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Shocking video shows MAGA mob rifling through paperwork in Senate chamber and erecting gallows 

Shocking new video taken inside the Capitol during the January 6 riot shows the moment a MAGA mob rifled through paperwork in the Senate chamber as they searched for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before erecting gallows outside the building. 

Veteran war correspondent, Luke Mogelson, captured the video on the day dozens of rioters, including ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jake Angeli, stormed the building following President Donald Trump’s remarks at the Save America rally in Washington, DC, according to The New Yorker. 

Trump’s supporters violently forced their way into the Capitol where some were seen breaking out glass and destroying government property as others were photographed sitting at Pelosi’s desk.

Mogelson followed the Trump supporters into the building where he witnessed them banging on the walls before entering the Senate chamber, where they rummaged through numerous papers and documents. 

Shocking new video taken inside the Capitol during the January 6 riot shows the moment a MAGA mob rifled through paperwork in the Senate chamber

Veteran war correspondent, Luke Mogelson, captured the video on the day dozens of rioters, including 'QAnon Shaman' Jake Angeli (pictured, writing a note), stormed the building following President Donald Trump's remarks at the Save America rally in Washington, DC

Veteran war correspondent, Luke Mogelson, captured the video on the day dozens of rioters, including ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jake Angeli (pictured, writing a note), stormed the building following President Donald Trump’s remarks at the Save America rally in Washington, DC

At the start of the clip, the rioters are seen destroying property and climbing through a window at the Capitol building. 

Several people are then seen confronting officers upon entry. One man is heard yelling at police: ‘You’re outnumbered! There’s a f**king million of us out there! And we are listening to Trump, you’re boss.’

They then marched upstairs yelling: ‘Treason, treason, treason!’

‘You’re afraid of Antifa? Well guess what? America showed up,’ the men yelled as they walked through the halls of the Capitol.

Moments later, they entered the Senate chamber. 

‘Where the f**k is Nancy?’ one rioter questioned as they walked through the empty chamber. 

In the clip, several people are seen taking photos of the documents that were secured inside binders in the chamber. 

‘There’s gotta be something in here we can f**king use against these scumbags,’ one man is heard telling another. 

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen walking up to the men rummaging through the papers. 

‘Glad to see you guys,’ he tells them as he’s followed by a police officer. 

The officer is heard asking one of the rioters, who was seen sitting on the floor, if he needs medical attention. 

‘Any chance I can get you guys to leave the Senate wing?’ the officer is heard asking the men. 

Several MAGA rioters are seen reading out loud and taking pictures of documents in the Senate chamber

Several MAGA rioters are seen reading out loud and taking pictures of documents in the Senate chamber 

The men are then heard discussing which lawmakers are traitors and which are 'with us'

 The men are then heard discussing which lawmakers are traitors and which are ‘with us’

Angeli is seen chanting inside the Senate chamber on January 6 as a photographer captures his image

Angeli is seen chanting inside the Senate chamber on January 6 as a photographer captures his image 

The men are seen wearing MAGA hats, bulletproof vests and other gear as they stormed the Capitol

The men are seen wearing MAGA hats, bulletproof vests and other gear as they stormed the Capitol

While the officer watches, Angeli asks another man to take his photo. 

Angeli is then seen writing a note on the desk as the officer once again asks everyone to leave. 

‘It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!’ the note reads. 

Before saying a prayer, a group of the MAGA mob is heard yelling: ‘Jesus Christ we invoke your name! Amen!’ 

Outside of the Capitol, others were seen erecting gallows and chanting ‘USA.’ 

Toward the end of the video, a large mob is seen throwing equipment onto a pile and setting it on fire. 

‘Star making a list put all those names down and we start hunting them down one by one,’ a man is heard yelling. 

One said: ‘Traitors get guillotine!’

‘We are at war,’ another yelled. 

More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by Trump supporters at the Capitol, where a Capitol police officer and four others were killed. 

Charges from the January 6 riot range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.

Some of those arrests include Robert Sanford, 55, a retired Pennsylvania firefighter, who allegedly threw a fire extinguisher that hit three Capitol Police officers during the violent siege. 

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen walking up to the men rummaging through the papers. 'Glad to see you guys,' he tells them as he's followed by a police officer

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen walking up to the men rummaging through the papers. ‘Glad to see you guys,’ he tells them as he’s followed by a police officer

The officer (right) is heard asking one of the rioters, who was seen sitting on the floor, if he needs medical attention

The officer (right) is heard asking one of the rioters, who was seen sitting on the floor, if he needs medical attention

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen asking someone to take his photo. Angeli is then seen writing a note on the desk as an officer asks him to leave. 'It's only a matter of time. Justice is coming!' the note reads

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen asking someone to take his photo. Angeli is then seen writing a note on the desk as an officer asks him to leave. ‘It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!’ the note reads

Another portion of the clip shows a man erecting gallows outside the Capitol building on January 6

Another portion of the clip shows a man erecting gallows outside the Capitol building on January 6 

He was charged with assault of a police officer, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, civil disorder and unlawfully entering the Capitol. His lawyer said he was a Trump supporter who got caught up in the mob mentality. 

Richard Barnett, 60, of Arkansas was photographed sitting with his boots on a desk in Pelosi’s office during the January 6 riot. 

He was ordered Friday to be brought to Washington, where he faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted area with a lethal weapon – a stun gun. Barnett is also charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property. 

Retired Air Force Lt Col Larry Rendall Brock Jr, of Texas, is a former former fighter pilot photographed on the Senate floor wearing a military style helmet and body armor and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs. 

He is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Jacob Chansley, 33 of Arizona was seen in the Capitol wearing face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns and carrying a US flag attached to a spear. 

Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, calls himself the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ a reference to the apocalyptic and convoluted conspiracy theory spread largely through the internet and promoted by some right-wing extremists. 

He is charged with entering a restricted building without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Lonnie Leroy Coffman, 70, of Alabama drove to Washington to attend Trump’s ‘Save America Rally’ in a red pickup packed with an M4 assault rifle, multiple loaded magazines, three handguns and 11 Mason jars filled with homemade napalm, according to court filings. 

The grandfather was arrested that evening when he returned to the truck carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and a .22-caliber derringer pistol. He is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying a pistol without a license.

Derrick Evans, 35, was a West Virginia lawmaker who streamed video of himself charging into the building with the mob.  

Aaron Mostofsky (right) who is the son of a New York Supreme Court judge, was also arrested and charged in connection to the violent insurrection at the US Capitol

Aaron Mostofsky (right) who is the son of a New York Supreme Court judge, was also arrested and charged in connection to the violent insurrection at the US Capitol

Jacob Chansley, 33, was seen in the Capitol wearing face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns and carrying a US flag attached to a spear. Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, calls himself the 'QAnon Shaman'

Jacob Chansley, 33, was seen in the Capitol wearing face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns and carrying a US flag attached to a spear. Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, calls himself the ‘QAnon Shaman’

Tim Gionet (pictured), a far-right media personality who calls himself 'Baked Alaska,' entered various offices in the Capitol and cursed at a law officer he alleged had shoved him

Tim Gionet (pictured), a far-right media personality who calls himself ‘Baked Alaska,’ entered various offices in the Capitol and cursed at a law officer he alleged had shoved him

The recently sworn-in delegate to the West Virginia House resigned after his arrest on two riot-related charges and apologized. 

Evans was quickly identified after he posted the video of the Capitol door being smashed and declaring: ‘The door is cracked! … We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!’

Tim Gionet, a far-right media personality who calls himself ‘Baked Alaska,’ entered various offices in the Capitol and cursed at a law officer he alleged had shoved him. When told by law enforcement officers to move, he identified himself as a member of the media. 

Retired Air Force Lt Col Larry Rendall Brock Jr (pictured), of Texas, is a former former fighter pilot photographed on the Senate floor wearing a military style helmet and body armor and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs

Retired Air Force Lt Col Larry Rendall Brock Jr (pictured), of Texas, is a former former fighter pilot photographed on the Senate floor wearing a military style helmet and body armor and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs 

Gionet live-streamed for about a half hour from inside the building and could be heard encouraging other protesters not to leave, cussing and saying ‘I´m staying’ and ‘1776 baby,’ prosecutors said. He was arrested in Houston and faces charges of violent and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority.

Doug Jensen, 41, of Iowa was seen on video chasing a Black officer up an interior flight of stairs in the Capitol as a mob trailed several steps behind. Jensen, who is white, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida is accused of swiping Pelosi’s lectern during the chaos and smiling as he walked through the Capitol rotunda with it.

He is charged with theft, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Nicholas R. Ochs, 34, of Hawaii, founder of a local Proud Boys chapter, posted a photo of himself on Twitter inside the Capitol grinning widely as he smoked a cigarette. 

The FBI said it identified him from photos taken when Ochs campaigned unsuccessfully last year as the Republican nominee for a seat in the Hawaii statehouse.

Robert Keith Packer, 56, of Virginia caused an uproar on social media after being seen in the Capitol wearing a sweatshirt bearing the name ‘Camp Auschwitz,’ a reference to the Nazi concentration camp where about 1.1 million people were killed during World War II. 

He was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and unlawfully entering a restricted building.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to search for the identities of several other individuals who were photographed rioting in the Capitol.  

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Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Say Ready to Approve $ 1,400 Checks Following Biden Announcement | The State

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democratic leader in the Senate, Charles Schumer.

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The top Democratic leaders in the United States Congress, Representative Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Chuck Schumer, indicated in a joint statement Thursday that they are ready to move forward with the economic plan of Joe biden with stimulus checks of $ 1,400 to pass in both houses.

“The framework for emergency relief announced by the incoming Biden-Harris administration tonight is the right approach,” said Democrats. “We will get to work to translate President-elect Biden’s vision into legislation that will pass both houses and become law,” they added.

Yesterday, Biden in a speech from Wilmington, Delaware, announced his two-phase plan to rescue the economy hit by the coronavirus.

Among the measures contemplated in Biden’s new stimulus proposal is a check for $ 1,400 to supplement the minimum $ 600 approved in the second stimulus bill last December. The plan also seeks to increase unemployment funds to $ 400 a week and increase the federal minimum wage to $ 15.

Although the Democrats will have control of both the Senate and the House, the delegation will need the backing of Republicans to pass new aid.

In the Senate, the legislative proposal will require 60 votes to advance to the final vote.

The current majority spokesperson in that legislative body, Mitch McConnell, one of the most assiduous opponents of new stimulus checks, did not give way, last month, to the independent measure of the Democrats to increase the figure of the second check to $ 2,000, this despite the fact that President Donald Trump advocated, at the last minute, for changes to the law for those purposes.

Previously, Schumer had already indicated that the issue of the $ 2,000 check will be a priority once the new Legislature is activated.

“The emergency relief work for COVID-19 is far from complete,” Schumer said in a letter to his colleagues last Tuesday.

“The Democrats wanted to do much more in the last measure and promised to do so to have the opportunity to increase direct payments to a total of $ 2,000, we are going to do that,” said the senator from New York who would become the new leader of the Democratic majority in that legislative body.

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GOP seethes at Eric Swalwell’s role in impeachment hearing after compromising security for spy tryst

Republicans have reacted with outrage after Nancy Pelosi appointed Congressman Eric Swalwell as one of nine impeachment managers – despite his having an alleged affair with a Chinese spy.

Swalwell further angered Donald Trump’s allies by comparing the president to Osama Bin Laden.

The Californian congressman was asked on Wednesday about the difference between Trump whipping the Capitol rioters into a frenzy, and those who actually stormed the Capitol themselves.

‘Osama Bin Laden did not enter U.S. soil on September 11, but it was widely acknowledged that he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country,’ Swalwell told PBS.

Eric Swalwell, a California congressman, on Wednesday appeared on PBS News

Swalwell told host Judy Woodruff that both Trump and Bin Laden inspired acts of violence

Swalwell told host Judy Woodruff that both Trump and Bin Laden inspired acts of violence

‘And the president, with his words, using the word ‘fight’ – that is hate speech that inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol.’

When asked directly whether he was comparing Trump to Bin Laden, Swalwell replied: ‘I’m comparing the words of a individual who would incite and radicalize somebody, as Osama Bin Laden did, to what President Trump did.

‘You don’t actually have to commit the violence yourself, but if you call others to violence, that itself is a crime.’

Swalwell, 40, was named among the nine impeachment managers on Tuesday.

He and his colleagues are in charge of making the case that the president should be impeached for a second time.

On Wednesday the House voted to impeach him. The motion will now pass to the Senate, which will not consider the matter until after Trump leaves the White House on January 20.

Swalwell on December 8 was reported by Axios to have been involved in a lengthy relationship with a woman later discovered to be a Chinese spy.

Swalwell was involved with Chinese spy Fang Fang until 2015, when the FBI told him about her

Swalwell was involved with Chinese spy Fang Fang until 2015, when the FBI told him about her

The operative had sexual relations with a series of American politicians

The operative had sexual relations with a series of American politicians

Swalwell has refused to say whether he was physically intimate with Christine Fang, also known as Fang Fang, during their friendship, asserting the matter is classified.

A number of top House Republicans signed a letter demanding that Pelosi remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee.

Pelosi and Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy were both briefed on the matter in 2015.

Swalwell was tipped off in 2015 that she was a Chinese agent.

She fled the country as the FBI investigated her and her infiltration efforts, which also saw her become friendly with other California politicians and have sex with two mayors from the Midwest, in encounters caught by FBI surveillance.

On Wedesday night, Tucker Carlson used his Fox News show to express astonishment at Swalwell’s appointment.

‘He doesn’t sleep on national security threats, he sleeps with them,’ Carlson said. ‘It’s for the greater good. Today Eric Swalwell, his wild intelligence oats once more.’

Carlson’s guest, conservative author Mark Steyn, described him as being ‘compromised’ and ‘playing for the other team’.

‘Eric Swalwell, the Chinese Politburo’s man on the impeachment management team,’ Steyn said.

Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman for California, spoke out against Swalwell’s appointment, as did Marjorie Taylor Green, the QAnon-promoting Republican congresswoman for Georgia.

‘After China’s #COVID19 virus has killed over 381,000 Americans, @SpeakerPelosi names @ericswalwell 1 of 9 impeachment managers,’ she tweeted.

‘Rep Swalwell had a sexual relationship with a CHINESE SPY!

‘Dems might as well go public on how they are selling out to China!

‘What a betrayal!’

Elise Stefanik, congresswoman for New York, said Swalwell was ‘compromised by the Chinese Communist Party’.

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Chamber approves impeachment of Donald Trump for “incitement to insurrection” | The State

The House of Representatives approved the impeachment against the president Donald trump for “incitement to insurrection.”

In the debate, several Republicans considered that the Democrats’ proposal does not help heal the country, but the former were questioned for allowing Trump’s divisive discourse and conspiracy theories to advance.

“We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our country. He must go, he is a clear and present danger for the nation we all love, ”said the Speaker of the House, Nancy pelosi (California).

He added that President Trump has spread conspiracy theories about the electoral process, which affects the democratic process. The climactic moment of his accusations was on Wednesday, January 6, the day of the invasion of the Capitol, when the vote of the Electoral College in favor of the president-elect was certified. Joe biden.

“It was that incendiary day that we all experience. The president must be accused, ”he said, defending Resolution 24.

Republicans faced a split, as Rep. Jim jordan (Ohio), one of the president’s loyal supporters, called for the removal of Liz cheney (Wyoming) as president of the Republican Conference of the House, due to her support for the process against the president.

In the debate, Jordan accused the Democrats of persecuting President Trump, over and over again, “of canceling him.”

“It has always been about getting the president whatever happens. It is an obsession, an obsession that is now expanding … Stop and think about it. Does a First Amendment have a role when the culture of cancellation only allows one side to speak? When can you not even have a debate in this country? … The culture of cancellation will come to all of us ”.

Although I support that President Trump should have condemned the violence on Capitol Hill and has responsibility for the actions of his supporters, the minority leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy (California), said it would be counterproductive to pass a new trial against the president.

“The president is responsible for the attack on Congress on Wednesday by the rioters. He should have immediately condemned the mob when he saw what was unfolding, ”he said. “(But) I think that accusing the president in such a short time would be a mistake. Investigations have not been completed. No hearings have been held ”.

The oxygen to conspiracy theories

Prior to the debate on the accusation article, the representatives established a debate on the procedure.

“Our Republican friends … appeal to unity, but do not recognize that during four years several of them oxygenated the conspiracy theories of Donald Trump,” he launched Jim McGovern (Massachusetts).

Republican Jordan criticized Democrats for opposing Trump’s triumph in 2016, although Democrat Hillary Clinton that year accepted her defeat and called on her contender to concede the election.

Jordan accused McGovern and Jamie Raskin (Maryland) to object to the triumph of President Trump, for which he considered that they are handled with “double standards.”

“Guess who was the first to object on January 6, 2017? … The Democratic Chairman of the Rules Committee,” Jordan said. “Are they telling us that we are trying to reverse the elections? Guess who was the second to object in 2017? The individual who handles the impeachment for the Democrats “

Raskin is one of those who wrote the article for the impeachment of the Republican president, along with David Cicilline (Rhode Island); Ted lieu (California) and Jerrold nadler (NY)..

This decision by the House is the second against President Trump, who in 2019 faced a political juncture for the collusion of his electoral campaign with the Russian Government, an investigation that was carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller. The president was not convicted.

Whats Next

The speaker of the House should send the indictment to the Senate, but the Senate will not be called to session before January 19, according to the majority leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky).

The minority leader, Charles schumer (New York), called for the summons “as soon as possible”, to allow impeachment before he leaves office.

According The Hill, in a memo distributed to his colleagues last week, the Senate will not be able to address business until January 19, unless all 100 senators agree to meet.

“The consent of all 100 senators would be required to conduct any kind of business during sessions … scheduled before January 19,” the memo reads. “Therefore, the trial in the Senate would begin after President Trump’s term expires, either one hour after its expiration on January 20 or 25 hours after its expiration on January 21.”

It should be clarified that the Senate cannot convict President Trump once he leaves office, according to several constitutional experts.

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Chamber to accuse Trump of “incitement to insurrection” to impeach him | The State

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

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President Donald trump he will face the charge of “inciting insurrection” in Congress.

“President Trump seriously endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government”says the draft of the indictment.

The four-page document, the information of which was disclosed by The Associated Press, contains arguments with false statements by the president himself about his electoral defeat before the democrat Joe biden.

It also highlights the pressure that the president placed on Georgia state officials to “find” more votes, resuming the report of the 11,700 votes necessary for that entity to win.

In addition to his demonstration in front of the White House on January 6, before the break into the Capitol, the president Trump would have encouraged thousands of supporters to “fight like hell”.

The bill led by representatives David Cicilline (Rhode Island); Ted lieu (California); Jamie Raskin (Maryland) and Jerrold nadler (NY).

“(Trump threatened) the integrity of the democratic system, he interfered with the peaceful transition of power,” the bill adds. “(The Republican) will continue to be a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if he is allowed to remain in office.”.

The Speaker of the House, Nancy pelosi (California), will also seek to vote on an initiative that puts pressure on the vice president Mike pence to apply the 25th Amendment to President Trump, in order to force him to leave the White House as soon as possible.

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Pelosi chokes up on 60 Minutes retelling how her staff hid for two hours as MAGA mob rampaged

Nancy Pelosi fought to contain her emotions as she told 60 Minutes how her staff cowered under desks in the dark for two hours, as a frenzied mob of Trump supporters smashed through her office.

‘I think there was, universally accepted, that what happened…’ she said, pausing to compose herself.

‘Was a terrible, terrible violation of what – of the Capitol, of the first branch of government, the legislative branch, by the president of the United States.’

Pelosi’s door was smashed down, and rioters stormed her private office.

Nancy Pelosi closed her eyes and took a minute to compose herself, speaking about the riot

Nancy Pelosi, in a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, showed Stahl the destruction in her office

Nancy Pelosi, in a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, showed Stahl the destruction in her office

Pelosi's employees cowered under this table in the dark for two hours as the mob roamed

Pelosi’s employees cowered under this table in the dark for two hours as the mob roamed

Rioters draped in Trump flags are pictured rampaging through Pelosi's office

Rioters draped in Trump flags are pictured rampaging through Pelosi’s office

One man is seen photographing a picture from Pelosi's office, having broken into the room

One man is seen photographing a picture from Pelosi’s office, having broken into the room

Trump supporters in their MAGA caps played with Pelosi's office furniture

Trump supporters in their MAGA caps played with Pelosi’s office furniture

The mob of Trump supporters chanted Pelosi's name as they rampaged through the building

The mob of Trump supporters chanted Pelosi’s name as they rampaged through the building

‘The staff went under the table, barricaded the door, turned out the lights, and were silent in the dark,’ Pelosi said, showing 60 Minutes interviewer Lesley Stahl the damage. 

‘Under the table for two and a half hours.’

During this time in hiding, they listened to the invaders banging on that door. 

Pelosi’s team cowered, praying the mob did not find them. 

‘You see what they did to the mirror there? The glass was all over the place,’ said Pelosi. 

‘They took a computer and all that stuff. 

‘And then the desk that they actually were at was right there that they defamed in that way, feet on the desk and all that.’

One of the rioters, Richard Barnett, 60, was pictured putting his feet up on her desk.   

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi 's desk was arrested at home in Arkansas

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi ‘s desk was arrested at home in Arkansas

Richard Barnett, 60, shows off a letter from Nancy Pelosi's desk which he stole

Richard Barnett, 60, shows off a letter from Nancy Pelosi’s desk which he stole

Barnett is pictured inside Pelosi's office on Wednesday, having stormed into the Capitol

Barnett is pictured inside Pelosi’s office on Wednesday, having stormed into the Capitol

Authorities said Barnett was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records

Authorities said Barnett was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records

Barnett, who proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, was federally charged with unlawful entry. He was taken into custody at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

Another, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr, allegedly wrote in a text to a friend that he was thinking of ‘putting a bullet in [Pelosi’s] noggin on Live TV’.

Another text allegedly reads: ‘I’m gonna run that c**t Pelosi over while she chews on her gums.’ 

According to officials, a third text from Meredith, who is a married, father-of-two, says he has ‘a sh*t ton of … armor piercing ammo’.

Meredith is one of 13 people who have been charged with federal crimes. 

Pelosi told Stahl: ‘The evidence is now that it was a well-planned, organized group with leadership and guidance and direction. And the direction was to go get people.

‘They were vocally saying, ‘Where’s the speaker? We know she has staff. They’re here someplace. We’re going to find them.”  

Prosecutors say these charges are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that additional cases remained under seal and dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents

Prosecutors say these charges are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that additional cases remained under seal and dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents

Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr (pictured) allegedly texted friends that he wanted to shoot or run over Nancy Pelosi

Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr (pictured) allegedly texted friends that he wanted to shoot or run over Nancy Pelosi

While the mayhem was unfurling, Pelosi and other Congressmen had been taken to a safe location.

She was unaware until later what had happened in her office. 

‘When the protesters were making the assault on the Capitol, before they even got to these doors, the Capitol Police pulled me from the podium,’ she said. 

‘And I was concerned because I said: ‘No, I want to be here.’ 

‘And they said: ‘Well, no, you have to leave.’ 

‘I said: ‘No, I’m not leaving.’ 

‘They said: ‘No, you must leave.”

Pelosi said that she was disgusted that some Congressmen still voted to overthrow the election results, when the session resumed.  

‘After the violence. Shame on them,’ she said. 

‘And shame on two-thirds of the Republican caucus in the House supporting… so these people are enablers of the president’s behavior.’

In one text, Meredith allegedly wrote that he was thinking of 'putting a bullet in [Pelosi's] noggin on Live TV'. Another allegedly reads: 'I'm gonna run that c**t Pelosi over while she chews on her gums'

In one text, Meredith allegedly wrote that he was thinking of ‘putting a bullet in [Pelosi’s] noggin on Live TV’. Another allegedly reads: ‘I’m gonna run that c**t Pelosi over while she chews on her gums’

Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues on Sunday night to explain the next steps

Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues on Sunday night to explain the next steps

On Sunday night Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues to say that, unless Mike Pence invokes the powers of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, they will proceed with impeachment.  

Trump could become the only president to be impeached twice.

‘In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,’ she said, and added: ‘The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.’

She, and other Democrats, further fear the president could pardon those involved in the storming of the Capitol in his final days. 

Pelosi’s plan seeks a vote on Monday on a resolution calling on Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment. Under rules when the full House is not convened, any objection would reject the resolution. 

Pelosi would then put the resolution before the full House on Tuesday. 

If it were to pass, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment.

Pelosi showed Stahl where the rioters had smashed through her office door to enter

Pelosi showed Stahl where the rioters had smashed through her office door to enter

Pelosi told 60 Minutes on Sunday that she wants impeachment for Donald Trump so he can't run for office in the future

Pelosi told 60 Minutes on Sunday that she wants impeachment for Donald Trump so he can’t run for office in the future 

Pelosi said she would prefer if Vice President Mike Pence invoked the 25th Amendment 'because it gets rid of him – he's out of office' now as concerns mount that Trump could pardon the mob in his last 10 days in office

Pelosi said she would prefer if Vice President Mike Pence invoked the 25th Amendment ‘because it gets rid of him – he’s out of office’ now as concerns mount that Trump could pardon the mob in his last 10 days in office

With impeachment planning intensifying, two Republican senators said they want Trump to resign immediately as efforts mounted to prevent Trump from ever again holding elective office in the wake of deadly riots at the Capitol.

House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated on January 20. 

Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a top Biden ally, laid out the ideas on Sunday as the country came to grips with the siege at the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to overturn the election results.

‘Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,’ Clyburn said.

Pressure was mounting for Trump to leave office even before his term ended amid alarming concerns of more unrest ahead of the inauguration. 

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to 'fight' on his behalf

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to ‘fight’ on his behalf

Police try to hold back protesters pushing into a doorway at the Capitol on Wednesday

Police try to hold back protesters pushing into a doorway at the Capitol on Wednesday

The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from Capitol Police

The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from Capitol Police

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Trump addressed his thousands of his supporters near the White House Wednesday at his ‘Save America’ rally and declared war on his own party, calling Republicans who opposed him ‘weak’

A man in a QAnon hoodie is seen inside the Capitol on Wednesday

A man in a QAnon hoodie is seen inside the Capitol on Wednesday

A protester, who has since been identified, is pictured carrying Pelosi's lectern through the Capitol

Another protester is seen hanging from the balcony in the Senate chamber on Wednesday

Lawmakers and law enforcement are pursuing all available avenues to find and prosecute those involved in the Capitol riot – using picture and video evidence to do so

A protester struggles with a riot police officer outside the Capitol building after the 6pm curfew went into effect

A protester struggles with a riot police officer outside the Capitol building after the 6pm curfew went into effect

The president is accused of whipping up the mob that stormed the Capitol, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five dead.

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined his fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to ‘resign and go away as soon as possible.’

‘I think the president has disqualified himself from ever, certainly, serving in office again,’ Toomey said. ‘I don’t think he is electable in any way.’

Murkowski, who has long voiced her exasperation with Trump’s conduct in office, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply ‘needs to get out.’ 

A third Republican, Sen. Roy Blunt, of Missouri, did not go that far, but on Sunday he warned Trump to be ‘very careful’ in his final days in office.

Corporate America began to tie its reaction to the Capitol riots by tying them to campaign contributions.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s CEO and President Kim Keck said it will not contribute to those lawmakers — all Republicans — who supported challenges to Biden’s Electoral College win. 

The group ‘will suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy,’ Kim said.

Citigroup did not single out lawmakers aligned with Trump’s effort to overturn the election, but said it would be pausing all federal political donations for the first three months of the year. Citi’s head of global government affairs, Candi Wolff, said in a Friday memo to employees, ‘We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law.’

Lisa Murkowski, senator for Alaska, has said she is considering quitting the Republicans

Lisa Murkowski, senator for Alaska, has said she is considering quitting the Republicans

Murkowski said that Trump should resign, saying he had done enough damage

Murkowski said that Trump should resign, saying he had done enough damage

Trump supporters, egged on by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

Trump supporters, egged on by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

House leaders, furious after the insurrection, appear determined to act against Trump despite the short timeline. 

Mike Pence ‘has not ruled out the 25th Amendment’ 

Mike Pence and Donald Trump have not spoken since Wednesday’s uprising, CNN reported, during which pro-Trump rioters charged through the Senate looking for Pence and threatening to ‘hang’ him.

Trump was angered by Pence telling him he was not constitutionally able to overturn the election, and lashed out at his vice president on Wednesday, telling supporters: ‘Mike Pence has to come through for us. If he doesn’t that will be a sad day for our country.’ He later tweeted: ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.’

Pence has finally ‘gotten a glimpse of POTUS’s vindictiveness,’ one source told CNN.

It is the first time the normally-loyal Pence has publicly broken with the president.

CNN said that Pence has not ruled out the 25th Amendment. 

Invoking the 25th Amendment would require Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office due to his inability to ‘discharge the powers and duties of his office’ – an unprecedented step. 

On Thursday, sources close to the VP said it was ‘highly unlikely’ Pence would attempt to invoke the 25th Amendment. He has not ruled it out, however.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has said an impeachment trial could not begin under the current calendar before Inauguration Day.

While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said that impeachment would be divisive in a time of unity.

Senator Marco Rubio said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to ‘talk about ridiculous things like ‘Let’s impeach a president’ with just days left in office.

Still, some Republicans might be supportive.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said he would take a look at any articles that the House sent over. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said he would ‘vote the right way’ if the matter were put in front of him.

The Democratic effort to stamp Trump’s presidential record — for the second time — with the indelible mark of impeachment had advanced rapidly since the riot.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, a leader of the House effort to draft impeachment articles accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, said Sunday that his group had 200-plus co-sponsors.

The articles, if passed by the House, could then be transmitted to the Senate for a trial, with senators acting as jurors to acquit or convict Trump. 

If convicted, Trump would be removed from office and succeeded by the vice president. 

It would be the first time a U.S. president had been impeached twice.

Potentially complicating Pelosi’s decision about impeachment was what it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency. While reiterating that he had long viewed Trump as unfit for office, Biden on Friday sidestepped a question about impeachment, saying what Congress did ‘is for them to decide.’  

While some Democrats are pushing for the impeachment route, the House Speaker told 60 Minutes that she prefers invoking the 25th Amendment because it gets Trump out of office immediately.

‘There is a possibility that after all of this, there’s no punishment, no consequence, and he could run again for president,’ Stahl said to Pelosi in a clip released ahead of airing the full interview.

‘And that’s one of the motivations that people have for advocating for impeachment,’ Pelosi explained.

She is, however, concerned that if Trump is not booted from the White House right now, he will use his last 10 days in office to pardon those part of the mob who descended on the Capitol Wednesday – or even himself and other allies. 

‘I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him – he’s out of office,’ Pelosi said. ‘But there is strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time.’

‘What if he pardons himself?’ Stahl asked.

‘What if pardons these people who are terrorists on the Capitol?’ Pelosi shot back.

Congress is moving to prosecute or punish any and all they can find who were involved in the riots at the Capitol – and have already found some who were pictured prominently.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday in an interview with ABC’s ‘This Week’ that half of the members of the House were at risk of dying during the riots.

'Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday of the pro-Trump mob descending on the Capitol

‘Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday of the pro-Trump mob descending on the Capitol

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Sunday that Democrats will vote on impeachment this week, but said the party might wait until after Joe Biden's first 100 days in office to move the articles to the Senate

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Sunday that Democrats will vote on impeachment this week, but said the party might wait until after Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office to move the articles to the Senate

WHAT DOES THE 25TH AMENDMENT SAY? CAN TRUMP’S CABINET REALLY TOPPLE HIM?

The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals with presidential authority in the event of death or removal from office, and was ratified in 1967, in the wake of John F Kennedy’s assassination.

What does the 25th Amendment say?

It is in four sections, all dealing with the president leaving office during his or her elected term. 

The first section states that the vice president takes over the Oval Office if the president dies or resigns – or is removed – something which the original Constitution did not clearly state.

Presidents of course can be removed by impeachment, a feature of the constitution from the start. They can also be removed through the 25th Amendment – of which more below.

Section II states that if the vice president dies, or resigns – or is fired – both the House and Senate have to confirm a new vice president. Until 1967, presidents could change vice presidents mid-term on their own if they got the vice president to agree to resign – not something that actually happened, but which was possible in principle.

Section III makes clear that a president can temporarily delegate his powers to the vice president, and later reclaim them when he – or she – is capable of serving. This is most often invoked if a president is under the influence of surgical anesthetic for a short period of time. 

Section IV is the amendment’s most controversial part: it describes how the president can be removed from office if he is incapacitated and does not leave on his own.

The vice president and ‘a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide’ must write to both the president pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, saying that ‘the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’

The term principal officers of the executive departments would normally mean the cabinet secretaries.

So at least eight of the president’s 15 most senior Cabinet members together with the vice president must agree that a president should be removed before any plan can move forward.

Notifying the House Speaker and the Senate president pro tempore is the act that immediately elevates the vice president to an ‘acting president’ role.

The deposed president can contest the claim, giving the leaders of the bloodless coup four days to re-assert their claims to the House and Senate. 

Congress then has two days to convene – unless it is already in session – and another 21 days to vote on whether the president is incapable of serving. A two-thirds majority in both houses is required to make that determination.

As soon as there is a vote with a two-thirds majority, the president loses his powers and is removed, and the vice president stops acting and is sworn in as president.

But if 21 days of debate and votes ends without a two-thirds majority, the president gets back his powers.

What could happen to trigger the 25th Amendment?

Vice President Mike Pence and eight of the 15 ‘principal’ Cabinet members would have to agree to notify Congress that President Donald Trump was incapable of running the country.

That group is made up of the Secretary of State, Treasury Secretary, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Labor Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretary, Transportation Secretary, Energy Secretary , Education Secretary, Veterans Affairs Secretary and Homeland Security Secretary.

Their formal notification would go to the House Speaker and, in the senate, to the ‘president pro tempore’, the Senate’s most senior member. As soon as the letter is sent, Pence would become ‘acting president.’

Alternatively, Congress could set up its own mechanism to decide if he is fit for office – maybe a commission, or a joint committee. Pence would still have to agree with its conclusion and then write formally to the Speaker and president pro tempore.

Or another possibility is that the pool of ‘principal officers’ is considered to be bigger than the 15 and a majority of that group call Trump incapable.

What if Trump does not agree?

If Trump claims he is capable of holding office, he would write to the House Speaker and the president pro tempore of the Senate within four days, setting up three weeks of intense debate in both houses of Congress.

Trump would be removed from office if both two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate agreed with Pence and his cabal. 

If either of both chambers fell short of that mark, Trump would retain his powers and likely embark on a wholesale housecleaning, firing Pence and replacing disloyal Cabinet members.

Are there any loopholes?

The 25th Amendment allows Congress to appoint its own panel to evaluate the president instead of relying on the Cabinet – the men and women who work most closely with Trump – to decide on  a course of action.

It specifies that some ‘other body as Congress may by law provide’ could play that role, but Pence would still need to agree with any finding that the president is incapable of discharging his duties.

That commission could hypothetically include anyone from presidential historians to psychiatrists, entrusted to assess the president’s fitness for office. 

Another loophole is that it does not spell out that the Cabinet is needed to agree, but says that the ‘principal officers’ of the departments are needed. That term is undefined in the constitution. In some departments legislation appears to name not just the secretary but deputies and even undersecretaries as ‘principal officers’, so many more people could be called in to the assessment of Trump’s fitness. 

But Trump’s cabinet has a swathe of ‘acting’ cabinet officer – and it is unclear if they could therefore take part in removing him. 

Could Trump fire Pence if he rebelled?

Yes, in principle.  If Trump smelled a whiff of trouble – if Pence and a cabal of Cabinet members, or Pence and a panel assembled by Congress seemed ready to judge him incapacitated – he could dismiss his vice president with the stroke of a pen to stop the process.

But installing a more loyal VP could be problematic since the 25th Amendment includes its own poison pill: Both houses of Congress must vote to approve a new vice president.

That means Trump would find himself up against the same Congress that would vote on his fitness for office, unless the process were to unfold in the weeks before a new Congress.

Theoretically, a Democratic-controlled Congress could make life dramatically more difficult for the president if it came into power in the midst of the constitutional crisis. 

One scenario has appeared to stump presidential historians, however: Firing Pence before the process is underway, and then leaving the vice presidency vacant, would give Congress no practical way forward. That would present its own constitutional crisis.

Is there any precedent for this?

No.  Only Section III, the voluntary surrender of presidential powers, has ever been used – and only very briefly.

In December 1978, President Jimmy Carter thought about invoking Section III when he was contemplating a surgical procedure to remove hemorrhoids. 

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both voluntarily relinquished their powers while undergoing procedures under anesthetic. 

Section IV has also never been invoked, although there have been claims that Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff Donald Regan told his successor, Howard Baker,  in 1987 that he should be prepared to invoke it because Reagan was inattentive and inept.

The PBS documentary ‘American Experience’ recounts how Baker and his team watched Reagan closely for signs of incapacity during their first meeting and decided he was in perfect command of himself.  

‘If another head of state came in and ordered an attack on the United States Congress, would we say that that should not be prosecuted? Would we say that there should be absolutely no response to that?’ the New York congresswoman told ABC host George Stephanopoulos.

‘No,’ Ocasio-Cortez asserted. ‘It is an act of insurrection. It’s an act of hostility. And we must have accountability, because, without it, it will happen again.

‘Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,’ she said.

Hakeem Jeffries, a fellow New York Representative, agreed with AOC’s points in an interview with NBC on Sunday, claiming: ‘Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people, as well as our democracy’ 

The representative, as well as the handful of members of her progressive ‘squad’, are fully on board with plans to again impeach President Trump.

Clyburn said Sunday that articles have already been drawn and he is expecting a vote in the lower chamber in the coming day. 

‘I think that will come – probably Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday, but it will happen this week,’ the No. 3 House Democrat told ‘Fox News Sunday’ when asked about the House taking action to impeach Trump. ‘The rest of the articles have been drawn up.’

‘If we are the people’s House, let’s do the people’s work and vote to impeach this president,’ Clyburn continued in his interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace. ‘And then we’ll decide later — or the Senate will decide later — what to do with that impeachment.’

Ocasio-Cortez said ‘every minute’ Trump is still in office, there is a looming threat.

‘I absolutely believe that impeachment should be scheduled for several reasons,’ she said on Sunday.

‘Our main priority is to ensure the removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States,’ AOC added. ‘Every minute and every hour that he is in office represents a clear and present danger, not just to the United States Congress, but, frankly, to the country.’

While Democrats pursue impeachment, many lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling for Trump to step down on his own volition to prevent Congress from having to intervene.

Lawmakers were forced to evacuate the House and Senate chambers and shelter in offices or other locations on Wednesday after thousands of Donald Trump's supporters breached the Capitol and rioted through the halls

Lawmakers were forced to evacuate the House and Senate chambers and shelter in offices or other locations on Wednesday after thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters breached the Capitol and rioted through the halls

There are also talks of banning Trump from running for president again in the future – as speculation mounts he will pursue another run for the White House in 2024.

‘In addition to removal, we’re also talking about complete barring of the president – or, rather, of Donald Trump from running for office ever again,’ Ocasio-Cortez told ABC. 

‘And, in addition to that, the potential ability to prevent pardoning himself from those charges that he was impeached for.’

Jeffries also wants immediate action against Trump, expressing concern that the president still has ‘access to the nuclear codes.’

‘The goal at the present moment is to address the existential threat that Donald Trump presents at this time. Every second, every minute, every hour that Donald Trump remains in office presents a danger to the American people,’ the Democrat representative said on Sunday during an interview on ‘Meet the Press’.

‘You know, Donald Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes,’ Jeffries said, referencing Trump’s indefinite ban from Twitter. 

‘That’s a frightening prospect.’

He added: ‘Donald Trump is completely and totally out of control, and even his longtime enablers have now come to that conclusion.’

Clyburn, however, said Sunday that House Democrats are weighing if they should hold off on sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate until after Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office.

This way, Democrats would allow the new president to install key members of his team and would have a new 50-50 split Senate to work with.

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Pressure Mounts to Oust Trump and Take Him to Trial After Supporter Violence on Capitol Hill | The State

President Donald trump He will not see the waters calm against him in the face of accusations of inciting his followers to take the Capitol with violence.

Dozens of Republicans have criticized him for allowing your MAGA movement has reached those levels of violence and extremismBut only a few congressmen have raised their hands to demand his resignation, although Democrats are pushing for a vote in the House of Representatives on articles for impeachment.

The first Republican senator to join the growing movement was Lisa murkowski (Alaska), who told the Daily news that he believed that the president had already caused a lot of damage with his ideas.

“I want you to resign. I want it out. It has caused a lot of damage “, he expressed.

This Sunday another Republican senator joined, Pat toomey (Pennsylvania).

“I think at this point, with only a few days to go (of the Trump administration) is the best way to go, the best way for us to put this person in the rearview mirror,” Toomey told CNN.

Toomey acknowledges that the process against President Trump would not be easy, but considers it necessary. He even considers that the president could be accused of some crimes due to the irruption of the mob in Congress.

“That could happen immediately. I’m not optimistic, but I think it would be the best way forward, ”he said of the impeachment process.

The Democrats’ plan is to submit the impeachment of President Trump to the House vote on Tuesday, according to the representative James E. Clyburn (South Carolina), who is in charge of gathering the votes of his party.

“If we are the people’s house, let’s do the people’s job and vote to impeach this president … The Senate will decide later what to do with that impeachment”said Clyburn, considered the third-highest-ranking Democrat in the House.

For an impeachment process, the House must formally impeach President Trump, as happened during the process for the Russian intervention in the 2016 elections; then the Senate has to determine whether the trial proceeds or not.

There the Republicans still have decision-making power and Lindsey graham (South Carolina), president of the Judicial Committee, has expressed his rejection of the process, even calling on the president-elect Joe biden to ask the Speaker of the House, Nancy pelosi (California), stop voting. It also refers to the so-called “Squad” made up of four representatives, including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (New York), one of the main promoters of the proceedings against the Republican.

“I ask President-elect Biden to pick up the phone to call Nancy Pelosi and the team to end the second impeachment,” Graham said on Fox News, although he has previously noted on Twitter that the plan to impeach President Trump could affect more to the country.

Ocasio Cortez criticized Graham for asking that impeachment be avoided, in addition to suggesting that “move forward” without punishment or responsibility against whoever incites, in this case President Trump.

“A Capitol cop just died,” he said. “Why are you defending this?”.

Clyburn said that even if articles against President Trump are passed, Pelosi may decide to wait several days before sending them to the Senate, even after President-elect Biden is inaugurated.

What about Amendment 25?

Along with the debate in Congress, a plan on the application of the 25th Amendment against President Trump remains, even the vice president Mike pence He has not ruled out the possibility, but wants to keep it as an option in case the president becomes more unstable.

CNN announced that Pence’s fear is that a procedure against the president will lead him to take “rash actions” that put the country at risk.

Democrat Pelosi believes that applying Amendment 25 to President Trump is the best way to remove him and he can run again for office.

“I like Amendment 25, because it gets rid of it. I’d be out of the office. But there is strong support in Congress to impeach the president a second time. “he told the program 60 minutes CBS, which will air this Sunday.

Pelosi takes up the concern that the president is trying to forgive himself, although he can only do so for federal crimes, for which he highlighted the investigations against him at the state level.

“He can only forgive himself for federal crimes. He cannot forgive himself for state crimes and that is where they are investigating him in New York State, ”said Pelosi. “There is a possibility that after all this, there will be no punishment, no consequence, and he could run again for president.”

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Stay-at-home dad, 36, with history of drugs is arrested for stealing Nancy Pelosi’s lectern

Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to arrest records. The Parrish, Florida, resident’s charges are pending

The stay-at-home dad who looted and smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been arrested in Florida, a day before the QAnon Shaman was also detained for his role in Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol.

Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to arrest records. 

The Parrish, Florida, resident was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or ground without lawful authority, one count of theft of government property and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. 

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the 33-year-old heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday. 

He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to court documents, Chansley called the FBI field office in Washington and confirmed to an agent that ‘he was the male in the face paint and headdress in the Vice President’s chair in the Senate.’  

Chansley told the agent that he and other ‘patriots’ had come from Arizona at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on Jan 6, the documents state.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Angeli often known as the QAnon Shaman, became a fixture at recent right-wing rallies while decked out in his signature attire. 

Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

 Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’  

Johnson, a psychology graduate turned furniture maker from Bradenton, Florida, was seen parading through the Capitol on Wednesday with Pelosi’s lectern.

Johnson is a stay-at-home dad to five children; his wife is a doctor, according to The Bradenton Herald. He has previously faced possession of marijuana and violation of probation charges, the paper reports. 

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building. 

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege. 

Court documents reveal that the FBI consulted with members of the Speaker’s staff to determine that the lectern was store in the Speaker’s Suite, located under a staircase to the third floor on the House side of the building. 

The lectern was found on January 7 by a member of the Senate staff in the Red corridor of the Senate wing off the Rotunda in the Capitol building. It is worth more than $1,000, according to the House of Representatives’ curator.  

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading 'closed to all tours' inside the building

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building

In addition to the 2, a newly sworn-in West Virginia delegate, the CEO of a Chicago data analytics company and a man sentenced to eight years for attempted murder are among 16 people federally charged so far following Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol. 

The Justice Department named in a conference call on Friday 13 people charged in the unrest, and Republican West Virginia State House member Derrick Evans, 35, was later charged. 

Evans was was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds. Evans was taken into custody Friday. 

They also include a handyman whose daughter claimed had been ‘radicalized’ and a white supremacist who broke into Nancy Pelosi’s office to sit at her desk. 

Richard Barnett, 60, was pictured putting his feet up on her desk.   

Pictures from his social media show him arriving in D.C.

Pictures from his social media show him arriving in D.C. 

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had 'made it to DC' Tuesday - the day before the siege

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had ‘made it to DC’ Tuesday – the day before the siege 

Barnett, who proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, was charged with unlawful entry. He was taken into custody at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s unclear where he now is or if he’ll be extradited but he is in custody.  

Among them was also Michael Curzio, of Summerfield, Florida, who spent eight years in prison for attempted murder.

Curzio was released in February 2019.  

Of the 13 – 11 men, two women – ten are charged with entering a restricted public building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.  

The 13 included a Chicago CEO, Brad Rukstales, who issued a groveling apology for his ‘extremely poor judgement’ in joining in the chaos.

He said it was the ‘single worst decision of my life’. 

Brad Rukstales, a CEO, has been federally charged for storming the Capitol on Wednesday

Brad Rukstales, a CEO, has been federally charged for storming the Capitol on Wednesday

Rukstales heads up Chicago-based data analytics firm Cogensia

Rukstales heads up Chicago-based data analytics firm Cogensia

Douglas Sweet from Hudgins, Virginia, was held in jail for eight hours and then released.   

He told WKTR he traveled to Washington because ‘Trump asked all the patriots to show up, so I did.’

He said: ‘I didn’t go with any malice or intention of malice of those that committed those the fights – the tear gas and just, you know, throwing stuff at police. 

‘That wasn’t in my game plan at all.’

Asked if he has any regret, being involved in a riot where four people died, Sweet said: ‘From our actions, come reaction.’  

Sweet had also attended the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, his daughter, Robyn Sweet, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday.

Robyn said that her father had disowned her because she fought against racism and bigotry while he had been ‘radicalized by conspiracy underground websites and groups.’ 

‘I am completely ashamed and disgusted of him,’ Robyn said of her father’s actions at the Capitol.

Those charged also include Cleveland Meredith, charged with making threats against Nancy Pelosi; Lonnie Coffman, of Alabama, charged with firearms and explosives offenses and Christopher Alberts, of Maryland, who is charged with carrying a firearm at the Capitol. 

Evans, the politician, broadcast his participation in a Facebook Live video he took of himself as he entered the Capitol building during the riots, shouting: ‘We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!’

Douglas Sweet, asked if he regretted being there, replied: 'From our actions, come reaction'

Douglas Sweet, asked if he regretted being there, replied: ‘From our actions, come reaction’

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is facing federal charges for his role in the riots

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is facing federal charges for his role in the riots

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is pictured being arrested at his home in West Virginia Friday. He's facing two federal charges in connection with Wednesday's Capitol riot

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is pictured being arrested at his home in West Virginia Friday. He’s facing two federal charges in connection with Wednesday’s Capitol riot

A woman claiming to be Evans' grandmother 'thanked' Trump for inciting the riot

A woman claiming to be Evans’ grandmother ‘thanked’ Trump for inciting the riot

West Virginia Republican state Del. Derrick Evans exits the Sidney L. Christie U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building after being arraigned, Friday

West Virginia Republican state Del. Derrick Evans exits the Sidney L. Christie U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building after being arraigned, Friday

The affidavit, obtained by the news station, notes that during the live video, Evans can also be heard chanting to people in the doorway and the front of the of the crowd of rioters saying, ‘Move! Move! Move!’

FBI agents were spotted arriving at Evans home in Prichard, West Virginia, Friday afternoon and taking him into custody. 

As Evans, wearing a Tolsia Rebels high school sweat suit, was escorted to a car and driven away by authorities, a woman emerged from the house and told WSAZ that she was his grandmother. 

She said that ‘He’s a fine man,’ referring to Evans. 

‘And thank you, Mr. Trump, for invoking a riot at the White House,’ she added. 

Evans was taken to a federal courthouse in Huntington, West Virginia, for a hearing Friday and released on a personal recognizance bond. Evans is charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WV Metro News reported.

West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans filmed himself entering the Capitol building

Evans

West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans filmed himself entering the Capitol building (left). Evans is also pictured at right

The federal affidavit against Evans noted that prior to Wednesday’s riots, Evans had a meme stating: ‘A storm is coming, and there is nothing the left can do to stop it!’ on his Facebook page on New Year’s Eve. 

On December 30, 2020, Evans was also said to have posted a meme with a picture of President Trump and the statement: ‘Take America back. Be there. Be Wild. D.C., January 6th 2021.’

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

In the video, the affidavit noted, Evans could be heard telling other rioters not to vandalize anything, WSAZ reported.  

On Wednesday, after the riot, Evans posted a statement on his Facebook page which read: ‘I want to assure you all that I did not have any negative interactions with law enforcement, nor did I participate in any destruction that may have occurred.’

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has said that Evans should resign from his delegate position. 

Evans’ lawyer has said that Evans will not do that in a statement on Thursday.  

The charge of entering a restricted government building is a misdemeanor offense, which could lead to fines. The penalty could increase, however, ‘the offense results in significant bodily harm,’ according to WV Metro News. 

The second charge against Evans is also a misdemeanor and could result in six months of jail time if he’s convicted.   

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Barnett, who had also left a threatening note on Pelosi’s desk Wednesday.   

Coffman has also been arrested after police found his red GMC pick-up truck near the RNC – where a pipe bomb was left. He has not been charged over the pipe bomb but cops found two handguns, 11 Molotov cocktails and an M4 carbine assault rifle in his vehicle. 

He has been charged with possession an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license. 

Officials on Friday called what he had produced ‘homemade napalm’ and said the Molotov cocktails  

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi 's desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi ‘s desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

More than 80 people have been arrested in total and 55 are being pursued on federal charges, officials said on the call. 

THE RIOTERS AND THEIR FEDERAL CHARGES

Adam Johnson  –  entering a restricted building, violent entry, and one count of theft

Jacob Anthony Chansley – entering a restring building, violent entry

Cleveland Meredith – making interstate threats to Nancy Pelosi

Richard Barnett – breaking into Pelosi’s office

Lonnie Coffman – possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying without a license. He had 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck.

Mark Leffingwell – entering a restricted building, punching a cop

Christopher Alberts – carrying a 9mm gun

Joshua Pruitt – entering a restricted building

Matthew Council – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Cindy Fitchett – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, violent entry

Michael Curzio – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Douglas Sweet – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Bradley Ruskelas – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Terry Brown – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Thomas Gallagher – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Derrick Evans – entering a restricted public building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

Dozens more remain free and the FBI is scrambling to catch them with public appeals for help and rewards for information after Wednesday’s disastrous attempts by law enforcement to control the crowd. 

Their failure to arrest the rioters – many of whom had guns and overpowered them – has outraged millions of Americans who compared the soft touch to the harsh crackdown by police on BLM protesters during the summer. 

The cops found Coffman’s vehicle and searched it after securing a perimeter in the area surrounding the DNC and RNC, where two pipe bombs had been left. 

The bomb squad had been called in to help with that. 

It was during a sweep of the area that they found Coffman’s van. 

‘One black handgun was recovered from the right front passenger seat of the vehicle. 

‘After locating the black handgun, officers proceeded to search the rest of the pickup truck, including the bed of the truck, which was secured under a fabric top. 

‘During the search of the cab of the truck, officers recovered, among other things, one M4 Carbine assault rifle along with rifle magazines loaded with ammunition,’ the affidavit supporting his arrest says. 

Coffman was arrested after approaching cops in a female friend’s car, asking if he could access his vehicle again. 

He asked them: ‘Did find the bombs?’ which the cops thought was a reference to the materials in his car but he says was in reference to those left outside the DNC and RNC.  

The cop who Leffingwell is accused of punching signed his arrest affidavit. 

In it, he describes how he attacked him in the Capitol building. 

‘In the course of this effort and while inside the Capitol building, I encountered an adult male who later identified himself to me as Mark Jefferson Leffingwell. 

‘Leffingwell attempted to push past me and other officers. 

‘When he was deterred from advancing further into the building, Leffingwell punched me repeatedly with a closed fist. 

‘I was struck in the helmet that I was wearing and in the chest. 

‘Working with other officers, I was able to gain control over Leffingwell, who attempted to struggle while being detained. 

‘I transported Leffingwell to United States Capitol Police headquarters for processing,’ the cop, Daniel Amendola, wrote. 

Another cop described seeing a ‘bulge’ in Christopher Alberts’ pocket which he recognized to be a handgun at 7.25pm, more than an hour after the curfew had been put in place.

‘While pushing Alberts towards the line, I tapped the bulge with my baton and felt a hard object that I immediately recognized to be a firearm. At the time, Alberts was also wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a backpack,’ officer Dallan Haynes wrote. 

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60

Police have also arrested 70-year-old Lonnie Coffman man whose car was found near the RNC, where a pipe bomb was left . It's unclear if this Coffman. The FBI released this image on Thursday in pursuit of the pipe bomber. Coffman had 11 Molotov cocktails, an assault rifle and two handguns with him

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60

Pruitt was among a group of people who refused to leave the Capitol after the 6pm curfew. Council was among the group that pushed a barricade down to get into the building.  

Cindy Fitchett, Terry Brown, and Thomas Gallagher are also charged in the same complaint for refusing to leave. 

No one has been arrested yet in connection with the death of Capitol cop Brian Sicknick, 42, who died in the hospital after being hit, allegedly in the head, with a fire extinguisher.  

‘This is an ongoing investigation we’re working this with our partners to ascertain what happened in that situation. 

‘We are 100 percent on it and are getting to those answers,’ FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’antuono said. 

Metro North employee Will Pepe, 31, was recognized by both colleagues and management from a photo distributed by law enforcement. He has since been suspended from the MTA

Metro North employee Will Pepe, 31, was recognized by both colleagues and management from a photo distributed by law enforcement. He has since been suspended from the MTA

Sicknick was himself a Trump fan who posted on social media about his support of the President. 

A transportation worker from New York who called out sick in order to take part in the mob has been suspended from his job with MTA Metro-North. 

Will Pepe who worked at Metro-North’s Brewster rail yard in upstate New York is now being investigated by the FBI who are looking into what role he played during the rally. 

Pepe, 31, from Beacon, New York, had been with the MTA for seven years earning $74,000-a-year but decided to call out sick to head to the event which in itself is a ‘false use of sick leave’.

He has now been suspended as the agency looks to fire him in the coming days. 

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Nancy Pelosi reveals she has asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs about Trump access to nuclear codes

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told colleagues Friday that she phoned the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss ‘precautions’ to prevent Trump from starting a war or accessing nuclear launch codes.

She said she had asked Army General Mark Milley how to keep a ‘deranged president’ away from the nuclear codes and stop him from launching a unilateral military action. 

Pelosi released the letter just minutes before House Democrats were to meet to discuss whether to go ahead with a second impeachment of Trump, after he egged on his supporters in their march to the Capitol that led to a riot and multiple deaths – including of a Capitol Police officer.   

She headed her comment: ‘Preventing an Unhinged President From Using the Nuclear Codes’ in a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter.

‘This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,’ she informed them.

Notably, she did not reveal what response Milley provided, or whether any security guardrails have been established.  

‘The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,’ she wrote.  

She also revealed that Vice President Mike Pence has not returned her call seeking to discuss the 25th Amendment, whereby he and a majority of the Trump cabinet might move to strip Trump of power and make Pence the ‘acting president.’

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi spoke to the chair of the joint chiefs to discuss precautions about ‘accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,’ she told colleagues

A White House military aide and member of the US Navy carries a briefcase known as the "football," containing emergency nuclear weapon codes, as US President Barack Obama departs on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 30, 2012

Pelosi says she spoke with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army US Army General Mark Milley, but provided no information on his response

A White House military aide and member of the US Navy carries a briefcase known as the “football,” containing emergency nuclear weapon codes. Pelosi says she spoke with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army US Army General Mark Milley, on their use but provided no information on his response

‘As you know, there is growing momentum around the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would allow the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the President for his incitement of insurrection and the danger he still poses,’ she wrote.

‘Yesterday, Leader [Charles] Schumer and I placed a call with Vice President Pence, and we still hope to hear from him as soon as possible with a positive answer as to whether he and the Cabinet will honor their oath to the Constitution and the American people,’ she said.  

Pelosi referenced impeachment in a letter to colleagues

Pelosi referenced impeachment in a letter to colleagues

She said she spoke about preventing an 'unhinged' president from using the nuclear codes

She said she spoke about preventing an ‘unhinged’ president from using the nuclear codes

‘Nearly fifty years ago, after years of enabling their rogue President, Republicans in Congress finally told President Nixon that it was time to go. Today, following the President’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office – immediately. If the President does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.’ 

Under current procedures, a military aide travels with the president wherever he goes with the nuclear ‘football’ containing the nuclear codes.

The executive as commander in chief maintains control over the entire U.S. military – and has the ability to order strikes, subject to War Powers Act consultation requirements with Congress.

All military members have all sworn oaths to the constitution, and the Code of Military Justice states that members of the military must fall ‘lawful orders of his/her superior.’

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy held direct crisis talks with Pentagon chief over security fiasco

A series of missteps unfolded to leave the Capitol unprotected from a mob of pro-Trump rioters Wednesday – with congressional leaders directly intervening with calls to governors and Capitol Police seeking reinforcements that were slow to come.

The Mayor of Washington, D.C. had activated National Guard ahead of Wednesday’s events, which had been forecast on social media and with President Trump urging his followers to attend through tweets.

But once his followers breached the Capitol after Trump urged them to ‘fight’ for his false claim that he won the election, chaos ensued – with insufficient planning, a tangle of jurisdictions and chain of command issues, and officials failing to act. 

On Thursday night following the turmoil, the top four congressional leaders – Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Charles Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy – spoke with acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley about the chaotic response.  

Immediately available Guard forces weren’t armed – and delays in activating forces prevented an immediate infusion of forces that might have stopped rioters who ran wild inside the building. 

National Guard troops march past the Dirksen Senate Office Building on the U.S. Capitol grounds on Thursday, January 7, 2021, following the riot at the Capitol the day before. It took precious time to get reinforcements for overrun Capitol Police on Wednesday

National Guard troops march past the Dirksen Senate Office Building on the U.S. Capitol grounds on Thursday, January 7, 2021, following the riot at the Capitol the day before. It took precious time to get reinforcements for overrun Capitol Police on Wednesday

The Capitol Police, a 2,000-strong force that protects Capitol grounds, had not requested outside help before the start of Wednesday’s incursion.

After it happened, police chief Steven Sund asked for 200 troops. 

The Army oversees the guard in D.C., due to its special jurisdiction as a federal city, not a state. 

Sund got asked if he wanted Guard help on a call and ‘there was a pause,’ a Washington, D.C. official told the Washington Post. He responded yes. ‘ 

‘Then there was another pause, and an official from the [office of the] secretary of the Army said that wasn’t going to be possible.’

The Army official, on behalf of the Secretary of the Army, cited the ‘optics’ of armed troops marching through the U.S. Capitol. 

Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy is charged with responding to D.C.'s request to activate National Guard due to its special jurisdictional status

Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy is charged with responding to D.C.’s request to activate National Guard due to its special jurisdictional status 

National Guard troops clear a street from protestors outside the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC after the mayor imposed a curfew. There were problems activating Guard and getting them in proper gear in a timely manner

National Guard troops clear a street from protestors outside the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC after the mayor imposed a curfew. There were problems activating Guard and getting them in proper gear in a timely manner

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, gets his first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by HN Samantha Alvarez at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 14, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. He assumed his post after the resignation of Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, gets his first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by HN Samantha Alvarez at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 14, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. He assumed his post after the resignation of Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Supporters of President Trump who are trying to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election clash with police as the crowd storms up the west side steps of the US Capitol during the session where members of Congress certify the election

Supporters of President Trump who are trying to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election clash with police as the crowd storms up the west side steps of the US Capitol during the session where members of Congress certify the election

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told the paper ‘There was some concern from the Army of what it would look like to have armed military personnel on the grounds of the Capitol.’

There were other struggles to get backup for overwhelmed Capitol Police. 

House House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland dialed his state’s Gov. Larry Hogan, while Hoyer was with congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

‘I was actually on the phone with Leader Hoyer, who was pleading with us to send the guard,’ said Hogan. ‘He was yelling across the room to Schumer and they were back and forth saying we do have the authorization, and I’m saying, ‘I’m telling you we do not have the authorization.’ 

He said the adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard got turned down by the Pentagon. ‘The general . . . kept running it up the flagpole, and we don’t have authorization,’ he told the Post. 

Sen. Mitch McConnell

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The Big Four congressional leaders spoke to acting Defense Sec. Christopher Miller Thursday following the fiasco at the Capitol

An hour and a half after his conversation with Hoyer, Hogan got a call from Army Secretary McCarthy, who asked if he could dispatch Guard and have them ‘come as soon as possible.’  

‘It was like, yeah, we’re waiting, we’re ready,’ he responded. 

Hogan told the Baltimore Sun the leaders were ‘pleading’ with him to activate Guard forces to assist.

But he said DOD officials repeatedly turned down his requests to send help over 90 minutes until he got a call from the Army Secretary. 

‘Yesterday was a horrible and shameful day here in the capital, and the nation at large,’ Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on a press call Thursday, according to a Pentagon write-up. “The District of Columbia asked the Army for help, and our National Guard responded.” When the events began, that included 340 Guard who were not armed and were on traffic-type duty.

The confusion over the deployment follows a Pentagon purge and post-election staff changes that had Secretary of Defense Mike Esper resign and a group of Trump loyalists move in to key positions. The Acting Secretary of Defense is Christopher Miller following Esper’s resignation. 

Millery authorized the deployment, and had talks Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence as the crisis unfolded. He had the authority to activate the Guard, but Pence himself is not in the chain of command – with the president at the top. The delays follow complaints about aggressive use of federal assets during peaceful protests near the White House over the summer.

Meanwhile, Pelosi was seeking assistance from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, and D.C. was seeking help form neighboring Virginia. 

Rushing additional forces prepared for a riot situation on a tight timeline proved problematic.

Amid the jurisdictional confusion, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy got into a ‘screaming match’ with President Trump over his pleadings the president forcefully tell his supporters to stop rampaging through the Capitol, Punchbowl reported. 

Even with Guard troops stationed around to D.C., getting them to the Capitol with riot gear protection and arms was another matter.

When Mayor Bowser requested additional support once the Capitol was overrun, it took an hour for Army Secretary approval, Military Times reported. 

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted at 3:36 p.m.that Trump had directed the activation of more troops – but by that point his supporters had been roaming around the Capitol and engaging in acts of vandalism and repeated clashes with police.

Once activated, Guard had to travel to the D.C. Armory to get protective gear. Memos issued early this week stated that Guard were prohibited from carrying ammo or riot gear, 

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Destruction caused by the MAGA mob at US Capitol is laid bare in shocking pictures

Shattered windows, vandalized statues and ransacked offices form the scene of the aftermath of destructive riots in Washington DC Wednesday that saw hundreds of Trump supporters storm the US Capitol building.

Outside the building, crews were seen erecting ‘nonscalable’ black fences around the perimeter grounds just after 10:30am this morning, which officials called a ‘precautionary measure’ following the violence that erupted less than 24 hours earlier.

The Capitol sustained significant damage as hordes of rioters smashed windows, kicked down doors and climbed scaffolding to gain entry to the legislature.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office was also vandalized, with draws pulled out and papers strewn across the floor. Multiple protesters had, throughout the demonstration, uploaded images to social media of them mockingly posing for selfies at her desk.

One protester, US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead by police during Wednesday’s riot, and at least three others died of ‘medical emergencies’. The demonstration, held at the direction of Trump, came in protest to the outgoing president’s election loss to Joe Biden. 

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., stops to look at damage at the Capitol early morning Thursday just hours after Thousands of Trump fans stormed the building

Shattered windows, damaged furniture and ransacked offices form the scene of the aftermath of destructive riots

Shattered windows, damaged furniture and ransacked offices form the scene of the aftermath of destructive riots

Among the rubble was also a number of ¿Make America Great Again¿ red caps, Trump¿s signature merchandise and several US flags

Among the rubble was also a number of ‘Make America Great Again’ red caps, Trump’s signature merchandise and several US flags

Elsewhere in the building, a large cloth sign with the words ¿treason¿ was left on the floor of a hallway

Elsewhere in the building, a large cloth sign with the words ‘treason’ was left on the floor of a hallway

The bust of U.S. President Zachary Taylor is covered with plastic after blood was smeared on during Wednesday's demonstrations

The bust of U.S. President Zachary Taylor is covered with plastic after blood was smeared on during Wednesday’s demonstrations

A duffle bag of flex cuffs remains at the northern entrance door

A duffle bag of flex cuffs remains at the northern entrance door

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers still  dusts the area around the northern entrance

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers still  dusts the area around the northern entrance

Outside the building, crews were seen erecting tall black fences around the perimeter grounds just after 10:30am this morning

Outside the building, crews were seen erecting tall black fences around the perimeter grounds just after 10:30am this morning

Clean up crews were seen working on the interior of the building across Thursday morning, picking up shards of glass from the Capitol floor, polishing statues and throwing out discarded banners, some of which read ‘Stop the Steal Patriots’.

Among the rubble was also a number of ‘Make America Great Again’ red caps – Trump’s signature merchandise – and several US Flags.

In a news conference Thursday morning with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said military personnel were erecting a seven-foot-tall ‘nonscalable’ fence around the entire Capitol.

McCarthy said the fence would remain in place for at least 30 days, meaning it will still be up for Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

A National Guardsman at the Capitol told the Washington Post that officials had been instructed not to allow anymore people onto the grounds.

A small number had been allowed into the area earlier this morning, with some opting to snap pictures, walk around or jog through.

One woman was pictured standing in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a placard reading: ‘God Bless America’. A Trump fan stood near by, waiving a ‘Trump 2020’ flag.

According to local reports, by 11am, the Capitol’s grounds were mostly empty, with only news media on the north and south ends of the building.

Clean up operations and National Guard at the US Capitol after protesters stormed the building yesterday

Clean up operations and National Guard at the US Capitol after protesters stormed the building yesterday

The Capitol sustained damage as rioters broke windows, kicked down doors and climbed scaffolding to gain entry to the legislature

The Capitol sustained damage as rioters broke windows, kicked down doors and climbed scaffolding to gain entry to the legislature

Clean up crews were seen working on the interior of the building across Thursday morning

Clean up crews were seen working on the interior of the building across Thursday morning

Debris is seen at the West Terrace entrance

A window is seen shattered next to the Senate Carriage Entrance on the eastern side of the U.S. Capitol

Debris is seen at the West Terrace entrance (left) and a window is seen shattered on the building’s eastern side (right)

Staff walk past a shattered window next to the Senate Carriage Entrance on the eastern side of the U.S. Capitol building

 Staff walk past a shattered window next to the Senate Carriage Entrance on the eastern side of the U.S. Capitol building

They were observed picking up shards of glass from the Capitol floor and polishing vandalized  statues

They were observed picking up shards of glass from the Capitol floor and polishing vandalized  statues

One vandalized statue is seen covered in plastic inside the US Capitol as of Thursday morning

One vandalized statue is seen covered in plastic inside the US Capitol as of Thursday morning

A worker walks past used crowd control chemicals near Capitol Police checkpoint

A worker walks past used crowd control chemicals near Capitol Police checkpoint

A shoe print is seen on a glass panel of a door at the northern entrance of the building

A shoe print is seen on a glass panel of a door at the northern entrance of the building

One woman was pictured standing in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a placard reading: ¿God Bless America¿

According to local reports, by 11am, the Capitol¿s grounds were mostly empty

One woman was pictured standing in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a placard reading: ‘God Bless America’. On the right is a Trump supporter

The calm scenes Thursday morning marked a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy across much of Wednesday afternoon and evening.

The siege unfolded at about 3pm, soon after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend on the Capitol, where lawmakers had convened to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the presidential election.

Dozens of protesters – many of them armed and most not wearing masks – breached barricades around the building and pushed past countless police officers to enter the Rotunda.

A small group of protesters managed to get into the Chamber, where lawmakers were told to take cover and put on gas masks as the Trump supporters began deploying chemical irritants.

One protester occupied the Senate dais and yelled: ‘Trump won that election’.

Some protesters even inhabited Nancy Pelosi’s office, sitting mockingly at a desk. A mirror was smashed, her desks were rummaged through and the lawmaker’s nameplate was also destroyed. 

A note was left behind on her desk that read: ‘WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN’ in red pen.

The Senate parliamentarian’s office was also ransacked. A video uploaded to Twitter by CNN journalist Ali Zaslav laid bare the destruction caused by rioters, with papers thrown across the floor.

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers dusts the security console at the entrance to the western promenade

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers dusts the security console at the entrance to the western promenade

The calm scenes Thursday morning mark a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy across much of Wednesday afternoon and evening

The calm scenes Thursday morning mark a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy across much of Wednesday afternoon and evening

Reporters inside the Capitol this morning have said there are shards of glass 'everywhere' throughout the building

Reporters inside the Capitol this morning have said there are shards of glass ‘everywhere’ throughout the building

Workers begin to clean up the debris and damage caused by the pro-Trump mob

Workers begin to clean up the debris and damage caused by the pro-Trump mob

A local woman is seen volunteering to clear rubbish trash the US Capitol on Thursday

In a news conferences Thursday morning with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said military personnel were erecting a seven-foot-tall ¿nonscalable¿ fence around the entire Capitol

In a news conferences Thursday morning with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said military personnel were erecting a seven-foot-tall ‘nonscalable’ fence around the entire Capitol

Elsewhere in the building, a large cloth sign with the word ‘treason’ was left on the floor of a hallway. Dozens of plastic bottles and debris also lined the bases of statues.

USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that there was ‘glass everywhere’ on Thursday morning.

‘I’m inside the Capitol for @USATODAY. The aftermath of Trump rioters storming the building is jarring Glass everywhere, dust blankets the ground, broken benches turned on their side, used medical kit with an IV & AED machine that was used on a woman who was squeezed in the chaos,’ she said.

Fox News producer also shared images of further destruction in the Senate win of the first floor of the Capitol.

The images showed yet more shattered glass, toppled furniture and windows bordered up.

The area where one protester was shot dead was also photographed being cleaned up by crews earlier today. 

USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that there was ¿glass everywhere¿ on Thursday morning

USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that there was ‘glass everywhere’ on Thursday morning

Remnants from a chemical irritant are seen on the floor of the Capitol in the above image

Remnants from a chemical irritant are seen on the floor of the Capitol in the above image

Images showed yet more shattered glass, toppled furniture and windows bordered up.

Workers covered the bust of US President Zachary Taylor, which appeared to have been vandalized with a red substance yesterday

A close up provides a better glimpse of the 'blood'

Workers covered the bust of US President Zachary Taylor, which appeared to have been vandalized with a red substance yesterday

An Architect of the Capitol work crew restocks stolen fire extinguishers near the Senate floor

An Architect of the Capitol work crew restocks stolen fire extinguishers near the Senate floor

Workers clean the Capitol rotunda, dusting off statues that were vandalized amidst the chaos

Workers clean the Capitol rotunda, dusting off statues that were vandalized amidst the chaos

Extensive cleaning efforts were also carried out outside the building through Thursday morning

Extensive cleaning efforts were also carried out outside the building through Thursday morning

The protective fence around the Capitol will remain up for around 30 days - meaning it will be in place for Biden's inauguration on January 20

The protective fence around the Capitol will remain up for around 30 days – meaning it will be in place for Biden’s inauguration on January 20

Damage and debris are seen left behind by a pro-Trump mob in the entrance to the western promenade, including a megaphone, liquor bottles and a Vision Times newspaper

Damage and debris are seen left behind by a pro-Trump mob in the entrance to the western promenade, including a megaphone, liquor bottles and a Vision Times newspaper

By the time day turned into night, four people had died in the siege and multiple officers had been injured.

Ashli Babbitt, 35, from San Diego, was shot in the chest when she tried to clamber through a barricaded entrance with a mob of Trump supports who were attempting to gain access to the chamber.

Footage of the fatal incident shows Babbitt and a group of Trump supporters attempting to force their way through double doors which had been barricaded, with multiple armed officers standing on the other side.

As Babbitt can be seen attempting to climb up through a broken window, one rioter shouts ‘He’s got a gun’ but the warning comes too late. The officer then fires a single shot, sending the veteran crashing down to the ground on her back.

Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin, of Oklahoma, witnessed the shooting and told ABC Thursday the US Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Babbitt ‘didn’t have a choice’ but to open fire.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on leave pending an investigation, the US Capitol PD confirmed in a statement Thursday.

In addition to Babbitt, three other people died from ‘medical emergencies’ during Wednesday’s siege, officials said. 52 people were arrested in total, including 26 on Capitol grounds. Four of the arrests were for firearms offenses.

Pro-Trump protesters seen storming into the U.S. Capitol during clashes with police

Pro-Trump protesters seen storming into the U.S. Capitol during clashes with police

The siege unfolded at about 3pm, soon after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend on the Capitol

The siege unfolded at about 3pm, soon after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend on the Capitol

Damage to the doorway leading to the House chamber is seen on Thursday

Damage to the doorway leading to the House chamber is seen on Thursday

Members of the National Guard are seen patrolling the Capitol grounds on Thursday morning

Members of the National Guard are seen patrolling the Capitol grounds on Thursday morning

Scraps of a demonstrator's poster lays below a Congressional members and staff entrance sign

Scraps of a demonstrator’s poster lays below a Congressional members and staff entrance sign

Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund made his first public remarks Thursday morning on his agency’s response to the riot, saying police had ‘a robust plan established’ to deal with protesters, and credited his officers for responding ‘valiantly’.

Sund did not, however, acknowledge any deficiencies in his department’s response, despite the fact his officers were completely overwhelmed.

‘USCP officers and out law enforcement partners responded valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in riotous actions as the stormed the United States Capitol Building,’ the statement began.

‘These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officer and other uniformed law enforcement with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers. They were determined to enter into the Capitol building by causing great damage.’

Sund also confirmed that the officer who fatally shot Babbitt has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

He concluded his statement by adding that ‘the attack on the US Capitol was unlike any I have experienced in my 30 years of law enforcement here in Washington DC.’

The White House also issued a statement this morning through deputy press secretary Judd Deere, which reads: ‘The White House grieves the loss of life that occurred yesterday and extends sympathies to their families and loved ones. We also continue to pray for a speedy recovery for those who suffered injury.’