DON JONES INDEX…
GAINS POSTED in GREEN
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1/15/21… 13,839.52 1 1/8/21… 13,922.36
DOW JONES INDEX: 1/15/21…31,097.97; 1/8/21…30,991.47; 6/27/13…15,000.00)
LESSON for January 15, 2021 – “I HEAR VOICES!”
The stolid old saying is that, when history repeats itself, tragedy is replaced by farce.
President Donald J. Trump was impeached… again… Wednesday afternoon.
It might just have been a case of farce being sequelled by tragedy.
The lot of most Hollywood sequels… we are talking in terms of cinematic quality, not necessarily money (which is the purpose of most sequels)… is a sorry one. There have been a few instances of a sequel which improved upon the original… many critics prefer Godfather Two to the original… but a very few.
Most Americans, in hindsight, consider the first carefully conceived of and deliberated at impeachment to have been a disaster. Comedic… in some respects… but a disaster.
The causes and motivations behind Impeach Two, if not the timing, were and are tragic. Five people were killed… some would say six… counting a second policeman, Officer Liebengood, who committed suicide after the invasion.
When the full House voted 232 to 197 (four missing) to impeach (ten Republicans defied Their Master and crossed over) at 5:21 PM on Wednesday, one week before the inauguration of President Joe Biden (whom most Americans, with the exception of some 120 Congresspersons and 13 Senators adjudicate to have, indeed, been elected President). With the walkaways after Jan. 6th, there are less than a hundred Congressional dead-enders (who, but for Officer Goodman might well have been dead dead-enders) and Senators Cruz and Hawley.
The so called insurrection of January 6th failed, and it failed for two reasons – the most obvious being that… despite the FBI, other intelligence agencies and plenty of intelligent civilians as touted their supposed capacities to exact retribution on Congresspersons as didn’t occur… the revolutionary forces were, on the whole, a carload of clowns tripping over their big, floppy shoes.
The other reason… they didn’t have guns. They had sticks and bricks, fire extinguishers and American flags; the outnumbered Capitol Police, the DC Police and National Guard… they had guns (to the detriment of Ms. Ashli Babbit. G-Men who may have been collaborators, or only polite police, escorted the mobsters out of the Capitol with a wave and, perhaps, a selfie – maybe a “see ya next week”. Case closed.
Trump’s army (an army he deserted in the field and now denies, like a “who me?” baby daddy on a cheap afternoon paternity show) has vowed to return to Washington for their sequel – this time armed. Heavily armed the mass media are promising, stoking the fear which can destroy civilizations… but will also pump up the ratings.
The FBI and other spooky sorts have averred that unnamed evil evildoers have amassed an arsenal of weaponry not seen outside the parameters of action movies and will shoot up not only the inauguration, but state capitols, local government offices, business… big and small… the homes of evil politicians (including Republicans like Mike Pence) and any old home, barber shop or salvage yard, just for the fun of it.
(Leaky leakers have leaked it that the spooky spooks are taking particularly looky-loo views of a body called the Oath Keepers, who have heretofore been to the Proud and Boogaloo Boys what Astra Zeneca has been to Pfizer and Moderna… a third place, third-rate, largely untested Trumposity of domestic terrorists…
Be that as it may, the fun (and perhaps the guns) await us next week, but, in the interim, we have voices. Angry voices and calming voices. From the heart and flat out hypocritical voices. (We might say pens, too, but as written communication has gone the way of Space Force there are, instead, the memes and pixels and the toxic droplets of the inevitable Cloud.)
Back in 1962, a politically incorrect fellow of the name of Screaming Jay Hawkins delivered a comedic cum horrific 45 rpm epic called “I Hear Voices”. Screaming Jay was appreciated after his death in 2000 (if less so in life) and “I Hear Voices” failed to make the Top Ten (or Forty, or even 100), but it has subsequently achieved a sort of notoriety on podcasts and compilation collections of the bizarre and the curious… not as many, perhaps, as his others like “I Put a Spell on You” or “Constipation Blues” but, you know, a few. It’s out there, is what we mean (in all of such myriad meanings), and its lyrics usher in the trinity of Impeachment – past, present and future, and are attached, in whole, as Attachment One.
Don Jones, too has been hearing voices… before Wednesday, voices of prophecy and prognostication by the pundits of print and electronic media; during the impeachment hearings, from politicians pro and con The Donald and afterwards, trying to make sense of the whole meatball before the next round of Inauguration Day violence stills us all – at least for a little while. So here, in duly chronological order, are a few of these voices… transcribed and transmogrified... into past, present and future.
PRE-PEACHMENT (January 1st through morning of the 13th)…
Man don't stand a
chance… In a one-sided romance…
Most lovers are that… The rest just lose their minds
Whoa! I hear voices…
12:38 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
McConnell hasn't told Republicans when Senate trial may be
From CNN's Manu Raju
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not told his members yet when the trial may be, according to multiple GOP sources.
McConnell also has not yet publicly said whether he will agree to reconvene the Senate and begin a Senate trial immediately. That has prompted speculation within the Senate that McConnell could move quicker — to bring the Senate back — and convict Trump before he leaves office.
McConnell has yet to inform his members about the latest in his thinking. In a memo a few days ago, he suggested the trial wouldn't start until Joe Biden becomes president, saying all 100 senators would need to consent to change the Senate's schedule
But since then, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has called on McConnell to use emergency authority to reconvene the Senate if the two of them agree to bring the chamber back. McConnell has not ruled that out publicly.
House Democrats are signaling they plan to send the article of impeachment over to the Senate immediately, meaning a trial could presumably start as soon as McConnell wants.
McConnell's office is not yet answering questions.
Where McConnell stands: McConnell has indicated that he believes that impeaching President Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Another person with direct knowledge told CNN there's a reason McConnell has been silent on impeachment as other Republicans have pushed back: He's furious about last week's attack on the US Capitol by the President's supporters, even more so that Trump has shown no contrition. His silence has been deliberate as he leaves open the option of supporting impeachment.
12:25 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
20,000 National Guard troops expected to be in Washington for inauguration
From CNN's Alison Main, Nicky Robertson and Barbara Starr
Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitor Center on January 13. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images
DC Police Chief Robert Contee said on Wednesday that more than 20,000 National Guard members could be expected in the District for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, though he noted the final numbers will be provided by the United States Secret Service.
Multiple defense officials tell CNN that the total request for National Guard is close to 30,000 guardsmen to support US Capitol Police, Park Police and Washington Metropolitan Police Department but officials believe that the actual number needed is closer to 20,000. The officials added that there is no concern that there will be any shortage of Guard forces to meet requirements from the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
Asked if he's ever seen this much law enforcement reinforcement coming to the District, the newly-installed Chief Contee, who is a veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department and lifelong DC resident, answered, "not at this level, no."
Contee told reporters he remains concerned amid a "major security threat" ahead of the inauguration and planned demonstrations in the District this weekend.
"I've been concerned before today and will be through this weekend, and beyond," Contee said on Wednesday, while praising DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's security posture, including discouraging people from coming to DC for the inauguration. "There's a major security threat, and we are working to mitigate those threats," he added.
12:09 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
House Republican defiant over decision to vote for impeachment: "I'm not in fear at all"
From CNN's Manu Raju
In an interview with CNN's Manu Raju, Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, a Republican from Washington, said "I’m not in fear at all," over whether her vote to impeach President Trump would have consequences.
"This decision was not, like, a fear-based decision for me," she said.
Beutler announced last night that she would vote to impeach Trump citing "indisputable evidence," over his role in the Capitol riot.
"This is definitely the most, I think, consequential vote I've ever taken as a member," she told CNN, "and see, more than anything, I just, I just want people to know this isn't about choosing sides, this is about choosing truth."
Beutler added that she's preparing to deliver a statement on the House floor on her vote to impeach.
She’s one of five House Republicans who’ve broken rank so far in announcing their intent to impeach President Donald Trump.
12:21 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
A Georgia man charged as part of the Capitol insurrection has died by suicide
From CNN's Devon Sayers
The death of a Georgia man who was charged as part of the Capitol insurrection has been ruled a suicide, officials say.
Police in suburban Atlanta responded Saturday morning to a call and found Christopher Stanton Georgia dead.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner office performed an autopsy on Monday and has ruled his death a suicide.
Two rifles were recovered from his home according to an incident report from the Alpharetta Police department.
Georgia was charged with unlawful entry of the US Capitol, as well as violating a citywide curfew according to court documents filed in Washington.
12:25 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Republican leaders think they'll lose about a dozen votes in impeachment
From CNN's Manu Raju
House Republican leaders believe they will lose about a dozen votes over the impeachment of President Trump, GOP sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
It's not certain yet, but that's the thinking right now, those sources tell CNN.
12:00 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
House Republican: There's "a lot to think about" in impeachment vote decision
From CNN's Clare Foran
GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse said that he has “a lot to think about” when asked if he has decided how he’s going to vote on impeachment today in the House.
He called it “a big decision,” and said he wants to hear the debate play out.
Some context: We expect just a handful of Republicans to vote with Democrats to impeach Wednesday. One aide put that estimate at no more than 20.
4:50 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Jim Jordan says Liz Cheney should be removed from GOP leadership position for supporting Trump's impeachment
From CNN's Daniella Diaz, Annie Grayer and Lauren Fox
From left, Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney and Rep. Jim Jordan Getty Images/AP
Rep. Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally on Capitol Hill, told reporters he thinks Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney should be ousted from her leadership position after she said she'd support impeaching the President.
"I think she's totally wrong," he said. "I think there should be a conference and have a second vote on that," he added.
Some context: Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, announced Tuesday she would vote in favor of impeachment, issuing a scathing statement that charged there had "never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."
The number of Republicans who will ultimately vote for impeachment remains unclear, with estimates ranging from 10 to as many as 20. So far, five Republicans have said they will vote to impeach Trump, including Cheney. They are:
1. Rep. John Katko of New York
2. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
3. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
4. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
5. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
11:50 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Here's what it looks like outside the Capitol as lawmakers debate impeachment inside
Members of the National Guard walk outside the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 13. Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg/Getty Images
As lawmakers debate on President Trump's impeachment on the House floor inside, multiple layers of security are in place around the Capitol. Fencing, steel barriers and armed National Guard members surround the grounds, CNN correspondent Brian Todd reports.
Here's a look at what is in place:
· National Guard members are surrounding the entire grounds of the Capitol. They were just issued weapons, many of them carrying semi-automatic rifles, Todd reported on CNN this morning.
· Additionally, other military police, police from other jurisdictions, the Capitol Hill police and the Washington Metropolitan police are in the area with the National Guard.
· Traffic is completely shut off around the Capitol. A roadblock is up on Independence Avenue along with an 8-foot fence around the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds that has been up since after the riots last week.
· There are also squad cars in some sections of the city and dump trucks blocking roads. In other places, there are steel barriers.
Weapons are distributed to members of the National Guard outside the US Capitol on January 13. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images
"You can't really walk in this area unless you have some kind of ID saying you should be here. Just foot traffic around here is highly restricted," Todd said.
This comes as members of Congress continue to speak out about the vulnerable position the violent Capitol breach put them in, as well as concerns they have about their security going forward ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.
In addition to National Guard members inside the Capitol, there are now metal detectors installed outside the House floor for all members and staff to go through.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on the scene outside the Capitol:
11:43 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Pelosi expected to speak at 12:15 p.m. ET to open impeachment resolution debate
From CNN's Manu Raju
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will open debate on the impeachment resolution, her spokesperson says.
Her remarks are expected around 12:15 p.m. ET.
Where things stand now: The House is currently voting on the rules governing the impeachment article.
Once the House passes the rule, the House will then proceed to a two-hour debate on the impeachment resolution.
You can read the full resolution here.
11:55 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Michigan Attorney General is "apoplectic" about security concerns in lead up to inauguration
From CNN's Aditi Sangal
Following an FBI warning about "armed protests" being planned at all 50 state capitols, Michigan has stepped up its security. Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is “"apoplectic" because she’s gravely concerned about the situation and does not think that the state capitol is safe.
Michigan's Capitol Commission banned the open carry of firearms inside the Capitol building in Lansing, beginning Jan. 11. The move was a response to the US Capitol riot as well as the spring incidents in which heavily armed demonstrators jammed inside the Michigan state Capitol to protest pandemic-related lockdowns. In addition, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, was the target of an alleged domestic terror plot by members of right wing militia groups.
"I think Michigan was definitely ground zero," Nessel said. "I think it was a dry run and people saw how very easy it was to essentially take over a state capitol building. And the lesson that they drew away from that was, ‘why not try it at the nation's capitol? If we can do it in Lansing, Michigan, maybe we can do the same thing in Washington, DC.’ And they were right," she told CNN.
Nessel added that she expects the same people that were involved in the events at DC "to be back in Lansing."
Watch the full interview on CNN:
11:29 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
McConnell is signaling he's in favor of impeachment, GOP source says
From CNN's Jamie Gangel
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives at the US Capitol on January 1. Samuel Corum/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling he is in favor of impeachment, a GOP source familiar with McConnell's thinking tells CNN.
"Unlike Kevin McCarthy, he doesn't think Trump will just fade away, thinks the party needs to make a clean break to save itself," this person said.
Ultimately, however, it is up to McConnell to say where he stands on impeachment. His silence so far has been deliberate, and he is very careful with what he says.
A separate Republican source said they expect about 10-20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment. The source went on to say that the White House is putting huge pressure on members, and that members are saying "they want to vote to impeach but they legitimately fear for their lives and their families’ lives."
This person points out that a week after Jan. 6th, President Trump is still trying to intimidate members, adding that people should be careful about numbers being put out by the White House on how many GOP members they expect to vote for impeachment.
This person believes the White House is exaggerating numbers so that when the number of Republicans voting against Trump falls short they can claim victory with Trump to try to make him feel better.
Additionally, GOP staffers – including those of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – are upset at members not voting for impeachment and are raising it with their bosses, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.
And as members push back on impeachment by citing the process, one Republican source told CNN:
"Saying it is rushed is a lame excuse.... This is not about process. We know what happened. We were there. We saw it. We were the targets of it."
11:14 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Jared Kushner intervened when other aides tried to get Trump on fringe social media platforms
From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak
Win McNamee/Getty Images
Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner intervened when other officials tried restoring President Trump's social media presence on sites that are often havens for extremists, such as Gab, following an unprecedented ban from several major platforms.
According to an outside adviser and an administration official, Kushner and deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino blocked efforts by other aides, including the personnel chief Johnny McEntee, to get the President on fringe social media platforms after he was suspended in some fashion from almost every major one, including Twitter, Facebook and, now, YouTube.
Those officials had initially attempted to use other Twitter accounts, including those run by campaign officials, to tweet in Trump's name.
The White House did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
In the context of impeachment: Trump's avenues for responding to the impeachment are similarly limited. Ordinarily, aides would look to Twitter for the President's first response to being the only president in history to be impeached twice. So, too, would Republican members of Congress fear what might appear on Trump's feed if they decided to break with him and vote for his impeachment.
But Trump's account has been permanently suspended – and with it his principal weapon for ensuring GOP loyalty.
The White House said in a statement this week it opposes impeachment, and Trump railed against the proceedings on Tuesday.
"It's causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time," he said during his visit to Texas.
10:57 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Trump has nothing on his schedule and lacks a comprehensive legal strategy
From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak
President Trump arrives at the White House on January 12. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
On the day he will be impeached for a history-making second time, President Trump lacks a comprehensive legal strategy, has nothing on his public schedule and is without his preferred social media methods of responding — in part because his son-in-law put a stop to efforts establishing his presence on fringe platforms after he was banned from Twitter.
It amounts to near-invisibility for the President at the most perilous moment of his presidency, which is ending in tumult and dramatic rebuke from members of his own party.
Aides expect Trump to mostly watch the proceedings on television throughout the day. But without Twitter, a campaign rally, a team of lawyers or Republicans willing to defend his actions, Trump is set to weather the historic shaming in subdued fashion.
That's a distant cry from the first time he was impeached, when aides organized a campaign rally in the aptly named Battle Creek, Michigan, to coincide with the House vote.
At the rally, which occurred at the same time members were impeaching him, his press secretary emerged in the crowd to hold up a placard displaying the vote total.
"We got every single Republican (to vote) for us!" Trump crowed when he saw the final tally, adding at another point: "It doesn't really feel like we're being impeached."
That is not how it feels this time. A handful of Republicans are poised to vote to impeach him, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile has said to believe impeachment will help oust Trump from the GOP for good. According to a person familiar with his reaction, Trump was particularly incensed Tuesday night by Cheney's announcement, which said he'd betrayed the office of the presidency.
While other Republicans oppose impeachment because they say it is "divisive," they are not defending Trump on the merits of what he is being impeached for: inciting an insurrection.
10:55 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
House Rules Committee chair calls out some Republicans for pleas of unity
From CNN's Adrienne Vogt
Rep. Jim McGovern, chair of the House Rules Committee, closed his remarks today by saying “we will never have unity without truth and also without accountability.”
He chided some GOP members for what he said were hypocritical pleas of unity.
“Some of my Republican friends have been trying to lecture us about unity here today — unity after they voted to overturn a free and fair election in the United States of America, but also preaching unity and not acknowledging that for four years many of them gave oxygen to Donald Trump's conspiracy theories,” McGovern said.
He said Republicans who vote for impeachment are showing courage.
“This week in Congress we saw the best of us and the worst of us. Some of my colleagues have shown that they will defend this President no matter what he does. … But some are standing up and doing the right thing under tremendous pressure. I'm proud of that. I honor them for their courage,” he said.
He encouraged all House members to vote for impeachment.
“This impeachment resolution outlines the truth of what Trump did. It is time that this Congress now holds him accountable for his words and for their devastating impact,” McGovern said.
10:49 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
McConnell "hates" Trump for actions after riot, a source says. Here's what we know about their relationship.
From CNN's Manu Raju, Phil Mattingly, Jim Acosta, Kaitlan Collins and Dana Bash
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
A source familiar with the relationship between the two men said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is furious with President Trump right now.
The source said McConnell "hates" Trump for what he did last week following the attacks on the Capitol that left at least five people dead including a Capitol Hill police officer.
· They haven't spoken in weeks: Trump and McConnell still have not spoken since last Wednesday's riot, a separate source familiar confirms to CNN. The pair have not spoken since Dec. 15.
· McConnell's thoughts on impeachment: CNN has reported that McConnell has indicated that he believes impeaching President Donald Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party. McConnell is furious about last week's attack on the US Capitol by the President's supporters — even more so that Trump has shown no contrition. His silence has been deliberate as he leaves open the option of supporting impeachment.
· The effect on the Senate GOP conference: McConnell has been steadily moving his conference away from Trump for weeks. While he knows they all aren’t there with him, but believes the party needs to turn the page. McConnell has made no commitments on voting to convict Trump at a Senate impeachment trial, and wants to see the article itself before voting.
Remember: While Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has urged McConnell to reconvene the Senate and hold an impeachment trial this week, it is unlikely this will happen.
Under a 2004 resolution, if both the Minority and Majority Leader agree they can bring the Senate back. Without McConnell approving bringing back the Senate early, it looks like the fastest timeline for a trial to get underway would be the beginning of next week. Note: The House can still transmit the articles and it could be as soon as today. They can still do that even though the senate isn’t in session.
10:54 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Happening now: The House is voting on rules
The House is voting now on the rules governing the impeachment article that they will vote on later today.
Remember that voting in the House takes time because of coronavirus protocols.
What comes next:
· Once the House passes the rule, the House will proceed to a two-hour debate on the impeachment resolution.
· The final vote will begin between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET.
As with all important votes in times of coronavirus, these things are a bit fluid in terms of timing. The resolution is expected to pass.
10:55 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Top House Republican says they are "rushing to judgment" with impeaching Trump
Republican Rep. Tom Cole, ranking member of the House Rules Committee, closed this morning's debate by calling this impeachment push a rush to judgment.
"Mr. Speaker, in closing, I oppose this rule and oppose the majority's actions today. After the traumatic events of last week, the majority should be taking steps to unite us. Instead they are only dividing us further. They're rushing to judgment in my opinion and bringing up impeachment after failing to follow any meaningful process whatsoever."
Cole further criticized the process being undertaken by the House.
"No hearings have been held. No witnesses heard, no process or opportunity to respond was provided to the president. No members had an opportunity to review or amend this article before it came to the floor."
Instead, he said, the House should "celebrate the peaceful transition of power to a new president rather than impeaching an old president."
He closed by urging his colleagues to vote no on impeaching Trump.
Hear Rep. Cole's closing remarks:
10:48 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
House Majority Leader again says he wants to send article to Senate immediately, but defers to Pelosi
From CNN's Daniella Diaz
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he's expecting 10-20 Republican defections on impeachment today.
He also said he still wants to send the article of impeachment immediately to the Senate but defers to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The House can still transmit the articles this week — and possibly even today — even though the Senate isn’t in session.
Some background: While Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene the Senate and hold an impeachment trial this week, it is unlikely this will happen.
Under a 2004 resolution, if both the Minority and Majority Leader agree they can bring the Senate back. Without McConnell's approval to bring back the Senate early, it looks like the fastest timeline for an impeachment trial to get underway would be the beginning of next week.
McConnell has indicated, however, that he believes that impeaching President Donald Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
10:43 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Rep. Omar urges Republicans to vote to impeach Trump: "We cannot simply move past this"
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar urged Republicans to vote to impeach President Trump, saying the rioters at the Capitol were "specifically incited by the President of the United States."
"For us to be able to survive as a functioning democracy, there has to be accountability," Omar said. "I stand ready to fulfill my oath of office, and I challenge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to do the same," she added.
She called the riots a "violent attempt to interrupt our democratic process."
"It was a targeted blow at the most essential process that makes us a democracy," Omar said. "The president, not only incited an insurrection against our government, but has in word and deed led a rebellion. We cannot simply move past this or turn the page," she added.
Watch her statement:
10:38 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
"The President of the United States is an insurrectionist," Texas congresswoman says
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, came out strongly in favor of impeaching President Trump, calling him "an insurrectionist."
In a fiery speech on the House floor, she said:
"The president of the United States is an insurrectionist. He led an insurrection against the United States of America."
She accused the President of provoking his supporters in the speech he gave before the deadly Capitol riot last week where he urged them to "take the nation back with strength."
"The President provoked these domestic terrorists with words, with actions and conduct, that portray and have contempt and hostility to the national value of equal justice under the law. Telling domestic terrorists, nearly all of them were white supremacist, many of them, who support him politically, who stormed the Capitol to derail congress from completing its constitutionally required duty of counting and verifying the votes.... He must be impeached," she continued.
10:21 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
"Please put people before politics," House Republican says
From CNN's Aditi Sangal
Speaking against impeaching President Trump, GOP Rep. Jason Smith called the impeachment proceedings “reckless” and urged lawmakers to put “people before politics.”
“President Trump will be leaving in seven days. Let's try to heal this nation. Let's listen to the American people. This is the people's House. Let's operate for the people. This country is hurting. The people are hurting. Our colleagues are hurting. This is a reckless impeachment. This will only bring up the hate and fire more than ever before. Have a conscience. Put the people before politics. Unify this country,” he said.
The Missouri representative called the week since the storming of the US Capitol “devastating” and stressed the importance of getting the facts on what went wrong
Responding to Smith’s speech, Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern said the riots at the US Capitol would not have happened “if it weren’t for the occupant in the White House.”
”If we want to put the people first, we all ought to vote to impeach [Trump] and remove him from office as soon as possible.”
Watch the moment:
10:26 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
The House is meeting to impeach President Trump. Here's where we are in the process right now.
From CNN's Lauren Fox
House representatives debate on January 13. House TV
The House is currently meeting to vote to impeach President Trump for a second time.
The House convened around 9 a.m. ET, and lawmakers are currently having their first debate, which revolves around the rules governing the impeachment article. This debate is expected to last about an hour.
Here's what we expect to happen next:
· After the debate, the House votes on the rule. Remember that voting in the House takes time because of coronavirus protocols (and now metal detectors, which was its own scene Tuesday night as Republicans lashed out at police and fellow members when they were asked to go through them to get to the House floor).
· Once the House passes the rule in the early afternoon, the House will proceed to a two-hour debate.
· The final vote will begin between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET.
As with all important votes in times of coronavirus, these things are a bit fluid in terms of timing. The resolution is expected to pass.
10:01 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
House Majority Leader says they're sending articles to Senate immediately, but no details yet on exact timing
From CNN's Daniella Diaz
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walks past members of the National Guard as he arrives at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 13. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was asked by a reporter this morning if the House will send the article over immediately to the Senate and Hoyer said "yes." He didn’t give any specifics on timing.
Hoyer told reporters late last night that the article won’t be held back by the House and the “presumption is within a very short time” it will be transmitted to the Senate.
Some context: With the Senate out of session, that would very likely mean the trial would start in the first days of Biden’s term unless Mitch McConnell agrees to bring the chamber back.
His office has not commented on Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer’s proposal to bring the chamber back early, but the expectation is that the trial won’t begin before Trump leaves office.
9:55 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Man said he wanted to shoot Pelosi and DC mayor, court filing says
From CNN's Katelyn Polantz
In a new detention memo, prosecutors say a man who had texted he wanted to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and brought guns and hundreds of rounds of ammo to Washington last week also wrote about shooting DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The new details about Cleveland Meredith Jr., revealed in a court filing seeking his detention on Wednesday, highlight how the man had been discussing "war time" against lawmakers as the congressional confirmation of Joe Biden as the President-elect neared.
Meredith is currently detained and set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.
"The defendant sent a text stating, ‘We’re gonna surround DC and slowly constrict.’ Apparently under the impression that law enforcement was monitoring his communications, the defendant later sent a text stating, ‘I’m harmless . . . I won’t fire until ordered SIR!’"
He was one of the early people charged by Justice Department prosecutors in federal court. There are now around two dozen known federal criminal defendants related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
9:46 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Democratic representative: Pro-Trump attackers are "terrorists" who were radicalized by the President
Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat from California, called the Pro-Trump attackers that stormed the Capitol "terrorists" who were radicalized by Donald Trump.
"We were attacked by terrorists, but this time the terrorists were radicalized right here in the United States. Worse, they were radicalized by the President, who intentionally lied to his supporters that the election was stolen, and then told them when to come to D.C., where to protest and who to direct their anger at," Chu said.
She said the need to remove Trump from office "could not be more urgent."
"He is too dangerous to remain in office. Donald Trump must be held accountable. He must be impeached," Chu said.
The House is currently debating the rules governing impeachment article.
9:51 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
House Republican says impeachment would further divide the country
From CNN's Adrienne Vogt
GOP Rep. Tom Cole, ranking member of the House Rules Committee, said impeachment would “divide us further” in the last days of President Trump’s administration.
While the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack “will live in my memory as the darkest day during my time of service as a member of this House,” Cole said he “can think of no action that is likely to further divide the American people than the action we're contemplating today."
“Our meeting today does not arise in a vacuum and comes in what I hope and pray is the end of a tumultuous period for our country,” Cole said.
Cole said House Democrats are heading toward impeachment “erratically.”
“Instead of moving forward as a unifying force, [the] majority in the House is choosing to divide us further,” he added.
The House is currently holding a debate on the rules governing the impeachment article.
Rep. Cole calls for House to slow impeachment proceedings:
9:41 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
House Democrat: Trump was "stoking the anger of a violent mob" while Congress tallied Electoral College vote
Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee, opened the House session this morning with some remarks about what happened on Jan. 6 and President Trump and his allies' roles in inciting a mob to storm the Capitol.
The House is currently holding a debate on the rules governing the impeachment article.
"On Wednesday, January 6th, Congress gathered here to fulfill our constitutional duty, tallying the electoral college victory of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris after a free and fair election. This is largely a ceremonial role for the Congress. One that sends the message to the world that democracy in the United States persists," McGovern said.
McGovern continued: "But at a rally, just a mile and a half down Pennsylvania avenue, Donald Trump and his allies were stoking the anger of a violent mob. A member of this very body proclaimed on that stage, today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass. Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani called for trial by combat. Then Donald Trump told the crowd, we're going to have to fight much harder. You'll never take back our country with weakness."
"Even though, according to his own administration, that this election was the most secure in our history, Donald Trump repeated his big lie that this election was an egregious assault on democracy," he added.
See it here:
9:20 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
The House is now in session and will begin impeachment proceedings qqa
From CNN's Lauren Fox
The US House of Representatives has just convened and will now begin consideration of President Trump's impeachment.
The impeachment resolution the House will vote on today charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection," for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.
The first debate is expected to last about an hour and will revolve around the rules governing the impeachment article.
After that, the House will vote on the rule.
Remember: Voting in the House takes time because of coronavirus protocols and now lawmakers also have to pass through metal detectors to get onto the House floor.
Trump is now staring at the shameful distinction of being impeached by the House of Representatives twice in just over a year – the only president in US history to be impeached twice.
9:31 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Man in "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt during Capitol riot arrested, law enforcement official says
From CNN's Evan Perez
The rioter who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "Camp Auschwitz" has been identified as Robert Keith Packer of Virginia. ITN
A rioter who stormed the US Capitol last week wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "Camp Auschwitz" was arrested Wednesday morning in Virginia, according to a law enforcement official.
CNN was first to report that the man in the sweatshirt was identified as Robert Keith Packer. A law enforcement official told CNN that Packer was picked up in Newport News, Va.
An image of Packer, whose sweatshirt bore the name of the Nazi concentration camp where about 1.1 million people were killed during World War II, inside the Capitol has evoked shock and disbelief on social media. The bottom of his shirt stated, "Work brings freedom," which is the rough translation of the phrase "Arbeit macht frei" that was on the concentration camp's gates.
Charging documents were not immediately available.
CNN is pursuing more information.
9:10 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
How Trump's second impeachment will be different from the first
Analysis from CNN's Zachary B. Wolf
President Donald Trump holds a copy of The Washington Post as he speaks in the White House, one day after the U.S. Senate acquitted on two articles of impeachment, on February 6, 2020. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
The overall impeachment process laid out in the Constitution is relatively simple: A President commits "high Crime or Misdemeanor," the House votes to impeach and the Senate conducts a trial.
Those overall contours are constant. But there's no such thing as a routine impeachment.
The one President Trump faces now, after inciting a riotous mob to attack the Capitol, is unprecedented in all sorts of ways, which means the process will feel entirely new and different from the one we saw in late 2019 around the Ukraine investigation.
Specifically, this House impeachment vote is likely to be done this week, and the Senate trial will occur after Trump leaves office.
Here are some other key differences:
What Trump is accused of doing: There was a lot of debate during Trump's first impeachment and trial about whether the pressure he exerted on the President of Ukraine amounted to "high Crimes and Misdemeanors" or simply a set of policies. This time, while there's an argument he committed treason, Democrats in the House have alleged Trump "engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States."
The Article argues that Trump incited his supporters by repeatedly denying the election results in the lead-up to the counting of the electoral votes, that he pressured Georgia's secretary of state to "find" additional votes for him, and in doing so he "gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government," "threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government." Read the entire thing here. It's short.
The House's timeline: Getting from Trump's misdeed to impeachment proceedings in the House took 86 days in 2019. It's going to take just a week in 2021. The House can essentially impeach at will. While there are precedents in place around instigating the impeachment process and utilizing House committees to investigate whether impeachable offenses occurred, none of that is necessarily required. And Democrats, moving quickly, aren't going to burden themselves by dragging this out.
And why bother with an investigation when this time Trump did it on TV? In that first effort, the details of Trump's pressure on Ukraine leaked out over the course of weeks and built into Democratic support to launch and conduct an investigation and, ultimately, to impeach him.
With Trump's time in office set to expire at noon on Jan. 20, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also gave Trump and Vice President Mike Pence the option of avoiding impeachment if either Trump resigned or Pence mobilized the Cabinet to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
When those two offramps were ignored, Democrats in the House moved quickly toward impeachment and the first post-presidential impeachment trial in US history.
Impeaching Trump in the House requires only a simple majority and Democrats hope to gain at least some support from Republicans.
Read the full story here.
9:23 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Vice president's residence fortified with unprecedented level of security not seen since 9/11
From CNN's Betsy Klein
Security barriers are seen around the vice president’s residence, the US Naval Observatory, in Washington, DC, on January 13, in this screengrab taken from CNN footage. CNN
Overnight, the perimeter surrounding the vice president’s residence, the US Naval Observatory, was fortified with a chain link fence reinforced with concrete barricades.
That level of physical security barriers around the vice president’s residence is unprecedented, with the exception of similar actions in the immediate aftermath of the Sep. 11 attacks.
The move comes one week after President Trump incited riots at the US Capitol, and hours before he is expected to become the first US president to be impeached twice. It also comes amid concerns that additional protests could take place in both Washington and around the country in the coming days.
Additionally, there are significant road closures around the White House and additional fencing with concrete barricades have gone up around the White House complex. Similar security measures were taken over the summer amid protests for racial justice.
9:10 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
GOP congressman says that impeachment is "polarizing" and a "bad idea"
From CNN's Adrienne Vogt
Republican Rep. Ken Buck said that he will vote against impeaching President Trump and that the process is “absolutely polarizing.”
“It's a bad idea. You impeach a president after hearings and great deliberation. You don't impeach a president in the heat of the moment,” Buck said.
President Trump’s actions do not constitute an impeachable offense, Buck told CNN’s John Berman.
He also said he has sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden asking him to request that the House not go forward.
“What could be more unifying is to hold a commission of our committee hearing or put this in the Judiciary Committee and find out what actually happened,” he said.
Buck said the “level of vitriol” between Democrats and Republicans has been building for five years now, adding, “to say that there's one speech or one incident that caused this group of people to storm the Capitol is just not accurate. What I'm trying to suggest to you is that both sides are at fault…,” at which point, Berman stopped him.
“What on Earth did any other side do than the side that invaded the US Capitol?” Berman asked.
“It wasn't as if the President gave one speech and all of a sudden, people went from perfectly calm and thoughtful demeanor to this violent action that occurred, which is absolutely shameful. I'm not trying to excuse it. But the actions that have led up to this are typical of this impeachment,” Buck said.
8:53 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Lawmakers will have to go through metal detectors to get onto the House floor for today's debate
From CNN's Jake Tapper and Daniella Diaz
U.S. Capitol Police install a metal detector outside the House of Representatives Chamber at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 12. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Members of Congress and staffers will have to walk through metal detectors in order to get onto the floor of the US House of Representatives, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Tuesday. The House is set to convene at 9 a.m. ET to debate and hold a vote on impeaching President Trump.
The development comes after multiple House Democrats told CNN they are worried about some of their Republican colleagues ignoring House rules regarding firearms. There have been multiple conversations about the need for every member of Congress and their guests to start going through metal detectors.
Capitol Police had set up metal detectors outside of the House floor as of Tuesday afternoon and all House members, staffers and aides will have to go through them, the aide said. A US Capitol Police source confirmed the measures are in place.
Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett said in a memo to all members of Congress and their staffers that the metal detectors were being installed to ensure compliance with police regulations banning guns and incendiary devices from the chamber.
"Members are reminded that pursuant to the firearms regulations that Members received on opening day, firearms are restricted to a Member's Office," the memo stated. "Thank you in advance for your (cooperation) with the United States Capitol Police and Sergeant at Arms staff during the screening process."
Read more here.
4:52 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
These Republicans have said they will vote to impeach Trump
From CNN's Jeremy Herb, Lauren Fox and the hill team
House Democrats and at least a handful of Republicans —including the House's No. 3 Republican — will vote in favor of the impeachment of President Trump just one week after a deadly mob overran Capitol Police, ransacked the US Capitol and put the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers in danger.
The number of Republicans who will ultimately vote for impeachment remains unclear. So far, five Republicans have said they will vote to impeach Trump.
Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney coming out in support of impeachment yesterday ignited the first signal that the Republican Party might try to be something else after Trump. And, she didn’t just say she backed impeachment. She put the blame of the events last week squarely on Trump’s shoulders.
“The President of the US summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President,” she wrote.
The divide, the differences, the revisionism that we could see in upcoming months and years is just beginning.
Little cracks are playing out across Capitol Hill right now. Staff for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are calling on their boss to explain himself. The communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz, resigned. Those who disavow Trump both before and because of this moment won’t necessarily win this ideological contest that is going to play out in the days and years ahead.
Some are going to get on this bandwagon late, many months and years after they walked in lockstep with the President. And, many may never disavow him at all. Trump’s support is still strong. There’s a reason that his followers took him seriously when he tweeted, when he made promises, when he gave instructions.
We still expect just a handful of Republicans to vote with Democrats to impeach today. One aide put that estimate – even after Cheney – at no more than 20.
Here are the Republicans who will vote to impeach:
1. Rep. John Katko
2. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
3. Rep. Adam Kinzinger
4. Rep. Fred Upton
5. Rep. Liz Cheney
8:36 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Trump could be the first US president in history to be impeached twice
Analysis from CNN's Stephen Collinson
President Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas on January 12. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Before President Trump came to Washington, only two Presidents had been impeached in the near two-and-a-half century history of the United States.
But Trump is now staring at the shameful distinction of being impeached by the House of Representatives twice in just over a year – a sequence that will leave a deep scar in Washington for a generation – not least because despite his aberrant behavior, Trump retains strong support among Republican lawmakers because of his near mystical hold on the party's populist base.
Democrats introduced a resolution to impeach Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection on Monday morning.
The single charge points to Trump's repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on Jan. 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump's call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to "find" enough votes for Trump to win the state.
But the compressed calendar as Trump enters his last nine days in office – and the reticence of Republicans in the Senate, who are faced one again with a loyalty test they have always failed when choosing between Trump's base and the Constitution – seems certain to thwart Democratic efforts to quickly eject Trump from power.
This means the drama surrounding Trump's fate, and the possibility of another Senate trial, could outlast his presidency and his turbulent term could cast a toxic shadow over President-elect Joe Biden's first days in office.
Read the full article here.
8:20 a.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Key Republicans to watch during the impeachment battle
From CNN's Lauren Fox
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming speaks during a news conference with fellow House Republicans outside the U.S. Capitol on December 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Multiple House Republicans announced Tuesday evening they would support the impeachment of President Trump for his role inciting last week's riot as congressional Republicans made their clearest break with Trump to date after he showed no remorse for the US Capitol mob.
While the vast majority of House Republicans are expected to oppose the article of impeachment today, there are predictions ranging anywhere from as many as 10 to even 20 or more Republicans who could vote to impeach, according to Republican sources, with some estimates trending upward after the first Republicans came out in favor of impeachment Tuesday.
The first impeachment backers included the House's No. 3 Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, in a remarkable rebuke with a President who has been unassailable in the House GOP conference throughout his four-year term. While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is opposed to impeachment, House Republican leaders are not lobbying their members to oppose it, and Cheney told the conference Monday it was a "vote of conscience."
In another potentially significant blow to Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he believes that impeaching Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
The scurrying away from Trump in the hours before the House will vote to impeach him Wednesday is the fiercest pushback the President has faced from Republicans since he was a GOP primary candidate who party leaders believed would fade away.
The GOP strategy on impeachment is a marked departure from the approach in 2019 when Republican leaders pushed their members to fall in line and no GOP House lawmakers defected. It shows the splintering of the GOP and how the party is deeply divided over how to respond to Trump after he incited last week's deadly Capitol riot.
Rep. John Katko of New York was the first Republican to publicly state he would vote to impeach Trump, saying in a statement Tuesday he supported impeachment because the President needed to be held accountable for his actions.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, another rare Trump critic in the House GOP conference, also announced Tuesday evening that he would support impeachment.
Trump's impeachment for the second time in 13 months — which would make him the first President in history to be impeached twice — appears to be a foregone conclusion. The only question is how many House members vote in favor of removing the President from office eight days before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in.
Republicans tried to offer an alternative to impeachment, such as a censure vote, arguing it could win more bipartisan support than an impeachment occurring just one week after the riots. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her caucus Monday that censure was a nonstarter, and Democrats are not considering any off ramps to avoid a second impeachment.
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Mitt Romney - “This is what the president has caused today, this insurrection.”
Donald Trump - “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”
Rudy Giuliani - “Let’s have trial by combat.”
Lee Drutman, political scientist - “We’re seeing more and more citizens expressing openness to violence.”
Dolly Dagger, NYT peanut - “It’s about the monuments.”
Jack Parnell, DJI Editorial Board – “It’s about the football.”
Kaitlan Tiffany, the Atlantic – “The internet is real life.”
Posterboy, TheDonald.Win (successor outlet to Trump-banning Reddit) - “I just left … I had a pitchfork and it was heavy!”
Mysterious websites like “DC the Day Has Come!!!” that had been running ads and collecting donations from viewers for three hours. (It was at $1,308 when it ended.) And merchandise marketers
Donald J. Trump (1/6) - “We love you. You’re very special.”
Alyssa Farah, resigned White House communications director in Politico – “The future could go one of two ways. You’re either fully doubling down on MAGA or you’re getting rid of everything that America-First Trump stood for and going back to a much more establishment version of the Republican Party. And if we’re really going to look at ourselves and look internally, we need to think about wedding the best of what Trump offered with just fundamentally what our values are.”
Alyssa Farah (again) - “…there are really good, serious, dedicated public servants in the Trump administration… (T)he best thing for the party is that we come together and we take the best of Trump and we take the best of who we were before Trump.”
Airport lady to Lindsey Graham - “Traitor! Traitor! You said you had his back and you didn’t.”
Betsy deVos, resigning EdSec – (The mob violence was “unconscionable for our country,” and “there is no mistaking the impact your (Trump’s) rhetoric had on the situation.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma) – “Good riddance, Betsy. You were the worst Secretary of Education ever.”
Sarah Matthews, resigning deputy White House press secretary – “(I was) deeply disturbed by what I saw today.” (Also fleeing the sinking ship: Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s chief of staff, and…
Here are other administration officials who have resigned in the wake of Wednesday’s attack.
Elaine Chao, transportation secretary
Ms. Chao, the transportation secretary, announced her resignation on Twitter on Thursday, becoming the first cabinet member to do so. The unrest at the Capitol, she wrote, “deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” Ms. Chao, whose resignation is effective on Monday, is married to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader.
Mick Mulvaney, a former chief of staff and an envoy for Mr. Trump
Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Trump’s former acting chief of staff, resigned as special envoy to Northern Ireland on Wednesday night, saying he “can’t stay” after watching the president encourage the mob that overtook the Capitol complex.
Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser
Mr. Pottinger has been Mr. Trump’s deputy national security adviser since 2019. He was formerly the administration’s Asia director on the National Security Council, and was known for his on-the-ground experience in China, where he advised Mr. Trump during his meeting with President Xi Jinping in 2017. Mr. Pottinger has resigned, a person familiar with the events said on Thursday.
John Costello, deputy assistant secretary at the Commerce Department
Mr. Costello, one of the country’s most senior cybersecurity officials, resigned Wednesday, telling associates that the violence on Capitol Hill was his “breaking point” and, he hoped, “a wake up call.”
Tyler Goodspeed, White House Council of Economic Advisers
Mr. Goodspeed, the acting chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, resigned on Thursday, citing Mr. Trump’s incitement of the mob that stormed the Capitol. “The events of yesterday made my position no longer tenable,” he said in an interview, after informing the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, of his decision.
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, House minority leader on murdered policeman - “Brian was valiantly protecting more than this building and the people inside — he was protecting every American’s way of life.”
“Impeaching the president with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more.,”
Richard Barnett, desk-sitter - “I’ll probably be telling them this is what happened all the way to the D.C. jail,”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak) — “(I)f the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me…”
POTUS-E Joe. on his inauguration - “It’s a good thing, him (Trump) not showing up.”
Senator Ben Sasse, (R-Nb), - “(I would) definitely consider whatever articles they might move, because I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office.”
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California (Jan. 4) - “Impeaching the president with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more,” he said.
Im-peachment (January 13th)…
I am so sad [?]… 'Cause I ain't been happy yet
And I don't expect to be… Not the way love treats me
Whoa… I hear those voices again
See complete testimony by the big-shots and loud voices as Attachments Five through Ten. Here are some of the other voices, listed chronologically…
CNN’s John King said Republicans face a fork in the road for the party's future. “As…we’re writing the final chapter of the Trump term, we're also writing a beginning chapter of the future of the Republican Party. And this is a day of choosing.”
12:44 Nancy Pelosi: “I believe the President must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things we hold dear and that hold us together.”
12:56 PM "Those insurrectionists were not patriots. They were not part of a political base to be catered to and managed. They were domestic terrorists and justice must prevail," Pelosi added. "But they did not appear out of a vacuum. They were sent here, sent here by the President with words such as a cry 'to fight like hell.' Words matter. Truth matters. Accountability matters."
12:57 PM GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said Democrats are trying to “cancel the President.” (CNN) “It's always been about getting the President no matter what. It's an obsession, an obsession that is now broadened,” he said. “Stop and think about it. Do you have a functioning First Amendment when the cancel culture only allows one side to talk? When you can't even have a debate in this country?” He warned that the cancel culture will eventually “come for us all.”
1:15 PM “Donald Trump is a living, breathing, impeachable offense. It is what it is,” Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said.
1:16 PM "President Trump put the domestic terrorists on notice by saying, stand back, and stand by. He then summoned them to DC, directed them to march on the Capitol. And then he sat back and watched the insurrection," said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, noting that it would likely be his last floor speech before he leaves the House
1:20 PM "Before the last presidential impeachment," Fl) said, "President Trump rightly pointed out the improper activities of the Biden crime family and subsequently he's been proven right....” He said quite a bit more… see Attachment Four. (R-
1:22 PM Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko said, "I've heard my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say they have to impeach the President because he is too dangerous to stay in power. Yet they know that it is impossible for the Senate to remove him before his term expires. So what is the point?"
1:32 PM Rep. Jeff Van Drew, (R-NJ) is a former Democrat who flipped to the Republican Party in 2019. He said that impeaching President Trump for a second time would "fracture" the country again. "We've been here before. We've done this before. This has failed before. We fractured our nation using the same process before. Congress must be the glue that starts unifying everyone," Van Drew said.
1:39 PM Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md) said that the mob had erected a gallows outside the Capitol building and were heard chanting "Hang Mike Pence." He added that some of those who stormed the building got into Nancy Pelosi's office and were heard yelling, "Where's Nancy?"
"They may have been hunting for Pence and Pelosi to stage their coup, but every one of us in this room right now could've died," Raskin said. "It's a bit much to be hearing that these people would not be trying to destroy our government and kill us if we just weren't so mean to them."
1:40 PM "Is this the kind of country you want to live in? What are you going to tell your children and grandchildren when they ask what you did in this moment?” said Democratic Rep. David Ciccilline. “Did you stand for the republic or for this President?”
2:21 PM Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, a veteran, called on his Republican colleagues to show a fraction of the courage of US troops by voting to impeach President Trump despite their fear of consequences. "I have dedicated my life to the defense of our nation. And Donald Trump is a risk to all that I love," Crow said.
2:25 PM Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, called President Trump a "traitor to our country" during her speech on the House floor this afternoon. "…future generations are not going to know the names of each member in the chamber today, in voting, but they will know what we did and why. We must impeach the President, because he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol of the United States. The tabernacle of our democracy."
Republican leaders are expecting about 10 to 20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment but sources tell CNN there are many more members who "want to vote to impeach but they legitimately fear for their lives and their families’ lives," CNN's Jamie Gangel reported at 2:39/
3:11 PM California GOP Rep. Young Kim, who narrowly won her seat in November, said she supports censuring President Trump but opposes impeaching him. "I believe censuring the president is a better option. This would be a strong rebuke of his actions and rhetoric and unite our country and chamber, rather than divide it," she said.
3:27 PM "The President of the United States deserves universal condemnation for what was clearly, in my opinion, impeachable conduct," said Rep. Chip Roy, (R-Tx) "...It was foreseeable and reckless to serve a false belief leading to violence and rioting loyal supporters whipped into a frenzy." But he urged lawmakers to reject the article of impeachment drafted by Democratic leadership saying they posed a danger to free speech for lawmakers and Americans. “If the House approves the articles as written, the language will be used to target members of this body under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, it will used to suggest any statements we make will be subject to review by our colleagues and send us down the perilous path of cleansing political speech in the public square," said Roy.
4:20 PM "Our nation still mourns the unacceptable violence and anarchy that took place in this Capitol last week," said House Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, himself the victim of political violence in the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting, "Emotions are still high, but in this moment we need to be focused on toning down the rhetoric and helping heal this nation as we move towards a peaceful transition of power to President-Elect Joe Biden next week. I've seen the dark evil of political violence firsthand and it needs to stop," he said. "...I oppose this rushed impeachment brought forward without a single hearing."
4:25 PM "This impeachment ought to be put in the perspective of what the Republican chair of the Republican conference said it was," said Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, referring to the House's third ranking Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney. "She said the President... summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of that attack," he continued. "There has never been, she said, a greater betrayal by a President... of his office and his oath to the Constitution." (See Attachment Five)
4:41 PM "Madam Speaker, St. Louis and I rise in support of the article of impeachment against Donald J Trump. If we fail to remove a white supremacist president who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s first district that suffer the most," Rep. Cori Bush, a freshman Democrat from Missouri, said during her speech. "The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy starting with impeaching, the white supremacist in chief."
4:46 PM The debate has ended, and the House is voting now on an impeachment resolution that would make Trump the first President in United States history to be impeached for a second time for his role in last week's Capitol attack.
A few more words from the testifiers, sorted by party… see Attachment Eleven.
5:31 PM The House just voted to impeach President Trump. Here's what happens next. (CNN)
The House has just voted to impeach President Trump for the second time – making him the only US president to ever be impeached twice. The resolution passed 232 to 197.
The impeachment resolution the House voted on charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.
Ten Republicans, including the House's No. 3 Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, joined with Democrats to impeach Trump.
There is no such thing as a routine impeachment but this one is unprecedented in all sorts of ways.
The overall impeachment process laid out in the Constitution is relatively simple:
· A president commits "high Crime or Misdemeanor"
· The House votes to impeach
· The Senate conducts a trial
This impeachment process will feel entirely new and different from the one we saw in late 2019 around the Ukraine investigation, most notably because the Senate trial is expected to occur after Trump leaves office.
Here's why that's important:
New President Joe Biden will be asking the Senate to vote on his Cabinet nominees and act on legislation to address the Covid pandemic as well as relief for Americans hurt by the troubled economy.
In 2020, Senate business ground to a complete halt during the trial. This time, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is hoping to pursue a half-day schedule to conduct the trial part of the day and business the rest of the day.
The charges this time are much simpler to convey and understand, however. It should still take some number of days with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding and senators sitting in judgment. When both of the new Democratic senators from Georgia are seated, it will take 17 Republicans voting with Democrats to reach a two-thirds majority and convict Trump.
The swift effort to impeach him certainly puts Trump in the position of wanting to keep Republican senators on his side. In that regard, it would keep him in check during the last week of his presidency.
Remember: Impeaching Trump in the House does not remove him from office. Neither a second House impeachment nor even a Senate vote to convict Trump and remove him from office would prevent him from running again, in 2024 or beyond.
Rather, after two-thirds of senators present voted to remove Trump, a simple majority of senators present would have to approve an additional vote to bar him from the presidency in the future.
Barring him from further office could also cost him his more-than $200,000 per year pension if the Senate wants to take that way.
5:56 PM "This is the party of Lincoln and the party of Reagan, that right now is still the party of Trump. Many people are trying to escape from that," said CNN’s John King.
6:00 PM Which Republicans voted to impeach Their President? See Attachment Twelve.
Post-peachment (January 13th, 14th and 15th)…
I long so much to be… Where
(what?) I was before i was me…
My mind can't stand the strain… [?] the pain
Whoa…I hear them voices
I hear, oh, I hear the foot tracks!
House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Wednesday that "there's a good chance that there will be a conviction in the Senate" of President Trump after he was impeached for the second time in the House. "I think that Mitch McConnell and a few others recognize that that's the quickest way to get him out of their hair so-to-speak," Clyburn told CNN's Erin Burnett.
“This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy,” said President-Elect Biden. “I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.” While not stating his position either way, Biden stated that the violence at the Capitol was incited by the President, saying it "was carried out by political extremists and domestic terrorists, who were incited to this violence by President Trump."
The Washington Post reported that, irritated over a second impeachment, President Trump has told people to stop paying Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees, a person familiar with the matter tells CNN, though aides were not clear if the President was serious about his instructions. A complication: Rudy was supposed to be Djonald’s impeachment lawyer, along with Alan Dershowitz, whose financial arrangements are still unknown. Trump, after all, drew notoriety for stiffing contractors on his various hotel and casino projects.
That other Post… from New York, stage right, reported that Q-anon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-Ga) planned to file articles to impeach President Joe on the 21st (mercifully giving him a night with Jill on the taxpayers tab) and Q-less, probably clue-less Republicans were plotting to purge Liz Cheney (R-Wy), daughter of you-know-who. See Attachments 13 A and B.
Meanwhile, the FBI and other assorted authorities are hunting down the more “challenged” of the mob… those who went maskless and even took selfies of themselves engaging in various crimes. A sad coda to a tragic American epoch from CNN…
Georgia man (named Georgia) charged as part of the Capitol insurrection has died by suicide
From CNN's Devon Sayers
The death of a Georgia man who was charged as part of the Capitol insurrection has been ruled a suicide, officials say.
Police in suburban Atlanta responded Saturday morning to a call and found Christopher Stanton Georgia dead.
And now that Impeachment and mob merrymaking is dead… or just languishing at halftime before a bang-up resurrection by January 20th… heed the words of Nancy Pelosi: “We cannot escape history.”
“It’s All About the Football”… (commentary from the DJI on NYT article 1/8)
In a letter to members of the House, the speaker also previously invoked the resignation of Richard M. Nixon amid the Watergate scandal, when Republicans prevailed upon the president to resign and avoid the ignominy of an impeachment, calling Mr. Trump’s actions a “horrific assault on our democracy.”
“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,” she wrote. “If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.”
Ms. Pelosi also said she had spoken with Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about “preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes.”
A spokesman for General Milley, Col. Dave Butler, confirmed that the two had spoken and said the general had “answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority.”
But some Defense Department officials have privately expressed anger that political leaders seemed to be trying to get the Pentagon to do the work of Congress and Cabinet secretaries, who have legal options to .
Mr. Trump, they noted, is still the commander in chief, and unless he is removed, the military is bound to follow his lawful orders. While military officials can refuse to carry out orders they view as illegal, they cannot proactively remove the president from the chain of command. That would be a military coup, these officials said.
Trump, insane or not, has another week in office in which to take maximum revenge against anybody he perceives as an enemy… be it Biden, Pence or the entirety of America itself. Given that the Capitol mob included policemen and military personnel up to the rank of Lt. Col., and that some Congresspersons are now accusing other Congresspersons of collaboration with Djonald Unhinged, can his continued possession of “the football” (the briefcase containing launch codes) be trusted without verification?
If it takes a deal, even to the extent of allowing him to flee prosecution on Air Force One to Moscow and an afterlife managing hotels for Mad Vlad, do it. Get that football out of that fumbler’s hands!
Let’s try something different to annotate our weekly roundup of politics and plague (which venture, in itself, will hopefully quietly go out of business once Biden is inaugurated and Trump neutered. Instead of exhausted Camus and DeFoe, we append a few Trumptweets, as noted in the illustrated “Sh*t My President Says” by Shannon Wheeler.
JANUARY 8 – JANUARY 14
Friday, January 8, 2021
Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick dies – toll over 50 injuries. DC’s attorney General Karl Racine says more died at Capitol than at Benghazi. FBI hunting mobsters like Viking Man and Pelosi Desk Man. Stolen documents said to compromise national security. Pelosi and Pentagon discuss confiscation of the “football”. Trump walks back his “love” for the mob (then walks back the walkback) but Twitter suspends his account anyway.
Moderna CEO predicts vaccine will be effective “for a couple of years”. 60% of infections said to come from asymptomatic infectors. L.A. hospitals down to splitting oxygen tubing.
Nov. 11, 19, 2012: “When someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100% more. This has nothing to do with a tirade but rather, a way of life! It makes me feel so good to hit sleazebags back… much better than seeing a psychiatrist (which I never have).”
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Speaker Nancy files impeachment papers (above) and calls Trump “deranged” and “unhinged”. POTUS=E calls his predecessor “one of the most incompetent Presidents in history.” One? Lindsay Graham warns President-elect Joe against impeaching Trump. (He’ll slap him!) Calculators calculate… if Djonald is impeached but not convicted before Jan. 20, he’ll be ineligible to run in 2024, but if he resigns, Pence can pardon him.
Viking Man identified as Jake Angeli and arrested. West Virginia state legislator cum rioter Eric Evans resigns. Apple orders alt-right website Parler to behave or be liquidated.
Holiday infections now spiking. As undistributed vaxxes start expiring, Biden orders a fire sale (or giveaway).
Sunday, January 10, 2021
May 8, 2013: “Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest… and you all know it. Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
Alan Dershowitz joins Rudy G in planning Trump defense… Sekulow quits,
Pat Cipollone hiding out… as top Republicans (while dis-defending the riot) say leave Trump alone. Some call POTUS-E Joe “inflammatory”. Sunday talkster Matthew Dowd calls them “hypocrites” but warns of lefty crackdown backlash. AOC and Sen. Kinzinger@ (R-@) agree we came close to “having half of Congress killed” and the former asks what if a “foreign power” (like Puerto Rican independencistas in 1957@) had sponsored the riots?
Ex-Clintonian pundit Stephanopolous says Trump “feels like a cornered… uh… like somebody in a deep, deep corner. Diligent policemen locate and arrest Pelosi’s podium thief while partisans roar for Trump-defending and election frauding Senators Cruz and Hawley to also be impeached. Djonald Unmanned relents and lowers White House flag to honor Sicknick, but still defends his social media rants… “I think my rhetoric is very nice.”
An LA nurse says treating plague victims is “worse than serving in Iraq”, but many healthcare workers (many young nurses concerned about pregnancy issues) still refuse the vaxxes. Not so ordinary Joneses – outraged that supply and distribution-side incompetence is allowing thousands of doses to go to waste while they wait in ever-longer lines.
June 27, 2015: “When somebody challenges you unfairly, fight back- be brutal, be tough – don’t take it. It is always important to WIN!”
Monday, January 11, 2021
Georgia elections czar George Stirling@ reminds the public that he predicted in December that people would get hurt, shot or killed. 3 for 3. Pelosi gives Pence a Wednesday high noon deadline to extract Trump from the White House and lawyers rassle over impeachment provisions. They also debate each other on the efficacy of self-pardons (limited, they open him up to lawsuits by anybody with a grievance and a TV ambulance chaser) and booting him from social media (kosher – private forums… so far Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, even Reddit (!) de-friend The Donald while alt-right Parler is denied use of Apple servers) and the New York Bar ponders expulsion of Rudy G.
More Trump troubles: Republican and Apprentice replacement Aahrnuld compares him to Nazis he knew back in the old country, PGA de-sponsors his Bedminster tournament and, while calling the riots “disappointing”, Melania pouts over “salacious gossip about me.”
Arizona over takes California as Number One Death Destination; while 350 corpses are now stacked up in nooks and crannies of the Continental Funeral Home in LA while over 1,000 reportedly turned away. Dr. Birx scolds unmasked Americans: “we’re asking you to be selfless for others.”
Shortage of N95 masks to save others and selves still gets bipartisan denial.
Jan. 11, 2017: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Articles for Impeach Two are drafted, drawn up and presented to the world by Nancy Pelosi, should Vice-President Pence refuse to initiate 25th Amendment proceedings against Mister Trump. (See Attachment Two)
Following the sudden departure of Acting DHSSec Chad Wolf, FEMA has been authorized to step in as Acting Acting Sec. in charge of the military defense of Inauguration Day. Arrests and prosecutions of MAGAmobsters proceeds apace… Confederate Flagman and Feet on the Speaker’s Deskman are locked up, the Viking King (in lockup) goes on a hunger strike because the jail does not serve organic food. As Liz Cheney turns against her man, Trump goes to Texas, visits his wall and Alamo (to, perhaps, remember what happened there).
The plague plows onwards, unaffected by politics, scoffing at the bungled vaccination effort. Disneyland is opened as a vaxxing site. HHSSec Azar blames the “over-hospitalization” of vaxxing with its online registration that condemns the poor and internetless to a painful death. The DC protests and Alabama street celebrations called “sea(s) of maskless revelers” while the Capitol panic room is now considered a super spreader with three Congresspersons getting it.
May 28, 2014: Healthy young child goes to the doctor, gets pumped with massive vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM! Many such cases.”
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Impeachment testimony begins at high noon. Republicans immediately cry foul because the President is not allowed to testify in his own defense… see above for impeachy voices and Attachment @ for the transcript. When the shouting and the counting is over, the vote is 2@ for, 1@ against, and the hot potato is adjudicated impossible to cool before Biden takes office, leaving the Senate divided between the trial and the business of the state.
While Congresspeople debated, more of the mob that failed to exterminate them was headed to jail. Some were turned in by their friends and relatives. Olympic gold medal swimmer @ was among those caught up in the dragnet, as were policemen, firefighters, state legislators, a former Bachelorette contestant and brain-damaged MAGots posting selfies with t-shirts proclaiming: “Camp Auschwitz” and “Sniper”. Allegations swam concerning Republican reps who gave rioters “tours” of the Capitol a few days before the insurrection.
And the plague ploughed on. While gummint vaxxers fumbled and bumbled their way towards tomorrow, a Japanese variant surfaced in… Japan!... and the worst American states for infections were Alabama, S. Carolina and third, at 1 in 154 positives: Georgia.
November 27, 2016: “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Janitors keep sweeping up the Capitol and dozens of protesters are being swept off the streets of their hometown, but thousand more remain ready for action on Inauguration Day, if they will. Partisans apologize or justify, retribution is ordered and trolls post online threats. Even the President denounces violence on You Tube, one of the few forums left to him.
20,000 National Guardsmen arrive in D.C. with some having to sleep on the floor of the Capitol while the decent people cluck at the manifestations of a dictatorship all around. Beautiful walls rise up to surround key buildings.
The plague is unmoved. Vaxxing lines grow longer – a Covid nurse whose paperwork encounters a “computer glitch” waits six weeks, during which she catches the virus and dies. Ten million are shot by now… half the recipients promised by New Years’ Day. Mortuaries are running out of storage space and hospitals are running out of oxygen.
At dusk, rented trucks drive up to the White House to start moving things out. Destination unknown.
Jan. 18, 2017: “Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago. Looking forward to Friday (Wednesday?)!
A tire fire of a week sputters to a close in a cloud of steam, toxic smoke and destroyed reputations – the only consolation being that it would have been much, much worse but for the brave Officer Goodman who diverted an armed mob with murder in their eyes away from the open door to the cowering politicians on the Capitol floor. Partisanship has its place, but this was a disaster for the two thirds of America who despise Trump because it happened, and a disaster for MAGA because it failed – and alerted the formerly sleeping Capitol, DC police, national guard and the military down there at the Pentagon to man up for next Wednesday. So we split the disaster discount equally between politics and domestic terror… one of the former inciting the latter. That said, a further gutpunch to Don Jones was, despite a slight gain in wages for those who have jobs, skyrocketing inflation… particularly at the pump.
Maybe… hopefully… the mob failed to accomplish what the British did in 1814 because the militias took one look at the newly posted gas prices and said uh uh.
THE DON JONES INDEX
CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000
(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)
See a further explanation of categories here…
ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)
DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)
OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS
Wages (hourly, per capita)