World news – Schumer, Pelosi demand Trump’s removal after the Capitol uprising

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WASHINGTONâ ???? Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer and House Speaker

Nancy Pelosi

demanded the president

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Immediately removed from office as the president faced criticism and resignations from his own administration following a violent day of pro-Trump rioters invading the Capitol.

« What happened in the US Capitol yesterday was an uprising against the United States instigated by the President.  » said Mr Schumer (D., N.Y.), who is ready to become the Senate majority leader when the Democrats take control of the House from the Republicans later this month. Mr. Schumer’s description echoed comments from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), Who described the riot as a « failed insurrection ». Wednesday night.

« The quickest and most effective way to remove this president from office is to have the vice president immediately call the 25th amendment. » Mr. Schumer said. « If the Vice President and Cabinet refuse to stand, Congress should come back to indict the President. »

Ms. Pelosi (D., Calif.) Said she joined Mr. Schumer’s call for Vice President

Mike Pence

and the Cabinet to remove Mr. Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment. « The president has committed an indescribable attack on our nation, » she said Thursday.

Ms Pelosi said she expected a response from Mr Pence about whether he was ready to move forward on the 25th Amendment and if he and the Cabinet fail to act, Congress might be ready to move on to impeachment, ??? ? She said.

Also Thursday Transport Minister

Elaine Chao

resigned, the first Trump cabinet member to do so. « Yesterday our country had a traumatic and completely avoidable event when supporters of the president stormed the Capitol building after a rally he had spoken of. » She wrote. « I am sure it has with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in ways that I just cannot put aside. »

The request to remove the president was made by a number of others Democrats repeated, and a Republican joined them Thursday. Some administration officials had preliminary discussions on invoking the 25th Amendment, according to a senior administration official and others familiar with the matter.

While most Republicans failed to request Mr. Trump’s removal, several criticized Mr. Trump about the violence.

« It is time the president accepted the election results, stopped misleading the American people and opposed mob violence. » Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), A longtime advisor to Mr. Trump, said Wednesday night.

The calls underscore the alarm that went off Wednesday and the feeling of many lawmakers from both parties that Mr. Trump provoked him and did not condemn the actions strongly enough.

Mr. Trump agreed to an orderly transfer of power after Congress ratified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory early Thursday. On Wednesday, he encouraged supporters to march to the Capitol and then sympathized with those who had broken into the building.

Mr Pence, chairman of a joint congressional session, confirmed Mr Biden as the winner in an overnight joint congressional session, and Mr Trump released a statement at 3:49 a.m. saying he was « total ». disagreed with the outcome, but « still there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. »

« While this marks the end of the greatest first term in the President’s history, it is only the beginning of our struggle To make America great again!  » He said in the statement released by an aide that the president’s Twitter account was suspended due to postings on Wednesday, the social media network said violence could be spread.

Mr Biden said on Thursday afternoon, « Don’t you dare call them protesters. » You were a riotous mob. Insurgents. Domestic terrorists. « He said Mr. Trump’s term in office was a widespread attack on government institutions, the news media, the rule of law and democracy itself.

Members of both party Congress condemned Mr. Trump for his rhetoric. Wednesday’s chaos shocked them Nation and the world, forcing the evacuation of Congressional leaders to nearby Fort McNair, a US law enforcement officer said.

« It’s time to appeal to the 25th Amendment and end this nightmare »

MP Adam Kinzinger

(R., Ill.) Said in a video posted on Twitter Thursday that was the first Republican to call for the immediate removal of Mr. Trump. Here’s the truth: the president caused this. The president is not fit and the president is unwell. And the president must voluntarily or involuntarily relinquish control of the executive branch. “????

The 25th amendment says that the Vice-President can immediately take over the duties of the incumbent President if the Vice-President and a majority of the officials of the Secretaries of the Session Cabinet decide that the President should not carry out his duties Can.

Should such a declaration be made, the Constitution provides that the Vice President would immediately assume the powers and duties of the Acting President. To officially remove the president, Congress would then vote, and two-thirds of each chamber would have to officially remove the president. If this threshold is not reached, the president will resume office.

It is unlikely that the unprecedented move will take place this close to the inauguration. Despite winning two Senate seats this week, increasing the number to 50:50, the Democrats will have to wait for the election to be confirmed and the vice president elected

Kamala Harris

is sworn to officially take over the majority.

Hundreds of rioters who passed Capitol security barriers and police officers broke into the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon when both the House and Senate met inside and the evacuation of some Lawmakers enforced while others barricaded against the crowd. According to police, four people died, including a woman who was shot in the Capitol. At least 80 people had been arrested as of Thursday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had attempted to identify individuals who were involved in Wednesday’s violence. « We accept tips and digital media depicting civil unrest or violence in and around the US Capitol on January 6th. » The FBI wrote in a tweet Thursday morning directing people to a website where they could submit information. According to law enforcement officials familiar with the matter, federal authorities expect more than a dozen people to be arrested in connection with the violence on Thursday.

In addition to Mr Kinzinger, numerous Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate have called for the historic incursion into the Capitol on Wednesday took action against Mr. Trump, urging Mr. Pence to use the 25th amendment to remove Mr. Trump’s office. Those lawmakers include Washington Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Democratic leadership.

The world watched in horror as insurgents, instigated by the president, threatened the safety of elected officials and employees and destroyed public property, as they both did stormed and occupied the chambers of the house and the senate, which made our democracy a problem, â ???? Eighteen Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to Mr Pence.

Members of Mr Trump’s cabinet also condemned the violence Thursday. « The violence that took place at the Washington, DC Capitol last night was completely unacceptable. » Finance minister

Steven Mnuchin

said during a visit to Israel. He added that he looks forward to continuing to work on the transition to the Biden administration.

Mick Mulvaney,

The US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and the former White House Chief of Staff resigned and told CNBC on Thursday, « I cannot stay here. » Not after yesterday. ”At 1:00 p.m., the Senate and House of Representatives convened a joint session in the House Chamber (1) to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on the Electoral College. After an objection was raised against the Arizona election, lawmakers split into their separate chambers for debate.

The police escort of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D., California, who ranks second in the presidency , leaves the chamber of the house (1). Officers stand with guns drawn as the mob outside bangs against the locked doors. Around 2:45 am, people in the chamber heard gunshots.

Both chambers will be evacuated shortly and the police are urging lawmakers, employees and the media to secure locations.

Rioters break through barricades and reach the west stairs of the Capitol (2) where the police spray them with chemical agents. While the senators are debating the objection (3), the rioters rush into the building.

Rioters wander through the halls and rotunda (4), carrying flags – including at least one Confederate battle flag – and damaging the complex.

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) – the President of the Senate pro tempore, i.e. the third in line to succeed the US Presidency – are escorted. and police seal the Senate Chamber (3).

At 1:00 p.m., the Senate and House of Representatives will convene a joint session in the House Chamber (1) to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on the Electoral College. After an objection was raised against the Arizona election, lawmakers split into their separate chambers for debate.

The police escort of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D., California, who ranks second in the presidency , leaves the chamber of the house (1). Officers stand with guns drawn when the mob outside bangs against the locked doors. Around 2:45 am, people in the chamber heard gunshots.

Both chambers will be evacuated shortly and the police are urging lawmakers, employees and the media to secure locations.

Rioters break through barricades and reach the west stairs of the Capitol (2) where the police spray them with chemical agents. While the senators are debating the objection (3), the rioters rush into the building.

Rioters wander through the halls and rotunda (4), carrying flags – including at least one Confederate battle flag – and damaging the complex.

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) – the President of the Senate pro tempore, i.e. the third in line to succeed the US Presidency – are escorted. and police seal the Senate Chamber (3).

At 1:00 p.m., the Senate and House of Representatives will convene a joint session in the House Chamber (1) to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on the Electoral College. After an objection was raised against the Arizona vote, lawmakers split into their separate chambers for debate.

Rioters break through barricades and reach the west steps of the Capitol (2), where police spray them with chemical agents. While the Senators debate the objection (3), the rioters rush into the building.

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) – the President of the Senate pro tempore, i.e. the third in line Succession to the US Presidency – will be escorted. and police seal the Senate Chamber (3).

The police escort of the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who ranks second in the Presidency, leaves the Chamber of the House (1). Officers stand with guns drawn as the mob outside bangs against the locked doors. At around 2:45 am, people in the chamber heard gunshots.

Both chambers will be evacuated shortly and the police are urging lawmakers, employees and the media to secure locations.

Rioters are wandering through the halls and the rotunda (4), carry flags – including at least one Confederate battle flag – and cause damage to the complex.

At 1:00 p.m., the Senate and House of Representatives will convene a joint session in the House Chamber (1) to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on the Electoral College. After an objection was raised against the Arizona vote, lawmakers split into their separate chambers for debate.

Rioters break through barricades and reach the west steps of the Capitol (2), where police spray them with chemical agents. While the Senators debate the objection (3), the rioters rush into the building.

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) – the President of the Senate pro tempore, i.e. the third in line Succession to the US Presidency – will be escorted. and police seal the Senate Chamber (3).

The police escort of the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who ranks second in the Presidency, leaves the Chamber of the House (1). Officers stand with guns drawn as the mob outside bangs against the locked doors. Around 2:45 am, people in the chamber heard gunshots.

Both chambers will be evacuated shortly and the police are urging lawmakers, employees and the media to secure locations.

Rioters are wandering through the halls and the rotunda (4), carry flags – including at least one Confederate battle flag – and cause damage to the complex.

Sources: WSJ reports; US House of Representatives, US Capitol, Bloomberg News (location) Merrill Sherman and Andrew James / THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

A number of White House officials resigned Wednesday after the violence. Were among them

Matthew Pottinger,

the Deputy National Security Advisor and

Stephanie Grisham,

First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff and press secretary. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien was considering resigning, but had not made up his mind, according to people familiar with the situation.

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

Chad Wolf

said Thursday he would not resign but called the rioters’ actions « unacceptable ». and urged Mr Trump to condemn the violence. He said he would remain in his position until the end of the administration to ensure an orderly transition.

Former attorney general

William Barr

said President Trump’s behavior as a violent mob of his supporters who stormed the US Capitol was a « betrayal of his office and his supporters. » In a statement to the Associated Press, Mr Barr said Thursday, that « orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable ».

Facebook

and Twitter removed Mr. Trump’s posts and suspended his accounts on Wednesday as social media platforms worked to contain content that could further fuel unrest in the US capital.

Twitter said the president was allowed tweeted again on Thursday, but Facebook and Instagram said Mr. Trump would be blocked indefinitely and the risks were « just too great ».

In the meantime, Mr. Schumer said on Thursday that he was the Senate Sergeant Michael Stenger , would be fired if the Democrats took over a majority later this month if he had not vacated the post by then. Lawmakers blamed Mr. Stenger and the Capitol Police Department for the Capitol security breach Wednesday, and the Democrats vowed to investigate.

« I’m angry about the whole thing, » said

Rep. Tim Ryan

(D., Ohio), the property manager responsible for funding the Capitol Police. He accused the head of the police department. « We were told that no one would be near the Capitol … What we are really investigating now is how long it took the National Guard to get there. »

Ms. Pelosi called for the Capitol Police chief to resign and said she had received notice from Paul Irving, the House sergeant, that he would resign.

Steven Sund, Capitol Police chief, defended the Agency on Thursday said officials had responded bravely and simultaneously to the violation of the Capitol and two reports of pipe bombs in the area. More than 50 officers from the Capitol Police Force and the DC Washington Metropolitan Force were injured and several were hospitalized, he said.

« The violent attack on the US Capitol was unlike any I’ve seen in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, DC. » Mr. Sund said.

Ref: https://www.wsj.com

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