Justice Department looking at sedition and conspiracy charges for some pro-Trump Capitol rioters
Republicans are beginning to turn on Donald Trump with even top members of the party supporting his impeachment. Liz Cheney, its third-most-senior House member, said the president’s incitement of the Capitol riot was a “betrayal”.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Mitch McConnell, the GOP Senate leader, was pleased Democrats were moving to impeach the president a second time. Up to 20 Republicans might support the plan, it was claimed.
And the tech sector backlash is continuing one week after the DC riot. YouTube has banned Mr Trump for at least seven days, citing “the ongoing potential for violence”.
President’s schedule for today says ‘many calls, many meetings’
On Wednesday, the president’s public schedule cites ‘many calls’ and ‘many meetings’, after yesterday’s public outing to Texas, in which he attacked impeachment proceedings against him, and are set to start moving today.
With one week left in office, it is not the first time Mr Trump’s public schedule has sparked ridicule, as Oliver O’Connell writes.
Gino Spocchia13 January 2021 13:10
Republican support for Trump 2024 falls
Support for another Donald Trump presidential run in 2024 has fallen in the aftermath of last week’s attack on the Capitol, according to a new poll.
Among Republicans surveyed, 40 per cant said they would vote for the outgoing president if he ran for office in four years time.
When the same poll was carried out in November, 53 per cent said they would vote for Mr Trump a third time – representing a 13 per cent drop in support among Republicans polled by Politico and Morning Consultant.
Gino Spocchia13 January 2021 12:59
Opinion: It’s too late for golf to wash its hands of Donald Trump – his fingerprints are all over the sport
Only after the violence had ceased and the chaos receded into grief did golf finally muster the courage to publicly divorce itself from Donald Trump. The sport that was once famously the president’s sanctuary is belatedly seeking to erase his image in the wake of the Capitol riots, effectively barring Trump courses from hosting major championships.
It is a commendable decision and one which will sting Trump deeply despite the nest of thorns he already sits within, writes Tom Kershaw.
But, for far too long, golf tip-toed around the fires of Trump’s incendiary nature while many of its most recognisable players stopped to fawn over him. The decision to strip Trump of the 2022 PGA Championship is, at this point, another stake in the coffin. It might have been a bold statement, if only it had been taken sooner.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 12:08
US reports record-setting 4,300 Covid deaths in a single day
The United States has broken another pandemic record after 4,327 deaths were reported on Tuesday, writes Gino Spocchia.
The sombre milestone comes as coronavirus deaths in the past week have averaged at more than 3,000 a day, CNN reported, and as both cases and deaths accelerate across the country.
The record single day death toll was only the second time the US has seen more than 4,000 deaths in a 24 hour period.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 11:49
Trump official fakes White House approval on ‘scientific’ papers that downplay climate crisis
A senior official in the Trump administration may have violated US law by publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis with an unapproved use of the presidential seal and claim of federal copyright, writes Louise Boyle.
Titled “The Climate Change Flyers”, the papers claim to be published by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and include an introduction by Dr David Legates, who was appointed to a senior role at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by the Trump administration last year.
Dr Legates is a professor of climatology at the University of Delaware and affiliated with the Heartland Institute which worked for the tobacco industry in the Nineties and now opposes mainstream science.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 11:30
Communications director for Ted Cruz resigns over Capitol riot
Republicans continue to resign in the fallout of the insurrection at the US Capitol by Trump supporters last week, writes Graig Graziosi.
The communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz – who led the effort on 6 January to contest the electoral vote count to confirm Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election – has resigned over the insurrection.
Lauren Blair Bianchi issued a statement to Punchbowl News after she resigned her position as Mr Cruz’s communications director.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 11:06
Capitol riot: Video appears to show former Olympian medalist among mob
Klete Keller, a five-time Olympic medalist and former teammate of Michael Phelps, was among the throng of President Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol last week, according to video footage posted online.
Mr Keller, a decorated swimmer who represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008, is seen towering over other Trump supporters inside the US Capitol Rotunda, wearing a Team USA jacket. The video was taken by Townhall reporter Julio Rosas, and Mr Keller’s participation was first reported Monday by SwimSwam, a popular swimming website.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 10:47
Tucker Carlson guest on Fox compares Twitter ban to Holocaust
Political commentator Glenn Beck has compared the clampdown on accounts of conservatives by social media platforms after last week’s Capitol Hill riots to the Holocaust and labelled the move as a “digital ghetto” during a guest appearance for Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, writes Stuti Mishra.
Mr Beck attempted also to draw parallels between anti-Semitic violence that killed 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, and the lock on influential, conservative social media accounts following the 6 January insurrection, and said: “This is like the Germans with the Jews behind the wall.”
“They would put them in the ghetto. This is the digital ghetto,” he said.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 10:28
Daily Show reporter clashes with Capitol Hill MAGA protesters: ‘We are gonna clean this place out, one way or another’
The Daily Show reporter and comedian Jordan Klepper has become well known for covering pro-Trump rallies, and he was in the crowd when a right-wing mob descended on Capitol Hill last week, writes Rachel Brodsky.
In his latest instalment of “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse”, the correspondent spoke to a number of insurrectionists, one of whom was holding a pitchfork and another rolling by on a Segway. At one point, someone appeared to physically assault his cameraman.
The video begins with Klepper satirically asking passersby where the sedition is being held and moves onto him inquiring whether one attendee would support President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20 January.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 10:09
Lisa Montgomery: First federal execution of woman goes ahead in 67 years after appeal lost
The federal government has executed a female inmate for the first time in nearly 70 years, writes Matt Mathers.
Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1.31am (6.31am GMT) on Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Montgomery was the only woman on death row and was executed for killing and cutting the baby from the womb of a pregnant woman in Missouri in 2004.
Jon Sharman13 January 2021 09:50