Obama with the also democrat Bill Clinton and Republican George W. Bush They are the three former presidents who have already arrived at the federal Capitol for Biden’s inauguration.
Outgoing President Donald Trump will not participate in the event and will not receive Biden in the White House as is tradition in the transition processes. Trump is already in Palm Beach, Florida, where he left this morning after a brief message at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. President Jimmy Carter, who at 96 is the oldest former president, will not attend the event marked by a large presence of the military and other security forces.
Despite Trump’s absence, his vice president Mike Pence participates in the ceremony. Pence did not accompany Trump on his departure from the White House.
Biden to be sworn in before Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. While the judge of Puerto Rican origin Sonia Sotomayor to swear in the first female vice president in U.S. history Kamala Harris.
Outgoing President Donald Trump forges a political revenge against the 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted in favor of a “Impeachment” or impeachment against him as a result of the assault on the federal Capitol on January 6.
A Wall Street Journal report this week indicates that the president would have asked for information from the group of 10 after Wednesday’s vote in the lower house.
Although Trump’s strategies against naysayers within his own Party are unclear, the report indicates that the mogul wants to know who the lawmakers are and if he has ever done anything for them. The president also reportedly asked who could compete against them if they face reelection in two years.
Even if Trump leaves the position on January 20 along with the inauguration of Joe biden, it is expected that the Republican will continue to have influence over the legislators of that delegation in Congress.
House Republican No. 3 Liz Cheney of Wyoming has already begun to feel the pressure of Trump’s moves, according to the report. Some members of the Freedom Committee have asked him to resign, which Cheney has resisted.
But the differences between Cheney and Trump date back to when they clashed over foreign policy. The president called for his removal during a speech prior to the riot in Washington.
The other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump were Representatives Tom Rice of South Carolina; John Katko, from New York; Anthony González, from Ohio; Peter Meijer, from Michigan; Adam Kinzinger, from Illinois; Dan Newhouse from Washington; Fred Upton, from Michigan; Jaime Herrera Beutler, from Washington, and David Valadao, from California.
Possible scope of impeachment
After the approval of a second political trial against the president, it is now up to the Senate to address the matter. However, the process seems out of the question at least before Biden is sworn into office.
House of Representatives Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi he must send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, a key step for the impeachment process to continue in the Upper House.
“We have to determine what kind of evidence we should present to the Senate to prove our impeachment article,” Democratic Representative Diana DeGette, one of those in charge of the process in the House of Representatives, told CNN on Thursday.
Thus, the planning of the trial in the Senate is in a preliminary stage.
The report from the Efe agency indicates that although the process would not entail the official dismissal of the president, since he would have handed over the Presidency to his successor, a conviction would imply disqualifying him from holding public office in the event that he stands for the election in 2024 .
Other privileges he would lose include a lifetime pension equal to what a minister earns (about $ 220,000 annually), or his right to have an honorable funeral and to be buried, if he so wishes, in Arlington National Cemetery.
The “Trumpistas” stormed the US Congress on January 6.
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Jennifer Ryan, the Texas real estate agent who took a private jet to Washington to participate in the assault on Capitol last week, she is the most recent indicted at the federal level for the events.
The one involved, who calls herself Jenna Ryan On social media, he described the January 6 attack, in which five people died, including a police officer from the compound, as “the best day” of his life.
He documented trip and assault on social media
Federal authorities alleged in court documents on Friday quoted by the Telemundo network that Ryan traveled with a group to Washington DC on January 5 and documented his two-day trip on social media.
In a video that was later removed, Ryan states: “We are going to arrive and storm the Capitol. They’re down there right now and that’s what we came to and that’s what we’re going to do. So wish me luck. “
In another recording from her Facebook page, the woman is seen with a group of Donald Trump supporters walking toward the building. “This is the prelude to the war that is about to happen,” he says.
Additionally, the defendant today broadcast live while breaking into federal facilities.
“Life or death, it doesn’t matter”
“Let’s go in here, damn it. Life or death doesn’t matter. Here we go, ”Ryan was quoted as saying.
Hours after the attack, the realtor wrote on Twitter that she had just stormed the Capitol.
“It was one of the best days of my life,” he wrote, as reported by the Hispanic network, citing court documents. In a photo that is part of the evidence against him, he is seen standing next to a broken window in Congress. In the caption, Ryan threatens to attack the news network studios for allegedly lying about the document.
Ryan faces charges of disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds and of entering or remaining in the space knowing that access was restricted.
After her arrest, the defendant argued that she believed she was attending a peaceful march, but that it turned violent.
“I do not condone the violence that occurred,” the woman wrote. “And I am truly heartbroken for the people who have lost their lives. The hatred and violence of one another will not solve the problems of our country. As a nation, Republicans, Democrats and independents must come together and have an open and honest discussion about the problems of our country and solve our problems in peace. “
Anthony Chansley (center) with other protesters inside the Federal Capitol.
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In an unusual move, prosecutors for the Department of Justice (DOJ) who had assured in a judicial file that the assailants Capitol They sought to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” they retracted that statement.
An Arizona federal prosecutor asked a magistrate judge at a hearing on Friday to omit from the court file against Anthony Chansley (one of the most prominent assailants) the line that read: “Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions in the Capitol, support that the intention of the Capitol mob was to capture and assassinate elected officials of the United States Government ”.
The document did not specify which statements by Chansley indicated that intention.
Todd Allison, a DOJ prosecutor in Arizona, said the department may argue this line if the attacker goes to trial, but that they cannot sustain it for now.
The petition comes just hours after Michael Sherwin, acting prosecutor in Washington, D.C., said at a press conference that “there was no direct evidence of catch-and-kill teams” among the assailants on January 6, for now.
This Friday the judicial file of the prosecutors against Chansley, a resident in the capital and theorist of the conspiracy of QAnon, who was photographed with a raccoon hat and horns of Native American chief inside the Congress building.
Arizona federal prosecutors had asked a judge to hold him in custody until his trial, arguing that he wants to return to Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Prosecutors upheld this request.
[En fotos: Washington, blindado por militares y policías para proteger la toma de posesión de Biden de otro asalto violento pro-Trump]
Chansley is charged with interfering with police operations and procedures, disrupting public order and entering restricted areas of the Capitol without authorization.
According to prosecutors, the FBI investigation showed that the man left a note for Vice President Mike Pence, warning that “It’s only a matter of time” and that “justice is coming”.
Who is Chansley, the attacker with horns and furs
Chansley was one of the infamous figures during the assault on the Capitol, with his hat with horns and fur and his face paint.
Chansley participated “actively in an insurrection that attempted to violently overthrow the United States government,” according to prosecutors, and warned that “The insurrection is still ongoing”, As law enforcement agencies prepare for more demonstrations in Washington and state capitals.
[Trump, solo, enojado y desafiante en la Casa Blanca, teme por su legado. Pero aún le quedan seguidores fieles]
The attacker is a YouTuber who supports QAnon and was also among the pro-Trump protesters who gathered in front of the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix on November 5, falsely claiming that there was electoral fraud.
In his arrest document, prosecutors suggested that he suffers from drug addiction and mental illness, and told the judge that he presents a serious flight risk.
“Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and that he is here on Earth to ascend to another reality, ”they wrote.
More than 200 violent in the sights
Prosecutors and federal agents have begun filing more serious charges related to the violence on Capitol Hill. Retired firefighter Robert Sanford was charged Thursday with throwing a fire extinguisher at the head of a police officer.. Peter Stager, was accused of hitting a different officer with a pole bearing an American flag.
The Justice Department has filed more than 80 criminal cases in connection with the violent riots in the United States Capitol last week, in which Trump supporters stormed the building, ransacked offices and, in some cases, attacked the policeman.
Many of the people charged so far have been easily tracked down by the FBI, which has more than 200 suspects, thanks in large part to videos and photos posted on social media.
Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, has said that while many of the initial charges may appear minor, he expects much more serious charges to be brought as the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues your investigation.
A new video released about the violent takeover of the National Capitol that left five people dead shows a young police officer bloodied, distraught and screaming for help as he is crushed by protesters.
The unidentified young officer, who appears to be a member of the Capitol Police Department, was trapped between a shield of riot police and a metal gate. He is seen bleeding from his mouth as he screams in pain and asks “Help!”
The disturbing footage was recorded shortly after dozens of frenzied supporters of the president Donald trump broke into an entrance on the west side of the Congress building, snatching a riot shield from police and using metal to hit the line of officers fighting to push back the crowd, using pepper spray, he described New York Post.
A political storm has been unleashed in the country calling for the removal of Trump, after the violence caused by followers of his unproven thesis that there was electoral fraud in November and not recognize Joe Biden as his rightful successor.
Four civilians – Ashli Babbitt, Rosanne Boyland, Kevin Greeson and Benjamin Phillips – were killed in the mass protest, in addition to Brian D. Sicknick, a Capitol police officer who was apparently hit by a fire extinguisher and passed away the day after.
The day in which the Congress had to certify the victory of the democrat Joe biden In the November elections, it became a day of chaos and violence in which the process that normally marks the end of the electoral cycle had to be interrupted.
Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday (the headquarters of the United States Congress in Washington DC) while the process of certifying the votes of the elections of last November 3 was carried out.
The assault on the building went on for hours and left at least one fatality, a woman who was shot in the chest whose identity was not made public.
The Washington DC metropolitan police reported that they made 13 arrests and seized five firearms.
The unusual events aroused rejection reactions inside and outside the United States.
Trump asked his supporters to go home, although he insisted on his unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
For his part, the president-elect Biden He demanded that those who caused the disturbances immediately withdraw and allow democracy to function.
In the evening, Congress resumed session after the Capitol was vacated and secured.
At BBC Mundo we review the events of this turbulent January 6.
March to the Capitol
After a massive rally in front of the White House in which he also participated Donald trumpHundreds of protesters marched to the Capitol to denounce what they consider to be electoral fraud of which there is no evidence and which has been rejected by judges in all instances.
After confronting the police outside the building, some they got enter el enclosure, which led to suspending the sessions of legislators and blocking access to the halls of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The two houses of Congress at that time began a joint session to certify the votes cast by the Electoral College on December 14, which proclaimed Biden president-elect.
The event, which is usually a mere ceremony, had generated great excitement this year, not only because of Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat, but because of the determination of some Republican lawmakers to object to the process.
Eviction of the hemicycle
While the forces of order tried to control the situation, the legislators took refuge in their offices and the vice president Mike pence, who was chairing the certification session, was transferred to a safe place.
Videos posted by journalists on social media showed clashes between guards and protesters in the halls of the Capitol.
In images posted on the internet, extremists who supported the president could be seen inside the Senate chamber.
BREAKING: revolution in process as Trump supporters break into the Capitol building, attacking police, breaking windows, and knocking down doors
Full anarchy at this “mostly peaceful” demonstration DC
The Mayor of Washington DC announced a curfew which came into force at 18:00 local time (23:00 GMT).
What was Trump’s reaction
At first, President Trump made calls for peace through Twitter.
“Please support our Capitol Police and law enforcement. They really are on the side of our country. Keep the peace! ”He wrote.
Minutes later, he insisted on his call to respect the law, but voices emerged that asked him for a stronger condemnation or even for him to appear from the White House.
Finally, he shared a video on the same social network in which he asked the protesters to go home, not without first insisting on his idea that the elections were “a robbery.”
“I know your pain. I know they suffer, ”he is heard saying. “But they have to go home now.”
“We must have peace. We must have law and order. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play their game. We have to have peace ”.
Shortly after the police managed to regain control of the Capitol, Trump shared in a new tweet a video in which he addressed his followers as “great patriots” and once abounded in his false theory that the elections were stolen from him, which earned him Twitter blocking his account for 12 hours.
Twitter, YouTube and Facebook withdrew the video for incitement to violence and for fueling the theory of electoral fraud.
Before the situation turned violent, during his morning speech, Trump had lashed out at the media and big tech companies.
“We will never concede, we will never accept defeat”he defiantly stressed to a crowd that shouted “Let’s fight for Trump!”
The rejection of Biden and other figures
President-elect Joe Biden also spoke publicly about the serious events.
“Right now, our democracy is under unprecedented assault, the likes of which we have not seen in modern times,” Biden said vehemently in a televised intervention.
“An assault on a city of freedom, the Capitol itself. An assault on people’s representatives, on the Capitol police, on public servants (…). It is not a protest, it is an insurrection“, He emphasized.
For his part, Vice President Pence demanded an end to the violence with this message: “The violence and destruction taking place in the US Capitol Must Stop and Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect the law enforcement officers and immediately leave the building. “
Pence added that those responsible for criminal acts will be brought to justice.
From the Democratic and Republican ranks, an end to the violence was also demanded and there were voices that demanded the launch of a process of impeachment to remove Trump from power.
Numerous foreign leaders also sent messages of concern and solidarity and the US Department of Defense guaranteed the institution’s respect for the Constitution and democracy.
“We spoke with the Vice President, House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Leader Mtich McConnell, Senator Schumer, and Congressman Hover about the situation on Capitol Hill,” Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher wrote in a statement. Miller.
“We have fully activated the National Guard to assist federal and local security forces as they peacefully deal with the situation. We are prepared to offer additional support if necessary and appropriate as requested by local authorities. Our staff took an oath to defend the Constitution and our democratic form of government and will act accordingly, ”he added.
Restart of the Congress session
The session interrupted by the violent events resumed late on Wednesday, with legislators ready to carry out the certification of the result of the November elections.
Addressing his colleagues in the Senate, Republican Ben Sasse held Trump accountable for the day’s unrest.
“This violence was the ugly and inevitable result of the president’s addiction to constantly stoking division,” he denounced.
Dozens of Trump supporters continue on the streets of Washington, D.C.
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The Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel bowser, ordered a curfew starting this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. until January 7 at 6:00 a.m., due to the violent takeover of Congress by supporters of the president Donald trump.
“During the hours of this curfew, no person, other than those designated by the Mayor’s Office, may walk, cycle, run, meet or circulate by car or other mode of transportation in the street or park or any other place in the District ”, indicates his order.
Today, I’m ordering a citywide curfew for the District of Columbia from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7. pic.twitter.com/lp6Pt3DcYC
the vice president Mike pence refused to have the authority to oppose the certification of the Electoral College vote, which confirmed the triumph of Joe biden.
“I have considered that my oath to support and defend the Constitution limits me to claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which not”, Pence said.
The Republican was under pressure from the president Donald trump, who still this morning at a rally in Washington, D.C., said he hoped Pence would “do the right thing,” and that he would “never give up” or acknowledge Biden.
President Trump: “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”
“Given the controversy surrounding this year’s election, some approach this year’s quadrennial tradition with great anticipation, others with disdain,” Pence wrote in a letter sent to Congress. “Some believe that, as vice president, you should be able to accept or reject electoral votes unilaterally. Others believe that electoral votes should never be questioned in a joint session of Congress.
Congress began a joint session with its two houses, where a group of more than 100 representatives and about 13 senators challenge the election results, but they require the majority to open an investigation.
Raphael Warnock (left), Stacey Abrams and Jon Ossoff listen to Joe Biden on December 15 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Georgia makes history again. If in November you elected the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe biden, for the first time in decades voting Republican, this time he elected an African-American senator, Raphael warnock. The seat brings the Democratic Party closer to control of the Senate, which will be decided in Georgia’s other race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Warnock defeated Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler in the state runoff election, according to the projections of the main media.
“Tonight, we show that with hope, hard work and people by our side, anything is possible,” Warnock told his followers in a virtual speech broadcast by various media. His opponent has yet to admit defeat.
According to the projections of the various media about the vote, when more than 97% of the votes have already been counted, the Democrat would have exceeded 50% of the votes and would have an advantage of more than 30 thousand over his opponent.
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The Senate depends on a single position
If the Democrats also conquer the other seat that is at stake in the elections, they will take the reins of the Senate, which the Republicans now control, which will facilitate the first two years of government to the president-elect, Joe Biden, who will come to power on the 20th. from January.
Warnock, a 51-year-old reverend, will be the first black senator to represent southern Georgia in the country’s history, having served as pastor of an Atlanta church in which the assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King preached. in 1968.
There are no definitive projections yet on what will happen to the other seat at stake in the election, the one now controlled by Republican Senator David Perdue, and the vote shows a very close race against the other Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff.
If the two Democratic candidates win, the Senate will be divided into 50 seats from one party and another 50 from the other, but the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, could break any possible tie, since her new position implies being the president as well. of the Upper House.
In that case, Biden will have a much easier time passing his cabinet candidates and pushing forward his legislative priorities, since in many cases a simple majority of 51 votes is enough to pass or prevent a change in the Senate, and Democrats already control the vote. Low camera.