collection point for Afghans approved for evacuation flights,” Mark MacKinnon, senior international correspondent for The Globe and Mail reported on Twitter.
American helicopters airlifted a group of 169 Americans from the hotel to the airport last week, Politico reported.
Law enforcement officials told NBC News they had not identified anything in the truck that resembles an explosive device. The concern was based on statements of the driver, who said he has explosives. The man was writing on a dry erase board to communicate with officials, according to NBC.
Law enforcement officials said they were alerted of the situation and responded to it shortly after 9 a.m.
“Around 9:15 this morning a man in a black pickup truck drove onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress,” Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said in a news conference around noon local time. “We responded to a disturbance call. The driver of the truck told the responding officer on the scene that he had a bomb and what appeared, the officer said, appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand.”
“We’re trying to get as much information as we can to find a way to peacefully resolve this,” Manger said. “We are in communication with the suspect.”
Manger said officials have not yet determined the man’s motive. Law enforcement officials haveidentified him as Floyd Ray Roseberry, a 49-year-old white male, believed to be from Grover, North Carolina.
Capitol Police set up a perimeter around the Capitol building and congressional staffers were asked to shelter in their offices. The Cannon House Office Building, the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, and the Library of Congress’ Madison Building were evacuated, per Capitol Hill reporters.
Congress is out of session this week, meaning most lawmakers are not in the city, though there are still people working in the buildings.
The Supreme Court was evacuated, per CNN. The building is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Washington, DC, has been on high alert since rioters stormed the Capitol complex on January 6, resulting in numerous injuries and five deaths.
That same day, two pipe bombs were found outside the offices of the Republican and Democratic National Committees in the city. No one got hurt, though the individual who planted the explosive devices remains unknown. The FBI has called on the public to come forward with any additional details on the suspect’s identity.
This story is developing and will continue to be updated.
“This is an active bomb threat investigation,” Capitol Police tweeted. “Please continue to avoid the area around the Library of Congress.”
Congressional staffers have been asked to shelter in their offices. Two Capitol office buildings have been evacuated and one is on lockdown, per Capitol Hill reporters. Congress is out of session this week.
Capitol Police officers have been on high alert since rioters stormed the Capitol complex seven months ago on January 6, resulting in numerous injuries and five deaths. That same day, two pipe bombs were found outside the offices of the Republican and Democratic National Committees in the city. No one got hurt, though the individual who planted the explosive devices remains unknown. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has called on the public to come forward with any additional details on the suspect’s identity.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country after the Taliban advanced on the capital, with the group later taking the presidential palace.
US citizens in Kabul were instructed to shelter in place by the State Department, with reports of the airport taking fire.
During the five-year reign of the previous Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law nationwide. These included significant restrictions on women, who were not allowed to leave their homes without a male companion and were required to be fully covered from head to feet when in public.
The Taliban has always used the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in its official communications.
International recognition for the Emirate of Afghanistan was minimal from 1996 to 2001 beyond the handful of countries, with the United Nations instead choosing to recognize the exiled Islamic State of Afghanistan.
Afghan leaders have created a “coordination council” to meet with the Taliban for coordinating a transfer of power, according to the AP.
Although masks will still be required on public transit and for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public places and retail settings, county and local governments will be able to decide on public health measures without being overridden by the Cuomo administration.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire – Former Vice President Mike Pence addressed the January 6 insurrection in the most detail he’s offered publicly since leaving office.
Pence was speaking at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner for the Hillsborough County Republican Committee at the Double Tree hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“As I said that night, January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States of America,” Pence told the crowd. “But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured, and that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
The crowd had just given Pence several standing ovations, but went silent when he brought up the siege where rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”
“You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since he left office, and I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day,” Pence said. “But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people of the last four years.”
The day of the insurrection that left five people dead, Trump called out Pence during his speech and complained that the VP would not intervene to prevent the results of the election from being certified in Congress. Although Pence’s role on that day was purely ceremonial and in more of a notary capacity, Trump tweeted his frustration at Pence as the riot was unfolding.
Trump tweeted that Pence did not have “the courage to do what should have been done” at 2:24 p.m., right as the pro-Trump mob was breaching the building.
Pence’s acknowledgment of conversations with Trump since then was not publicly known, and he has spoken little of that day before his speech in New Hampshire.
The former vice president was speaking at what the Hillsborough County GOP billed as their “biggest fundraiser ever,” with attendees able to take a picture with him for an extra donation.
According to a Pence aide who spoke with Insider, the former VP met with Republican Gov. Chris Sununu as well as former Sen. Kelly Ayotte earlier in the day, in addition to the Granite State’s GOP conference in the State Senate.
Pence was speaking there to rally support ahead of the 2022 midterms, and not for a potential 2024 campaign, the aide told Insider.
New York prosecutors have subpoenaed an elite private school in Manhattan as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump and his Trump Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sources told the Journal that Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School was subpoenaed by prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
Jennifer Weisselberg – the childrens’ mother – previously told Insider that Trump would include school tuition in the compensation package for her former husband, Barry Weisselberg. She is a cooperating witness in investigations from both the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the New York Attorney General’s office.
Prosecutors may be examining whether the tuition arrangement allowed Barry or Allen Weisselberg to avoid paying taxes, according to the Journal.
Jennifer Weisselberg told the Journal that more than $500,000 in tuition was paid for with checks written either by Trump or Allen Weisselberg. But the records in her possession don’t show who made the payments, the Journal reported.
The subpoenas for the elite Upper West Side school will allow prosecutors to obtain copies of the transactions for tuition payments, which may tell them whether they came from Trump, Allen Weisselberg, Barry Weisselberg, the Trump Organization, or some other source.
Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office have already gone to the Supreme Court to subpoena reams of financial documents from the Trump Organization, including tax filings. They have also subpoenaed Allen Weisselberg’s bank records.
The Trumps and Weisselbergs have ties to Columbia Grammar
Michael Cohen, a former executive at the Trump Organization and personal lawyer for Trump, was previously the chairman of Columbia Grammar’s board. He helped make sure the Weisselberg grandchildren would be considered for admission, Jennifer Weisselberg previously told Insider.
The children of Jack Weisselberg, Allen Weisselberg’s other son, have also attended Columbia Grammar, according to the Journal.
Barron Trump, the former president’s youngest son, attended the school when he lived in New York City.
And the Trump Foundation – Donald Trump’s now-dissolved charity organization – donated $150,000 to the school between 2014 and 2016, according to the Journal’s review of tax filings.
James’s office is conducting its own investigation into Trump’s and the Trump Organization’s finances. It has made fewer public moves than the investigation from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Vance is set to retire in December, and is widely expected to make a decision about whether to bring charges against Trump or the Trump Organization before then.
Trump faces numerous other legal headaches, including investigations into his conduct as president, lawsuits over sexual misconduct allegations, and an investigation in Georgia into his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results there.
In an earlier interview with Insider, Jennifer Weisselberg said the Trump Organization would pay employees like her former husband with perks like tuition and housing instead of cash as a way to control their lives.
“They want you to do crimes and not talk about it and don’t leave,” she said.
A Texas judge is throwing out the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy filing, saying that the case was filed in “bad faith” in an effort to avoid litigation in New York.
Judge Harlin Hale’s decision to throw out the case came after New York Attorney General Letitia James and others questioned the legitimacy of the bankruptcy filing. Law 360 first reported the ruling.
The NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 15 after James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the gun rights organization, alleging it abused its legal status as a nonprofit. In its August filing, New York prosecutors accused the group of corruption and said its longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre “instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight.”
Prosecutors for James’s office viewed the bankruptcy filing as an attempt to squirm out of the litigation. Hale’s decision sides with those prosecutors, effectively giving a green light to James’s office to continue its lawsuit.
“A judge has ruled in our favor and rejected the @NRA’s attempt to claim bankruptcy and reorganize in Texas,” James said in a tweet Tuesday. “The @NRA does not get to dictate if and where it will answer for its actions, and our case will continue in New York court. No one is above the law.”
In court hearings, attorneys for the NRA have accused James of waging a political campaign against the organization. Closely aligned with Republican politicians, the NRA rallies its members to thwart gun safety laws typically supported by Democratic politicians. Research consistently shows that strict gun laws reduce gun violence. The NRA’s attorneys said that Texas, controlled by Republicans, would offer a regulatory haven for the organization.
The Justice Department stepped into the dispute earlier in May, saying the “evidentiary record clearly and convincingly establishes” that LaPierre failed to provide proper oversight and manipulated personal expenses so that they looked like business expenses.
Hale’s ruling permits the NRA to file for bankruptcy again, but he said that he would likely appoint a trustee to oversee the group if it does rather than leave LaPierre in control of the organization’s finances.
LaPierre is dealing with several other headaches in addition to litigation from the New York Attorney General’s office. In October, the Wall Street Journal reported he was under IRS investigation for possible criminal tax fraud. And in April, the Trace and the New Yorker published footage of him struggling to kill an elephant. The NRA said the publication of the video was intended to embarrass him.
Peloton is recalling all its treadmills after one child died in an accident with one and users reported injuries, the company said in a joint statement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday.
“I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+,” CEO John Foley said in the release. “We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize.”
Shares of the fitness company, known for its bike, treadmill, and standalone subscription models, fell as much as 7% in trading following the announcement.
Peloton instructed customers to immediately stop using the treadmill and contact the company for a full refund or “other qualified remedy,” the statement said. Peloton has also stopped the sale and distribution of the Tread+.
“The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation and effort, culminating in a cooperative agreement that I believe serves the best interests of Peloton and of consumers,” Robert S. Adler, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Today we have taken steps to prevent further harm from these two products.”
Earlier on Monday before news of the investigation broke, a reporter asked Cuomo how much money he received for his book and how staffers contributed to it. The governor deflected on the advance, saying his compensation for the manuscript will show up in his forthcoming tax returns.
“Some people volunteered to review the book,” Cuomo said before ending the press conference shortly thereafter.
Reports from The Times and other outlets in late March and early April raised concerns among ethics watchdogs over whether Cuomo improperly deployed his staff and used other state resources in the completion of his book, despite an explicit guidance from a state ethics board to avoid doing so.
Several of the governor’s aides reportedly convened at the executive mansion in Albany on two separate weekends to go over edits, including some who used paid time off to dedicate hours on a Friday to the endeavor, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Cuomo’s press office has consistently said that anyone on his staff who was consulted for fact checking the book and reviewing passages involving their work did so on their own time.
“We have officially jumped the shark – the idea there was criminality involved here is patently absurd on its face and is just the furthering of a political pile-on,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi told The Times on Monday.
“This is Albany politics at its worst,” Azzopardi continued. “Both the comptroller and the attorney general have spoken to people about running for governor, and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest.”