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    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was hailed as a COVID-19 hero for staging regular press conferences during the pandemic—despite his state experiencing the most COVID deaths, his performative blockade of New Rochelle in the early days of the pandemic, his clumsy handling of restaurants and schools, his childish infighting with Mayor de Blasio, and the fact that he placed people infected with COVID-19 back into nursing homes, resulting in thousands of deaths. That last point was thrown into sharper relief this past week after one of Cuomo’s top aides, Melissa DeRosa, revealed that their administration withheld data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths. While the Cuomo administration reported 9,154 nursing home deaths due to COVID-19, the real number was far higher: 15,049. On Monday night, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah wasn’t buying the Cuomo administration’s excuse that they’d withheld the damning data over concerns that the Trump Justice Department might...
    Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger has released a scathing letter he received from a number of his relatives, calling him a ‘disappointment to God’ and a stain on their family's name for backing the impeachment of Donald Trump. Kinzinger told the New York Times he received the disparaging note just two days after he called for Trump to be removed from office following the Capitol riots on January 6. Penned by 11 members of his extended family, Kinzinger was accused by his relatives of being in cahoots with ‘the devils army (Democrats and the fake news media)’ for publicly opposing the then-president, and requesting the 25th Amendment be invoked against him. ‘Oh my, what a disappointment you are to me and to God!’ the letter, dated January 8, begins. ‘We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principals and join the “devil’s army”.’ ‘How do...
    Republican Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger received a scathing letter from 11 members of his family two days after calling for the removal of then-President Donald Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol, The New York Times (NYT) reported. The two-page, handwritten letter, authored by the congressman’s cousin, Karen Otto, accused Kinzinger of going against “Christian principles” and joining the “devil’s army.” It was sent by certified mail to Kinzinger’s father and copies were sent to other Illinois Republicans, according to The NYT. “Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God,” the letter read. “We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principles and join the ‘devil’s army’ (Democrats and the fake news media). How do you call yourself a Christian when you join the ‘devil’s army’ believing in abortion? We thought you were ‘smart’ enough to see how the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Monday, Feb. 15Pelosi says independent commission will examine Capitol riotHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi said the commission will "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex ... and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power."Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittalDonald Trump took...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican Party is planning a meeting to potentially censure U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey over his vote to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial, county party officials said Monday. County party chairs said the state GOP chairman, Lawrence Tabas, emailed them shortly after Saturday’s impeachment vote to tell them that a meeting is being planned to discuss the Senate’s action. RELATED: Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims Launches Campaign For Lieutenant Governor That meeting is expected to involve a discussion about censuring Toomey for his vote, which made him one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” Tabas did not return messages Monday, but a number of county parties have already moved to censure Toomey, even before Saturday’s vote. A resolution to censure Toomey came up for discussion at the state party’s leadership committee meeting on Feb. 6,...
    The Guardian ‘The last straw’: the US families ending love affair with grocery chain after Capitol riot Families are boycotting Publix after a member of founding family donated $300,000 to the Donald Trump rally that preceded January’s deadly Capitol attack Florida-based grocery chain operates more than 1,200 stores across seven south-eastern states. Photograph: Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock Wendy Mize’s family grew up on Publix, disciples to the giant supermarket chain’s empirical marketing slogan: “Where shopping is a pleasure”. As infants, her three daughters wore diapers bought from the Publix baby club. As children, they munched on free cookies from the bakery. There were even perks for the family’s pets, who are proud members of Publix Paws. But now the decades-long love affair is over. After a member of Publix’s founding family donated $300,000 to the Donald Trump rally that preceded January’s deadly Capitol riots, Mize is pulling out of what she says...
    MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann offered a pre-emptive eulogy for the modern GOP, saying it would turn into the equivalent of a dead party walking if it continued to back Donald Trump in the wake of his role fomenting the deadly Capitol insurrection. Speaking with Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace on the President’s Day holiday, the veteran journalist and author dissected the former president’s “continued vise-like grip” on his party. “You know, it seems appropriate to have this conversation,” Heilemann said, teeing off on the 45th president. “I mean, you know, that guy — that guy, Nicole, retiree Donald Trump in south Florida, continues to be the most powerful person in the Republican Party and the party has sworn its allegiance to him in the face of — a guy who tried to kill them all or was perfectly willing to let them all die, like literally, you know? We talked about this last week. I mean, the...
    DHS can finally investigate far-right extremism after Trump blocked it for years
    Congressman Matt Gaetz (R- FL) swatted at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday over his condemnation of Donald Trump’s actions leading up to the January 6th Capitol riots. McConnell joined the majority of Republicans in voting to acquit Trump, but his speech afterward called Trump “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day.” He made comments about Trump still being liable for his actions that got a lot of attention, ones that Gaetz made a point of bringing up on Fox Report Sunday. Mike Emanuel spoke with Gaetz and asked him about the “implosion of the Lincoln Project” that began with disturbing revelations about the behavior of co-founder John Weaver. Gaetz started by dismissing the Lincoln Project as “the past,” before saying, “There are new incarnations in the Republican party of those who are trying to purge Trumpism from our movement.” “Frankly, the most dangerous was Senate...
    Clockwise: GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana (center scratcher), and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky Donald Trump may have escaped conviction, but the Republican Party will be suffering the consequences of his abhorrent insurrection for years to come. The fact that a historic number of GOP Senate and House lawmakers joined Democrats in declaring Trump guilty of betraying the country sets up a dramatic rift in a party that already appears to be going through a tumultuous realignment.  Trump's constant defender, golf partner, and sometimes election meddler Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina rushed out to the Sunday talk shows to assure Republicans they are doooooomed without Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is the most vibrant member of the Republican Party. The Trump movement is alive and well,” Graham told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “All I can say is that the most potent force in the Republican Party...
    The York County, Pennsylvania, Republican committee voted Saturday night to censure Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) after he cast a guilty vote against former President Donald Trump at the end of the weeklong impeachment trial. The Senate acquitted Trump on the charge of inciting a riot during the January 6 Capitol Hill riots in a 57-43 vote Saturday afternoon, but Toomey was one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict the former president. Later that evening, the York County Republican Committee agreed to censure Toomey during its meeting, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The committee, in a statement, said Toomey’s voting record runs counter to GOP principles and that he is out of touch with the beliefs of Pennsylvania Republicans. “For the past four years, Sen. Toomey sat silently as a hyper-partisan Democrat Congress relentlessly attacked President Trump, impeaching him twice on fabricated charges,” said state House Rep. Dawn Keefer (R-York, Cumberland),...
    BOB ARUM compared Deontay Wilder to Donald Trump for his list of his list of excuses as to why he lost to Tyson Fury. The Gypsy King's co-promoter blasted the Bronze Bomber for emulating the former American president with a series of lies. Bob Arum blasted Deontay Wilder for Donald Trump-style dishonesty following his loss to Tyson fury 5The Bronze Bomber is said to have been spoiled by the former American presidentCredit: AFP or licensors Brit champ Fury inflicted Wilder's first professional defeat when they clashed in the ring for the second time last February, following their initial bout ending in a draw. But the one-sided nature of the fight hasn't quelled a stream of excuses that have flowed ever since. Among the reasons Wilder has blamed for his defeat have been his heavy ring-walk outfit and allegations that his drinking water had been spiked. The Bronze Bomber also claimed that dodgy gloves allowed Fury to...
     Vice President Kamala Harris contradicted Dr. Anthony Fauci by claiming that the Biden administration had to start “from scratch” in order to develop a national coronavirus vaccination strategy. Axios’ Mike Allen conducted an interview with Harris, and he asked her what has been the most challenging aspect of the pandemic in the weeks since she and President Joe Biden took office. Harris replied by saying there was “no stockpile” of vaccines, then she added “there was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations.” “We were leaving it to the states and the local leaders to try and figure it out,” Harris continued. “In many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that has been raging for almost an entire year.” Axios noted that Harris’ claim directly contradicts what Fauci has said about the Covid vaccine rollout plan left behind by the Trump administration. While Fauci has spoken frequently...
    Ever since footage of him outside of the U.S. Capitol went viral on the day of the Jan. 6th siege, Texas-based lawyer Paul M. Davis has embarked upon a self-styled quest of J.R.R. Tolkien-esque proportions. Davis filed a federal lawsuit asking nothing less than the wholesale replacement of the U.S. federal government. He said the FBI visited his home to ask him for his statement, and a federal judge referred him to the Disciplinary Committee for the Western District of Texas. After Law&Crime obtained his once-confidential disciplinary inquiry through an anonymous source, Davis granted what he described as his first interview to the press since he went to Washington. “I’ve gotten so many requests in the media, and I haven’t responded to a single one because I’ve been so focused on the case,” Davis said in a phone interview, referring to his embattled lawsuit asking a judge to block his...
    Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is facing scrutiny after flight logs revealed that she used the state airplane for travel to conservative political events, a possible violation of state law. According to Raw Story, Noem used the plane to travel to events during 2019 that included an NRA conference in San Antonio, a Turning Point USA gathering in Dallas, a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas, and organizational meetings with other Republican governors in Aspen, Boca Raton, and Kentucky. Noem attended a number of events during 2020 to support former President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, but her office said that travel was all on commercial aircraft or planes provided by the Trump campaign. Several other trips detailed in the flight logs appeared to be a mix of business and pleasure, like a...
    DONALD Trump is reportedly ready to rebuild the Republican Party and reassert power after his impeachment acquittal. Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidency life. 6Trump is set to rebuild the Republican partyCredit: AFP or licensors Feeling emboldened by the trial's outcome, he is expected to reemerge from a self-imposed hibernation at his club in Palm Beach, Florida, and is eyeing ways to reassert his power. But after being barred from Twitter, the former president lacks the social media bullhorn that fueled his political rise. And he's confronting a Republican Party deeply divided over the legacy of his jarring final days in office, culminating in the January 6 storming of the Capitol. Searing video images of the day played on loop during his impeachment trial, which ended on Saturday. Trump remains popular among the GOP base,...
    North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr faces the possibility of censure by his state’s Republican Party after his vote to convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. The North Carolina GOP is set to vote on whether to censure Burr on Monday night, party spokesman Tom Wigginton told multiple local outlets. The effort to convict Trump fell 10 votes short, but seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting against his acquittal. Though Burr twice voted that the trial itself was unconstitutional, he said that he would be an “impartial juror” and judge the case on its merits once it began. Following his vote to convict, the retiring senator said that Trump “bears responsibility” for the deadly Jan. 6 riot. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that...
    Savannah Rychcik February 15, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is not backing down from his vote to convict President Donald Trump. Cassidy wrote a column published by the Louisiana newspaper The Advocate on Sunday explaining his thought process behind his decision. He described Trump’s behavior after the election and how it led to the riots at the U.S. Capitol. “His rhetoric and actions were clearly intended to prevent a peaceful transfer of power,” Cassidy wrote. He added, “Even as Vice President Mike Pence was being evacuated to a safe location by Secret Service agents because the mob was approaching the Senate chamber, President Trump was calling Senators trying to block certification.” Cassidy argued if Trump was trying to defend the Constitution he would have sent in the National Guard and told the rioters to leave. “Rather than defending the Constitution, President Trump was actively...
    Former President Donald Trump on Saturday, after the Senate acquitted him of the impeachment charge against him, teased a return to the political arena in his post-presidency -- but he may still face efforts to punish him for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters.  The Senate failed to reach the 67-vote threshold to convict Trump on inciting an insurrection as charged in the House's article of impeachment. There were 57 votes to convict and 43 "not guilty" votes.  "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun," Trump said in a statement following the vote. "In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people." But in the coming weeks and months, Trump could also be facing continued efforts to hold him...
    The North Carolina Republican Party will reportedly hold a vote Monday on whether Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGraham: Lara Trump is biggest winner of impeachment trial Cassidy: It was clear that Trump 'wished that lawmakers be intimidated' North Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump MORE (R-N.C.) should be censured after he voted to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpSix people who guarded Roger Stone entered Capitol during attack: NYT Cassidy pens column explaining vote to convict Trump Puerto Rico governor: Congress 'morally obligated' to act on statehood vote MORE in his second Senate impeachment trial. According to The Associated Press, the chapter said its central committee will convene to conduct the vote on Monday night.   The censure vote comes after the group condemned Burr after he joined six other Republicans voting on Saturday to convict Trump on charges that he incited the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol last month. Trump was...
    Raleigh, North Carolina — The North Carolina Republican Party is expected to vote Monday on whether to censure Senator Richard Burr over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during Trump's second impeachment trial. Party spokesman Tim Wigginton told multiple news outlets Sunday that the group's central committee would meet for the vote Monday night. Burr is one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last month's assault on the U.S. Capitol. Burr initially voted against the trial's constitutionality, but said he resolved to be an "impartial juror" once the full Senate decided to proceed. North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement Saturday that Burr's vote to convict "in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing." Burr said in a statement after the trial that Trump "bears responsibility" for the riot at the...
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump took in the win at Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by friends and family. His lawyers celebrated with hugs and smiles. One joked, "We're going to Disney World!"Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidency life. Feeling emboldened by the trial's outcome, he is expected to reemerge from a self-imposed hibernation at his club in Palm Beach, Florida, and is eyeing ways to reassert his power.But after being barred from Twitter, the former president lacks the social media bullhorn that fueled his political rise. And he's confronting a Republican Party deeply divided over the legacy of his jarring final days in office, culminating in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. Searing video images of the day played on loop during his impeachment trial, which ended Saturday.Trump remains popular among the GOP base, but many Republicans in Washington have...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appears to be growing for an independent Sept. 11-style commission into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of the Capitol’s security process. Lawmakers from both parties, speaking on Sunday’s news shows, signaled that even more inquiries were likely. The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the Republican former president’s culpability for the Jan. 6 assault. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of seven...
    The Guardian ‘The last straw’: the US families ending love affair with grocery chain after Capitol riot Families are boycotting Publix after a member of founding family donated $300,000 to the Donald Trump rally that preceded January’s deadly Capitol attack Florida-based grocery chain operates more than 1,200 stores across seven south-eastern states. Photograph: Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock Wendy Mize’s family grew up on Publix, disciples to the giant supermarket chain’s empirical marketing slogan: “Where shopping is a pleasure”. As infants, her three daughters wore diapers bought from the Publix baby club. As children, they munched on free cookies from the bakery. There were even perks for the family’s pets, who are proud members of Publix Paws. But now the decades-long love affair is over. After a member of Publix’s founding family donated $300,000 to the Donald Trump rally that preceded January’s deadly Capitol riots, Mize is pulling out of what she says...
    Joe Biden has called Jill the 'love of his life' in a soppy Valentine's Day tweet after spending Presidents' Day weekend playing Mario Kart with his grandchildren at Camp David. The 78-year-old posted a picture of himself with his arms around his wife at last month's inauguration, writing: 'The love of my life and the life of my love. Happy Valentine's Day, Jilly.' The couple, who have been married for 44 years, spent the holiday weekend at the president's country retreat in Maryland, to 'just hang out with the family and do what we always do,' Biden told reporters. His granddaughter Naomi, one of Hunter's children, posted several pictures on social media, including Biden wearing a new baseball cap and playing Mario Kart. 'We bought him some swag since it's Presidents' Day weekend and he's "literally" President,' the 26-year-old law graduate wrote on Twitter.   She also posted a clip to...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party is expected to vote Monday on whether to censure Sen. Richard Burr over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during Trump’s second impeachment trial. Party spokesman Tim Wigginton told multiple news outlets Sunday that the group’s central committee would meet for the vote Monday night. Burr is one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” Burr initially voted against the trial’s constitutionality, but said he resolved to be an “impartial juror” once the full Senate decided to proceed. North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement Saturday that Burr’s vote to convict “in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing.” Burr said in a statement after the trial that Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party is expected to vote Monday on whether to censure Sen. Richard Burr over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during Trump’s second impeachment trial. Party spokesman Tim Wigginton told multiple news outlets Sunday that the group’s central committee would meet for the vote Monday night. Burr is one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” Burr initially voted against the trial’s constitutionality, but said he resolved to be an “impartial juror” once the full Senate decided to proceed. North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement Saturday that Burr’s vote to convict “in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing.” Burr said in a statement after the trial that Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump...
    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after former President Donald Trump won his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent Sept. 11-style commission into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of the Capitol’s security process. Lawmakers from both parties, speaking on Sunday's news shows, signaled that even more inquiries were likely. The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the former president’s culpability for the Jan. 6 assault. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Sen. Bill...
    Michael van der Veen, one of former President Trump’s lawyers at the impeachment trial, went viral Saturday after an interview with CBS News’ streaming service called CBSN. The lawyer, who had just won his case, was interviewed by Lana Zak, an anchor from the network, who he accused of trying to downplay Democrat impeachment managers who he said doctored evidence during the trial. SWALWELL SAYS GOD IS A WOMAN  VideoThe interview seemed to get tense after Zak asked him about beginning his defense by stating that there was no "insurrection" at the Capitol, but then-- in his closing argument, "seemingly admitted that there was, in fact, an insurrection." She said he used the word during the argument. MICHAEL GOODWIN: TRUMP IMPEACHMENT VERDICT -- HERE'S WHO WON AND WHO LOST Van der Veen shot back and said she did not understand the case. He said he only used the word...
    Republican Senator Bill Cassidy joined in with at least two Democrats who are calling for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot – as he insisted Sunday Donald Trump 'wanted lawmakers to be intimated' by the mob. 'I think there should be a complete investigation about what happened on January 6,' Cassidy told ABC's 'This Week'. 'Why was there not more law enforcement, National Guard already mobilized, what was known, who knew it, and when they knew it, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again in the future.' Cassidy was one of the seven Republican senators who voted Saturday with Democrat to convict Trump for the article of impeachment for 'incitement of insurrection'. The Louisianan Republican told ABC News' George Stephanopoulous on Sunday that Trump's actions on that day fits in with the definition of incitement. 'I listened very carefully to all...
    Claudia Conway, the daughter of former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, made it through to Hollywood following her singing debut on American Idol on Sunday.  The 16-year-old was voted through to the next round by Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, but failed to convince Luke Bryant with her rendition of Adele's When We Were Young.  The teen shot to fame on TikTok over the last year, amassing over 1.7 million followers as she regularly blasted her parents’ political beliefs and got into heated fights with her mom. Last month, police in New Jersey launched an investigation after Claudia accused her mom of posting a topless photo of her on Twitter before she later backtracked saying Kellyanne wasn't to blame. Claudia Conway, the daughter of former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, made her singing debut during an appearance on American Idol on Sunday night  Claudia was accompanied by her father George...
    (CNN)With the Senate impeachment trial behind us, Covid-19 relief is set to become the dominant issue in Washington again as Democrats work to advance key parts of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal. The state of play. The House Ways and Means Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee have each advanced their portions of the bill.But there are 12 House committees writing pieces of the relief legislation, and the House Budget Committee is set to put the pieces together this week to form a single bill. The timeline. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during her news conference last week that she wants the package passed in the House by the end of February and on the President's desk before March 14, when some unemployment benefits are set to expire.A political tightrope. Pelosi can only afford to lose five Democrats in the process, and Senate Majority...
    DONALD Trump's defense attorney launched an angry tirade at a journalist during a TV interview - just minutes after the president's impeachment trial. Michael van der Veen prematurely ended the live segment when he ripped off his microphone and threw it on the floor after accusing CBS anchor Laura Zak of being "bloodthirsty for ratings". 4Michael van der Veen took aim at Laura Zaks and CBS for being 'bloodthirsty for ratings'Credit: CBSN 4Trump's attorney launched a tirade at the biased media before ripping his microphone off in a fit of rageCredit: CBSN During the fifth and final day of the impeachment trial on Saturday, where Trump was acquitted of charges of inciting the US Capitol riots in January, van der Veen remained defensive of his client - and slammed the "biased media". Towards the end of a tense 10-minute interview, the attorney said: "I'm speaking about the House manager's...
    Savannah Rychcik February 14, 2021 0 Comments Former President Donald Trump’s defense lawyer Michael van der Veen accused a CBS News anchor of being “bloodthirsty for ratings” during an intense interview. During the exchange, anchor Lana Zak pressed van der Veen about his claim the House impeachment managers doctored evidence. “To be clear for our viewers, what you’re talking about now is a check mark that’s a verification on Twitter that did not exist on that particular tweet, a 2020 that should have actually read 2021, and the selective editing, you say, of the tapes,” Zak explained. She added, “Is that the doctored evidence of which you’re speaking?” Van der Veen grew frustrated with Zak and interrupted her, “That’s not enough for you?” Watch the exchange below: Zak stressed she is not “a juror in this trial” and reminded van der Veen she is just...
    New York : Mitch McConnell indicates that the courts could prosecute the former president. Photo: SAUL LOEB / . / . The ex-president Donald trump has privately shared concerns that he could be criminally prosecuted for his role in the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. That has been the main reason he has kept a low profile since leaving the White House, according to a CNN report. “He’s worried about it.”said a close adviser to Trump. Despite the fact that the ex-president managed to overcome the impeachment against him, there is still the possibility that he will face criminal charges. Even the minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), said it considered the impeachment of the former president unconstitutional, but that possible accusations against him could advance in court. “We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump took in the win at Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by friends and family. His lawyers celebrated with hugs and smiles. One joked, "We’re going to Disney World!” Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidency life. Feeling emboldened by the trial's outcome, he is expected to reemerge from a self-imposed hibernation at his club in Palm Beach, Florida, and is eyeing ways to reassert his power. But after being barred from Twitter, the former president lacks the social media bullhorn that fueled his political rise. And he's confronting a Republican Party deeply divided over the legacy of his jarring final days in office, culminating in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. Searing video images of the day played on loop during his impeachment trial, which ended Saturday. Trump remains popular among...
    WASHINGTON - The political fortunes of former U.S. President Donald Trump are now an open question, even after the Senate acquitted him of allegations that he incited insurrection last month by urging hundreds of his supporters to confront lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol as they were certifying his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.   Moments after the Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday to convict Trump but falling short of the required 67 votes needed to do so, the former president said he was not done with political life. Trump gave no explicit hint that he might attempt another run for the presidency in 2024, as he suggested he might when he left office last month. The House of Representatives impeached Trump in January on the single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”   Trump called the impeachment case against him “another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the...
    CBS’ Margaret Brennan ended Sunday’s Face the Nation with a note to viewers about Republicans they tried to book on the program. The Donald Trump impeachment trial ended Saturday after only 57 senators voted to convict the former president, 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. Only 7 Republicans joined Democrats to vote to convict Trump. A note to our viewers: pic.twitter.com/ShMasgqR4z — Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 14, 2021 Brennan took a moment during the end of the show Sunday to say the following: “We did offer invitations to over two dozen Senate Republicans to join us today. No one accepted.” And if that wasn’t clear enough, Brennan later tweeted that these invitations were to senators “following their votes to acquit former President Trump.” We offered invitations to 2 dozen Senate Republicans following their votes to acquit former President Trump. No one accepted. https://t.co/a7dMU2wIrQ —...
    The Republican Party continues to belong to Donald Trump. After Trump incited a deadly assault on the federal Capitol last month, the party considered removing the rebellious former president. But in the end, only seven of the 50 Republican senators voted Saturday to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial. For Trump loyalists, the acquittal is a kind of vindication, and a reconnection with the ex-president’s combative fan base. And for Trump opponents it is an alarming indication that the party is moving further in a dangerous direction, with little interest in reconnecting with the voters Trump alienated: moderates, women and college graduates. Ultimately, the impeachment resolution leaves on the table the divisions in the Republican party that leaders, donors and voters will have to manage in their efforts to retake control of Congress in the mid-term elections next year and to recover the White House in 2024....
    (CNN)Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy on Sunday stood by his vote to convict Donald Trump during the former President's second impeachment trial, defending his decision against a censure from his state's GOP and arguing that Trump's power within the larger party will weaken."I think his force wanes. The Republican Party is more than just one person," Cassidy told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." "The Republican Party is about ideas. ... Now the American people want those ideas but they want a leader who is accountable and a leader who they can trust. I think our leadership will be different going forward but it will still be with those ideas."Cassidy is the latest Republican to face backlash from his home party as the national Republican Party faces its own internal conflicts in the wake of the November election and debate over how Trump's tenure and its controversial final days fit within...
    Boris Johnson today insisted the impeachment process against Donald Trump shows that US democracy is 'strong and robust'. The PM refused to get into the detail of the extraordinary wrangling that saw the former president acquitted in a partisan vote in the senate over recent days. But he insisted that the US system and constitution had shown its resilience after the 'kerfuffle' over the election result. The Senate voted 57-43 to convict Mr Trump over his role in fuelling the storming of the Capitol, falling far short of the 67 votes needed for a conviction even though seven Republicans joined forces with the Democrats.  In an interview with CBS television today, Mr Johnson - who was seen as a close ally of Mr Trump but condemned him over the action in the Capitol - was asked what 'signal' the verdict sent to the world. 'I think the clear message that...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he spoke to former President Donald Trump after his acquittal in his second impeachment trial and that Trump is "excited" about the midterms in 2022."I spoke to him last night; he was grateful to his lawyers. He appreciated the help that all of us provided. You know, he's ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party," Graham told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "He's excited about 2022. And I'm going to go down to talk with him next week, play a little golf in Florida. And I said, 'Mr. President this MAGA movement needs to continue, we need to unite the party.' "As Trump was seen golfing Sunday at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Republican Party is grappling with how the former President fits into the future of the GOP. The Senate vote on Saturday highlighted the dilemma...
    Republicans in the U.S. Senate no longer view former President Donald Trump as the leader of the GOP, according to a Sunday report from The Hill. Several GOP senators told the publication they believe it is time to move on, now that Trump has been acquitted on a charge of incitement of insurrection against the U.S. government. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who was one of the seven GOP lawmakers to vote to convict Trump, said that history will not remember the former commander-in-chief fondly. “He’ll be remembered throughout history as the president who resorted to non-legal steps to try to hold on to power,” Toomey stated. “He’s made it pretty difficult to gain support,” Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said of Trump, adding that Trump’s base is “shrinking” and will continue to shrink. Mike Braun suggested the same, noting that Trump should carefully consider what to do next. “I am...
    Minutes after voting to acquit former President Donald Trump of a charge that he incited the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor and delivered a blistering speech explaining his decision. Saying that he found Trump "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day," the Kentucky Republican explained that he did not feel the former president was constitutionally eligible for conviction. The text of his remarks follows: January 6th was a disgrace. American citizens attacked their own government. They used terrorism to try to stop a specific piece of democratic business they did not like. Fellow Americans beat and bloodied our own police. They stormed the Senate floor. They tried to hunt down the Speaker of the House. They built a gallows and chanted about murdering the vice president. They did this because they had been fed...
    NEW YORK -- The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump.After he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month, the GOP considered purging the norm-shattering former president. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday.For Trump's loyalists, the acquittal offers a vindication of sorts and a fresh connection to the former president's fiery base. And for Trump's GOP antagonists, it marks another alarming sign that the party is lurching further in a dangerous direction with little desire to reconnect with the moderates, women and college-educated voters Trump alienated.Ultimately, the resolution of the impeachment trial brings into clear relief a divide in the GOP that party leaders, donors and voters will have to navigate as they try to regain control of Congress next year and aim to retake the White House in 2024.That tension...
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said former President Donald Trump's political career is over despite his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday. "He is done," Klobuchar told "Fox News Sunday." REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO CONVICT TRUMP FACE BACKLASH AT HOME "One, as Mitch McConnell points out, there's a lot of other investigations going on about this man," Klobuchar said. "Two, the American people have now seen clear out what he did. He violated his oath of office in what Liz Cheney called the greatest betrayal of a president's oath of office in history. And those memories and those police officers' screams will be forever etched in the memory of Americans." Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives open remarks before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee on nomination of Neera Tanden to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), during a hearing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 on...
    February 14, 2021 11:00 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, acknowledged on Saturday night that the acquittal of Donald Trump in impeachment o impeachment against him it shows that “democracy is fragile.” In addition, he called on all Americans to “defend the truth and defeat lies.” Just using the truth, argued Biden, USA will be able to end the “non-civil war” between Democrats and Republicans and “heal the soul of the nation.” “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That you always have to defend it. That we must always be alert. That violence and extremism have no place in the US. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to stand up for the truth and defeat lies, “he said. Biden, who came to...
    The Louisiana Republican Party unanimously voted to censure Sen. Bill Cassidy after he voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. “The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana has unanimously voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote cast earlier today to convict former President Donald J. Trump on the impeachment charge,” the party said in a statement Saturday evening. Cassidy joined six other Republicans on Saturday to vote to impeach Trump on charges of inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6. “Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty,” Cassidy said of his vote. Louisiana’s other GOP senator, John Kennedy, voted to acquit the president. Louisiana state Sen. Stewart Cathey Jr. said residents of the state were caught "off guard" by Cassidy's vote. "We elected Senator Cassidy back in November...
    A KILLER dubbed the "A-train Ripper" after he killed two people in a stabbing spree on the New York City subway has been arrested. A manhunt was launched after the frenzied man knifed two homeless people to death and left two others critically injured on the city's A-train line. 2A manhunt was underway after the knife-wielding man knifed two homeless people to death on the NYC A-trainCredit: AP:Associated Press Following a city-wide search, police sources told the New York Post that the suspect was arrested on Saturday evening and detained after being located in Upper Manhattan. A source said the man's shoes were still splattered with his victims' blood and was found with the murder weapon when he was taken in. The yet-named suspect was in custody at the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights, the source confirmed. The spree began Friday morning at around 11.30am, not far from where the...
    WASHINGTON -- After the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump for the second time, America is reminded of a very similar and simultaneously very different showdown in Washington: the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.The Republican-controlled House voted in October 1998 to begin impeachment proceedings against Clinton after months of controversy over his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.That vote was triggered by two rounds of testimony given by Clinton earlier in the year. In January, he denied having a sexual relationship with Lewinsky; in August, under questioning from independent counsel Kenneth Starr before a federal grand jury, he testified that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky.Watch the video in the media player for archival news coverage of Clinton's impeachment.EMBED More News Videos Clinton was impeached on Dec. 19, 1998, on the grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice. Clinton was impeached...
    DONALD Trump has promised a comeback after the second attempt to impeach him failed. The former President is now free to run for office again after the Democrats were unable to muster enough votes in the Senate. 3Donald Trump said he looked forward to an 'incredible journey'Credit: AP:Associated Press The trial ended on Saturday as Democrats failed to get the two-thirds majority to find him guilty - leading him to blast impeachment as the "greatest witch hunt in history” in a statement. During this trial, the Democratic impeachment managers leading the prosecution against Trump cited preventing him running again in making their case for conviction. But in the aftermath, the former President promised MAGA fans he would be back. "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” he said. “In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated former President Trump Saturday in a speech on the Senate floor shortly after McConnell voted to acquit in the former president's second impeachment trial. In a speech with a first half reminiscent of the arguments made by House impeachment managers, McConnell said the former president was "practically and morally responsible" for the attack on the Capitol on January 6.  But McConnell argued that he believed it was unconstitutional to convict a president who was no longer in office. "This was an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories orchestrated by an outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters' decision or else torch our institutions on the way out," McConnell said.  McConnell was unequivocal about Mr. Trump's responsibility. "There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," he said, and added that...
    "Saturday Night Live" mocked former President Trump's impeachment trial this weekend, calling it the "dumbest trial" ever just hours after senators voted to acquit him Saturday.  "The jurors who were deciding the case were the ones attacked by the defendant. The trial took place at the scene of the crime. Then, right after the trial ended, one of the jurors who voted to acquit Trump ran out and said, ‘Someone’s got to prosecute this guy, he did it, this man belongs in jail!'" Colin Jost, co-host of the show's Weekend Update fake news segment, joked. Jost was referring to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell who voted to acquit Trump because he said it would be unconstitutional to convict an ex-president but claimed: "He didn't get away with anything yet." "President Trump is still liable for everything he did while in office," McConnell said after the vote to acquit Trump on charges he incited the Jan. 6 riot at the...
    President Biden spent Saturday evening playing Mario Kart with his grandchildren after Donald Trump was acquitted of inciting insurrection at his impeachment trial.  The Commander-in-chief, 78, looked to be blowing off steam following the political blow, as he gathered with his family at a games arcade in Washington, DC.  In a clip shared to Instagram Stories by his granddaughter, Naomi, 26, the President can be seen sitting at a Mario Kart Arcade GP console as he competes against another of his family members.  'Secret Service made an exception and let him drive himself!!!' Naomi captioned her short clip.  'A little rusty, but he still won (barely),' she added.  Biden can be seen cutting a casual figure in blue jeans and a baseball cap as he sits behind the wheel of the console.  It appears First Lady Jill Biden is hovering over him, with a blonde woman seen clad...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. After he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month, the GOP considered purging the norm-shattering former president. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday. For Trump’s loyalists, the acquittal offers a vindication of sorts and a fresh connection to the former president's fiery base. And for Trump’s GOP antagonists, it marks another alarming sign that the party is lurching further in a dangerous direction with little desire to reconnect with the moderates, women and college-educated voters Trump alienated. Ultimately, the resolution of the impeachment trial brings into clear relief a divide in the GOP that party leaders, donors and voters will have to navigate as they try to regain control of Congress next...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. After he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month, the GOP considered purging the norm-shattering former president. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday. For Trump’s loyalists, the acquittal offers a vindication of sorts and a fresh connection to the former president’s fiery base. And for Trump’s GOP antagonists, it marks another alarming sign that the party is lurching further in a dangerous direction with little desire to reconnect with the moderates, women and college-educated voters Trump alienated. Ultimately, the resolution of the impeachment trial brings into clear relief a divide in the GOP that party leaders, donors and voters will have to navigate as they try to regain control of Congress next year and aim to retake the...
    Former Republican Rep. Mark Walker (NC) chastised Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) after Burr voted to convict former President Donald Trump on Saturday in the Senate impeachment trial. “Wrong vote, Sen. Burr. I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator,” Walker tweeted, along with a campaign ad. Burr was one of seven Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump. Burr has previously said he would not run again in 2022, and as Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, he had done little to push back against allegations of Russian collusion against Trump. Still, his vote to convict Trump was a shock to many. Burr voted guilty. Wow. — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 13, 2021 Walker’s tweet signals how unpopular Burr’s vote will be in North Carolina, and the ad also signals how popular Trump is with the Republican base. In the ad,...
    Nancy Pelosi slammed a "cowardly" Republican party and Mitch McConnell after Trump survived his second impeachment vote. The Democrat Speaker of the House's comments came as she stormed a press briefing House managers were holding following Trump's acquittal in the Senate. 9Nancy Pelosi stormed a briefing after Trump's impeachment acquittalCredit: Reuters 9The Senate voted 57 to 43 on Saturday – falling short of a two-thirds majority needed to convict TrumpCredit: AFP or licensors 9Pelosi slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as she spoke to reportersCredit: The Mega Agency The Senate voted 57 to 43 on Saturday – falling short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, effectively acquitting him. "It had not been my intention to come to this press availability," she told reporters. Pelosi seethed: "What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options, or because they were afraid to defend...
    WATCH: Day 5 of Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment hearing WTOP’s coverage of the Capitol riot President Joe Biden weighed in late Saturday night on former President Donald Trump’s acquittal in his second impeachment trial, saying that democracy is “fragile” and “must always be defended.” “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies,” Biden said in a statement. The Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial Saturday, voting that the former President was not guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. The final vote — 57 guilty to 43 not guilty —...
    Donald Trump has privately shared concerns that he could be criminally prosecuted over his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new report. 'He's worried about it,' one adviser close to Trump told CNN, saying that Trump had remained mostly silent since leaving the White House due to fears of potential criminal liability. After the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit Trump of incitement to insurrection on Saturday, even several top Republicans who voted to acquit suggested that criminal charges could be warranted.  'The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked,' said Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who voted not guilty.  'No president is above the law or immune from criminal prosecution, and that includes former president Trump,' Tillis added. Donald Trump has privately shared concerns that he could be criminally prosecuted over his role in...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden weighed in late Saturday night on former President Donald Trump's acquittal in his second impeachment trial, saying that democracy is "fragile" and "must always be defended.""This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies," Biden said in a statement. The Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial Saturday, voting that the former President was not guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. The final vote -- 57 guilty to 43 not guilty -- was 10 votes short of the 67 guilty votes needed to convict, with seven Republicans finding him guilty....
    (CNN)In the moments after former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate for a second time in a little more than a year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rose to speak. His message was clear: the former President could not be the future of the Republican Party. Even as McConnell voted that Trump was not guilty Saturday for inciting an insurrection -- raising constitutional and specific legal objections -- McConnell's words underscored the challenge for the Republican Party going forward. They are torn between two competing interests: sticking with Trump enough to woo supporters for themselves and erasing Trump's dangerous final days from the GOP's legacy."Former President Trump's actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty," McConnell said on the floor Saturday."Anyone who decries his awful behavior is accused of insulting millions of voters. That is an absurd deflection," McConnell added. "Seventy-four million Americans did not invade...
    Left-wing actress-activist Alyssa Milano expressed disappointment, particularly with Senate Republicans, after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Trump from the charges of inciting insurrection, concluding that they lacked the patriotism and integrity “to convict a tyrant” and adding that courts will now have to absolve the left’s grievances. “It is a sad day in America when only 7 republicans have the patriotism and integrity to convict a tyrant,” the anti-Trump actress said. “Since the senate won’t do its job and convict the traitor Donald Trump, the courts will have to.” It is a sad day in America when only 7 republicans have the patriotism and integrity to convict a tyrant. Since the senate won’t do its job and convict the traitor Donald Trump, the courts will have to. — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 13, 2021 The Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on Saturday 57-43, falling...
    Democratic impeachment managers argued they were right not to call any witnesses after a Senate vote permitted them to do so during Saturday's trial, which ended up with former President Donald Trump's acquittal.  'We could have had 500 witnesses and it would have not have overcome the kinds of arguments being made by Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who were hanging their hats on the claim that it was somehow unconstitutional,' head House impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, argued at a press conference after the Senate vote.      On Saturday morning, Raskin threw the impeachment trial into chaos when he said that the Democrats now wanted testimony and notes from Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had information about a phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, which indicated the now ex-president refused to call off his MAGA mob.  Rep. Jamie Raskin, the House's lead impeachment manager, said...
    BETTE Midler has claimed Donald Trump “killed people” during the Capitol riots and slammed the GOP for “having no hearts” following the impeachment vote. The singer and actress, 75, made the claims on her Twitter page to her two million followers. 5Bette Midler took to Twitter to claim Trump had killed people during the Capitol riotsCredit: Getty - Contributor 5Midler previously accused the former president of murder last yearCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Middler also ranted at GOP lawmakers in a string of Twitter messagesCredit: Twitter The social media site has not put a warning slug on the tweets. She wrote: “#DonaldTrump KILLED people at the Insurrection. If he had put a gun to their heads, he could not have done a more efficient job. “And two policemen killed themselves from shame. Have you no hearts, #Republicans? Never, ever again say ‘#BlueLivesMatter.’ You’re f**king liars.” “As sad as January 6th was, it’s...
    They didn’t just win the Super Bowl but Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team appear to be feeling that way after getting the former president a second impeachment acquittal. "We’re going to Disney World," Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen joked to reporters, repeating a line uttered by a litany of Super Bowl MVPs since Giants quarterback Phil Simms first said it following Big Blue’s win in 1987. TRUMP CELEBRATES ACQUITTAL IN SENATE TRIAL, FORESHADOWS POLITICAL FUTURE: 'MUCH TO SHARE' Van der Veen uttered the phrase as he departed the Capitol after the Senate voted 57-43 against convicting the former commander-in-chief Saturday. Van der Veen then fist-bumped a colleague as they kept walking. Prior to departing, the group of lawyers were seen looking jovial as they celebrated their win. All were seen posing for pictures and joking around with one another. Earlier in the day, Van der Veen maintained in his...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Senate has voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection in his second trial for impeachment.Seven Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting that the former President is guilty, however, it was still short of the 2/3 majority needed to convict.RELATED: Trump acquitted in 2nd impeachment trial; 7 Republicans vote to convictHours before the final vote the proceedings took a surprising turn.There was chaos and confusion on day five of Trump's second impeachment trial.House impeachment managers, in an unexpected move, forced a vote on a resolution to call witnesses -- specifically GOP Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, who voted to impeach Trump.The congresswoman in a statement Friday night said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told her that during the deadly riot Trump told McCarthy that the mob was "more upset about the election theft than you are.""Needless to say, this is an additional, critical...
    More On: Trump impeachment trial Last-minute delays, missteps dominate Democrats’ impeachment finale Senate votes to acquit Donald Trump in impeachment trial Senator jokes about impeachment trial wardrobe malfunction Trump lawyer ‘Philly-delphia’ threat sparks laughter, rebuke in Senate They didn’t just win the Super Bowl but Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team appear to be feeling that way after getting the former president a second impeachment acquittal. “We’re going to Disney World,” Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen joked to reporters, repeating a line uttered by a litany of Super Bowl MVPs since Giants quarterback Phil Simms first said it following Big Blue’s win in 1987. Van der Veen uttered the phrase as he departed the Capitol after the Senate voted 57-43 against convicting the former commander-in-chief Saturday. Van der Veen then fist-bumped a colleague as they kept walking. Prior to departing, the group of lawyers were seen looking jovial...
    After the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Senate passes bill to award Capitol Police officer Congressional Gold Medal We know how Republicans will vote — but what do they believe? MORE (D-Calif.) on Saturday ruled out censuring the former president — an idea that several Republicans had floated in recent days. “Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution. It lets everybody off the hook, it lets everybody off the hook,” Pelosi told reporters following the Senate impeachment trial at the Capitol.  “Oh, these cowardly senators who couldn’t face up to what the president did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist?” Pelosi said while slapping her own wrist.  “We censure people for using stationery for the wrong purpose. We don’t...
    Former President Donald Trump's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric took to Twitter to gloat after their father was aquitted in his second impeachment trial Saturday afternoon.  Eric Trump simply tweeted '2-0.'  Trump Jr. sent out a series of tweets, calling the Senate proceedings a 'show trial' and blasting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted to acquit Trump, yet promptly took to the Senate floor to explain that he did hold the ex-president responsible for the violent January 6 insurrection.  Former President Donald Trump's sons Donald Trump Jr. (left) and Eric (right) gloated on Twitter after the Senate voted to acquit their father during his second impeachment trial  Eric Trump tweeted 2-0 after his father, former President Donald Trump, was acquitted by the Senate Saturday Donald Trump Jr. sent out a series of tweets after the Senate voted to acquit his father in an impeachment trial...
    Hollywood celebrities flew into a paroxysm of rage on Saturday after the Senate acquitted former president Donald Trump of inciting the Capitol Hill riots of January 6. Left-wing stars lashed out at the 43 Republicans who voted to acquit, calling them “traitors” and “fascists.” Anti-Trump celebrities including Alyssa Milano, Rob Reiner, Bette Midler, and Rosie O’Donnell led the collective meltdown. “It is a sad day in America when only 7 republicans have the patriotism and integrity to convict a tyrant,” Milano tweeted. The stars aimed much of their venom at Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), saying that the former majority leader “has no soul.” As Breitbart News reported, the final Senate tally was 53 guilty versus 43 not guilty, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump. In the end, seven Republican senators voted to convict the former president — Sens. Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, and Toomey. Alyssa...
    As Senators continued to speak their minds after Saturday’s late afternoon 57-43 vote to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection, the former president’s son, Eric Trump, took to Twitter to brag. His simple tweet:  “2-0.” 2-0 — Eric Trump (@EricTrump) February 13, 2021 Donald Trump is the only United States president to have ever been impeached twice.  He was convicted neither time. Donald Trump, Jr. initially issued a double tweet — then went further. “NOT GUILTY,” he said at first. “Now maybe it would be nice if the senators stopped putting on show trials for free air time and actually started working for the American people for a change.” NOT GUILTY. Now maybe it would be nice if the senators stopped putting on show trials for free air time and actually started working for the American people for a change. — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts politicians reacted Saturday after the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the January 6 riot at the Capitol in his second impeachment trial. 50 Democrats and seven Republicans voted that Trump was “Guilty”, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict him. RELATED: Massachusetts Reports 1,949 New COVID Cases, 65 Additional Deaths In response to the acquittal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a tweet on Saturday: Donald Trump incited a mob of domestic terrorists to attack our Capitol and overturn the election. Even 7 Senate Republicans couldn’t stomach his act of insurrection. Our democracy must be stronger than the former president and the 43 senators who sided with him today. Donald Trump incited a mob of domestic terrorists to attack our Capitol and overturn the election. Even 7 Senate Republicans couldn’t stomach his act of insurrection. Our democracy must...
    Mitch McConnell tore into Donald Trump Saturday after voting with 42 other Republicans to acquit him of ‘incitement of insurrection’ – but then immediately argued the former president is solely to blame for Capitol storming.  'President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office,' McConnell said in Senate floor remarks. On the fifth and final day of the impeachment trial, the Republican Senate leader argued in a speech following the 57-43 vote that Congress does not hold the jurisdiction to criminally or civilly prosecute the former president. McConnell did, however, suggest that Trump should still somehow be held accountable for his words and actions. 'He didn't get away with anything, yet,' McConnell said. 'We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation and former presidents are not immune from being accountable by either one.' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was livid as...
    By David Morgan and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Donald Trump "practically and morally responsible" for his supporters' deadly attack on the Capitol, only moments after voting to acquit the Republican former president on an impeachment charge of inciting the melee. The top Senate Republican explained the unexpected turnabout at the end of a five-day impeachment trial, by declaring it unconstitutional to convict Trump of misconduct now that the former president has left office and become a private citizen. The Senate earlier in the week found that the trial was constitutional in a 56-44 vote. "There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," said McConnell, who along with the rest of the Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence fled the mob that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6. "The people...
    Former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE’s legal team were celebrating after Trump’s acquittal in his impeachment trial, with one of the members overheard saying “We’re going to Disney World.” Trump’s team was ecstatic with the outcome as they were posing for photos and joking around with each other. Michael Van der Veen, a lawyer for Trump, fist-bumped another member of the team and said “We’re going to Disney World,” according to the Senate's pool reporter on Saturday, USA Today's Christal Hayes. Trump was acquitted after the five-day Senate trial in a 57-43 vote. Sixty-seven votes were needed to secure a conviction, which requires a two-thirds vote. Seven Republicans voted to convict Trump along with every Democrat in the...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blasted Senate Republicans as cowards who refused to stand up to former President Trump and find him guilty in the impeachment trial. "What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans," Pelosi said of the majority of the Senate GOP who found Trump "not guilty" of incitement of insurrection.  Pelosi joined the House impeachment managers Saturday at a news conference after the Senate acquitted Trump again in his second impeachment trial. The vote 57-43 in favor of conviction, but still 10 short of the supermajority needed. "Justice wasn't done," Pelosi said of the vote.  Pelosi took special aim at GOP Leader Mitch McConnell for delaying the start of the impeachment trial and then saying Saturday he couldn't vote to convict Trump because the trial started after Trump left office.  "You chose not to receive it," Pelosi said of the article of impeachment the...
    On Saturday, the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection against the U.S. government. As CSPAN reported via Twitter, Trump immediately released a statement, praising senators who, in voting to acquit him, “stood proudly for the Constitution.” Trump also slammed the Democratic Party, claiming that liberal lawmakers have been given a “free pass” to excuse violence and purge their political opponents from the public sphere. The former commander-in-chief denounced the impeachment process as a continuation of a “witch hunt” against him, claiming that no president in American history has been treated so unfairly. “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people… who voted for us just a few short months ago.”...
    Reuters February 13, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Donald Trump “practically and morally responsible” for his supporters’ deadly attack on the Capitol, only moments after voting to acquit the Republican former president on an impeachment charge of inciting the melee. The top Senate Republican explained the unexpected turnabout at the end of a five-day impeachment trial, by declaring it unconstitutional to convict Trump of misconduct now that the former president has left office and become a private citizen. The Senate earlier in the week found that the trial was constitutional in a 56-44 vote. “There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” said McConnell, who along with the rest of the Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence fled the mob that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6. “The people who stormed...
    Just minutes after voting to acquit Donald Trump of inciting the Capitol riot, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) launched into a bizarre speech on Saturday blaming the former president for doing exactly that. “There’s no question—none—that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, noting that the former president’s “disgraceful” actions directly contributed to the “terrorism” on Jan. 6. “The president did not act swiftly. He did not do his job… Instead, according to public reports, he watched television happily. Happily,” he added. But, despite torching Trump, he said he believed the Senate didn’t have the jurisdiction to try a case against Trump because he is no longer in office. Earlier on Saturday, he told his GOP colleagues he thought the unprecedented trial was unconstitutional. In the end, seven Republicans voted alongside...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS4) – Saturday afternoon, after days of debating, U.S. senators voted in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. In the end, the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit Trump of incitement of insurrection for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Republican Senators Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Jim Sasse and Pat Toomey joined all Democrats in voting for conviction. RELATED: Avalanche Warning Issued In Colorados High Country As Danger Level Moved To High Joe Neguse (credit: CBS) Colorado Representatives Diana DeGette and Joe Neguse served as impeachment managers. “To each of the 57 Senators who voted today to convict, we thank you, and our country thanks you. Our republic is strong. It is resilient. And it will endure,” Neguse shared on social media. Neguse methodically walked senators through the evidence and made the case that Trump deliberately, and over the course...
    Liberals on and off Capitol Hill are up in arms after Democratic impeachment managers abandoned their effort to compel new witness testimony in the trial accusing former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE of inciting last month's attack on the Capitol. The progressive critics contend that Democratic prosecutors, by accepting a deal to exclude those witnesses and wrap up the trial, missed a unique opportunity to highlight Trump's involvement in the assault, particularly his refusal to defuse the violence after it had begun. They aren't mincing words. "This is retreat. White flag. Malpractice. Completely unstrategic. They just closed the door on others who may have stepped out, as @HerreraBeutler urged last night," Adam Green, who heads the Progressive Change...
    The best argument for convicting former President Donald Trump for inciting the capitol violence on January 6th may have come from Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, mere minutes after he voted to acquit. Trump was acquitted for a historic second time in a closer than expected vote of 57 to 43 with seven Republicans joining the entire Democratic caucus, which fell short of the two-thirds majority necessary to convict. McConnell explained his “not guilty” vote on a very narrow constitutional procedural definition, but his explanation came after nearly ten minutes of brutal dragging Trump through the sharded glass of his rhetorically laying the responsibility of the deadly capitol insurgence at the feet of the former president. McConnell’s speech went on for roughly 20 minutes, but the first half was a brutal takedown of the actions of the former president. “January 6th was a disgrace. American citizens attacked their own...
    DONALD Trump has claimed the MAGA journey "has only just begun" after he survived the impeachment vote. The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict. 1NINTCHDBPICT000635920021Credit: AP:Associated Press Trump welcomed his acquittal, repeating his tired claims of a "witch hunt" and saying that his movement "has only just begun". In the vote, seven of the 50 Senate Republicans joined the chamber's unified Democrats in favoring conviction after the five-day trial in the same building that was invaded by Trump fanatics during an extremely violent riot just over a month ago. Most read in NewsBreakingTRUMP CLEAREDDon SURVIVES impeachment vote 57-43 as Dems fails to convict him for 2nd timeNOT REFORMEDPedo who killed twins, 6, in fire 'still downloading child sex abuse images'FORCE FIELD Special face masks with antiviral coating could kill Covid in just an HOURCUOMO OF SILENCECNN's Cuomo slammed for ignoring claim his Gov...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After voting to acquit, McConnell condemns Donald Trump and calls him ‘practically and morally responsible’ for riot. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
            
    Former President Donald Trump vowed that the United States will soon be hearing more from him after he was acquitted on one impeachment article. "My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country," he said in a statement. "It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree." "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with...