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    The leader of the Republican majority of the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, anticipated this Wednesday that there is no possibility of holding a “fair or serious trial” before the current president, Donald Trump, leaves office next week, so which called to focus on a “orderly transition of power”. “Given the Senate rules, procedures, and precedents governing impeachment trials, simply there is no chance that a fair or serious trial can be concluded before the president-elect [Joe] Biden take the oath next week “, the powerful senator said in a statement. McConnell illustrated that the Senate has held three impeachment trials: “They have lasted 83, 37 and 21 days, respectively”. “Even if the Senate process started this week and progressed rapidly, a final verdict would not be reached until after President Trump left office, “ McConnell sentenced, clarifying that “this is not a decision”; “it is a fact”. “In light of...
    The MAGA rioter who was photographed swinging from the balony of the Senate chamber during the Capitol riot has been released from jail.   Josiah Benjamin Colt, 34, of Boise, Idaho, surrendered to FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Ada County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, saying it was the right thing to do. He offered a public apology Wednesday upon his release saying, 'I apologize. I do not condone the violence that happened there.' He is federally charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both of his charges are federal misdemeanors. Under his release conditions he agreed to wear a location monitor, to not possess any guns or weapons, and he must stay at least 1,000 feet away from the Idaho Statehouse and the James A. McClure Federal Building, a judge ruled.     Idaho MAGA...
    A week after publicly breaking with President Donald Trump over the insurrectionist Capitol riot, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accused Congress of “outrageous misconduct” on Wednesday night for impeaching the outgoing president for inciting the seditious MAGA mob, revealing he was fully back on the Trump train. Graham also argued that if Trump were to be convicted by the Senate after he leaves office, this would open the door for past presidents to be impeached—specifically using George Washington as an example because “he owned slaves.” Hours after the House of Representatives, including 10 Republicans, made Trump the first president in history to be impeached twice, Trump-boosting Fox News host Sean Hannity demanded that all Republican senators refuse to take part in the Senate impeachment trial. “Any Republican senator, let me be clear, that dares waste one second on this charade, after the president is gone from office, they need to be...
    CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing 'Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 28, 2020.Greg Nash | Pool | Reuters Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wednesday that banning President Donald Trump was the "right decision for Twitter," but admitted that the internet shouldn't be controlled by a handful of private companies. In a series of 13 tweets, Dorsey said that online speech resulting in real world harm requires action even if a ban on an account is divisive "and sets a precedent I feel is dangerous." He wrote that if a company like Twitter makes a decision that people don't like, they can go elsewhere, creating an inherent check on its power. However, the across-the-board bans of Trump following the Capitol riot raised his level of concern. "This concept...
    It seems that Donald Trump and his supporters finally pushed the wrong buttons for big corporations nationwide. While for years Democratic legislators have been insisting that big businesses not support Trump and his violence, it took four years and Trump’s violent mob taking over the Capitol for change to happen. Nearly 50 companies, from finance to communications, announced this week alone that they will be imposing restrictions on Trump and his allies, including suspending political donations and contributions. Brands have publicly announced that they consider Trump’s election claims baseless and any lawmakers who agree with these claims will not be supported. Many of these companies are likely hopping on the bandwagon of performative activism as they did during the rise of the racial injustice movement last year, during which they denounced racism but rarely took action to combat it. By publicly announcing their support for Joe Biden and denouncing the...
    New York : New York cancels Trump’s contracts with one of his companies that in 2020 earned him $ 17 million Photo: Drew Angerer / . This Wednesday morning Bill de Blasio said in an interview for MSNBC that New York City is withdrawing all their contracts with the Trump Organization which is made up of hundreds of businesses owned by the president. “New York City has cut all ties with the Trump Organization due to criminal activity,” de Blasio said. The Trump Organization has contracts to run two ice skating rinks and the Central Park carousel and a golf course in the Bronx. Those contracts could take a month or more to complete, they reported to the president’s company about $ 17 million in revenue last year, according to financial statements. The cancellation of these contracts will affect some of the president’s oldest companies,...
    President Trump released a video Wednesday evening denouncing last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol and declaring that no true supporter of his could support political violence. "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for," Trump said in a message from the Oval Office.  "No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence," Trump said. "No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement. You are attacking it and you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it." His comments were posted from the White House's Twitter account just hours after 10 House Republicans joined Democrats in impeaching the president. Trump's personal account has been banned by Twitter. TRUMP DOES NOT HAVE...
    Donald Trump made ignominious U.S. history on Wednesday and was not happy about it — at all. CNN senior Washington correspondent Pamela Brown reports that Trump was nearly isolated in the White House and was wallowing in “self-pity mode” as a bipartisan House impeached him by a historically large margin for inciting an insurrection, making him the first president to be rebuked in this manner twice. “What are you learning right now about these dramatic developments that we’re witnessing, eyewitnessing that are exploding right now?” Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer asked. “Today the president became the only President in United States history to be impeached twice,” Brown noted. “I’m told from sources close to the White House that the president is in self-pity mode, that he is increasingly isolated inside the White House, that everybody is angry at everybody inside, those who are remaining there, because there’s a feeling that there is lasting damage.” To head...
    January 13, 2021 8:13 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The leader of the Republican majority of the Senate of the United States (USA), Mitch McConnell, anticipated this Wednesday that there is no possibility of holding a “fair or serious trial” before the current president, Donald Trump, leaves office next week. , for which he called for a focus on an “orderly transition of power.” “Given the Senate rules, procedures, and precedents governing presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial can be concluded before President-elect (Joe) Biden is sworn in next week,” noted the mighty senator it’s a statement. McConnell illustrated that the Senate held three presidential impeachment trials: “They have lasted 83, 37 and 21 days, respectively”. “Even if the Senate process began this week and moved rapidly forward, a final verdict would not be reached until after President Trump...
    Steve Forbes, the head of Forbes Media, slapped down the editor of his magazine for warning companies that hire officials who worked in the Trump administration would be blacklisted.  Steve Forbes said he valued the diversity of opinion at his company while taking a swipe at social media platforms that removed President Trump after last week’s rioting at the United States Capitol. ‘Unlike Twitter, media giants, and Big Tech companies, we believe in diversity of opinion,’ Steve Forbes told Fox News on Wednesday. Steve Forbes was invited on to the program to comment about an op-ed published by one of his employees, Randall Lane, the chief content officer for Forbes magazine. Steve Forbes was alluding to the decision last week by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other media platforms to remove President Trump from their services in the wake of his mob's ransacking of the Capitol on January 6.  Steve...
    January 13, 2021 4:00 PM | By EFE 15 minutes. The United States will buy an additional 1.25 million doses of the monoclonal antibody cocktail to treat COVID-19 patients, one of the drugs from the pharmaceutical companies Roche (Switzerland) and Regeneron (USA) that was supplied to President Donald Trump when he tested positive. As Roche reported in a statement, The purchase is the result of an agreement with the United States Departments of Health and Defense, which will increase the doses available in that country, the most affected in the pandemic, to 1.5 million. Casirivimab and imdevimab are the drugs in this cocktail of antibodies. They are distributed by Regeneron in the US market and by Roche in the rest of the world. Free dose The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the emergency use of these drugs. They are indicated mainly for high-risk patients (for example, the...
    "The US crest is not to be confused with anything that has to do with white supremacy [or] the Trump administration," Megan Rapinoe said. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images Megan Rapinoe says the woman who wore a USWNT sweatshirt after participating in pro-Trump insurrection at the US Capitol is "not the kind of fan that we will welcome." The Bay Area woman was photographed along with her husband at San Francisco International Airport after flying to Washington D.C. to promote Trump's cause. "Don't bring that bull---- here," Rapinoe added. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Megan Rapinoe has zero-tolerance for US Women's National Team fans who associate with white supremacy. During media availability from the national team's January camp in Orlando, Florida, the prolific forward acknowledged that she had seen a now-viral photo of a woman wearing a USWNT sweatshirt while returning home from participating in...
    Capitol Police: What we know about the 2 officers suspended, more investigated in DC riots McConnell racing away from Trump as impeachment vote nears Spurs coach Gregg Popovich supports second Trump impeachment: Least that we can do San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is rarely ambiguous. NBA players and coaches use platform once again in wake of Capitol riots USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next NBA players and coaches use platform once again in wake of Capitol riots USA TODAY SPORTS Lorenzos Locks: The 3 best bets for NFL wild-card Sunday USA TODAY SPORTS Jaylen Brown draws from MLK: “There is two split, different Americas” USA TODAY SPORTS Lorenzos Locks: The 3 best bets for NFL wild-card Saturday USA TODAY SPORTS Heres what it looks like inside the Capitol after...
    Members of the National Guard and the Washington D.C. police keep a small group of demonstrators away from the Capital after thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol building following a "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.Spencer Platt | Getty Images A dark-money group used by Republican donors funneled millions of dollars toward high-profile conservative organizations that pushed and in some cases investigated claims of election fraud either before or after Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in November. Many of these stances matched points that Trump and his team made as they attempted to undermine the election. Almost all of the groups mentioned in this story denied to CNBC they were attempting to undermine the election with their own claims of fraud and voting irregularities. State and federal officials, including the former attorney general, have said there was no widespread election...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pelosi tells House: Trump ‘must go,’ calls him ‘clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.’ Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    GPS tracking data obtained through a hack of the suspended Parler shows that many users of the social media app stormed into the US Capitol Building, reports say.   Many of the thousands of supporters of President Trump who stormed the Capitol in last week's riots have since have been identified and found to hold extreme, far-right political views often expressed on the app seen as a Twitter alternative. Using the data, technology news website Gizmodo mapped almost 70,000 geo-located Parler video posts, finding hundreds published on January 6 from near or even inside the Capitol. Parler went offline in the early hours of Monday, January 11, after Amazon suspended the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting it down until it can find a new hosting partner.  Hailed by Donald Trump supporters as a conservative-friendly alternative to Twitter - which permanently suspended the president on Friday - the site is seen as...
    While other news anchors struggled to euphemize the “p-word” that President Donald Trump reportedly wielded against Vice President Mike Pence, CNN’s Don Lemon was apparently out of f-words and said the actual word live on the air. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that in an effort to convince Pence to join his effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, Trump told him “You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a pussy.” The comment was widely reported using a number of variations on the cat-themed epithet, but Lemon appears to be the only news personality to go the full Monty. On Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, in the middle of a commentary on Trump’s incitement of an insurrection last week, he let it fly. “The New York Times reports [Trump] called [Pence] just before he headed to the...
    Brit Hume has told Tucker Carlson that 'radioactive' Donald Trump cost the GOP the Georgia run-offs by spouting 'utter balderdash' about election rigging. But the Fox News veteran last night said that impeaching Trump was 'overkill' and pointless at this stage - Joe Biden will be inaugurated in a week.  It comes amid reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote to convict the president and is 'pleased' with Nancy Pelosi's impeachment trial and the chance to purge the MAGA wing of the party. Another GOP heavyweight, Liz Cheney, the House's third-ranking Republican, is also going to convict, calling last week's deadly riot on Capitol Hill an 'insurrection.'  'What's the point of this?' Carlson asked Hume. The Fox News analyst replied that the Republican party didn't want 'radioactive' Trump to be 'hanging around' and possibly even running at the next general election in 2024. Fox News Privacy Policy...
    Critics of President Donald Trump have long blasted the outgoing president for a management style that is akin to a mob boss. George Conway is among the vocal and sharpest critics of Trump and made that very explicitly clear during a Wednesday appearance on Morning Joe. At issue are comments made by President Trump on Tuesday in light of ongoing impeachment discussions that have followed the deadly Capitol riot led by his supporters shortly after the pro-Trump “Save America Rally.” During a border wall photo op in Alamo, Texas, Trump suggested that the nation is at a “tender” time and that impeachment proceedings could damage our country. “The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country and is causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that she thought she would be killed during the January 6 raid on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters. The Democratic congresswoman - a lightning rod for the president and his followers - said during an Instagram Live broadcast that she could not go into detail about her harrowing time inside the Capitol, due to security concerns. But she said she had had a 'very close encounter' with the insurrectionists during which, she said, 'I thought I was going to die.' She added: 'I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive.' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday night held an Instagram Live session with her fans AOC spoke of her horror as the Capitol came under attack, and members of the House (pictured) cowered in fear inside the chamber Capitol Police with guns drawn stand...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will make minority and women-owned small businesses their “priority,” his transition team tweeted Sunday. “Our focus will be on small businesses on Main Street that aren’t wealthy and well-connected, that are facing real economic hardships through no fault of their own,” Biden said during the video. "Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild." — President-elect Biden pic.twitter.com/pIyDuhf5pH — Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) January 10, 2021 “Our priority will be black, Latino, Asian and Native American-owned small-businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild. But we’re going to make a concerted effort to help small businesses in low-income communities, in big cities, small towns, rural communities that have faced systemic barriers to...
    VIDEO5:0605:06Fmr. Defense Sec. calls for Trump's resignation after violent Capitol siegeThe News with Shepard Smith Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle "need to be realistic" that President Donald Trump will not try to discourage violent protesters in the days leading to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.   "This President's not going to do that," said Panetta, who served as defense secretary from July 2011 to February 2013 under President Barack Obama. "It's not in his nature to do something that would be important for the country. He's thinking about himself. That will continue to consume him." At the Save America rally on Jan. 6, Trump told thousands of audience members on Capitol Hill that "we will never concede" and promoted a display of strength from his supporters. Minutes later, a mob of his supporters stormed the and terrorized...
    President Donald Trump is likely to become the first president in American history to be impeached twice, but some lawmakers worry the effort would complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s early agenda and push to unify the country. Democrats have said that impeaching the president after his role in allegedly inciting last week’s violence is the best way to hold him accountable and ensure that something like this never happens again, but Republicans, who have largely abandoned the president, have worried that impeachment could worsen the division in the country. Biden has stayed neutral on Trump’s coming impeachment, telling reporters that it is “a decision for Congress to make.” President Donald Trump on Wednesday is likely to become the first president in American history to be impeached twice, but some lawmakers worry the effort could complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s early agenda and push to unify the country. Widespread calls for...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper said on the Tuesday broadcast of his show “The Lead With Jake Tapper” that President Donald Trump has “played footsie” with extremist groups that “sure do love him.” Tapper was joined by former Republican Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and they discussed the role that Trump and Republicans played in the incitement of the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday. “Don’t House Republicans and Senate Republicans and MAGA media, people who lied to Trump supporters, don’t they need to own up to what they did?” asked Tapper. “Because that’s part of the problem.” (RELATED: ‘Clear Acts Of Sedition And Violence And Terrorism’: Jake Tapper Blasts Trump Statement During Riots) Rogers said that he thought they should take responsibility, referring to the people who joined Trump in alleging that massive voter fraud swung the election towards President-elect Joe Biden. He then stated that they...
    Vice President Mike Pence sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter saying he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from power as the House was taking its first votes on a resolution that urges Pence to do so.  'I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution,' Pence said of the Democrat-led effort. 'Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation.'  Pence's letter came as the House was voting to begin debate on the 25th Amendment resolution, which can't actually force the vice president's hand.   Vice President Mike Pence...
    Bradley Cortright January 12, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is adding his name to the growing list of House Republicans who say they will vote to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol.  In a statement on Tuesday, Kinzinger said, “Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve sought to do the right thing for the good of the people I represent and for the country as a whole. We are in unchartered waters here, and in a moment in history, we have not experienced in modern times.” “The President of the United States encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of the electoral votes. This angry mob turn violent and caused destruction to our nation’s symbol of democracy. This insurrection led to countless injuries and the death of several people, including to of our U.S. Capitol Police Officers,”...
    RAPPER YFN Lucci is wanted in connection with a double shooting in Atlanta that left one man dead and another injured.  The rapper, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett, was charged with murder, aggravated assault, participating in criminal street gang activity and also has a weapons charge, Atlanta police said in a press release on Tuesday. 1Rapper YFN Lucci is wanted in connection with a double shooting in AtlantaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in NewsCAPITOL CRIME SCENEFBI probes 'sedition' & warns HUNDREDS more MAGA rioters to be chargedLUXURIOUS LOCKUPQAnon' Capitol rioter to get special organic diet following hunger strikeExclusiveCOVID FILESDon to 'declassify files saying Covid leaked from Wuhan lab linked to army' SPAREDFinal two Trump admin executions HALTED by judge after their Covid diagnosesBreaking'CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR'Trump warns 25th Amendment will ‘come back to haunt Joe Biden’Exclusive'BLOOD EVERYWHERE'Trump fan found dead after Capitol riot arrest was a...
    Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren paid tribute to two Capitol police officers who lost their lives following last week's riot, telling viewers on Tuesday that she is "gravely sickened to know [that] those who claim to support our president are to blame." Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, died Thursday night from injuries suffered while defending the Capitol last Wednesday. The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) on Sunday also announced the off-duty death of Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, who had served with the department since April 2005. "When I say this sickens me, I mean it truly sickens me," Lahren said on her Fox Nation show "Final Thoughts." "It sickens me to know two decent, honorable and heroic officers lost their lives and it sickens me, even more, to know it was due to, or at the hands of, people who claim to be my fellow patriots and supporters of our president." However, Lahren cautioned viewers against labeling the "the mob...
    Here are Tuesday’s top stories:Personal Finance COVID-19 will cause twice as much homelessness as Great Recession, study finds Unemployed renters were spending virtually all of their unemployment insurance on housing costs before the latest stimulus.‘I thought dentists had some of the best job security’: More dental students are having second thoughts The average amount of debt dental school students take on is over $290,000. With divorce news swirling: how will Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West divide up their real estate empire? 2021 is starting off with a big-time celebrity shake-up: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are getting divorced.‘Deaths of despair’ during COVID-19 have risen significantly in 2020, new research says They were disproportionately experienced by working aged men, driven in part by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to Casey Mulligan, professor of economics at the University of Chicago.‘The incoming Biden administration will be facing a mounting —...
    US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was “no risk” that he would be removed from office under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
    We get our President or we die: FBI issued dire warning day before Capitol riots Former officer Derek Chauvin to stand trial for George Floyds death separately Report: Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller was part of mob that stormed Capitol Klete Keller, who won two Olympic gold medals as a swimmer for Team USA, was reportedly part of the angry mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol building last Wednesday. According to swimming site SwimSwam and the New York Times, Keller appears in a video posted by reporter Julio Roses as part of a crowd surging to resist the Capitol Police. Keller is allegedly the tall, bearded man who appears several times in the middle of the crowd wearing an easily identifiable Team USA jacket. Trump supporters fought back after Capitol Police moved in to retake the Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/4e7mNyqWZy— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021 Over a dozen people involved...
    President Donald Trump took his first out-of-town trip since the Capitol riots Tuesday – and brought along the nuclear 'football' Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he is unfit to control. A military aide brings the 'football' whenever Trump travels. It carries the codes to activate the nation's massive nuclear military arsenal, and provides the president the ability to order a strike even when away from the White House communications network. After the riots last week, Pelosi told colleagues she contacted chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley about how to keep an 'unhinged' president from accessing the nuclear codes. A military aide could be seen carrying the bulky 'emergency satchel' that contains the codes aboard Marine One as the president prepared to depart the White House. DAY TRIP: A U.S. military aide, left, carries the "President's emergency satchel," also know as "the football," with the nuclear launch codes, as...
    A heckler told Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer that she got 'sexually excited' while watching him cower under a desk during last week's riot at the US Capitol. The woman interrupted Schumer during his press conference in Manhattan on Tuesday. During the encounter, she is heard calling Schumer, who is Jewish, a 'racist, anti-Semite'. 'You're nothing but a coward. Seeing you hide under your desk, I actually got sexually excited over it. That's how much I loathe you. That's how much I'm glad what they did.'  The woman also accused the New York senator of following the 'socialist' practices of Adolf Hitler.  A heckler (pictured wearing a mask) told Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer that she got 'sexually excited' while watching him cower under a desk during last week's riot at the US Capitol The woman interrupted Schumer during his press conference in Manhattan on Tuesday. During the encounter, she...
    An FBI report allegedly sent one day before the Capitol riot warned of potential violence, contradicting original claims that the bureau had no information suggesting harmful acts might occur, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. An FBI office in Virginia issued the warning, The Post reported, citing an internal document it reviewed. This alleged document noted that extremists were prepping to descend on Washington, D.C., and enact a “war,” according to The Post. (RELATED: REPORT: Trump Is Privately Blaming Antifa After His Supporters Stormed The Capitol) “As of 5 January 2021, FBI Norfolk received information indicating calls for violence in response to ‘unlawful lockdowns’ to begin on 6 January 2021 in Washington. D.C.,” the document reads according to The Post. “An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa...
    President Trump warned Democrats to be “careful what you wish for” as he shrugged off the looming threat that he be forced from office with the 25th Amendment. He delivered prepared remarks in Texas during a visit to the border wall with Mexico but lost no time at addressing the roiling tension that he left behind in Washington. “The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration," he said. "As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for." His trip marked the first time he had left the White House since last Wednesday, when thousands of his supporters laid siege to the Capitol. He spoke to reporters as he left, insisting that he was not responsible for fomenting violence that left five people dead despite a speech in which he called on supporters to march on...
    MSNBC’s Chuck Todd opened Meet the Press Daily by telling viewers that he would not air President Donald Trump’s first televised comments since his supporters stormed the Capitol. The show opened on Tuesday with Todd informing viewers that Trump spoke to reporters earlier in the day, his first time doing so since he the mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. last week. “We, of course, are not going to play his comments due to concerns that he will be used as a rallying cry for bad acts to support him in his name,” Todd said. “But the president, as you’d expect, was defiant and some might wonder if he was a bit deranged.” Todd proceeded to deliver a breakdown of Trump’s comments before the press. He especially honed in on the president lashing out at the new push for his impeachment, plus his refusal to accept responsibility for ginning...
    While America recovers from the attack by Donald Trump’s supporters on the U.S. Capitol, Liz Harrington — a former spokesperson for the Republicans National Committee — is claiming that the “real insurrection” happened when the president lost the 2020 election. The former RNC spokesperson appeared on Newsmax Tuesday, where she complained about the consequences Trump and his backers have seen so far in the aftermath of the mob violence (which the president incited). After denouncing the backlash as “not-American,” Harrington then proclaimed that “the real insurrection…happened on November 4th at about 3:30 in the morning, when all those vote dumps were dropped.” “That’s when it happened. That was the overthrow,” she said. “That was taking away the agency and the self-government of the American people. And if we allow it to stand, that’s the real crisis here, and that’s who should be disqualified from being the president.” Harrington concluded by...
    The libertarian Cato Institute is investigating a blog post published by one of its senior fellows, a former economic policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, that contains conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and seeks to defend pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol last week. Andrei Illarionov, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, made baseless accusations in a post on his personal Live Journal blog on Friday that the storming of the capitol was a “trap” set by police following deliberate “provocation” by Black Lives Matter activists and Democrats. He also amplified unfounded claims about antifa infiltrating the protests, claimed it is “still unknown” who won the 2020 presidential election, accused the leadership of the Democratic Party of “seeking to establish its monopoly dominance in the country,” and wrote that rioters were “definitely not” violating the U.S. Constitution when they broke into...
    Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has claimed, without providing evidence, that al-Qaida leaders have established a new “home base” in the Iran, in what appeared to be his latest effort to raise the political cost of the next administration reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Speaking with just eight days left in office, Pompeo alleged that Iran was “the new Afghanistan”, telling a news conference in Washington: “Unlike in Afghanistan, when al-Qaida was hiding in the mountains, al-Qaida today is operating under the hard shell of the Iranian regime’s protection.” In remarks to the National Press Club, after which he did not take questions, the outgoing secretary of state also confirmed press reports that a senior al-Qaida figure, Abu Mohammed al-Masri, was assassinated last August in Tehran, where he was said to be living under a false identity. Masri, who was accused of...
    Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson told the New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones that there is a need to “deprogram” supporters of President Trump following last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol. “There are millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed,” Robinson said during an appearance on MSNBC. “It’s as if they are members of a cult, the Trumpist cult, and have to be deprogrammed.” WaPo’s @Eugene_Robinson to @nhannahjones: How do we “deprogram” Trump supporters? pic.twitter.com/LnFrAd6NXZ— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 12, 2021 Asked by Robinson how the country could go about deprogramming Trump supporters, Hannah-Jones said that history shows people need to face consequences for their actions. “I know we can look to history,” Hannah-Jones said. “What ultimately breaks that power structure in the South is enforcement, right? There has to be consequences. And then once you get those consequences … people...
    Even as insurrectionists captured House and Senate floors, carrying zip ties to restrain fleeing lawmakers, no federal assistance came. Contradicting numerous administration claims, The Washington Post reports that the FBI did indeed have advance information that attendees at the Jan. 6 rally promoted by Donald Trump were planning violence, and in fact shared their plans to attack the U.S. Capitol. The Norfolk, Virginia, FBI office assembled a report describing those plans, based on communications between extremists, and officials at the bureau's head office were briefed of those dangers one day before the attacks. A sample call for violence featured in the report, as reported by the Post: "Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa [sic] slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or...
    Far-right Trump supporter Ali Alexander, a top organizer of the January 6th rally in Washington, D.C. that turned deadly, said he was aided in putting on the event by Republican legislators in Congress. In a number of Periscope live streams ahead of the march, the “Stop the Steal” organizer claimed that among those assisting him were Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). According to The Intercept, Alexander stated in separate streams, “We’re the four guys who came up with a January 6 event,” referring to the respective congressmen. Biggs was the only lawmaker who responded to The Intercept, and he denied any contact with Alexander. “I was the person who came up with the January 6 idea with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks, and then Congressman Andy Biggs,” Alexander stated in a December 28th video. “We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on...
    New York : President Donald Trump traveled to Texas. Photo: C-SPAN Capture / Courtesy President Donald trump denies any responsibility for the violent acts of his supporters on Capitol Hill, in addition to warning that the impeachment process against him is causing “a lot of anger.” He added that his speech prior to the riots was “appropriate” and not inflammatory, as claimed in the article that will be put to a vote this Tuesday in the Chamber. He said that the process against him is “a witch hunt.” “People thought what I said was totally appropriate”he stated shortly before traveling to Texas. He disqualified the Democrats’ effort to impeach him. “(It is the) continuation of the biggest witch hunt in politics”, he claimed. “Ridiculous … absolutely ridiculous … Something terrible what they are doing … It is causing tremendous danger to our country and anger.”...
    Jill Torrance/Getty News broke over the weekend that President Donald Trump would be making at least one last public visit before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20th.  “Trump will be visiting ‘The Alamo?” was an oft-read question on social media, often followed by, “does he know that the Alamo fell in its famous battle?” or words to that effect. Well as it turns out, Trump is not visiting The Alamo, he’s visiting an Alamo. Rather than  traveling to the San Antonio historic landmark, Trump is instead visiting a Texas border town that shares the same name. The point of the visit is to celebrate what the White House is claiming to be 400 miles of a border wall, in a “promises made, promises kept” exit strategy for the one-term president. But it appears that there is a different logistical problem afoot. The town of Alamo, Texas was...
    Americans across the political spectrum fear what the Capitol attack portends EXPLAINER: Whos been charged in the deadly Capitol siege? Trump’s about to leave D.C. That’s bad news for these stocks, strategist says © Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images NEED TO KNOW Load Error A modest recovery looks to be under way after Monday’s pullback, as hope springs eternal for fresh stimulus from President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. And why should the market stop doing what it has been doing for a long time now? Bounce back again and again. But is there trouble in paradise? “The equity market’s ability to rally decisively in the face of the tragic events at the Capitol on 1/6, the virus’ escalation, a poor employment report and rising yields confirm that a new, more speculative, more volatile phase of the bull market has begun,” BTIG’s chief equity and derivatives strategist Julian Emanuel and equity strategy...
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said that “too many people who call themselves Christians” and “evangelicals” have “turned from the Word of God” and are worshipping President Donald Trump instead of God or Jesus. In Tuesday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe” Scarborough read an excerpt from The Dispatch’s David French, calling Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol a “violent Christian Insurrection” and said that evangelical leaders were “leading their flocks” to follow Trump. The Capitol was stormed by supporters of Trump demanding that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress overturn the Electoral College vote following Trump’s “Save America” rally that was held near the White House. (RELATED: ‘You Open The F*cking Doors For Them’: Joe Scarborough Accuses Capitol Police Of Allowing Insurrection, Calls For Trump’s Arrest) “Too many people who call themselves Christians, too many people who call them evangelicals, they have turned from the Word of God,” Scarborough said. “They...
    CNN’s Kate Bolduan went off on President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept blame for inciting the insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol to violently overturn his 2020 election defeat. On Tuesday, Trump spoke to reporters who asked about his “personal responsibility” for his supporters who invaded the Capitol. The president responded by shifting blame away from himself and speaking of unnamed individuals who thought that his words were “totally appropriate.” CNN’s Jeremy Diamond joined Bolduan to analyze Trump’s remarks from the tarmac, and he pointed out that Trump’s downplaying of his incendiary rhetoric was “completely untrue” from a legal standpoint. Diamond remarked that Trump “clearly has not chastened” since the riot, and he further noted the ongoing debates over Trump’s legal exposure for incitement. Bolduan was incensed that Trump would “pretend” as if there was anyone who honestly thinks his words were appropriate.” “If you have a brain in...
    In his first public comments since thousands of MAGA supporters stormed the Capitol last week, President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his incendiary rhetoric that incited the mob—and warned Congress that impeachment would be dangerous to the United States. Trump, speaking to reporters outside the White House as he left for a trip to the border wall in Alamo, Texas, insisted that his inflammatory words last Wednesday weren’t harmful. Just moments after the speech, thousands of his supporters invaded the Capitol as Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, leaving a wake of destruction. Five died in the mayhem, including a Capitol Police officer who was attacked by the mob, and dozens more were injured. “People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said Tuesday, after being asked whether he would take any personal responsibility for the violence. “I want no violence,” he added....
    Nearly a week after inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol Building, Donald Trump warned of “tremendous anger” over the new push to impeach him in the final days of his presidency. As Trump left the White House on Tuesday for his trip to Texas, he claimed he wants “no violence” before turning to Congress’ incoming effort to impeach him for “incitement of insurrection.” He complained that it was “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.” “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Trump said. “This impeachment is causing tremendous anger. It’s a terrible thing they’re doing.” Trump then accused Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer of “causing tremendous danger” for the country. Again, this comes after the president and his allies fired up a mob of his supporters who then attempted to storm Congress in a violent attempt to overturn his 2020 election defeat. This was Trump’s first...
    Supporters loyal to President Donald Trump clash with authorities before successfully breaching the Capitol building during a riot.John Minchillo/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In the hours after a mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary tweeted that its top searches included “coup d’état,” “putsch,” and “treason.” On the top of the search list, however, was the word “sedition,” which Webster’s defines as “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.”  The word appeared frequently during the period after the violent attack that left five people dead. President-elect Joe Biden said their action “borders on sedition.” During a press conference the following day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned President Trump for “calling for this seditious act.” The word has appeared in the headlines of...
    On January 6, one prominent Republican after another called Donald Trump or the people near him, begging him to take decisive action to protect the U.S. Capitol from his mob of supporters, including by sending the message only he could effectively send convincing the mob to stand down. But Trump, transfixed by what he was watching on live television, didn’t respond for hours. In fact, early on, he tweeted an incitement to violence against Mike Pence.  According to The Washington Post, Trump “didn’t appear to understand the magnitude of the crisis” and was “not initially receptive” to the idea that he needed to do something to tamp down the violence. Gee, why could that be?  ”He was hard to reach, and you know why? Because it was live TV,” according to one adviser. “If it’s TiVo, he just hits pause and takes the calls. If it’s live TV, he watches it, and...
    President Trump admitted Monday that he is at least partially to blame for what transpired at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday. That's according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who spoke with the president on Monday and later conveyed Mr. Trump's feelings to fellow House Republicans. Multiple Republicans familiar with the exchanges confirmed the details to CBS News. The call between the president and top House Republican came on the same day Mr. Trump met face-to-face in the Oval Office with Vice President Pence for the first time since the deadly siege, during which protesters were heard chanting, "Hang Mike Pence!" The outreach to senior Republicans comes as the House is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment with Cabinet secretaries to remove the president from office. If Pence and the Cabinet do not do so, the House is expected to...
    President Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump return to the White House from Palm Beach on December 31, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images A Palm Beach mansion that sits on land once owned by President Donald Trump just hit the market for $140 million, Darrell Hofheinz reported for the Palm Beach Daily News. The newly built $140 million home is on two acres that were once part of a larger parcel that Trump sold to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev for $95 million in 2008. If it sells at or near that price, it would shatter the area's real-estate record, which is currently held by a Billionaires' Row estate that sold for $111 million in 2019. The contemporary mansion sits right on the beach, about a 10-minute drive from Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club. It has nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a guest house, and a massive oceanfront swimming pool.  Visit Insider's homepage...
    The State Department is investigating what appears to be a 'prank' after its website suggested President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence's term would end on Monday evening. The change to the department's bio page for Trump - which displayed the text 'Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00' - created an internet frenzy on Monday afternoon. The vice president's biography was similarly edited to state 'Michael R. Pence's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:44:22.'  A disgruntled worker at the State Department changed the biographies of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in a 'prank' that showed his term in office had ended Dates on the State Department webpage were altered to state that Vice President Pence's term was also ending on Monday evening The change came nine days before President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in.  Eventually both pages were removed around 3:50pm...
    Freshman Republican Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer said he is “strongly considering” House Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump. Appearing Monday evening on CNN’s “Out Front,” Meijer told anchor Erin Burnett that Trump “is no longer qualified to hold that office. WATCH: “Erin, I had a break,” Meijer said. “On Wednesday at around 4:17 p.m., after we’d fled the House chambers, after we knew that at least one person had died, when we were in a secure location, we didn’t know whether any of our colleagues were injured or killed, and the one person who could tamp down the rhetoric, the one person who could have put an end to that violence, the president, he put out that video that said, ‘We love you, you’re special, come home.’ No condemnation, no urge to bring things back. To me, that was an abject failure of leadership and something just broke...
    Pat toomey Share on Facebook Share on twitter Share in mail Share on whatsapp “There is no good way to deal with this. It is a terrible situation in which he has put us, so it is appropriate that there are consequences,” defended Toomey, who considers Donald Trump “disqualified” in the face of a possible candidacy by 2024 because of what happened. Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey said this Sunday that “the best thing” for the United States is for President Donald Trump to “resign and leave as soon as possible”, although he acknowledges that “it is not likely” that it will happen before 20 January, when the new head of the White House, Joe Biden, will take office. Toomey, one of the most prominent figures of the current Republican Party, has stated that after the presidential elections in November, Trump...
    (CNN Business)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Voice of America news service of "demeaning America" in a speech that a watchdog group criticized as "political propaganda" and a violation of the government-funded agency's own rules. Pompeo delivered remarks in person to a command audience of VOA staff despite the Covid pandemic, urging them to report that "this is the greatest nation the world has ever known." Pompeo did not mention the pandemic, the insurrectionist violence that rocked the Capitol last week, leaving five dead, or President Donald Trump's role in encouraging the chaos. The speech was broadcast live, worldwide, through VOA channels in more than 40 languages in what the Government Accountability Project, a group representing VOA whistleblowers, called "a violation of law, rule and policy." No questions were allowed after the remarks or the brief on-stage conversation with VOA Director Robert Reilly that followed, giving Pompeo a chance...
    Washington (CNN)Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Meijer said Monday evening he is "strongly considering" voting to impeach President Donald Trump following last week's riot at the US Capitol, assessing that the President is "no longer qualified to hold that office.""I would prefer that we have a more fulsome investigation into what happened. Most of what I know about January 6 came either from personal experience or from Twitter. But at the end of the day, I think it is obvious that the President is no longer qualified to hold that office," Meijer told CNN's Erin Burnett on "Out Front."Pressed on whether he'd made a definitive decision on impeachment, Meijer maintained that he will "wait to see the additional evidence presented, but again, this is something we're strongly considering."His pointed comments came the same day Democrats formally introduced their impeachment resolution, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" as they race toward making...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Cloud software giant Salesforce says it has “taken action” against the Republican National Committee to prevent it from sending fundraising emails that claim election fraud and contain inflammatory language that could lead to additional political violence. Since election day, the RNC has been sending out hundreds of emails using Salesforce-owned email marketing firm ExactTarget to subscribers saying that Democrats stole the election and that Congress needs to overturn the results of the election won by President-elect Joe Biden. Referring to the rioting at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, a Salesforce spokesperson said in a prepared statement, “We are all deeply troubled by the terrible events of January 6. And while we all hope that they are never repeated, sadly there remains a risk of politically incited violence across the country. The Republican National Committee has been a long-standing customer, predating the current Administration, and we...
    Newly-elected Republican Rep. Peter Meijer (MI) came out as leaning toward supporting the House Democrat effort to impeach Donald Trump over the Capitol insurrection, saying he is “strongly considering” the move because “it is obvious that the president is no longer qualified to hold that office.” Meijer joins another House Republican, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, as a second possible GOP defection to support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announced plan to launch an impeachment move early this week. Kinzinger had already called for the removal of Trump just one day after the MAGA mob violently assaulted the Capitol, killing a police officer in the rioting. However, Kinzinger only invoked the 25th Amendment to accomplish Trump’s ouster, and has yet to explicitly come out in favor of impeaching Trump. Speaking with CNN’s Erin Burnett, the freshman Congressman, Meijer, who replaced retiring libertarian Independent Rep. Justin Amash, recounted his shocked reaction to Trump’s tacit approval of the assault even as he and...
    (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) “I’ve got the title for your next article!” That was the first text I saw after my flight landed in Atlanta, Georgia when I turned on my phone. It was from a friend who’s plugged into Georgia politics who has a way with words. I planned on meeting with him during my 48 hours in Georgia to cover the Senate runoff elections and his excited text told me something interesting was brewing in the Peach State.   “Okay, what’s the title?” It took him a while to respond, and I was increasingly curious. Having covered three elections in Georgia, the Senate races of 2021 probably had the greatest national implications if Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnock actually won their races. His response surprised me. “That White Boy ‘bout to lose: Part 2” Read More: Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock officially sweep Georgia U.S....
    Videos of Democrats during the Trump administration calling for their supporters to confront Republicans physically or warning of “civil unrest” on the streets are still active on Twitter. Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Ted Lieu, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Sen. Jon Tester, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have all made comments suggesting violence or confrontations against Republicans. All of their Twitter accounts remain active, while the videos themselves are also circulating on the massive social media site. Rep. Maxine Waters, for example, notably called for her supporters to harass Trump administration officials in public during a rally in 2018. “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out, and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia police detective is under investigation after she allegedly attended the Trump rally that preceded the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week. The police Internal Affairs division is currently investigating whether any police department policies were violated or if the detective was involved in any illegal activities at the event. A Philadelphia police detective from the department’s recruitment unit is now under investigation based on a tip that she attended the pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C. The mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 resulted in five deaths, and multiple arrests continue to be made of those involved as they are identified. Philadelphia police have not released the female officer’s name but she has been removed from her position after Internal Affairs reportedly received social media posts regarding her presence at the event. However, the tip did not include whether or not she...
    Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a "Stop the Steal" protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. U.S. January 6, 2021.Stephanie Keith | Reuters A mysterious political action committee once funded by conservative millionaire Robert Mercer promoted both the rally featuring President Donald Trump and the ensuing march on Capitol Hill that led to a deadly riot last week. The PAC, called the Black Conservatives Fund, promotes itself as "committed to turning out the black vote and elect black conservatives at every level of government." The PAC didn't raise or spend any money in 2020, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. It has shifted primarily to encourage its followers to attend pro-Trump rallies, and it's not clear who runs the group. Through social media posts, the committee pushed tens of thousands of its followers to attend the rally in front of the White House...
    Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Politicians like President Donald Trump and Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are rightfully being condemned for their roles in inciting the violence in the Capitol last week. Five people are dead because they lied to their supporters about Trump losing the 2020 election, and lied that Congress had any ability to change that. In the wake of the horrific spectacle, another group bears responsibility: Fox News hosts and personalities who were also complicit in pushing the reckless lie that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Even more chilling footage has emerged from the deadly insurrection at the Capitol by Trump supporters on Wednesday. Based on a mountain of evidence, from eyewitness reports to countless videos, the motivation of the attack is clear: the rioters fervently believed the election was stolen. They believed that Trump won re-election, in a landslide as he has repeatedly claimed and that...
    Joe Biden will lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery shortly after he takes the oath of office with former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama joining him in a show of unity. Jill Biden will also be there as will Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, incoming Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff - part of Biden's inauguration theme of 'America United.'  It will be one of Biden's first acts as president, taking place on January 20th, following the swearing-in ceremony and Pass In Review at the U.S. Capitol, in an open display of bipartisanship. But it will also show the increased isolation of outgoing President Donald Trump, who said last week he would not attend his successor's swearing-in - a decision Biden said he agreed with. Joe and Jill Biden will lay a wreath at the...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees the closure of social media accounts “problematic” of the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, for responding to the decision of the administrators of these platforms, although recognizes the obligation to intervene in certain content. In an ordinary press conference, the spokesman for the German Executive, Steffen Seibert, stated that “the total closure of the account of a president elected based on the decision of corporate management is problematic”, referring to the suspension of Trump profiles on various social networks after the violent assault on the Capitol last Wednesday by a mob of his followers. He noted that free opinion is “a fundamental right of essential importance” in which it is possible to intervene, but only within the framework defined by the legislative bodies, “not by decision of the corporate management of platforms in social networks,” he said. In this sense, he underlined the Chancellor’s conviction...
    Harvard constitutional law scholar Alan Dershowitz said that impeaching President Trump would not lead to a Senate trial but would serve as a “loaded weapon” for both parties to use in the future. "It will not go to trial. All the Democrats can do is impeach the president in the House of Representatives. For that, all you need is a majority vote. You don’t have to take evidence, there are no lawyers involved," Dershowitz said during an appearance on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures. "But the case cannot come to trial in the Senate because the Senate has rules and the rules would not allow the case to come to trial until, according to the majority leader, until 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, one hour after President Trump leaves office." Dershowitz said he doesn’t believe the impeachment trial can continue after Trump leaves office, noting that “the Constitution specifically says...
    Is President Donald Trump complicit in the awful acts that occurred on Capitol Hill just after he addressed a crowd of his adoring supporters who went on to commit a deadly siege on the Capitol building? It’s the question that lays at the heart of potential criminal liability and raises questions of what constructs protected speech and what is considered inciting a riot. CNN’s legal analyst Laura Coates outlined the specific issues that potential prosecutors will consider before making a compelling case that, yes, Trump did incite violence. Coates focused on four individuals who addressed the Save America Rally, before rallygoers marched on, and eventually sieged the capital building: President Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Donald Trump, Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks, and Rep. Mo Brooks. Coates then outlined the specifics of what a prosecutor will need to prove, which were neatly illustrated on the magic board behind her:...
    A psychological operations officer has resigned her commission after the Army said it was investigating her leading a group of people from North Carolina to the rally in Washington that led up to the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, CBS News correspondent David Martin reports. Commanders at Fort Bragg said they were reviewing Captain Emily Rainey's involvement in last week's events in the nation's capital, but she said she acted within military regulations and that no one in her group broke the law. "I was a private citizen and doing everything right and within my rights," Rainey told The Associated Press on Sunday. Rainey said she led 100 members of Moore County Citizens for Freedom, which describes itself online as a nonpartisan network promoting conservative values, to Washington to "stand against election fraud" and support Trump. She said the group attended the rally...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Users on the social media site Parler are waking up to find the alternative social network is completely offline. Amazon, which controls Parler’s web hosting services, pulled the plug at 3 a.m. after finding dozens of posts on the site that encouraged violence. Parler advertises itself as a free speech social network and is popular with President Donald Trump’s supporters. Visitors will now only see error messages. Apple and Google had already removed the APPs from their platforms. Parler’s CEO said the company is working to find an alternative host. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM When Can I Get The COVID-19 Vaccine In Pennsylvania, New Jersey Or Delaware? Philadelphia Police Detective Under Investigation For Allegedly Attending Trump Rally Preceding US Capitol Riot Temple University Professors See Social Media Companies Suspending President Trump As Capitalism At Work
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.So many lies led up to last Wednesday's riot in Washington. Now there are new lies being proffered on the right-wing web to defend the indefensible. And President Trump's cheering section is desperately trying to bury the riot down the memory hole.Speaking of memories, let's go back in time. One week ago on our "Reliable Sources" telecast, "On Tyranny" author Timothy Snyder warned that "we are now moving dangerously towards the territory of a big lie." He said "the idea that Mr. Biden didn't win the election is a big lie. It's a big lie because you have to disbelieve all kinds of evidence to believe in it. It's a big lie because you have to believe in a huge conspiracy in order to believe it. And it's a big...
    DOJ: Dont expect charges against Trump or allies for inciting DC riot Trump’s Effort To Overturn the Election Should Be Investigated Like 9/11 These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © AlbertPego/ iStock Are your retirement savings safe? Two-thirds of workers across three generations – millennials, Generation X and baby boomers – are confident they’ll be able to retire with a comfortable lifestyle, according to "What is 'Retirement?' Three Generations Prepare for Old Age," a 2019 survey of workers published by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, a nonprofit foundation based in Los Angeles. You may think you’ve got retirement covered with savings in retirement and other accounts. However, whether you’re nearing retirement age or already enjoying retirement, unexpected expenses due to aging, along with shifting economic and cultural...
    House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on Sunday called on Congress to censure President Trump, accusing him of inciting Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. A censure is a formal reprimand or statement of disapproval. It is not as drastic as impeachment, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders in Congress are planning. Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives, speaks during a press conference to mark the anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote, on Capitol Hill May 21 in Washington. (Getty Images) As calls grow to remove Trump from office with just 10 days left in his administration, some Democrats – Norton among them -- say impeachment would derail the incoming Biden administration. In an effort to pursue a more realistic goal, Norton said a censure will not delay President-elect Biden’s legislative...
    New York (CNN Business)A sick brew of misinformation and hate, cooked up for years by pro-Trump media and enabled by Big Tech, culminated last Wednesday in the siege of the US Capitol, the symbol of American democracy."The more research I did this week, the more I realized that Fox News shows and Facebook groups are just part of the pro-Trump Fantasyland," said CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. "There's a lot of blame to go around."Stelter said Big Tech and conservative media hosted and repeated President Donald Trump's lies that led to the siege. Trump egged on the rioters with an election fraud message that was disseminated on right-wing media and social media platforms. Those messages soon were spread to the deepest, ugliest layers of the internet, from InfoWars to 8chan message boards."People say Donald Trump plus the Internet brings out the extremists," CNN correspondent Elle...
    This is the aftermath of supporters of President Donald Trump breeching the US Capitol building during a session of Congress Wednesday. If anyone is still asking if it’s fair to classify Wednesday’s attack at the Capitol as an attempted coup, the short answer is yes. But Atlantic magazine contributor Zeynep Tufekci, who has lived through four coups in Turkey, told NPR the public needs to focus less on how to classify what happened and start paying attention to just how close rioters came to achieving their goal. President Donald Trump called for his supporters to march to the Capitol to block Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn't happen,” he said at a Save America rally Wednesday in Washington D.C. “You don't concede when there's theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that...
    Harvard Law professor emeritus and constitutional law scholar Alan Dershowitz said that while he does not believe it would result in a Senate trial, impeaching President Trump over what he said in an address prior to protesters storming the Capitol building on Wednesday would provide a "loaded weapon" to both parties to use at their will in the future. Speaking to Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," Dershowitz first said that even if Trump is impeached for a second time, the Senate will not be able to hear a trial because Trump would be out of office by the time that were to happen. ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST TRUMP TO BE INTRODUCED MONDAY IN HOUSE "It will not go to trial. All the Democrats can do is impeach the president in the House of Representatives. For that, all you need is a majority vote. You don’t have to take evidence, there are no...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace that he had misjudged President Donald Trump. Mulvaney, who resigned from his position as Special Envoy to Ireland after Wednesday’s riots, told Wallace that President Trump had always been a different person behind the scenes than he had been in the media. But he also noted that Trump had changed since the presidential election as well. (RELATED: ‘A Little Concerned’: Mick Mulvaney Discusses Rudy Giuliani’s Role In Election Lawsuits) WATCH: Wallace pointed out an article Mulvaney had written for the Wall Street Journal just four days after the election in which the former chief of staff had said that he had every expectation that Trump’s behavior, win or lose, would be fitting of his office. “You said the U.S. needs to know that the winner is actually the winner and once Americans know that,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Protesters gathered in New York City on Saturday, calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump after the attack at the U.S. Capitol. In Times Square, the message was clear as demonstrators gathered, fighting for the impeachment of the president, chanting, “Trump, Pence, out now.” “Trump needs to be impeached. He needs to be convicted, and he needs to be driven out of office so that he can never run for elected office again,” protester Travis Morales told CBS2’s Cory James. This is all happening in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol. CRISIS IN THE CAPITOL Local Members Of Congress Recount ‘Disturbing’ Scene Child Psychologists Encourage Open Conversations With Children Photo Gallery: Pro-Trump Mob Storms U.S. Capitol Building CBS News Coverage It is also unfolding as Congressional Democrats prepare to bring articles of impeachment against the president as early as...
    With 88 million Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans, you might assume President Trump would be quite popular with the social media giants. His frequent posts have made news almost every day since he first ran for president, driving traffic to the two platforms and giving them enormous free publicity and a big revenue boost. But Trump and the social media giants are in fact adversaries rather than allies. Twitter permanently suspended the president’s account Friday, a day after Facebook suspended Trump’s account indefinitely. Both companies claimed they are worried about Trump’s posts inspiring violence, after some of his supporters rallying on behalf of his claim to have won the November election marched to the U.S. Capitol and staged a riot Wednesday that left five people dead. PATRICE ONWUKA: TWITTER, FACEBOOK BANNING OF TRUMP CONTINUES CRACKDOWN ON CONSERVATIVES — CENSORSHIP DANGEROUS But there’s more to the story.More from Opinion...
    WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating whether members of the New York City Fire Department were among the mob of President Donald Trump's supporters that stormed the nation's Capitol Wednesday."The Department received anonymous allegations that active or retired members were present at the events at the United States Capitol on January 6 and, as required, has provided that information to the FBI,"FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said.The rioters took over the House and Senate chambers, smashed windows and waved Trump, American and Confederate flags.A vast number of photos and videos captured the riot, which left five people dead.By Saturday, prosecutors had filed 17 cases in federal district court and 40 others in the District of Columbia Superior Court for a variety of offenses ranging from assaulting police officers to entering restricted areas of the U.S. Capitol, stealing federal property and threatening lawmakers.Prosecutors said additional cases remained under seal, dozens of other...
    Nine platforms controlled by the Big Tech Masters of the Universe have blacklisted or restricted President Donald Trump. Twitter, Google, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Pinterest, Shopify, Reddit, TikTok, Twitch, and Discord have all either banned or restricted President Trump from their platforms. The severity of action taken against Trump varies by platform. 1. Twitter On Friday, Twitter permanently banned the account of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Additional bannings include his campaign account and the campaign’s digital director.     2 & 3. Facebook and Instagram On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the Facebook and Instagram platforms would be backlisting President Trump “indefinitely.” “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” said Zuckerberg. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two...
    “California is going to hell,” President Trump tweeted in October. Since launching @realdDonaldTrump in 2009, the president has tweeted “California” in at least 221 missives over the nearly 12-year life of his popular handle, according to a Times analysis. That was until Twitter permanently suspended the president’s account after he incited a riotous mob of his supporters, who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, resulting in at least five deaths — including that of a police officer — and ongoing threats of violence across the nation. The Times has been tracking the president’s tweets since 2016, and has now archived 56,118 of the messages, including some deleted ones, as of 10:44 a.m. EST Friday, when his last tweet was sent just a few hours before the Twitter ban. The analysis show the president’s fraught relationship with California as he attacked its political leaders, criticized its policies and falsely...
    President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.President Donald Trump called Georgia’s top elections investigator in December to demand that the official “find the fraud,” the Washington Post reported on Saturday. Trump placed the call shortly before Christmas, telling the official that they would become a “national hero” if they backed his claim that the election was stolen. Trump made the call while the office of Georgia’s secretary of state—where the investigator works—was conducting an audit of signatures on more than 15,000 absentee ballots in the Atlanta suburb of Cobb County. The audit, which was conducted jointly with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations,...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 Mayor of Arkansas town says resident charged in Capitol riot ‘not who we are’ Guy who swiped Pelosi’s podium in Capitol riots busted in Florida Air Force vet shot dead in Capitol chaos believed Trump was ‘worth dying for’ Senate won’t take up Trump impeachment until after he leaves office, McConnell says Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claims he put up nearly $500,000 to mount President Trump’s disastrous speech Wednesday in Washington, DC — and was asked by the White House to lead the subsequent march that devolved into a riotous siege of Capitol Hill. “No one would book the Ellipse, no one would book the other areas. No one would pay for it. We went and paid for it,” Jones said in a video posted to his InfoWars website Thursday and reported by The Independent. “Thank God a donor came in and paid like...
    Trump insurrectionists smashes his way into Capitol carrying "Trump: Law and Order" flag Democrats in the House have now gathered over 140 names on new articles of impeachment against Donald Trump that will be introduced on Monday. If all goes well, they’ll be voted on the same day. At the same time, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer continue to press Mike Pence to act using the 25th Amendment. However, as more Cabinet members resign and Pence huddles in silence, the odds of that happening seem ever smaller.  Meanwhile, the Twitterless Trump is casting about for one last desperate act. In addition to Trump, Twitter has been hacking down accounts that have suggested another, even more violent, assault on the capital on Jan. 17 or Jan. 20. Over on Parler, they’ve very definitely not been taking down any efforts to organize an attack on either those dates...
    Police use tear gas around Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol, January 6, 2021. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election.Lev Radin | Pacific Press | LightRocket | Getty Images A web of pro-Trump dark money groups helped organize the rally that led to a deadly riot on Capitol Hill. During the rally on Wednesday, President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to march to the steps of Congress to protest the results of the Electoral College vote that certified Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election. "We're going to walk down to the Capitol and we're going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women and we're probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them," Trump said at the rally just in front of the White...
    Fox News has a message to potential advertisers: Relax, the “negative chatter” associated with sponsoring our toxic brand fades fast. So please buy ads. In a presentation document, obtained and reviewed by The Daily Beast, the network pitched its ad space to potential sponsors by laying out internal data suggesting the negative coverage of Fox’s inflammatory, right-wing commentary does not actually harm its advertisers. Additionally, the network touted the “hard-hitting journalism” of stars like Maria Bartiromo, a staunchly pro-Trump host who has long boosted baseless right-wing conspiracy theories. Over the past several years, the conservative cable-news giant has faced a barrage of calls for advertiser boycotts from celebrities, politicians, and liberal activists over a variety of bigoted comments and dangerous conspiracy theories peddled by top on-air personalities like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham. In some cases, like during Carlson’s primetime hour, the boycotts have been so persistent that only...
    President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that he agreed with President Donald Trump’s decision not to attend his Inauguration but said that Vice President Mike Pence was welcome. “One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on,” he replied when asked by reporters about Trump’s announcement Friday that he would not attend the inauguration ceremony. “It’s a good thing — him not showing up.” Biden said that Trump had “exceeded even his worst notions” about his character. “He’s been an embarrassment to the country. Embarrassed us around the world. Not worthy to hold that office,” Biden said about Trump. But Biden said that he would welcome Vice President Mike Pence to the ceremony, citing the importance of maintaining the historical precedence of the transfer of power. “Mike, the vice president, is welcome to come, I’d be honored to have him there,” Biden said, but added that he had...
    Apple warned Parler that the platform's app will be banned from the app store if its content moderation policies are not changed. Parler, the social media site that prides itself on abstaining from censorship, was sent an email from Apple on Friday morning, according to Buzzfeed News. It appears that warning was largely in reaction to Wednesday's siege of the Capitol by many supporters of President Trump. "We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property," the email reads. "The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities." Apple gave Parler 24 hours to respond to the...
    VIDEO1:3701:37Wednesday video from Donald Trump, Jr., prior to the Capitol siegeNews Videos A video apparently taken by Donald Trump Jr. shows his family and friends laughing and joking in the backstage area before President Donald Trump spoke at a rally Wednesday — not long before a mob of the president's supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol in a riot that left five people dead. The video obtained by CNBC features Donald Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle saying she hopes Vice President Mike Pence has "the courage or the brains to do the right thing" and block the confirmation of Joe Biden as president by Congress. It also shows Eric Trump, Donald Jr.'s brother, being congratulated for his birthday that same day. The video does not currently appear on Donald Jr.'s Instagram page. CNBC has requested comment on the video from the Trump Organization, which Donald Jr. runs with Eric Trump, and from...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — US judge blocks Trump administration’s most sweeping set of asylum restrictions that were set to take effect Monday. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol Police officer dies following riots Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to prevent Federal government from ever naming buildings, property after Trump Tucker Carlson: Trump 'recklessly encouraged' Capitol rioters MORE on Friday blamed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRep. Joaquin Castro wants to prevent Federal government from ever naming buildings, property after Trump Limbaugh dismisses calls to end violence after mob hits Capitol McMaster: Trump 'compromised our principles' for 'personal gain' MORE (R-Texas) and other GOP lawmakers who led efforts to challenge election results ahead of Wednesday’s pro-Trump mob at the Capitol, with Biden drawing a parallel between the elected officials’ actions and a Nazi propaganda minister.  “If he’s the only one saying it, that’s one thing,” Biden said of President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police officer dies following riots Donor who gave millions to Hawley urges Senate to censure him for 'irresponsible' behavior Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump...
    'The president-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine,' a Biden spokesperson said. President-elect Joe Biden will release most available COVID-19 vaccine doses to speed delivery to more people, a reversal of the Trump administration policy, his office said Friday. "The president-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine while continuing to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible," spokesperson T.J. Ducklo said in a statement. Biden "supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans' arms now." Under the Trump administration's approach, the government has been holding back a supply of vaccines to guarantee that people can get a second shot, which provides maximum protection against COVID-19. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require a second shot...
    Michael Nigro/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.A US Capitol Police officer is among the dead in the aftermath of the violent mob that seized the Capitol building on Wednesday. Officer Brian Sicknick, who had been on the force since 2008, was “responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” USCP spokesperson said in a statement. The 42-year-old officer’s death brings the current death toll from the rampage to five. His passing is a grim illustration of a recurring theme among many Trump supporters and the president himself: Blue lives never really mattered at all. Championing them has merely served as another vehicle for asserting white supremacy. When the Black Lives Matter protests exploded in the wake of...
    By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will skip President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, refusing to fulfill the outgoing president’s traditional role in the peaceful transition of power and undercutting his own message just one day earlier on the need for “national healing and unity.” Trump, who has not appeared in public since a violent mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Wednesday to try to halt the transfer of power, will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson not to attend his successor’s inauguration. Biden said he was just fine with that, calling it “one of the few things we have ever agreed on. It’s a good thing him not showing up.” He called the president an ”embarrassment” to the nation and unworthy of the office. Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing presidents ride to the U.S. Capitol together on Inauguration...
    Baseball legend Curt Schilling tweeted support for Wednesday's riots at the Capitol, the latest in a line of controversial opinions for the potential Hall of Fame pitcher. Schilling - who goes by 'President Elect Curt Schilling' on Twitter - shared his thoughts on the day's incidents at the Capitol just before midnight on Wednesday night. Schilling tweeted: 'You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens, sit back, stfu, and watch folks start a confrontation for shit that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption. #itshappening' Former Boston Red Sox legend Curt Schilling is in hot water again for a tweet about the riots Schilling - who goes by 'President Elect Curt Schilling' on Twitter - shared on Wednesday night Schilling helped pitch the Red Sox to two World Series titles before...
    When rioters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, it was a last-ditch effort by a literal mob of extremists to overturn the election results and install Donald Trump for a second presidential term. But in addition to small-bore white supremacists and far-right goons were bona fide Republican elected officials, including at least one who has since been charged with a crime. Derrick Evans, a newly-elected West Virginia state delegate, was charged on Friday for illegally entering a restricted area after he filmed himself inside the Capitol building. Evans rose to prominence as a notorious antagonist of an abortion clinic, where he used to live-stream himself and other anti-choice activists, including one who allegedly threatened on Evans’ stream to bring a gun to the clinic. Evans’ love of live streaming appears to have come back to bite him, after he live streamed himself apparently trespassing in the Capitol. “Trump, Trump, Trump!” he...