9 a.m. ET: FBI finds ‘hidden’ documents, flooding creates 60-mile lake, immortal jellyfish secrets and more – CNN 5 Things

Faiz Jamil (host)


From CNN, I’m Faiz Jamil with the 5 things you need to know for Wednesday, August 31.

The Justice Department said documents found by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago were, quote-unquote, “likely concealed” and suppressed in a court filing last night. The DOJ said it was likely part of an effort to hamper the FBI’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential mishandling of classified documents. Adding that these documents were twice as many as what Trump’s team produced after being subpoenaed. CNN’s Sara Murray said the filing also included a response to Trump’s request for a special master; a third party to review the evidence collected.

Sara Murray (reporter shot)


The Justice Department said it did not believe it was necessary. They said the government had already completed its work going through these documents. It is separate from any attorney-client privilege information. And they also said that Donald Trump did not have standing to intervene in this. These are not his documents. These are government property.

Faiz Jamil (host)


Trump’s legal team has until tonight to respond to the DOJ’s court filing.

Texas has spent more than $12 million sending migrants to Washington, DC and New York by bus. That’s according to figures from the state’s Division of Emergency Management, obtained by CNN through a Freedom of Information Act request. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is sending people arriving from Mexico out of state to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies. More than 8,000 migrants are said to have been transported. CNN’s Polo Sandoval says the money spent as of August 9 equates to at least $1,400 per migrant.

Polo Sandoval (reporter shot)


I myself come from a border region. I even looked up the flights it would cost me to fly from South Texas to New York tomorrow. It costs around $500. So it certainly raises serious questions about practicality, about cost-effectiveness. Greg Abbott, when he announced his plans to push the border to lawmakers’ doorsteps in Washington and Eric Adams, his doorstep here in New York. He made it very clear that he knew it wasn’t going to be cheap.

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So far, Abbott has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

Russian state energy company Gazprom has cut off gas to Europe through Europe’s largest pipeline operator, the data showed. Gas flows from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe have fallen to zero as part of a planned outage announced last week. Its reopening is scheduled for September 2. But this is not the first time a shutdown has occurred this year. In July, the pipeline was shut down for ten days for what Gazprom said was maintenance. Wednesday’s outage fueled concerns that Russia is deliberately cutting gas supplies to Europe in retaliation for Western sanctions over its war in Ukraine, an allegation Moscow denies.

“A monsoon on steroids.” This is how UN officials described the rain that triggered the floods in Pakistan. And now satellite imagery shows the Indus River has swelled, creating a lake in the country more than 60 miles wide. An image from the same location last year shows farmland. More than 1,100 people have died and 33 million have been affected since mid-June. Pakistan’s meteorological department said this year’s monsoon is already the wettest in the country since records began in 1961 and the season still has a month to go.

Could jellyfish be the answer to eternal youth? More on that next.

Immortal jellyfish look like something out of a movie, but they are real. And Spanish scientists have unlocked their genetic code and hope to find clues to human aging. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined how one species of the creature is able to repeatedly revert to a juvenile state. Scientists have discovered variations in its genomes that may make it more efficient at copying and repairing DNA. But before you go in search of a jellyfish anti-wrinkle cream, experts say that no immediate commercial benefit has been found.

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