House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump yesterday accusing him of inciting an insurrection, the first step in their bid to remove the president from office. The president gave a fiery speech to supporters on the White House ellipse just before the crowd stormed the US Capitol building last week (watch here).
Barring changes, a vote on the article (read full draft) is expected tomorrow, after which the Senate would hold a trial on the charge under traditional rules. Though Democrats will have a slim majority after winning duel runoffs in Georgia, Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won't be seated until the state certifies the vote—likely sometime after Jan. 20.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated the Senate wouldn't consider the charge until Jan. 20 at the earliest—Inauguration Day—at which point power will have transferred to the Biden administration. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have called for the president to step down, while Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) has said he will consider any potential charges.
Separately, a number of large companies—including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, BP, and JPMorgan Chase—said they would pause all political donations to reevaluate their spending in the wake of last week's events.
One Capitol Police officer is being hailed as a hero after luring part of the mob away from the unobstructed Senate chambers by himself. Two other officers have been suspended, while at least another 10 officers
are under investigation, for their conduct during the day. More than 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened by investigators connected to participants in the crowd.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) said yesterday there was "undisputedly" no evidence members of the leftist movement antifa led the siege, backing findings from the FBI. Claims that disguised anti-Trump protesters perpetrated the violence went viral almost immediately. See a separate fact check here.
See a timeline with diagrams of how the Capitol was breached here.
Roll Tide Roll
The Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the Ohio State Buckeyes in last night's College Football Playoff National Championship, 52-24. The victory, the program's 18th title overall, continues a nearly unprecedented streak that has seen the Tide win six championships in the past 12 years. Coach Nick Saban made history with his record seventh championship—six with the Tide and one with LSU in 2003.
Ohio State, playing without two starting defensive linemen due to COVID-19 concerns, couldn't keep up with Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. The speedy receiver racked up 215 yards and three touchdowns, mostly in the first half, before injuring his hand in the third quarter. Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones threw for 464 yards and five touchdowns.
The Trump administration returned Cuba to the list of state sponsors of terrorism yesterday, reversing an Obama-era decision that was part of a broader effort to rebuild relations with the communist country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited Cuba's harboring of US fugitives—a long-running issue—and welcoming Colombian rebel leaders.
Cuba joins just three other countries formally recognized by the list: North Korea, Syria, and Iran. The country was first added in 1982, three years after the list's inception, but was removed by former President Obama in 2015. Countries on the list are subject to a range of additional restrictions including prohibitions on economic assistance and a ban on the import of certain types of goods that may support military capacity. The US embassy is expected to remain open.
Separately, the US slapped sanctions on seven individuals and four
organizations in Ukraine accused of assisting a Russia-linked disinformation network.
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