Colorado Democratic Rep. Jason Crow said that if President Trump wanted to stop the threat of any more violence in the US, he would say outright that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
The President has been buildingthis; he has been radicalizinghis most fringe supporters. Hestarted with dog whistles andnow this outright rhetoric byhim and his top supporters.So talk is really cheap rightnow, Crow said in reaction to Trump releasing a video calling for calm.
If he wants to de-escalate, he will stop theseconspiracy theories, he will attempt to try to de-radicalize his supporters, and he willsay that outright.I'm not holding my breath, Crow added in an interview with CNNs Kate Bolduan.
Crow also said we are on the right path to making sure the inauguration will be secure on Jan. 20. We're almost there, he said.
A man accused of striking a US Capitol Police Officer with a fire extinguisher during the Jan. 6 riots has been arrested, court documents show.
Robert Sanford was arrested on Thursday morning in Pennsylvania, according to the Justice Department.
According to the documents, he's been charged on four counts in relation to the riots, including:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
- Disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds
- Civil disorder
- Assaulting, resisting,or impeding certain officers while engaged in the performance of official duties
The statement of facts state that Sanford was seen on video carrying a red object, which it states appears to be a fire extinguisher, as he stepped over a short wall. It says he hurls the red object towards police officers where it struck one officer who was wearing a helmet. It then ricochets and strikes another officer, without a helmet, before ricocheting again to strike a third officer in the head. That officer is also wearing a helmet, the statement said.
It also quotes Officer William Young, who said he "felt a hard strike to the back of his helmet." He saw the fire extinguisher on the ground but didn't see who struck him, the statement said. Young was evaluated at the hospital and cleared to return to duty, the statement notes.
The statement also said thatSanford was identified on Tuesday to the FBI in Pennsylvania.
Sanford was charged on Wednesday in US District Court, according to court records.
The Ohio National Guard is sending over 700 members to the nation's Capital that have some very specific capabilities, Major General John Harris said during a Thursday news conference.
Harris said Ohio has the fifth largest National Guard the country, and they are sending specific units that were requested by the federal government.
We've sent a very specialized unit called our Homeland Response Force and that unit has the capability to not only provide security, but also they do what's called consequence management so if there were a major event there, this unit can do very high level, high skilled search and rescue, both from confined spaces and high angle search and rescue, he said. But also, they can do it in a chemical, biological, nuclear environment so this is a precaution that's been requested by the folks here in the National Capitol Region, and the governor's directed that we send it.
Additionally, Harris said they have sent security type forces that can augment the law enforcement there in the National Capitol Region.
He added that its two companies of specially trained folks that can help with the security of critical infrastructure there.
Ohio is also sending some communications personnel and equipment and they'll be able to provide some redundancy for communication should that become necessary, Harris said.
Some of the more than 700 National Guard units have already deployed, and more will be traveling in.
The general public will not have access to the National Mall on Inauguration Day, according to an official familiar with the discussions.
The official said there will be no big screens, no toilets, no panels where people stand, and that the public will not be able to get down to the mall.
There are ongoing discussions between the District, National Park Service and the US Department of Interior on when the shutdown will happen. There wont be access on Jan. 20, but when exactly before that is still the subject of discussion.
President-elect Joe Bidens advisers, who are helping plan the inaugural, say it is intended to be a virtual event. They did not object to heightened security restrictions recommended by authorities pertaining to the Mall or the area surrounding the White House.
The restrictions on the National Mall were first reported by the Washington Post.
The House vote to impeach President Trump, historic as it was, has created a series of complicated questions for the looming Senate trial nearly all of which will have repercussions for the opening days of incoming President Joe Biden.
Its something Democratic senators and aides say theyre keenly aware of as theyve worked through possible scenarios keeping Bidens team in the loop each step of the way.
Biden himself called current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Jan. 11 in an effort to attempt to map a path forward that allows his administration to start its work both nominations and potential stimulus legislation as soon as possible.
The stakes are enormous and will dictate how quickly Biden gets his team in place, as well as whether he and his new Senate majority can launch what are expected to be legislative efforts.
"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," Biden said in a statement following the impeachment vote Wednesday night, alluding to his desire to 'bifurcate" the process in the upper chamber.
The ability to solidify doing two things at once weighs heavily on what comes next. As McConnell made clear in a statement Jan. 13, Senate trials have historically not been short.
"The Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials," McConnell said. "They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively."
While Democrats have been eyeing a tighter timeline, no final decisions have been announced either on how the trial will play out or when one will actually begin.
But past trials underscore the complicated balancing act that lawmakers are grappling with. Running through this trial provides a guide, but with the caveat that everyone involved is attempting to work through alternatives.
Former acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf expressed his dismay that the outrage following the armed insurrection at the Capitol last week was not present over the summer when there were violent protests in Portland and other cities, but again laid some of the blame for last weeks events at the feet of President Trump, saying that the Presidents words matter.
I think as we lookback at the events of last weekI think certainly thePresident's words matter and I think I've said that publicly onseveral occasions now.Obviously the individuals the stormed thecapitol, the rioters, the criminalsthat did that, obviously have a lot ofblame for their actionsthemselves and I think that'simportant to keep in mind, Wolf said in an interview on Fox news on Thursday, echoing what he toldCNN in an interview on Wednesday.
Wolf however then turned his attention to the violence over the summer.
Actions in Portland and Oakland,areas like that where theactivities of very violentindividuals trying to burn downa courthouse and others, its very similarto what we saw here in the capitaltrying to disrupt the workingsof the federal government.And at that time there was veryfew outrage, very few outspokenindividuals about the attack onthose federal facilities andlaw enforcement, Wolf said, adding that he thinks there should be the same level of outrage across the board.
Wolf again said his decision to leave the administration early was because of legal challenges to his authority.
Wolf said that he hopes the Biden administration doesnt immediately overhaul some of the immigration measures put in place by the Trump administration to cater to one politicalspectrum or ideology, one sideof the aisle or the other.
President-electJoe Bidenand Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talk more than people know, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.
The feeling inside, according to this person, is that people see McConnell as someone who is on the level and won't pull a quick one, an attitude that is shaped byBidenhimself. And they also understand that while there is going to be GOP opposition to the size of the relief package, there is pressure on McConnell to do something on Covid-19.
Bidenis cautioning strategic patience internally. There have been multiple times when folks have wanted to go harder on confirmations etc andBidenis the one who says give it a minute.
Bidenhas had lots of conversations, with lots of people, including McConnell about the size of the Covid-19 package, confirmations, and other matters, this person added.
On the impeachment front, McConnell has rejected Democratic calls to bring the Senate back immediately toconvict President Trump, a decision that is likely to allow the President to serve out his final days in office. Biden yesterday urged the Senate to conduct theimpeachment trialwhile simultaneously working on other critical issues.
Reps. Charlie Crist of Florida, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Nancy Mace of South Carolina have introduced a bill to award US Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal for for his bravery and quick thinking during last weeks insurrection at the United States Capitol."
While some will remember last Wednesday for the very worst in our country, the patriotism and heroics of Officer Eugene Goodman renew my faith and remind us all what truly makes the United States great, Crist wrote in a statement.
Goodmanlured a group of rioters away from the entrance to the Senate chambers on Jan. 6, where lawmakers were still debating an objection to Arizona's Electoral College vote count.
After the House of Representatives impeached President Trump for a second time on Wednesday, attention now turns to the Senate.
The Senate can vote to convict Trump by a two-thirds majority. That means 17 Republican senators would have to vote "yes" to convict Trump, assuming every senator shows up to the vote and all 50 Democratic senators also vote yes to convict.
All eyes are what soon-to-be Minority Leader Mitch McConnell decides. Several GOP aides have told CNN that McConnell's decision will certainly have an impact on the conference.
Here's a look at some of the Senate Republicans we're watching ahead of the trial:
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Sen. Murkowski, who is up for reelection in 2022, is a frequent Trump critic. Last year, over the summer, she said she was struggling with whether to support President Trump in the election, and she was the first GOP senator to explicitly call on Trump to resign.
- Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: Sen. Collins, who just won reelection, is a frequent critic of the President. In an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News after the Capitol attack, Collins wrote that she had texted a White House contact during the riot to urge President Trump to tell rioters to stop the violence, but President Donald Trump completely undercut that message by repeating his grievances and telling the rioters that he knew how they felt. This was terrible, especially since he incited them in the first place.
- Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah: Sen. Romney was the sole Republican to vote to convict the President during Trumps first Senates impeachment trial last year. Romney said recently he thinks weve got to hold our breath until Trumps out of office, when asked his view of invoking the 25th Amendment. On whether Trump should be impeached, Romney said, I think time is a little short for that.
- Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska: Sen. Sasse, a frequent Trump critic, recently said he would definitely consider articles of impeachment from the House in an interview on CBS.
- Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania: Sen. Toomey, who is retiring after his term in 2022, said that President Trump has committed an impeachable offense, but stopped short of directly calling for his impeachment. He also called on Trump to resign. "I think at this point, with just a few days left, it's the best path forward, the best way to get this person in the rearview mirror for us that could happen immediately. I'm not optimistic it will," Toomey said on CNN's State of the Union.
CNN's Ali Main and Nicky Robertson contributed additional reporting to this post.