News Wrap: Empty classified folders found at Mar-a-Lago, deadly bombing in Afghanistan

In our news wrap Friday, the Justice Department says FBI agents found dozens of empty folders marked "classified" at former President Trump's estate in Florida. Pat Cipollone, Trump's White House counsel, went before a federal grand jury in its January 6 investigation. A bombing at a crowded mosque in western Afghanistan killed 18 people, including a prominent pro-Taliban cleric.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: President Biden charged again that former President Trump and his most extreme followers are threatening democracy.

    It followed his speech last night on the same theme. Today, the president said that he is not talking about all Trump supporters, but those who advocate violence and reject election results.

    We will get details after the news summary.

    The U.S. Justice Department now says that FBI agents found empty folders marked classified at the Trump estate in Florida. A detailed inventory of the material was released today. It said more than 100 documents were classified, but more than 40 folders labeled classified were empty, and others contained 10,000 government records with no classifications.

    The one-time Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone testified today before a federal grand jury investigating January 6. He arrived this morning and spent several hours with the panel before leaving later, without comment. His deputy counsel also appeared. Both men already spoke with a Congressional January 6 Committee.

    In Ukraine, U.N. nuclear experts spent a full day at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant after repeated shelling attacks there. They reported signs of damage to the plant, but did not pinpoint blame. Instead, their director said he expects to make a full report next week.

  • Rafael Grossi, Director General, IAEA:

    It is obvious that the plant and the physical integrity of the plant has been violated several times, by chance, by deliberation. Wherever you stay, wherever you stand, wherever you think about this war, this is something that cannot happen.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Separately, Russia extended its shutdown of the pipelines supplying natural gas to Europe. It cited the need for additional maintenance.

    A bombing at a crowded mosque in Western Afghanistan killed 18 people today, including a prominent pro-Taliban cleric. The blast erupted in the city of Herat during noon prayers attended by scores of worshipers. In the aftermath, ambulances took the wounded to a nearby hospital. Officials said that at least 23 people were hurt.

    The death toll in Pakistan's flood disaster rose above 1,200 today, amid warnings of more trouble. A new flood tide is moving down the Indus River towards southern provinces. Many in the region are already in relief camps, where disease is spreading, and many say they are frustrated with a lack of aid.

  • Mundam Ali, Flood Victim (through translator):

    I am seven months' pregnant. I have a lot of pain in my back and a whooping cough. I'm here because my house collapsed in the rain. Nobody takes care of the poor people. Officials come here only for photographs. And doctors came, gave medication for one day, and went away.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Pakistan's best known charity estimates that around 90 percent of the affected population has yet to receive any aid.

    Back in this country, the federal government will provide abortion services for military veterans in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother's life. The Veterans Affairs Department announced the move today. It comes as a number of states have imposed new abortion bans.

    The year's first Atlantic hurricane formed today after what had been a quiet season. The storm named Danielle poses no immediate threat to land. This year marked the first time since 1941 that the Atlantic had gone from July through August without a named storm.

    On Wall Street, the jobs report was not enough to lift stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 338 points to close at 31318. The Nasdaq fell 154 points. The S&P 500 slipped 42. For the week, the Dow and the S&P were down 3 percent. The Nasdaq fell 4 percent.

    And author and activist Barbara Ehrenreich has died in Alexandria, Virginia, after a recent stroke. She called herself a myth buster and challenged ideas about class, religion and the American dream in such books as "Nickel and Dimed" and "Bait and Switch." Barbara Ehrenreich was 81 years old.

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