US House of Representatives debates Trump impeachment
Donald Trump is set to be impeached for an unprecedented second time as the House of Representatives debates today. Democrats want the president impeached on a charge of inciting insurrection, and some Republicans have now turned on him and plan to vote with Nancy Pelosi’s party.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Mitch McConnell, the GOP Senate leader, was pleased Democrats were moving to impeach the president a second time. Up to 20 Republicans might support the plan, it was claimed.
However, on Wednesday it was confirmed that the Senate will not return early meaning that the earliest a trial could start is 19 January. Effectively it will not happen until Joe Biden is president. In addition, McConnell’s office told reporters that he had not made a decision how to vote and would listen to the legal arguments — confirming that he may vote to convict.
There were stunning images out of the Capitol this morning as lawmakers and journalists arrived to find hundreds of members of the National Guard sleeping along hallways and in the visitors’ centre as security was ramped up to the maximum.
The president issued a statement through the White House press office calling for all Americans to reject violence.
House reaches enough votes to impeach Trump
Donald Trump is the first ever president to be impeached twice.
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 21:24
Biden-Harris transition team issue statement on inauguration security
The Biden-Harris transition team have issued a statement about how serious they are taking the challenge of security for the inauguration.
Today, President-elect Biden received a briefing from senior officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and key members of his national security team. The team is engaging with the current administration to gain as much information as possible on the threat picture, and on the preparations being put in place to deter and defend against violent disruptions or attacks. The incoming team is also focused on laying the groundwork for a smooth handoff in power that will ensure continuous command and control across the homeland security and law enforcement components of the US government. This is why it is critical that President-elect Biden’s national security nominees receive swift hearings and confirmations, and the President-elect is pleased that the hearing for DHS Secretary-designate Alejandro Mayorkas has been moved forward.
The transition of power from one administration to another is a touchstone of American democracy. President-elect Biden’s team will be receiving daily briefings on the security and operational preparations to ensure the transition unfolds smoothly. The President-elect and Vice President-elect are focused on safeguarding the security of the American people, our institutions, and our democratic values. This will be a paramount priority in the days leading up to their inauguration, and throughout the Biden-Harris administration.
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 21:22
No call by president to end demonstrations
CBS News’ Margaret Brennan notes that the president does not call for an end to demonstrations and does not defend Vice President Mike Pence nor lawmakers targeted based on false accusations regarding the election.
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 21:10
Eighth GOP lawmaker to vote to impeach
Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio will vote to impeach the president.
"When I consider the full scope of events leading up to January 6th, including the president's lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment."
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 21:10
FBI arrests New York ‘Proud Boy’ plotting second attack on the Capitol
A member of the Proud Boys has been arrested for allegedly planning a second attack on the US Capitol.
Edward Florea, a 40-year-old man from New York that claimed he was a member of the Proud Boys was arrested Tuesday for calling for a second armed insurrection in Washington DC. Supporters of Donald Trump attacked the Capitol last week in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
WLNY, a local news broadcaster, first reported his arrest.
Graig Graziosi has the story for The Independent.
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 21:02
The House is voting now
These are the seven Republicans who say they will vote in favour of impeachment.
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 20:55
Seventh Republican confirms vote for impeachment
Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan has released a statement saying he would vote for impeachment.
“President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week. With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump.”
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 20:51
McConnell ‘undecided’ on Trump vote as he delays trial until after inauguration
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly told his Republican colleagues he has not yet made a “final decision” as to whether he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump shortly after rejecting a bid to enact an emergency session of the US Senate to conduct a full trial before the transition of power.
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 20:44
More troops on ground in DC than Afghanistan
A reminder of the situation on the ground at the Capitol from Representative Seth Moulton.
"There are more troops right now in Washington DC than in Afghanistan. And they are here to defend us against the commander in chief, the POTUS and his mob."
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 20:34
‘Camp Auschwitz’ rioter arrested
Oliver O'Connell13 January 2021 20:27