The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local)
WASHINGTON >> The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local):
The House has voted to urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and hold a Cabinet vote to remove President Donald Trump from office a symbolic action after Pence had already said he would not do so.
The House sent the message to Pence and Trump almost a week after an angry mob of the presidents supporters marched to the Capitol and violently invaded the building. The breach happened as Congress counted the electoral votes that confirmed Democrat Joe Bidens presidential win.
The legislation was sponsored by Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat and former Constitutional law professor who said the amendment was intended to be the final mechanism for removing a president who is failing to meet the most basic duties of his office and indeed actually harming the Republic with his conduct.
Raskin said the crisis is not over yet in Trumps final week in office.
In a letter late Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said the mechanism should not be used as a means of punishment or usurpation but should be reserved for cases of medical or mental incapacitation.
The House is expected to vote to impeach the president Wednesday.
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton has become the fourth Republican to back the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The House is set to vote as early as Wednesday on impeaching Trump for a second time after he egged on a violent mob of supporters who marched to the Capitol and invaded it a week ago. Upton says he would have preferred that the House censure Trump, but it is time to say: enough is enough.
Upton cited Trumps comments Tuesday in which he expressed no regrets for the insurrection.
This sends exactly the wrong signal to those of us who support the very core of our democratic principles and took a solemn oath to the Constitution, Upton said.
Upton joins Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, John Katko of New York and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois in supporting impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House must move to impeach President Donald Trump because the country is at an unprecedented moment in history.
Speaking Tuesday on the eve of a second vote to impeach him, Pelosi said Trump must be charged because of the seditious attack on the Capitol by his supporters one week ago.
I urge my Republican colleagues to open their eyes and to finally hold this president accountable, Pelosi told her colleagues on the House floor late Tuesday. The story of our country, and the future of our very democracy, are at stake.
The Democratic-led House is expected to vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday, with some Republican votes. If so, Trump will be the first American president to be impeached twice.
Two newly elected lawmakers who had missed the opening day of Congress because of COVID-19 have been sworn in as the House convened for the first time after the violent attack on the Capitol.
Republican Reps. David Valadao of California and Mara Elvira Salazar of Florida were sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
They two been in quarantine for COVID-19 when the new Congress opened Jan. 3.
Both Republicans defeated Democrats in the November election. Valadao won back the central California seat he previously held. Salazar took over a Miami-area district.
Their first votes in Congress will be the legislation being considered Tuesday to call on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove President Donald Trump from office after he encouraged a rally mob of supporters to head to the the Capitol.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named a Maryland Democrat grieving his sons recent death as leader of the nine House Democrats who would prosecute President Donald Trump during his expected Senate impeachment trial.
The team includes three women, four people of color and lawmakers from states stretching from Rhode Island to California.
Rep. Jamie Raskin will be lead manager. The 58-year-old has often been an energetic presence during floor debates and taught constitutional law for 25 years. His 25-year-old son died of suicide on New Years Eve.
Other managers will be Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, David Cicilline of Rhode Island; Joaquin Castro of Texas, Eric Swalwell of California, Ted Lieu of California, Joe Neguse of Colorado and Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania and Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the Virgin Islands.
Trump is being charged with incitement of insurrection over the attack at the Capitol last week. Democrats plan to push an impeachment resolution through the House on Wednesday, with modest GOP support.
An Alabama man accused of participating in last weeks riot had been out on bond on drug charges.
Court records show that a judge on Monday revoked the bond for 23-year-old William Watson after prosecutors said he was identified in photographs and video of the riot.
Authorities noted that they were able to identify Watson by the distinctive tattoos on his hand and that Watson appeared to describe his participation in a social media post objecting to peoples speculation that he was an antifa member because of his appearance.
The social media post that prosecutors attributed to Watson said: They wanna call me antifa because I have a video game tattoo on my hand and I was pleading for peaceful discourse. Let em say what they will. The fake news wont win against thousands of patriots who recorded today.
Watsons lawyer didnt immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Republican lawmakers are objecting to new metal detectors outside the House chamber that were added as a security precaution following last weeks deadly attack on the Capitol.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, said Tuesday that the metal detectors were designed to impede lawmakers from voting and were not discussed with GOP leaders ahead of time.
Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois was angry about the metal detectors and said valuable resources were being diverted in order to install the devices.
Several lawmakers simply walked around the devices. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said, You cant stop me. Im on my way to a vote.
Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who has announced her intention to carry a gun on Capitol grounds, set off a metal detector. It wasnt clear if she had a cellphone or other metal object in her purse.
She refused to allow a search of her bag and eventually was let into the House chamber.
A Republican congressman says he wont apologize for remarks last week despite a proposed censure resolution accusing him of helping incite the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol.
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said Tuesday that his critics are misrepresenting his remarks, which he says were intended as a pep talk for the next election cycle.
Brooks told a crowd at a Donald Trump Save America rally that preceded the riot that he wanted them to take a message back home and along the way stop at the Capitol.
He said, Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass. He was wearing a hat that said Fire Pelosi.
Democratic Reps. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida on Monday introduced the resolution for censure, saying his words helped spark chaos, destruction, injuries and death.
Brooks office said his remarks were meant to inspire the crowd to fight in the 2022 and 2024 elections. He denied encouraging violence.
An Idaho man whose photograph was included on a federal list of those considered persons of interest in the siege of the U.S. Capitol has been jailed in Boise.
The Ada County sheriffs office says 34-year-old Josiah Colt turned himself in on Tuesday afternoon and was being held on a U.S. Marshals hold.
Colt was among those who stormed the Capitol during a riot by loyalists of President Donald Trump as Congress prepared to certify the results of the election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Five people died.
After the insurgency, Colt posted a video to Facebook erroneously claiming he was the first person in the mob to sit in House Speaker Nancy Pelosis chair. Photos from the siege show him in the seat normally used by Vice President Mike Pence in the Senate chamber.
Colt later issued an apology for his conduct through Boise TV station KBOI, saying his actions brought shame to himself and his country.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger has become the third Republican member of Congress to call for President Donald Trumps impeachment.
Kinzinger said in a statement Tuesday that Trump is responsible for whipping up an angry mob that stormed the Capitol last week, leaving five dead. He says there is no doubt in my mind that Trump broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.
The House is set to start impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday.
The president faces a single impeachment charge, incitement to insurrection, for his actions surrounding the mob attack on the Capitol, the worst domestic assault on the building in the nations history.
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, and Republican Rep. John Katko of New York said earlier Tuesday that they would vote to impeach Trump.
The man photographed sitting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosis office chair during last weeks Capitol insurrection has made his initial federal court appearance in Arkansas.
Sixty-year-old Richard Barnett, of Gravette, Arkansas, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Wiedemann in Fayetteville on Tuesday to hear the charges against him. Among them is a charge that he unlawfully entered a restricted area with a lethal weapon in this case, a stun gun.
Barnett also is charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property. If convicted on all charges, including the new lethal weapon count, he could be sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison.
Barnetts attorney, Anthony Siano, conceded the validity of the warrant against him. Siano offered no further comment.
Barnett will remain in federal custody at the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville until a virtual detention hearing Friday, when a judge will decide whether to grant him bond.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney says she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
The Wyoming congresswoman, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said in a statement Tuesday that Trump summoned the mob that attacked the Capitol last week, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. She says, Everything that followed was his doing.
She also notes that Trump could have immediately intervened to stop his supporters, but he did not.
Cheney says, There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.
Cheney is a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Trump himself has taken no responsibility for his role in inciting the attackers.
New York Rep. John Katko was the first Republican to say hed vote to impeach Trump.
Rep. John Katko is the first Republican to say hell vote to impeach President Donald Trump following the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
The New York congressman said in a statement posted to Twitter late Tuesday: I will vote to impeach this president.
Katko, a former federal prosecutor, said he did not make the decision lightly.
He said, To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. He says, I cannot sit by without taking action.
The House is set to start impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday.
The president faces a single impeachment charge, incitement to insurrection, for his actions ahead of the mob attack on the Capitol, the worst domestic assault on the building in the nations history.
A Florida firefighter who was photographed inside the Capitol during a riot by loyalists of President Donald Trump has been charged with disorderly conduct.
A charge of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds was filed Tuesday in the District of Columbia against Andrew Williams.
Williams has been a firefighter with the Sanford Fire Department since 2016. He was placed on administrative leave from the fire agency last week pending an internal investigation. Sanford is located about 25 miles outside Orlando.
Fire department spokesperson Bianca Gillett said Tuesday that the agency was made aware of the arrest and that an update on his status with the fire department was expected later.
Vincent Citro, an attorney for Williams, didnt respond to an email inquiry.
The heads of five House committees say they have grave concerns about ongoing and violent threats after a briefing from FBI officials about the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.
The lawmakers, all Democrats, said Tuesday that it is clear that more must be done to preempt, penetrate, and prevent deadly and seditious assaults by domestic violent extremists in the days ahead. They did not share specific details from the briefing.
They say the FBI confirmed to them that they will prosecute every individual associated with this act, including anyone who entered restricted areas outside the Capitol and those who made it inside.
The statement came from House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith and Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch, a member of the Oversight panel.
The militarys top leaders have issued a memo to forces decrying last weeks Capitol Hill violence and reminding service members that freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to resort to violence.
Tuesdays memo was signed by all members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It also reminded military members that Joe Biden was duly elected and will be sworn in as the next president on Jan. 20.
The memo said, Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and oath; it is against the law.
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