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The House Judiciary Committee released a report Tuesday making the case for imminently impeaching Trump after he "willfully incited violence" at the US Capitol. Among other "impeachable conduct," the report claimed Trump "threatened the safety of the three most senior officials in the presidential line of succession" — Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and President pro tempore of the Senate Sen. Chuck Grassley. The House is planning to vote Wednesday morning on an article of impeachment for President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection on the US Capitol. The House is expected to vote on impeachment charges Wednesday morning following reports that Pence has opted not to remove Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment. Under the Presidential Succession Act, Pence is next in line to become president if Trump were to be removed from office, followed by Pelosi.
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SEE NEW POSTSTrump releases tweet-sized statement urging demonstrations to remain peaceful President Donald Trump released a tweet-sized statement through the press office on Wednesday, which was promptly read by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on the House floor. Trump wrote: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote.
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Rep. Raskin condemns Capitol riot and voices support for impeachment
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSTo resounding applause, Rep. Newhouse becomes 6th House GOPer to support impeachment Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said on Wednesday he would vote yes on impeachment, joining the five other House Republicans who have said they will vote to impeach the president. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. That's why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment," Newhouse said, to cheers from Democrats in the chamber. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote.
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SEE NEW POSTSTo resounding applause, Rep. Newhouse becomes 6th House GOPer to support impeachment Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said on Wednesday he would vote yes on impeachment, joining the five other House Republicans who have said they will vote to impeach the president. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. That's why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment," Newhouse said, to cheers from Democrats in the chamber. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote.
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McCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack'
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSMcCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack' House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in remarks on the House floor that Trump is to blame for last Wednesday's attack on the Capitol — but he shouldn't be impeached for it. "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote. McCarthy, however, said he opposes impeaching Trump, suggesting the censure of the president and a bipartisan commission to investigate the events leading up to the riot might be the better options. Pelosi delivers remarks on impeachment: Trump presents a 'clear and present danger' Jan. 13, 2021 07:17 Share this -
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GOP Rep. wears 'censored' mask while speaking on House floor
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSGOP Rep. wears 'censored' mask while speaking on House floor Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who has repeatedly refused to wear a mask on the House floor, including last week before the Capitol riots, showed up for Wednesday's vote wearing a mask that said the word "censored" on it. Share this -To resounding applause, Rep. Newhouse becomes 6th House GOPer to support impeachment Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said on Wednesday he would vote yes on impeachment, joining the five other House Republicans who have said they will vote to impeach the president. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote. Matt Fuller, a reporter for HuffPost, recorded at least 12 GOP lawmakers either side-stepping the metal detectors or setting them off and continuing on to the House floor.
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Pelosi to speak at lectern commandeered during Capitol riots
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSPelosi to speak at lectern commandeered during Capitol riots Remember that lectern seen being carried around the Capitol by a rioter (who was later arrested)? Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote. This is a vote of conscience," Cheney told a member of the press pool on Capitol Hill.
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Beyond the tragedies that happened at Capitol Hill, there were at least three other massive national security threats that people aren't understanding fully. We came much closer on Wednesday to an incredibly serious political crisis than some people want to admit. Beyond those tragedies, there were at least three other massive national security threats that need to be understood fully. These include:A serious threat to the line of succession to the U.S. presidency. I'm talking about the most serious type of powerful, targeted government investigations, along the lines of Watergate and the 9/11 Commission.
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That means that the process isn’t ideal for writing large-scale health reform, experts say, but it may be the best tool Democrats have to pass laws with their slim majority. Legislators have often turned to reconciliation to pass health policy when their majority is slim. Democrats used it in 2010 to pass final tweaks to the Affordable Care Act after losing their supermajority. There are six areas of health policy where congressional aides and health policy experts could see Democrats focusing their efforts this year. Affordable Care Act expansionsCongress is most likely to act on a set of changes meant to expand the Affordable Care Act and to make health coverage less expensive for those who buy their own plans.
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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger is the first Republican lawmaker to publicly call for President Donald Trump's removal following the Capitol siege. Kinzinger said the 25th Amendment should be invoked to remove Trump. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Thursday called for President Donald Trump's removal over the Capitol siege via the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution. Invoking the 25th Amendment requires the support of the vice president and a majority of sitting Cabinet members. Two-thirds of both houses of Congress would then have 21 days to vote on whether keep the vice president in charge.
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Vice President Mike Pence is not supporting calls to remove President Donald Trump from office via the 25th Amendment, two Pence advisors told Insider. "Mr. Vice President, thank you for the way you have fulfilled your constitutional duties and your oath of office today. Two advisors to Pence told Insider there was no way he would even consider participating in a removal of Trump via the 25th Amendment. A spokesman for the vice president did not immediately respond to a request for comment. And this is still the People's House," Pence said from the dais of the House, where broken glass and debris from the earlier assault still littered the halls.
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As we sat in the Senate chamber listening to our colleagues, the Senate staff started to get up and move very quickly across the chamber. Moments later, a Capitol Police representative informed us the Capitol had been breached and that we were sheltering in place. The Capitol Police led us out the chamber’s back doors, through the corridors, down the stairs, into the tunnels under the Capitol to a secure location in a nearby office building. In the secure room, I called home and reassured my husband that I was OK. That meant making it clear that while this riot was a temporary disruption of the democratic process, it was not a disruption of our democracy.
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Explainer-The meeting of the U.S. Congress that will seal Biden's win
  + stars: | 2021-01-06 | by ( Jan Wolfe | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Both chambers of Congress are meeting to formally tally the Electoral College results, the final step in the months-long process to select the U.S. president. A total of 538 electoral votes are allotted to states and the District of Columbia based on their congressional representation. Pence will open sealed certificates from the U.S. states and the District of Columbia that declare their electoral votes. A majority of both chambers needs to support an objection for electoral votes to be voided, and Democrats control the House. In the extremely unlikely event that Pence voids electoral college votes, his actions would almost certainly be challenged in court.
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State and federal reviews have knocked down allegations of significant fraud and legal efforts by Trump’s allies to overturn the election have failed in multiple courts. Republicans are expected to challenge results in the election battleground states of Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada. While Pence is due to preside over the House and Senate in joint session, he might hand off control of the Senate debate to senior Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. The Republican maneuvering has created fissures within the Republican Party and among outside groups normally supportive of its efforts in Congress. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue said any effort to disregard the results “undermines our democracy and the rule of law.”
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Trump’s allies plan to challenge the results from a handful of states won by Biden. Trump took to Twitter to again make unfounded claims of election irregularities, writing, “Our Election Process is worse than that of third world countries!”“BE STRONG!” he added. Critics of Trump and his allies have painted the efforts to try to reverse the election in Congress as an attack on democracy and the rule of law and an attempted legislative coup. Many Republican senators who have refused to challenge the election results have received death threats on their office voice mail, a senior Senate Republican aide said. Each chamber would then vote to accept or reject the challenge and then report the result to the joint session of Congress, before moving onto the next challenge.
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Video footage showed Trump supporters breaching barriers at the Capitol building and clashing with law enforcement officers while Congress met to count up electoral votes. As the demonstrators got into the building, House and Senate lawmakers were evacuated and reporters were told to shelter in place. The House and Senate abruptly went into recess on Wednesday after crowds of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol building, breached barriers, and clashed with Capitol Police. As Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building, multiple reporters tweeted that they were told to shelter in place, and the House and Senate were immediately evacuated. As Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, some reports said protesters began attempting to break into the House chamber.
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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley prompted widespread confusion on Tuesday by suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence would skip the Electoral College certification before his office walked back his comments. Pence has been under pressure from President Donald Trump to use the certification process, which is largely ceremonial, to overturn the election he lost. The vice president doesn't have the authority to do what Trump and his allies want. GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday generated a whirlwind of confusion among reporters and on social media after suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence would not preside over the Electoral College certification on Wednesday. "Every indication we have is that the vice president will be there," Grassley's office said, Roll Call reported.
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Law firm hiring from the government was down 38% in 2020 compared to last year, according to legal-data provider Firm Prospects. Still, some law firms proved they're willing to shell out cash to bring on a government lawyer, especially if they're a big name or handled big deals. The decline this year is in line with overall hiring trends: overall partner moves between law firms are down 27% from last year, according to Leopard Solutions, while associate moves are down 35%. He said in an email that fewer people have moved back through the revolving door because law firms are wearier about hiring people associated with President Trump. His bio on the law firm's website says he does a wide variety of work, from crisis management to tax disputes.
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What Trump is asking forTrump tweeted out a 4-minute video on Tuesday night blasting the $900 billion bipartisan stimulus package Congress sent to him for his signature. He called the bill "a disgrace," and described the new round of $600 stimulus checks as "ridiculously low." Yet after Mnuchin assured Congress that Trump would sign the bill as soon as possible, Trump implicitly threatened to veto it unless the stimulus checks were hiked. What happens if Trump vetoes the billIf Trump ultimately decides to veto the bill, Congress can force it through by overriding it. The downside is that this process may potentially delay the arrival of stimulus checks and additional aid to Americans.
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Hunter Biden ramped up business activities with European and Chinese tycoons as his father exited the vice presidency four years ago. For him it was a potential path to income; for the tycoons, the Biden family name promised to burnish their reputations. These arrangements now loom over President-elect Joe Biden. A federal criminal tax investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings is under way, with findings potentially trickling out in coming months. “Based on all the facts known to date, Joe Biden has a lot of explaining to do,” Mr. Grassley said recently.
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President Donald Trump is lashing out against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the Kentucky Republican acknowledged Joe Biden's presidential win last week. In an email sent to select members of Congress, Trump took credit for McConnell's election win, citing a tweet and robocall he released in support of McConnell's candidacy. President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday night and sent Republican lawmakers a slide admonishing McConnell for his disloyalty and outlining all he'd done to help secure McConnell's seventh Senate win. McConnell acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's win against Trump and congratulated the incoming president during a Senate session on December 15. "So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden."
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U.S. Senate panel leaders call for IRS briefing following hacking campaign
  + stars: | 2020-12-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A sign for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington, U.S. September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Erin ScottWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Thursday call on the Internal Revenue Service to brief lawmakers on whether any U.S. taxpayer data was compromised in the recent hacking campaign that leverage technology by SolarWinds Corp.“Given the extreme sensitivity of personal taxpayer information entrusted to the IRS, and the harm both to Americans’ privacy and our national security that could result from the theft and exploitation of this data by our adversaries, it is imperative that we understand the extent to which the IRS may have been compromised,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden wrote in a letter to the tax agency.
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U.S. senators ask IRS if hacking campaign compromised taxpayer data
  + stars: | 2020-12-17 | by ( Susan Heavey | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A sign for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington, U.S. September 28, 2020. Senators on Thursday said they were seeking answers on whether the recent hacking attack against the federal government compromised U.S. taxpayers’ data, which could make millions of Americans more vulnerable to identity theft and other crimes. The sweeping campaign, done by hackers believed to be working for Russia, leveraged technology from SolarWinds Corp used by multiple U.S. government agencies and other businesses, Reuters has reported. Grassley and Wyden, in their letter, sought an immediate briefing from IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig on the impact to U.S. taxpayers, whose sensitive financial records are filed each year with the agency. The IRS has used SolarWinds technology as recently as 2017, they said.
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Senators Press IRS for SolarWinds Hack Briefing
  + stars: | 2020-12-17 | by ( Dustin Volz | Richard Rubin | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—A bipartisan pair of senior senators asked the Internal Revenue Service to immediately provide them with a briefing about the SolarWinds hack that has ripped through several federal agencies, citing concerns that personal taxpayer information may have been stolen in the breach. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), the chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig on Thursday requesting the briefing about the suspected Russian cyber-espionage operation. The lawmakers asked for details about how the IRS was mitigating potential damage, ensuring the hackers didn’t “still have access to internal IRS systems,” and what it was doing to prevent future hacks of taxpayer data. The U.S. Treasury Department, where the IRS is housed, was breached in the hack, according to people familiar with an investigation into the hack, along with many other agencies, including the Commerce Department, State Department and Department of Homeland Security. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the intelligence community are all investigating the intrusion, as are private sector firms.
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves to supporters at the end of a rally in Kinston, North Carolina, October 25, 2020. Under federal law, the president of the Senate — a role held by the vice president — is charged with presenting the electoral votes and announcing the winner. Biden won 306 electoral votes, 36 more than the 270 needed for victory. Trump won 232 electoral votes. But the vice president has largely remained in the background as Trump has attempted to reverse the results of the Nov. 3 election.
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