Nancy Pelosi announced that retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led the military’s response to Hurricane Katrina, has been tapped to lead an immediate review of the security of the Capitol complex. Honoré was described by Pelosi as a ’respected leader with experience dealing with crises,’ including as a former vice director for operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Newly elected Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene plans to file articles of impeachment against incoming president, Joe Biden. ’We cannot have a President of the United States that is willing to abuse the power of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments,’ Greene tweeted citing ’abuse of power.’ Greene is the first supporter of QAnon to win a US House seat.
President Trump faces a trial in the Senate after becoming the first US president to be impeached twice. Trump is accused of inciting a mob that stormed the Capitol building. The incident claimed the lives of five people. The trial will be held after Trump leaves office. If convicted, senators could also vote to bar him from ever holding public office again. A two-thirds majority will be needed.
Wednesday witnessed 10 GOP members join hands with Democrats so as to impeach President Trump. Representatives from Wyoming, Ohio, Washington, New York, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, and California voted for impeachment. This move comes a year after all House Representatives refused to impeach the President.
James Comey, the former director of the FBI suggested President-elect Biden should consider pardoning President Trump if he faces criminal prosecution after leaving office. Comey said a pardon might help in ’healing the country and getting us to a place where we can focus on things that are going to matter over the next four years.’ ’I think Biden is going to have to at least consider it,’ he said
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reportedly did not allow the Secret Service detail assigned to them to keep them from harm’s way from using the toilets in their sprawling Washington DC mansion. As a result, the Secret Service detail spent months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job. Members eventually had to use bathrooms at the homes of Barack Obama and Vice-President Mike Pence.
Congress leaders called on the US Army to send cots and other equipment for National Guard troops who have been sleeping on the floor in the halls of the Capitol since a week. In a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Betty McCollum said they were disappointed by images of soldiers resting in the open spaces inside the Capitol Rotunda and elsewhere.
Reacting to the impeachment of President Trump in the House, President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Senate to work on other business while dealing with their responsibilities on impeachment. Biden has mostly stayed silent on whether he supported impeachment. An impeachment trial would likely take place during the crucial early days of Biden’s presidency.
House lawmakers voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for his role in last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol. Ten Republicans joined every voting Democrat to approve the single impeachment article that accuses Trump of inciting violence against the federal government he leads. The most prominent Republican to break with the president was GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican.
Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference Chair claimed in a statement on Wednesday that the President had ’incited the mob’ on the US Capitol on January 6. She voiced that President Trump must take responsibility for his actions for he ’abused the trust of his supporters.’ ’The president’s response so far has been completely intolerable and insufficient,’ she continued.
Andrew Yang has officially announced his campaign to become the mayor of New York City. The move sets him up to join a crowded Democratic primary that will take place in June 2021. In a video message Wednesday night, Yang pledged to improve access to high-speed internet, ’take back control’ of the subway system and ’reopen intelligently.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she wants fines of up to $10,000 for lawmakers who refuse to be screened for firearms at entrances to the House of Representatives. Metal detectors were erected at entrances to the House floor on Tuesday in the wake of last week’s riots. Members will vote on a rule change mandating fines when the House returns to session Jan. 21.
The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will have Lady Gaga singing the national anthem according to an announcement by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The 59th inaugural swearing-in ceremony will also have singer Jennifer Lopez performing. The invocation will be led by Father Leo J. O’Donovan, former president of Georgetown University.
The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump might hamper President-elect Biden’s congressional agenda in the first days of his presidency if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmits the article to the upper chamber before the inauguration. Biden also said ’I hope they’ll deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation’
Jaime Harrison has reportedly been selected by Joe Biden to lead the Democratic National Committee, which will meet next week to elect a new chairman. The 44 year old, who is a former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, ran for the top job in 2017 and lost to Tom Perez, who is now leaving the chairman job. He broke fundraising records in a failed bid last year to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham.
President Donald Trump released a statement in a new video, in which he condemned the violent riot at the US Capitol last week and called on his supporters to remain peaceful in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. He also hit out at Big Tech for censoring him. Trump said, ’The efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong. And they are dangerous.’
John Eastman, a conservative attorney who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is being considered by President Donald Trump, as the President is reportedly keen on hiring him. Eastman was also a part of the legal team that represented Trump in cases contesting the election results in several states. Eastman also spoke at the ’Stop the Steal’ rally in Washington, D.C.
House Minority Leader McCarthy dismissed rumors that Antifa was involved in last week’s Capitol takeover. McCarthy, on a conference call Monday, insisted there was ’undisputedly’ no evidence that supports Antifa was involved despite certain news outlets saying otherwise. He also added that he did not think impeaching President Trump is the answer, instead it could further divide the nation.
Democratic Representative Jason Crow claimed that GOP lawmakers who he had spoken with had wept and told him they fear their personal safety as they weigh whether to vote in favor of impeachment of President Trump this week. ’Many of us have felt that way for a very long time because we have stood up for democracy,’ he said. ’And we expect them to do the same.’
President-elect Joe Biden named Samantha Power, who served as the US ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, as his pick to head the US Agency for International Development. Power, if confirmed as administrator of the USAID, would sit on the National Security Council. Power, 50, who was born in Ireland, is a Pulitzer-winning former war correspondent.
According to a report by Fox quoting sources, Senate Majority Leader McConnell supports Democrats’ move to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump. One source said McConnell told associates that impeachment will help rid the GOP of Trump and his movement. A part of McConnell’s ire has been attributed to the Senate Majority lost to the Democrats in the Georgia Senate runoffs.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened up about the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, and said she had a ’very close encounter’ during the riot. She also said that she felt ’she was going to die’ and that it was ’traumatizing’ as the insurrection brought the violent mob to her place of work. She also said many members of Congress ’narrowly escaped death’.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill from New Jersey has claimed that some lawmakers led groups around the Capitol for ’reconnaissance’ a day before the riot carried out by a pro-Trump mob. Claiming that she witnessed the alleged exploratory tours, she said she intends to see those lawmakers ’are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.’
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham issued a warning and said that impeaching Trump over his comments before last week’s attack on the Capitol is a ’rushed process’ that ’will become a threat to future presidents.’ The message by the Senator, who is a close ally of President Trump, seems to be aimed at the growing number of congressional Republicans backing the impeachment push by Democrats.