- President Trump loves the unprecedented. And this week, he became the only American president to be impeached twice.
- Ten Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues to impeach Trump. Almost exactly a year ago, no House Republicans voted for Trump’s first impeachment.
- A Republican congressman who backed impeachment told MSNBC that he and his colleagues are altering their routines and looking into purchasing body armor, as Congress and the nation reels from the deadly insurrectionist violence last week.
- Trump apparently had to be dissuaded from dropping in on the impeachment proceedings, according to the New York Times.
- In a surreal scene at the Capitol, National Guard troops have been stationed inside the building and sleeping on marble floors.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not specified when she will send the impeachment article over to the Senate for a trial, but a couple of Republican senators have already indicated they will not vote to convict the President. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said he doesn’t believe a former president can be convicted. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of Trump’s biggest enablers over the past four years, warned that impeachment would further divide the country.
The Capitol Riot Comes Into Focus
- We’re starting to get a clearer picture of the extent of the threat against lawmakers in the Capitol insurrection. DOJ attorneys said in a filing on Thursday that pro-Trump insurrectionists intended to “capture and assassinate” lawmakers.
- A number of people photographed in the Capitol violence have been arrested this week, including a man who wore a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt and a man who carried a Confederate battle flag through the Capitol.
- Federal authorities have opened hundreds of case files on the insurrection.
- Here are six shocking details of the insurrection, outlined in criminal charges and affidavits. A number of law enforcement officers were also allegedly involved in the riot or attended the Trump incitement rally ahead of the raid.
An Active Threat
- On Monday, the FBI released a bulletin warning of potential armed conflict at statehouses across the country in the lead-up to Joe Biden’s inauguration.
- Extremists have eyed Jan. 17 as the next big date in the insurrection. That’s the Sunday before Biden’s inauguration.
- In response to the ongoing threat, a staggering 20,000 National Guard troops will be stationed in D.C. to respond to any unrest.
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