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Throughout 2016, as a cycle of violence and counterviolence escalated, it seemed plain to me that Trump had turned over an ugly rock. That smear — and it is a smear — is one to which Democrats appeal all too frequently. It is a smear that is transferable to even non-white Republican voters, who have somehow been seduced by the “appeal of white supremacy.”And it is an effective smear because it induces tribal solidarity. Biden’s left flank, liberals who believe that the nation’s institutions were forged in racism, might disagree with the Biden administration’s platitudes, but Republicans certainly don’t. The party must, however, marginalize the sentiments prevalent on fringes of the Republican coalition that have transformed conspiratorial paranoia into a governing philosophy.
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Timeline to Trump's impeachment trial in U.S. Senate
  + stars: | 2021-01-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump’s trial in the U.S. Senate will start in the week of Feb. 8, Senate leaders said on Friday, following his impeachment in the House of Representatives earlier this month on a charge of inciting an insurrection. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in Dalton, Georgia, U.S., on the eve of the run-off election to decide both of Georgia's Senate seats January 4, 2021. Senators, who will act as jurors, will be sworn in the next day, and the two sides will have a period to prepare for the trial, Schumer said, while the Senate deals with other business including confirming President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees and considering a COVID-19 relief bill. “Then, once the briefs are drafted, presentations by the parties will commence the week of February 8th,” said Schumer, a Democrat. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said McConnell was glad that Schumer had “agreed to Republicans’ request for additional time during the pre-trial phase,” and that the trial could begin on Feb. 9.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Donald Trump, Leah Millis, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Joe Biden’s, , Mitch McConnell, McConnell, , Organizations: WASHINGTON, Senate, REUTERS, Trump, U.S, Capitol, Democrat, Republican Locations: U.S, Dalton , Georgia
On Tuesday, McConnell blamed Trump for inciting the mob that violently stormed the US Capitol. On his last day as Senate majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell explicitly blamed President Donald Trump for inciting the mob that violently stormed the US Capitol building on January 6. The president himself addressed his supporters and reiterated unsubstantiated claims of voter and election fraud, fueling the mob's march to, and eventual siege of, the Capitol. And yet, according to an Ipsos/Axios poll conducted in the wake of the Capitol riot, 62 percent of Republicans polled supported Trump's efforts to contest the election results. Some White House officials who previously stood by Trump resigned, and some lawmakers who had intended to object to certifying the election results reversed course.
Persons: McConnell, Trump, Sen, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Biden's, Alison Dagnes, Dagnes, That's, Biden, Kevin Kosar, Kosar Organizations: Capitol, Republican, Trump, Shippensburg University, Department, Data, Vox, Biden, American Enterprise Institute, GOP, White, Trump resigned Locations: it's
Ex-Houston officer Tam Pham allegedly told federal investigators he didn't enter the US Capitol. When pressed, he changed his story and said he joined rioters on January 6 to view 'historical art.' "I shouldn't have done it," Pham told the paper. On January 14, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced that Pham had tendered his resignation after 18 years on the force. According to court documents, federal agents interviewed Pham at his Richmond, Texas, home on January 12, where he initially denied entering the Capitol.
Persons: Tam Pham, Pham, Art Acevedo, Acevedo, Gerald Ford, Nicole Hochglaube, ″ Pham Organizations: Capitol, Houston, FBI, Houston Police Department, Houston Chronicle, Houston Police, NBC Locations: Houston, Washington, Richmond , Texas, Trump
Hogan Gidley, Trump's former deputy press aide, called the Capitol siege a "black eye" on his legacy. Five people died when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. A former White House deputy press secretary said the Capitol siege will be a "black eye," on former President Donald Trump's legacy. Trump has been criticized for encouraging the mob and the House has since impeached him on a charge of inciting an insurrection. The violence also left a stain on the political careers of several Republican lawmakers.
Persons: Hogan Gidley, Trump's, Trump, Donald Trump's, Showtime's, Alex Wagner, , Gidley, Wagner, Joe Biden's, Read, " Gidley, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Alexandria Ocasio, Cruz Organizations: Trump, Capitol, White House, Republican Party, Republican Sens, Electoral Locations: Alexandria, Cortez, Hawley
Some GOP lawmakers are openly defying Capitol security measures
  + stars: | 2021-01-23 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: 1 min
US Capitol Police are investigating an incident in which Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) was stopped from bringing a concealed gun onto the House floor , sources told CNN, the first time a member of Congress has been discovered with a firearm by the metal detectors now set up outside the legislative chamber. CNN's Sunlen Serfaty reports the decision to require members of Congress to walk through metal detectors has further inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill.
Persons: Andy Harris, Sunlen Organizations: Capitol Police, CNN
Microsoft president Brad Smith defended the company's political contributions, CNBC reported. Microsoft paused donations amid criticism of its gifts to GOP lawmakers who objected to election results. But Smith said donations are vital for getting invited to events so Microsoft can lobby lawmakers. Not because the checks are big, but because the way the political process works," Smith said, according to CNBC. In 2020 alone, Microsoft gave $88,000 to lawmakers up for election who eventually objected to Electoral College results.
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Trump reportedly worked with a Justice Department lawyer to try and oust the acting attorney general. The Times reported Trump also pressured Rosen to appoint special counsels, specifically one that would investigate Dominion. Insider was unable to reach Clark, and the Justice Department did not reply to a request for comment at the time of publication. "Senior Justice Department lawyers, not uncommonly, provide legal advice to the White House as part of our duties," Clark said. Pak resigned from his role on January 4 and the Justice Department replaced him the next day.
Persons: Trump, Jeffrey Rosen, Jeffrey Clark, they'd, Rosen, Donald Trump, Trump's, Joe Biden's, Katie Benner, Clark, Read, Sidney Powell, Powell, Richard Donoghue, Biden, Byung J, Pak, Brad Raffensperger, Donoghue, Biden's, Pat Cipollone, Patrick Philbin, Cipollone Organizations: Justice Department, The New York Times, New York Times, The, The Times, Republican, Republican Party, Trump, Voting Systems, Biden, Dominion, Times, Department, Northern, Northern District of Georgia, Washington Post, Georgia, White, Capitol Locations: Georgia, Clark, Northern District
Trump's impeachment trial in U.S. Senate to begin week of Feb. 8: Schumer
  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks on a cell phone before attending a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate will begin the week of Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor on Friday. (This story corrects headline and text to show trial will begin the week of Feb. 8)
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Tom Brenner, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Former U.S, Senate Locations: Washington , U.S, Former, U.S
Slideshow ( 3 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday. The U.S. government imposed unprecedented security measures in the city following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, including fences topped with razor wire and checkpoints manned by National Guard. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the number of National Guard troops who tested positive could rise but was still a small fraction of the more than 25,000 troops deployed in city over the past few days. Some 7,000 National Guard personnel are expected to stay at least through the end of the month, officials have said. About 5,000 troops are expected to stay through mid-March, but that number and time period could change.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump Organizations: National Guard, Washington , D.C, U.S, Capitol, United, for Disease Control Locations: WASHINGTON, Washington ,, U.S, United States, COVID, Washington
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday announced a major initiative aimed at overhauling the government’s approach to domestic terrorism, ordering intelligence agencies to conduct a “comprehensive threat assessment” into what officials say has become a pressing national security challenge. “The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat. The Biden administration will approach this threat with the necessary resources and resolve.”President Joe Biden on Friday ordered the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to conduct the national threat assessment in cooperation with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, Psaki said. More than 140 people have been hit with federal charges in connection with the riot, including some members of far-right militia groups. Big questions remain about what intelligence federal agencies collected about the potential for violence on Jan. 6 and who saw that information.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, , Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, Psaki, al, Claire Linkens, Joshua Geltzer, Russ Travers, Trump Organizations: Capitol, National Intelligence, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, White House National Security Council, DHS, Capitol Police, NSC, National Counterterrorism Center Locations: al Qaeda
The assessment will be carried out by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in coordination with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Psaki said that, in addition to the threat assessment, the White House would build out capability within its National Security Council to counter domestic violent extremism, including a policy review on how the federal government can share information about the threat better. The White House also will coordinate relevant parts of the government to “enhance and accelerate efforts” to address the issue, Psaki added. “The January 6th assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Avril Haines as the Director of National Intelligence, the nation’s top intelligence job.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Jen Psaki, , ” Psaki, Psaki, Biden, Avril Haines Organizations: U.S, Capitol, National Intelligence, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, White, National Security Council, Senate Locations: WASHINGTON
Gun incident involving Republican lawmaker prompts police probe
  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Capitol Police on Friday were investigating an incident in which a Republican lawmaker was found carrying a concealed gun while trying to enter the floor of the House of Representatives, a Capitol official said. The Maryland Republican then tried to hand the gun off to Republican Representative John Katko, who refused, saying he did not have a license, the report said. House authorities installed metal detectors outside the chamber to beef up security in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by former President Donald Trump’s supporters. Several Republican lawmakers, ardent supporters of gun rights, have loudly complained about the metal detectors and some have ignored them. The Capitol official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said lawmakers are allowed to carry guns on Capitol grounds so long as ammunition is kept separate, but firearms are not allowed on the House floor.
Persons: Andy Harris, Al Drago, John Katko, Donald Trump’s, Harris, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Capitol Police, Republican, Capitol, Labor, Health, Human Services, Education, Washington , D.C, Maryland Republican, U.S . Capitol Police Locations: Washington ,
Life and death in COVID units around the world
  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
Federal authorities have brought criminal charges against more than 100 people so far in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol, in which Trump's supporters stormed the building, ransacked offices and attacked police.
Persons: Trump's Organizations: U.S . Capitol
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will transmit to the Senate on Monday an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday. The transmission will trigger preparations for a trial that could start as early as next week, but Senate leaders indicated it may be delayed to allow Trump to organize his defense. "Make no mistake: A trial will be held in the United States Senate, and there will be a vote whether to convict the president," Schumer, a New York Democrat, said. If convicted, the Senate is also expected to vote on whether to bar Trump from holding office again. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Trump is owed a "full and fair process where the former president can mount a defense."
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, Trump, Schumer, Donald John Trump, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Joe Biden's Organizations: WASHINGTON, Capitol, Trump, United States Senate, New, New York Democrat, Senators Locations: New York, United States, Ky
INSURRECTION ACTThe posts claim, “Trump signed the insurrection act on 11 Jan …. Reuters has already debunked false claims that Trump invoked the Insurrection Act here . A U.S. government defense official told Reuters via email that neither martial law nor the Insurrection Act have been declared. This means selective martial law or that the president has signed the Insurrection Act” ( here , here ) and “Trump either signed the insurrection act or we are in martial law. They say that even when he was President, Trump lacked the authority to declare martial law.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request for a delay. “The House will deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate. The Senate will conduct a trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump. “This impeachment began with an unprecedentedly fast and minimal process over in the House,” McConnell said on Friday. Ten House Republicans joined Democrats on Jan. 13 in impeaching him.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will begin during the week of Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday, after the House of Representatives formally delivers the impeachment charge to the chamber on Monday. Schumer said House impeachment managers - serving as prosecutors in the Senate trial - and Trump’s defense team would have time to prepare between the time the single article of impeachment accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection is delivered on Monday and the start of the trial. Schumer became the chamber’s leader this week after Democrats won two Georgia U.S. Senate runoff elections earlier in the month. “This impeachment began with an unprecedentedly fast and minimal process over in the House,” McConnell said on Friday. Senate rules had called for an impeachment trial to begin at 1 p.m. on the day after articles of impeachment are delivered to the upper legislative chamber of Congress, except for Sundays.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to focus on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees before turning to the contentious showdown over Trump. The House of Representatives is due to formally deliver to the Senate on Monday the impeachment charge accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection, a move that ordinarily would have triggered the beginning of the trial within a day. Under the timeline, House impeachment managers will file their pre-trial brief and Trump’s defense team will file an answer to the impeachment charge on Feb. 2, and each side will respond to those filings on Feb. 8. The Senate acquitted him last year in the previous trial focused on Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate Biden and his son. Senate rules had called for an impeachment trial to begin at 1 p.m. on the day after the single article of impeachment was delivered to Senate, except for Sundays.
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  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
Federal authorities have brought criminal charges against more than 100 people so far in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol, in which Trump's supporters stormed the building, ransacked offices and attacked police.
Persons: Trump's Organizations: U.S . Capitol
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee will vote on Friday on Janet Yellen’s nomination for Treasury secretary, an early litmus test of bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s ambitious plans for coronavirus relief, infrastructure investment and tax hikes. Friday’s vote on Yellen’s nomination may reveal the level of Republican opposition to the Democratic president’s plans, for which he is seeking bipartisan support. The committee vote is scheduled for 10 a.m. (1500 GMT) and Senate aides said it could pave the way for a full Senate confirmation vote later in the day on Friday. Yellen faces both an evenly split committee and an evenly divided full Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote if needed. With Yellen still awaiting confirmation, the Biden administration on Wednesday named Andy Baukol, a longtime career international finance official, as acting Treasury secretary.
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National Guard troops were allowed back into the Capitol to rest after being asked to move, a request that sent some to a parking garage, officials said. WATCH: National Guard troops leave the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage after U.S. Capitol Police temporarily relocated their rest area. The Washington, D.C., National Guard said earlier Thursday that they were asked to move its rest area by Capitol Police. National Guard troops from across the country were sent to Washington to provide support. Approximately 10,600 were on duty Thursday afternoon, and arrangements were being made to send 15,000 home as soon as possible, the National Guard Bureau said.
Persons: Sen, Tammy Duckworth, Janeen Birckhead, Duckworth, we’ve, Joe Biden, Adam Kinzinger, Chuck Schumer, Tom Cotton Organizations: National Guard, Politico, Capitol Police, Guard, Thurgood Marshall Judicial, U.S . Capitol Police, Troops, NBC, Capitol, Trump, D.C, Capitol . National Guard, National Guard Bureau Locations: Illinois, Gen, Iraq, Washington, The Washington, New York, Arkansas, Afghanistan
U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a report that Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., tried to take a gun onto the house floor Thursday, a department spokesperson said. "One security official present saw a firearm on the person of Rep. Harris and relayed that to his superiors," a Capitol official told NBC News. "To be clear, Rep. Harris did not enter the Floor." They have become a flashpoint among some Republican members, and they have at times created tension with police. The Capitol official added that House members are allowed to carry firearms "in the halls and on Capitol grounds, including the Capitol Building but not the Floor," adding that "ammo has to be separately compartmentalized."
Persons: Andy Harris, Harris, John Katko, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: Capitol Police, Capitol, NBC, Republican
Former President Donald Trump has started putting together the defense team for his historic second Senate impeachment trial, starting with hiring South Carolina-based lawyer Butch Bowers. Trump adviser Jason Miller, who announced the hiring on Twitter, said Bowers "is well respected by both Republicans and Democrats and will do an excellent job defending President Trump." Asked later about Trump's legal team, Graham told reporters: "Well, I think he's going to have a good one. Nikki Haley's attorney, Butch Bowers, addresses the South Carolina House Ethics Committee in Columbia on June 28, 2012. Mark Sanford when he faced impeachment in the South Carolina House in 2009.
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The union's response has been markedly different in the case of Pham, who faces two federal misdemeanor charges related to entering the Capitol. Anyone who breached the Capitol "should be charged and receive whatever punishment is assigned to that," said Douglas Griffith, who is now the union president. In Chicago, for example, the union president initially defended the mob before backing down. Ture said police unions are breaking from their own because of the Capitol Police officer's death and the injuries sustained by dozens of other officers. Glaser said he suspects that the rioters' "violation of basic democratic principles is enough that the unions feel like they cannot back that up."
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