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Attack on the US Capitol: Trump at bay as first Republican senator calls for resignation | US News

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Pressure mounted on Donald Trump on Saturday as Democrats in the House prepared to impeach him a second time and after a first Republican senator publicly called for his impeachment and Twitter banned his account, eliminating his most powerful means of spreading lies and incitement. to violence. .

Democrats in the House were preparing articles that accuse Trump of inciting an insurrection and of having “seriously endangered the security of the United States” and its institutions.

From the Senate, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said, “I want you to resign. I want it out. It has caused quite a bit of damage. “

By trying to reverse Joe Biden’s electoral defeat, Trump sparked a riot in the heart of the United States government. On Wednesday, the President watched from the White House as a mob told to “fight like hell” stormed the Capitol, confronted police outside the House chamber, and entered the Senate and offices. of Congressional leaders, tearing and robbing as they went. .

Five people were killed, including a police officer who confronted the rioters and a rioter shot by a law enforcement officer. Multiple arrests have been made.

Trump has called for calm and has promised to respect the transfer of power on January 20, but has also continued to claim that the election was stolen through massive electoral fraud. Was not.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, spoke with the leader of the United States military, seeking to ensure that Trump cannot launch a nuclear attack in his remaining days in office.

The speaker also called for Trump’s impeachment through the 25th Amendment, which provides for the expulsion of a president deemed incapable of fulfilling his duties. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was reportedly among officials to discuss such a course. But it seems unlikely that it will be successful, especially since Cabinet members who would be involved in the process have resigned.

Therefore, a second high-speed impeachment trial is looming, and House Democrats will begin proceedings on Monday. In his first impeachment trial, for approaching Ukraine for filth over political rivals, Trump was acquitted by a Republican-controlled Senate.

Protesters gather in the foreground of the United States Capitol on Friday to demand the removal of Donald Trump from office.

Protesters gather in the foreground of the United States Capitol on Friday to demand the removal of Donald Trump from office. Photograph: Leah Millis / Reuters

Some Republicans in the House have called for Trump to leave, but on Friday Murkowski became the first Republican senator to do so, saying the Anchorage Daily News: “I think you should go.

“He is not going to appear at the opening. It has not focused on what is happening with Covid. Either he has been playing golf or he has been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing all the people who have been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president.

“He doesn’t want to stay there. He just wants to stay there for the title. He just wants to stay there for his ego. You need to get out. He needs to do good, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing good. “

Murkowski’s intervention was dramatic, echoing the Republican delegation who came to Richard Nixon and told him to resign before being indicted by Watergate in 1974. But it seems unlikely that Trump will voluntarily leave, unless, some speculate, try to grant himself a pre emptive pardon first, and many more Republican senators would have to appeal for the president to be convicted and removed, if a trial could be held before the day of the inauguration.

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Trump will be vulnerable to prosecution, whether state or federal, after leaving the White House. But if he was successfully charged, I would also lose all benefits Life after the Oval Office, including pension and Secret Service protection.

Murkowski also said he was considering leaving his party.

“If the Republican party has become nothing more than Trump’s party,” he said, “I sincerely question whether this is the party for me.”

If it did, the Senate would give Republicans more clues. He is now split 50-50, two Democratic victories in Georgia’s runoff this week giving control through the casting vote of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Twitter’s move to ban Trump came Friday night. The company, which had previously deleted Trump’s tweets, cited repeated violations of the rules and risks, including “further incitement to violence.”

Twitter said two tweets sent on Friday were “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place in the United States Capitol.” Plans for “future armed protests” were spreading, the company warned, “including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17.”

Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic senator on the Congressional committee that oversees inauguration ceremonies, told CBS News: “There will have to be important, important reviews of what happened and changes made in terms of reinforcing security.”

A 7-foot “non-scalable” fence was being erected around the Capitol, where it was to remain for at least 30 days. A state of emergency was declared in Washington until the day after the inauguration. More than 6,200 members of the national guard would be in the city this weekend, Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

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Amid widespread anger at the ease with which rioters managed to enter the Capitol, some who broadcast their activities on social media or were photographed on the spot have been arrested.

In Seattle on Friday night, the acting chief of police said two city officers appeared to be in Washington on Wednesday. The agents, who were not identified, were placed on administrative leave.

In a statement, Adrián Díaz said that “the events that took place in the United States Capitol were illegal and resulted in the death of another police officer.” Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, was allegedly hit in the head with a fire extinguisher while “getting physically involved” with the rioters. He collapsed and later died in hospital. Some 60 officers were reported injured.

Andrew Myerberg, director of the Seattle Police Accountability Office, told the Seattle Times: “There is a picture that circulated on social media of the two officers at the protest rally. So yeah, we think they were there, but we don’t know all the facts yet, that’s why we’re doing the investigation. “

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