- Speaking from the Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas, US President Donald Trump says that discussion of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office early “is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration”.
- House Democrats are leading the charge to remove Trump either through the 25th Amendment or impeachment.
- Trump faces a single impeachment charge: “Incitement to insurrection”.
- Trump privately blamed “Antifa people” for the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, despite clear evidence the overwhelming majority were his supporters, Axios news reports.
Walmart suspends contributions to lawmakers who opposed Biden certification
Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer has joined other major companies in indefinitely suspending donations to lawmakers who voted against President-elect Joe Biden’s election certification.
The Arkansas-based company said in light of last week’s attack on the Capitol, its “political action committee is indefinitely suspending contributions to those members of Congress who voted against the lawful certification of state electoral college votes”.
Biden to tap Obama-era regulator Gensler to lead SEC: Sources
Gary Gensler, a leading financial regulator under the administration of US President Barack Obama, is expected to be named chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President-elect Joe Biden in coming days, two sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters news agency.
Gensler was chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) from 2009 to 2014, and since November has led Biden’s transition planning for financial industry oversight.
US House Republican leaders won’t push members to vote against impeachment: Aide
US House Republican leaders have decided not to lobby their members against voting to impeach Trump, two House leadership aides have told Reuters, confirming a report in the New York Times.
Republican leaders won’t pressure members to vote against either a resolution expected on the floor Tuesday evening that calls for starting the Constitution’s 25th amendment process of removing the president, or an impeachment resolution expected in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the aides said.
FBI says it briefed law enforcement within an hour after discovering online information
The FBI says it briefed law enforcement within an hour after discovering online warning about “war” and storming US Capitol.
FBI, DOJ officials outline massive criminal investigation
Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono have said they have opened more than 170 cases on individuals involved in the assault.
“Just the gamut of cases and criminal conduct we’re looking at is really mind blowing,” Sherwin said at a news briefing in Washington.
Sherwin said federal authorities have already made more than 70 arrests across the country in cities like Dallas, Nashville, Cleveland and Jacksonville and expect hundreds more to be charged.
“This is only the beginning,” Sherwin said.
D’Antuono, who heads the FBI’s Washington field office, said the FBI is combing through more than 100,000 pieces of digital media to identify people in the crowd that attacked the Capitol.
“We will be knocking on your door if we find out you were involved in the activities at the Capitol,” he said.
Sherwin said the Department of Justice has assembled a “strike force” of top US prosecutors and is treating the investigation “like a significant international counter terrorism or counter intelligence operation”.
Trump says ‘time for peace and for calm’
Trump has urged “peace” and “calm” in the US after denying responsibility for a mob attack on Congress by his supporters.
“Now is the time for our nation to heal and it is time for peace and for calm,” Trump said during a visit to Alamo, Texas.
Justice Dept expects sedition, conspiracy cases
Sedition and conspiracy are expected to be among the charges facing some of the participants in last week’s attack on the Capitol, the Justice Department has said.
Trump issues threat to Biden over 25th Amendment
Speaking from the Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas, Trump said that discussion of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office early “is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration”.
Without detailing what the repercussions may be, Trump added, “As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for.”He then railed on House Democrats’ effort to move forward on impeachment, calling it a “hoax” and “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 USA, especially at this very tender time.”
Justice Dept expects ‘hundreds’ of criminal cases
US acting Attorney Michael Sherwin has said 70 cases have already been charged, and he expects that would grow into the hundreds.
He said the Justice Department is looking at everything from simple trespass to theft of mail to felony murder and even civil rights investigations.
FBI opens 160 cases related to storming of Capitol
The FBI has opened 160 case files in its investigation of the storming of the Capitol, the head of the agency’s Washington field office has said.
The assistant director in charge of the field office, Steven D’Antuono, told a media briefing that the FBI had received 100,000 videos and pictures as tips.
He added that the FBI had intelligence about possible violence ahead of the riots.
Trump says 25th Amendment is of ‘zero risk’ to him
Addressing supporters at the Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas, Trump says he’s not worried about the 25th Amendment, allowing his cabinet to remove him from office, as it is of “zero risk” to him.
He is speaking on the eve of a vote in Congress that could see him become the first US president to be impeached twice.
US Chamber CEO says Trump undermined US democratic institutions
US Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue has called Trump’s actions last week in connection with rioting at the Capitol “absolutely unacceptable and completely inexcusable”.
Donohue told a news conference that Trump “undermined our democratic institutions and ideals” and it was up to Vice President Mike Pence, the Cabinet and Congress to decide whether to try to oust Trump early through the Constitution’s 25th Amendment or impeachment proceedings.
US State Dept cancels UN envoy’s trip to Taiwan
The cancellation of all travel by the US State Department this week includes a planned visit to Taiwan by Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, a State Department spokesperson has said.
Craft had been due to visit Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday, prompting China to warn that Washington was playing with fire.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier said that all travel this week had been cancelled, including a trip by him to Europe, as part of the transition to the incoming Biden administration.