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breaking overnight. new clues linking a suspect to the series of bombings in new jersey and new york. could the charges be upgraded? cnn's live team coverage starts right now. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. nice to see you. it is tuesday, september 20th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. we have new information on the man who planted bombs in four locations in two states over two days. 28-year-old accused bomb ee eeed
khan rahami is quote the main guy. police have not determined if anyone else helped him. rahami was born in afghanistan and a naturalized citizen. rahami was captured hours after officials sent an alert with his picture to millions of cell phones in the region. it ended with police and rahami in a dramatic shootout. we have cnn's jessica schneider live in elizabeth, new jersey. live us the update. >> reporter: you said it, john. rahami was taken down in the gun battle. he lived in elizabeth, new jersey. he faces a litany of state charges. including five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. he is being held on $5.2 million bail. while the manhunt is over, the investigation is ramping up.
investigators want to know was rahami held or assisted in the plot by other people and also does he have ties to foreign terror groups? we know rahami did spend significant time overseas, including in afghanistan where he was born and pakistan where he married a woman there in 2011. we know rahami spent a significant amount of time in afghanistan in 2013 and 2014. every time he came back to the united states, he went through secondary screening, but never flagged. immigration officials and investigators in the case want to know if he was in fact radicalized. rahami underwent surgery in the hospital yesterday. he is being held on $5.2 million bond. the investigation into this continues. we understand from the bar owner who actually spotted rahami inside the vestibule in his bar
yesterday morning, rahami was there sleeping. we talked to the bar owner. he described how it went down. listen. >> the first cop said he just looked at him. he's still sleeping. his hoodie was over his head. the second cop pulled up in woke him up. right away he went to his left side to get to his gun. i could not hear the c conversati conversation. right away he pulled the gun and shot twice. i was shaking a little bit. a cop pulled out his gun and at that point in time, i realized this is the guy. >> reporter: and the fbi launching a raid at the rahami family home here in elizabeth, new jersey. that happening yesterday. rahami's family owns the chicken restaurant underneath their apartment in elizabeth. this chicken restaurant was
cause for commotion and concern in the neighborhood. the neighbors said there was commotion and issues and the rahami family filed a lawsuit in 2011 saying they were being harassed. that lawsuit was settled and terms of it were undisclosed. john. >> jessica, thank you. >> let's talk about more of the developments overnight in the bombing investigation. a law enforcement official tells cnn a handwritten note was found with the unexploded bomb in chelsea. it included references to previous terrorists including the boston bombers. one thing the investigators want to know if the bomber had help and was he part of a terror ring. the suspect was not initially cooperative with police. joining us now with the latest is cnn's ed lavandera in the chelsea neighborhood. good morning, ed. >> reporter: good morning, christine. 23rd street between 7th avenue and 6th avenue back open to
traffic. everything moving smoothly. as you can see the mangled awning, the site where the explosion took place saturday night. it was the site four blocks north of here where one of the unexploded pressure cookers is yielding the to clmost clues. the fingerprint was found on the pressure cooker and that led authorities to identify rahami as the suspect and the man they were looking for in the case as well as the note that contained ramblings and talks about other terrorist, including the boston bombers. a lot of information gleaned from that device found four blocks north of here several hours after the explosion here. that is what led authorities to quickly move and start to identifying rahami as the suspect and leading to the alert that went out monday morning. with the quick apprehension of him as well. sources are telling us that rahami's connected to not only
the two locations here in new york city, but also the explosives found in elizabeth with five pressure cook errers five pipe bombs and along a parade route in new jersey over the weekend. investigators combing through all of that evidence and piecing all of that together trying to figure out if rahami acted alone or if he had a wider net of weapon in all of this. that is one of the things they continue to look at. they are also looking for two men seen on video carrying one of the duffel bags away from the scene on 27th street. doesn't appear these men are connected, but authorities want to talk to them. >> ed in chelsea for us. six minutes past the hour. thanks, ed. a new report says nearly 900 people who had been ordered deported or removed from the united states were later able to get citizenship because of a flaw in the fingerprint system.
nearly 150,000 older fingerprint records were not digitized. they could not be easily searched for someone applying for citizenship under another name. dhs is reviewing the decisions and working to digitize the old records. four months left in his term, president obama will make the case for more humanitarian aid for syria and refugees. the president tried to calm nerves yesterday in the wake of the bombings in new york and new jersey saying we all have a role to play in winning the global war on terror. outside groups are crunching the numbers on the donald trump revised tax plan. the tax plan will cost between $2.6 trillion. that is less than his original proposal which had a $10
trillion tag. the estimate is a wide range because the plan for business tax plan is unclear. still, the tax foundation does say trump's plan would mean lower taxes for everyone. the bottom 20% would see a 1.2% drop. middle class slightly more than that. john, at the top 1%. the tax plan still gives the largest tax cut to the very rich. >> the pass through issue which is complicated. you are talking about a $1 trillion variation. they need to be pressed on that for sure. national security at the forefront of the 2016 race. this following the bombings in new york and new jersey. donald trump suggesting profiling is the way to go. that's next.
in the wake of the new york and new jersey bombings donald trump is showing support again for the racial profiling. it may be the only way to keep the homeland safe. >> our local police, they know who they are. they are afraid to do anything because they afraid of profiling. do we have a choice? we're trying to be so politically correct in our country. this will only get worse. >> both candidates are using the attacks to paint the other unfit for the terror threat. donald trump in florida bolstering his case for undocumented immigrants. we get more from sara murray. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump took the stage in front of the packed house in florida and tied the latest string of attacks to immigration policy. saying a strong immigration security is the same as national security. insisting if he is elected
president, he will bring an end to attacks like this on u.s. soil. >> my highest duty as president is to protect our citizens and uphold the constitution of the united states. i will honor that duty to the fullest extent every single day and i will never waiver and i will tell you that i consider a sacred obligation. sacred. >> reporter: now trump made another call for an ideological test for any immigrant who wants to come to the u.s. that has been controversial in the past. he said a strong stance is what voters want. meanwhile, hillary clinton stating her experience will carry her to the finish line. we will see the two on stage in less than a week in the first presidential debate. as for today, trump is back on the campaign trail in north carolina.
back to you. thanks, sara. hillary clinton hitting back and hitting back hard against this from donald trump. clinton accuses trump of being a recruiting sergeant for isis. she stresses she has the steady hand and experience to keep the country safe. let's get the latest from jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, as donald trump has been blasting hillary clinton for being weak and part of the obama administration's failure in his words in the war on terrorism, she is pushing back hard saying donald trump's rhetoric as been a recruiting tool for isis. this is front and center in the campaign with 49 days to go. six days before the debate. her words yesterday. >> we know that a lot of the rhetoric we heard from donald trump has been seized on by terrorists. in particular isis. because they are looking to make this into a war against islam.
>> reporter: by saying donald trump has been a recruitment tool for isis, she is opening a new line of attack here in the campaign. strength and security have long been a conversation and they have taken on an urgent tone. they are front and center in the campaign. a presidential campaign once seemed to be about the economy has turned into a conversation about national security. donald trump going hard after hillary clinton on immigration. this is going to be a central discussion here over the course of the next week with the first debate next monday night here in new york which is key on national security. the clinton campaign believes there is strength and experience to be used here as an advantage. donald trump's arguments for changes may muddle all of it. >> thank you, jeff. and this from donald trump jr. after tweeting an image of a syrian refugees to skittles. text reads if i had a bowl of
skittles, and i told you three would kill you, would you take a handful? this comes at a cost. trump tweets this image sends it all. let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put america first. he said that is our syrian refugee program. skittles issuing a response. skittles are candy. refugees are people. we don't feel it is an appropriate analogy. we will refrain from further commentary. this is just the latest for trump jr. who was criticized last week for using a holocaust reference for blaming the media for letting hillary clinton get away with mistakes. >> whatever you think about the insensitivity, the math is just radically out of whack.
>> was it? i have to look at this. you have 1 in 3 billion chance of being killed by a refugee. another piece of political news that has people talking. could a bush be backing a clinton? namely george h.w. bush now voting for hillary clinton? that comes from robert kennedy's daughter. posted this picture on facebook with her of president george h.w. bush. the president told me he's voting for hillary. it is not secret what happened between the bush family in the primaries. a convoy of much-needed aid for syria comes under attack. who is responsible and could this be the final straw for the
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welcome back. the state department expressing outrage over the bombing of the united nations aid convoys in aleppo. at least a dozen people were killed in the air strikes on monday. it is not clear if they were killed by syrian or russian planes. meanti meantime, the syrian military declaring the week-long fire over. we have frederik pleitgen live for us this morning in damascus. hi, fred. >> reporter: hi, christine.
the u.s. is saying it is not really paying attention to the syrian government. they say they're agreement for a cease-fire was not the syrian government, but with the russians. they expect the russians to bring the syrians back into the fold to try to stop the violence in syria. from all accounts of word in the aleppo area, it looks as if the cease-fire is dead. you don't have the strikes that hit the aid convoy, but you have fighting in eastern aleppo. the rebel-held area. strikes were raining down like quote rain in that area. at least 30 people were killed and many wounded. the efforts to try to save people from the rubble were also hampered by the fact there is no electricity. all of this happened in the dark. very difficult for the rescue crews to operate. there is the international outrage about the convoy being hit. at this point, unclear who hit that convoy.
the united nations only saying it was hit. not saying it was an air strike or ground fire. the u.s. believes it was an air strike and coalition planes were not in that area. they say it must be the syrians or russians and they need the russians to come forward to clarify this situation. this is tragic not just because of the loss of life. 12 people killed, but this was aid for 78,000 people in the area. certainly another big blow to try to stop the violence and help the people who most need it on the ground here. christine. >> fred pleitgen, thank you. 25 minutes after the hour. new developments in new york and new jersey bombing investigation. we know what clues led police to the suspect. more charges and could be upgraded and new developments in the investigation into whether anyone else was involved. we'll be right back.
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breaking overnight. we have new details on what led police to the suspect in the new york and new jersey bombings. he now faces charges for trying to kill police. could terror charges be on the way? this as officials try to figure out if he acted alone. we are on the scene this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman.
>> i'm christine romans. 30 minutes past the hour. new information on the man who planted bombs in four locations in two states over two days. 28-year-old accused bomber ahmad khan rahami has been charged with attempted murder of police officers. officials tell cnn they believe rahami is the main guy. they have to the determined if anyone else helped him. rahami is a naturalized u.s. citizen and born in afghanistan. he traveled to that country several times and questioned each time he returned to the states. rahami was captured after an alert was sent with his mug shot sent to millions of cell phones in the region. it ended with police and rahami in a dramatic shootout and a raid of the rahami home in new jersey. that is where jessica schneider joins us. jessica, bring us up to date on the investigation. >> reporter: christine, we are hearing that rahami is not being cooperative so far with investigators who want to glean information from him and not
talking to police. what we do know is rahami now faces a litany of state charges. he is facing five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement official and being held on $5.2 million bail. while the manhunt itself is complete, the investigation is ramping up. investigators want to know if rahami was helped by anyone in the plot and if he has ties to foreign terror groups. we know he spent a significant amount of time overseas in afghanistan where he was born and pakistan where he married a woman in 2011. we know he spent significant time in quetta, afghanistan from 2013 to 2014. we know quetta has a strong taliban stronghold. every time he came back to the united states, he went through secondary screening in immigration. he was never flagged. now investigators want to know
if he was ever radicalized. rahami was taken down in the neighboring down of linden. i'm in elizabeth. he was taken down in the gun battle. interestingly, he was spotted in the vestibule of a bar by a bar owner who saw his picture on cnn and called police. he describes how it went down. >> the first cop just looked at him. he's still sleeping and the hoodie is still over his head. the second cop waked him up. right away he went to his left side to pull, i'm sure the gun. i could not hear the conversation. i was across the street in the doorway. right away he pulled the gun and he shot twice. i was shaking a little bit. the cop pulled out his gun and at that point in time, i realized, okay this is the guy. >> reporter: quite a tense scene
there. also a tense scene in elizabeth where the rahami home was raided. the family owns the chicken restaurant, the point of contention in the neighborhood. neighbors say it was open 24 hours a day and causing a nuisance. the rahami family filed a lawsuit against the city and police saying they were being discriminated against and harassed because they were muslim. john and christine. >> jessica, thank you. another development overnight. a law enforcement tells cnn a handwritten note was found with the bomb in chelsea. investigators want to know did this guy have help? was he part of an organized terror ring? the suspect was not initially cooperative with police when they tried to question them. cnn's ed lavandera in the
chelsea neighborhood of new york with the latest. ed. >> reporter: good morning, john. one of the first things investigators did in the chelsea neighborhood of manhattan was fan out across the area searching for surveillance video to provide clues. they found images of rahami walking down the street here on 23rd street in manhattan with two duffel bags. this is the scene where the explosion happened. 23rd street is now open this morning. everything relatively back to normal. you can see the destruction there behind pe. the investigators continue to work out and trying to piece together how rahami put the bombs together and how he was trained and where he was trained. the explosive devices found four blocks north of here that did not detonate that provided the most clues. a fingerprint on the pressure cooker led investigators to identify him as the suspect. that is what led to the alerts
that went out monday morning and to his quick capture in new jersey. investigators are telling cnn that they have been able to link the suspect here not only with the explosive devices in new york city, but also with a bag of pipe bombs in elizabeth, new jersey and another explosion that took place over the weekend in seaside, new jersey. one other detail. there are two men seen carrying a duffel bag away from the scene at 27th street four blocks north of where i am here. investigators say they still want to track down the men. they don't believe they are connected to this, but they walked away from the scene with the duffel bag. they are trying to track them down. >> fascinating part of this. the two guys on video removing the device from the duffel bag. did they know what they were done and inadvertently disable the device?
ed, thank you. a report shows that nearly 900 people that were ordered removed from the u.s. were able to get citizenship. nearly 150,000 fingerprints were not digitized. a spokesperson says dhs is reviewing those decisions and working to digitize the old records. four months left in his term and president obama will try to get more aid for syria. the president is set to announce new plans to help syrian refugees with similar commitments expected from other countries. on monday, the president tried to calm nerves in the wake of the bombings in new york and new jersey. the ceo of wells fargo preparing for a grilling on capitol hill. john stumpf will testify at
10:00 a.m. eastern. the revelations that bank employees created 2 million unauthorized accounts. stumpf has apologized for the scandal, but people say he needs to go. stumpf cases senator warren. she will ask why the executive retiring with $124 million. investors are suffering here. wells fargo stock is down 10% since the scandal broke. that wiped out $22 billion in market value and knocked wells fargo off the top spot as the most valuable u.s. bank. that belongs to jpmorgan chase. this incident, john, nine years after the financial crisis. this just is the greedy banker written all over it. the public is angry about that. >> understandably.
the wake of the new york and new jersey bombings, donald trump is repeating support for profiling. trump says he believes it may be the only way to keep the homeland safe. >> our local police, they know who these people are. they are afraid to do anything about it because they don't want to be accused of profiling. do we have a choice? look what is going on? do we have a choice? we are trying to be so politically correct in our country. >> both candidates are using the attacks painting the other as
unfit to handle the foreign affairs. let's get more from sara murray. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. donald trump took the stage in front of a packed house in florida. he immediately tied the latest string of attacks to immigration policy. saying that a strong immigration security is the same as national security and insisting if he is elected president, he will bring an end to attacks like this on u.s. soil. >> my highest duty as president is to protect our citizens and to uphold the constitution of the united states. i will honor that duty to the fullest extent every single day and i will never waiver and i will tell you that i consider a sacred obligation. sacred. >> reporter: now trump also made yet another call for ideological test for any immigrant who wants to come to the u.s.
that has been controversial in the past. he is betting a strong stance is what voters want heading into election day. meanwhile, hillary clinton is saying say steady hand and experience as secretary of state will carry her to the finish line. now we will see the two of them on stage together in less than a week for that first presidential debate. as for today, trump is back on the campaign trail in north carolina. >> thank you, sara. hillary clinton hitting back hard on the attacks in new york and new jersey. stressing she has the steady hand and experience to keep america safe. we get more from jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, as donald trump has been blasting hillary clinton for being weak and part of the obama administration's failure in his words in the war on terrorism, she is pushing back hard saying donald trump's rhetoric has been a recruiting tool for isis.
now just six days before the debate. her words yesterday were unsparingly. >> we know that a lot of the rhetoric we heard from donald trump has been seized on by terrorists. in particular, isis, because they are looking to make this into a war against islam. >> reporter: by saying that donald trump has been a recruitment tool for isis, she is opening a new line of attack here in the campaign. strength and security have long been a conversation. they have taken on an urgent tone. now they are front and center in the campaign. a presidential campaign once seemed to be about the economy has now turned into a conversation about national security. donald trump going hard after hillary clinton on immigration. this is going to be a central discussion here over the course of the next week with the first debate next monday night here in new york. key on national security.
the clinton campaign believes strength and experience will pull through. the son of donald trump is raising a lot of questions over a new tweet. donald trump jr. compared syrian refugees to skittles. he tweeted a picture with a bowl of skittles. if i had a bowl of skittles and i told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful. the suggestion that the refugees could come at a cost. trump tweeted this image sends it all. let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put america first. the parent company of skittles issued a response overnight. skittles are candy. refugees are people. we don't feel it is an appropriate analogy. we will respectfully refrain
from commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing. >> it is more than a suggestion. it says that is our syrian refugee problem. it is a clear analogy they are trying to draw. the company wants no part. >> a lot of people say it is insensitive. another piece of news that has the political world talking. could a bush back a clinton? former president george h.w. bush voting for clinton. robert kennedy's daughter posted this picture on facebook of her with president george h.w. bush. saying the president told me he's voting for hillary. it is no secret the bush family are no fans of donald trump. the former spokesperson is neither denying nor confirming. the rain has ended in the northeast and the first day of autumn is thursday.
how long until we get relief from the heat and autumnal relief? meteorologist pedram javaheri has the latest. >> for the last couple days of summer, impressive. new york city in the mid 80s. places like bangor, maine, 80 degrees on the last day of summer. it should be 68 degrees that far north. we have rain in store with delmarva and the southeast. should be dry across the region to the northeast by this afternoon. that is a nice change as far as what happened on monday with a lot of rainfall. notice across the atlantic. we have tropical storm karl. tropical depression 13. poised to become tropical storm lisa. both of the storms look like a mariner hazard. karl could impact bermuda. we will watch that over the next several days.
back to the united states, we are watching the changes. cooler air filtering in late this weekend. in places like boston, say good-bye to the 80s. you bring back the 60s. look at the overnight temperatures in boston. 49 degrees after being in the mid-60s. guys. >> pedram, thank you. a new list out of colleges with the highest paid grads. there's two in the top five you probably never heard of. we will show you the six-figure incomes when we get an early start on your money next.
this morning, the state department expressing outrage over the bombing of united nations aid convoys in aleppo. at least a dozen people were killed on monday in the air strikes. it was not clear if they were hit by syrian or russian planes. this comes at odds to stem the violence in syria. the syrian military declaring
the week-long cease-fire over. the question now is can it be revived as limited as it was. cnn's frederik pleitgen is live in damascus. fred, what can you tell us this morning? >> reporter: john, the u.s. is basically saying they don't care what the syrians say. they say the agreement is not with the syrian government. it is with the russians. they expect the russians to use the influence with the syrian government to get the cease-fire back on track. what we have been seeing over the last 18 hours, it seems as though another opportunity to try to bring respite to the people here in syria has been squandered. it looks as the cease-fire is pretty much over. last night, there was heavy fighting going on in the east of aleppo, the rebel-held districts and fire traded there and air strikes took place as well. 30 people, at least, were killed in those and the rescue efforts
to save those wounded in those strikes were hampered by the fact there is no electricity. it is pitch black. difficult for the rescue crews to operate. you have the hitting of the u.n. aid convoy. it was inside rebel-held territory, but it had come from government territory and being unloaded. the u.n. was saying it was hit. the u.s. says it was hit by a plane according to their information. there were no coalition airplanes in the area. it must have been hit by the russians or syrians. we have no statements from those factions yet. on the one hand, 12 people were killed as the convoy was hit, but there was aid for 78,000 people in the convoy. those people are now not going to get that aid. that is tragic as the cease-fire that was supposed to help the folks on the ground is pretty
much dead in the water at this point in time although the u.s. still trying to revive it saying they are clinging to that hope it may work out. >> that means thousands and thousands of people still not getting help. fred, thank you. three minutes to the top of the hour. let's get an early start on your money. fed reserve begins the policy meeting today. investors are not worried about a rate hike. stocks in europe and asia are mixed. oil below $43 a barrel. investors shrugged off terror concerns. dow finished lower. tomorrow is an important day for u.s. users of the samsung galaxy note 7. you can finally get a repla replaceme replacement. pick it up from samsung or the store you bought it. the phone was recalled last week after dozens reported it caught fire while charging. what a problem. hopefully the exchange program will go smoother than in south
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>> i'm saying what if. "early start" continues right now. breaking overnight. new clues with the suspect to the series of bombings in new york and new jersey. this man now facing attempted murder charges. could they be upgraded as the investigation casts a wider net? we are live on the scene in the streets of new york and new jersey. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, september 20th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. major developments into the investigation of the man who police say planted bombs in two states over two days. 28-year-old accused bomber ahmad khan rahami charged with attempted murder of police officers. officials tell cnn they believe rahami is the main guy. they have not determined whether anyone else may have helped him. he is a naturalized u.s. citizen born in afghanistan. we know he traveled to that country several times and
questioned each time he returned to the states. rahami was captured hours after officials sent with an alert with his mug shot to millions of cell phones in the region. we find cnn's jessica schneider outside of the family home in elizabeth, new jersey. >> reporter: christine, rahami is not helping investigators. he is not being cooperative. he was taken to the hospital after the gun battle. he faces five charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement official. no federal charges yet. just state charges so far. investigators are ramping up investigation. they want to know if rahami was helped in the plot. they want to know if he has ties to international terrorism. rahami did spend significant time overseas. he was born in afghanistan. spent a lot of time there. spent time in