America is in a democratic crisis. The storming of the Capitol is beating. The world reacts divided. Meanwhile, web shops with Trump knickknacks are taken offline and the president is no longer available on Instagram or Facebook. At least the next thirty days there will be two meters high “unclimble” barrier of fences around the Capitol. In this article we will keep you up to date with the latest news from the US.
Democratic President of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, spoke with the highest military officer in the United States about precautions against President Donald Trump. They should prevent Trump from starting hostilities or using access to the nuclear codes to launch an atomic attack in the less than two weeks he‘s still in power.
In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi wrote on Friday that she was discussing with General Mark Milley what measures were in place to restrain President Trump. A spokesman for Milley confirmed that Pelosi called the General and Milley answered her questions about the nuclear command procedure.
Pelosi warned her colleagues Friday about the danger of this “rogue president.” She called for everything to be done to protect the American people “from their unbalanced attack on our country and our democracy.” The Democrate previously called Trump a “hugely dangerous person who has sparked an armed insurrection against our country.”
The Democrats are already working on plans to remove Trump from office because of the storming of the American parliament by his supporters. Next week, the House of Representatives will be able to give its opinion on this, after which the Senate will have the final say.
But appealing to the 25th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet members can expire Trump if they judge that the president can no longer perform his duties. Pelosi said she hadn’t heard from Pence if he‘s planning to do this. “We hope to get an affirmative answer from him soon.”
On January 20, Trump will disappear from the White House anyway, when Joe Biden is sworn in as the new president of the United States.
The upcoming US President Joe
Biden said on
Friday that he considered President Trump unfit for office for a long time, but it’s up to the US Parliament to make an attempt to depose him.
On Friday, Biden responded to Trump‘s storming of the Capitol by supporters, but refrained from judging whether Trump should serve the little two weeks left to go. “What Congress decides is up to them,” said Biden, who added that he is mainly concerned with speeding up the vaccination process and restoring the economy.
However, Biden was very pronounced about the performance of his predecessor. “He exceeded even my worst expectations. He is one of the most incompetent presidents of the United States.”
Democratic party members of Biden in the House of Representatives are preparing a deposition procedure.
Topman Republicans seeks reconciliation
The deposition of President Trump will only further divide the United States, with a term of office that lasts only 12 days. The leader of Trump’s Republicans in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, says that in a statement.
The Democratic President of the House Nancy Pelosi wants the “unhinged” Trump to step up because of his role in the storming of the American Parliament, or for Vice President Pence and the government to force him to do so. If not, the Democrats want to start a deposition procedure.
This could be voted on next week, starting with the House of Representatives, in which the Democrats have a majority. After that, the Republican-dominated Senate should agree.
McCarthy emphasises that the country was seriously injured by the storm of the Capitol and, like Trump, pleads for “cure”. He has contacted Trump‘s successor Joe Biden and wants to talk to him later Friday about how the country can be brought back together.
McCarthy calls the storming actions ‘unacceptable, undemocratic and unAmerican‘. He writes that those responsible for the violence, with five deaths, will be brought to justice. “Lawlessness and extremism have no place in our way of life.”
More than 200 Congressmen want Trump gone
More than 200 American Congressmen want President Donald Trump to leave the White House immediately. It is mainly MPs from the Democratic Party who have spoken openly, reports NBC News on the basis of its owncount.
The Congress is formed by the Senate and the House of Representatives and has a total of 535 members.
Some politicians want a new impeachment procedure to be started or that the 25th amendment be used to allow the President to resign. The Vice President and Cabinet members can decide through that amendment that their leader is no longer able to carry out his duties. A Republican, as far as we know, is also in favour of this: Adam Kinzinger of the House of Representatives.
Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced in a statement that they wish to initiate impeachment proceedings if Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the government do not take action against Trump.
Second Secretary of Cabinet Trump resigns
After Transport Minister Elaine Chao has also resigned Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Education Minister resigned to President Donald Trump. Like Chao, DeVos does so out of dissatisfaction with Trump’s statements that led to the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday by angry Trump supporters.
DeVos resigns its duties with immediate effect. In a letter to the President, she writes: “There can be no misunderstanding that your rhetoric has had a major impact on events. That‘s the breaking point for me.
In addition to the two ministers, at least nine members of the White House have resigned since Wednesday. Transport Minister Elaine Chao filed her resignation earlier Thursday. Chao is the wife of the Republican leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell.
At the siege of Congress, four people were killed, several injured, and parliamentarians had to be dismayed for hours. The Trump followers caused significant damage.
D.A. Washington calls 40 charges “just the beginning.”
The acting chief prosecutor of the American capital Washington says so far 40 people have been charged for their role in the storm of the Capitol. Michael Sherwin calls this “just the beginning” of the legal action around Wednesday’s riots. Secret documents were stolen during the raid in the Capitol‘s office rooms.
According to the prosecution, there will be 15 more charges soon. A person was arrested near the Capitol with a military weapon and a Molotov cocktail. Sherwin says hundreds of people are digging through social media looking for people involved in the attack on the parliament building.
Chief Prosecutor says that items have been stolen from several congressmen’s offices. Include documents and electrical appliances. According to him, this might jeopardize national security, because there were also secret documents. “We now need to find out exactly what was stolen and what information was on those devices,” said Sherwin.
Sherwin said Thursday that it is an option to sue people for conspiring against the government, too, people may be charged with riots and participating in an insurrection.
Pence doesn‘t like the 25th Amendment
Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t feel like relieving President Donald Trump from office by using the 25th Amendment, two of his advisors reported to Business Insider.
Democratic congressmen Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi want Pence and the rest of the Cabinet to force President Donald Trump to resign by means of the 25th Amendment. The Vice President and Cabinet members can thus decide that their leader is no longer able to carry out his duties. They will then have to send a written statement to the leaders of Congress. Pence would be the acting president.
The dutiful and deeply believing Pence would not want to avoid further unrest in the country and divisions in Congress, says Business Insider. The Vice President would also fear his ambitions to throw the presidency on behalf of the Republicans in 2024.
The Democrats in the House of Representatives are already in the process of initiating a deposition procedure. Pelosi also supports this initiative. Schumer and Pelosi were important forces behind Trump‘s earlier impeachment. In the end, it didn’t come through the Senate.
White House condemns violence in the Capitol “strictest”, calls for unity The entire White House condemns the violence at the Capitol on
Wednesday “in the strongest possible terms,” said Kayleigh McEnany, President Donald Trump‘s spokeswoman, Thursday.
“ We condemn it, the President and his government, in the strongest possible terms,” said McEnany. “It is unacceptable, and those who have broken the law must be prosecuted in the broadest sense of the law.”
The President’s saywoman tookafter its statement no further questions from journalists. “Everyone who works here is engaged in an orderly transfer of power,” she said. “Now it‘s time for America to unite.”
Capitol police are holding 13 more suspects
Capitol police have arrested 13 suspects before the storm on Wednesday. Also, the owner of a suspicious vehicle that was parked outside the Capitol.
According to Washington DC police, an organization other than the Capitol Police, four people were killed in the storm and 68 arrests were made.
The majority of the detainees are suspected of having entered the complex illegally, says police chief Sund. Others include suspicions of, among other things, the attack of a police officer and the illegal wearing of firearms or ammunition.
According to the police chief, surveillance videos are being watched to get more suspects in the spotlight. After the attack, a “thorough evaluation” of the security plans and procedures used by the Capitol Police will also take place. American politicians wonder in American media why security was not better in order and want an investigation into police actions.
According to the police commissioner in Washington DC, there was no information in advance suggesting that a storm of the Capitol could take place. However, numerous messages in Trump groups on social media such as Facebook show that the storming has been widely discussed.
of Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer wants Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the Cabinet to remove President Donald Trump from office. He says they need to make immediate use of the 25th Amendment.
“ If this does not happen, the House of Representatives and the Senate will have to get back together immediately to start a deposition procedure,” writes Schumer. The House will reconvene only after the transfer of power on 20 January, and the Senate will hold its next session on 19 January.
Michelle Obama lasted with fierce words at Trump. The former First Lady of the United States states that there must be “rapid and serious consequences” for the “failing leadership” which, in her view, led to the storming of the Parliament building.
Republican Governor of the State of Maryland Larry Hogan also wants President Trump to quit or be removed from office. Out of dissatisfaction with Trump’s handling around the storming, another cabinet member resigned. Minister of Transport Elaine Chao has filed her resignation. Chao is the wife of the Republican leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell.
Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller calls the storming and subsequent violence “reprehensible and against the fundamentals of the US Constitution. Our republic may have been disturbed yesterday, but the determination of the members of Congress was great.”
The man responsible for security at the US House of Representatives is clearing the field. Paul Irving resigns himself as head of security, states the Democratic President of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Earlier, the leader of the Democrats in the Senate Chuck Schumer called on the Senate Head of Security to leave. Schumer told news site Politico Michael Stenger to fire himself if he doesn‘t quit himself for the next two weeks. The Democrats will also be in charge in the Senate from 20 January.
Buy Trump merchandise? Sites offline
Webshops selling merchandise around US President Donald Trump have been taken offline by Shopify, which manages the sites. According to the Canadian company, Trump’s actions are unacceptable. On Wednesday, the president launched his supporters to a march to the Washington Capitol, which culminated in a storming of the parliament building.
Anyone who tries to visit the TrumpStore.com site will be notified that this webshop is no longer available. According to Shopify, all online stores affiliated with Trump are now closed. According to a spokeswoman, Trump violated the company‘s customers’ rules by inciting violence.
Zuckerberg ‘unflats’ Trump
Donald Trump will no longer be able to use Facebook and Instagram for the next two weeks, until the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new president of the United States. Mark Zuckerberg let us know.
According to Zuckerberg, the last 24 hours have shown that Trump “will use his time to undermine a peaceful transition.” The president should have condemned the stormers of the Capitol, saysFacebook.
Zuckerberg blames Trump for frustrating the democratic process and supporting a violent uprising. Although at some point the president did say that the protesters should go home, the evil had already happened. Until then, Trump had supported the mob.
Facebook had already deleted messages from the president. When Trump is re-admitted to Facebook, it is not yet clear. Twitter has also taken measures and has removed messages from Trump. The platform previously posted content warnings on many of the president‘s tweets.
Security Minister urged Trump to condemn attack on Capitol
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, has ordered President Donald Trump to severely condemn Wednesday’s violence in and around the Capitol. Trump‘s supporters stormed the parliament building, penetrated it and destroyed it.
The President has not yet turned against his supporters. He kept repeating that the election victory was stolen from him, for which there is no evidence.
Trump promised an orderly transfer of power on Thursday when Biden is sworn in on January 20th. According to Wolf, the president only did so in the hope that members of the cabinet would not leave. Several employees of the White House and the Cabinet have already left.
Wolf stays on himself, because he wants to ensure a peaceful transfer of power and because of possible threats. He is considered faithful to Trump and was involved, for example, in the deployment of federal forces in Portland.
the US parliament by Trump supporters is, according to Russia, proof that democracy in the US is in decline. The Ministry of State in Moscow states that the electoral system in the US is “archaic” and does not comply with democratic standards. One spokeswoman, however, stressed that the storming is an “internal matter” of the US. She pointed out that American media have become ‘an instrument of political struggle‘.
It is clear that American democracy is “limping on both feet”, is the analysis of Konstantin Kosatshov, the chairman of the Foreign Commission of the Russian House of Lords. He argues that the losing Trump camp had enough reason to accuse the winner of fraud. According to Kosatshov, the US is no longer in a position to teach other countries about freedom and democracy, let alone impose them on others. That opinion is shared by his colleague in the House of Commons, Leonid Sloetski. Washington’s support for “revolutions” and uprisings in Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus has, according to him, returned to the US as a “boomerang”. The chaos is seen as a sign of division and decay.
The reaction from Beijing is very different. The United States is supervising ‘peace and stability’. “We believe that the American people want security and peace, especially in the middle of the pandemic,” said a spokesperson for the Chinese State Department. He expressed the hope that this will be the case ‘as soon as possible’. The sayman referred to the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2019, with activists invading parliament into the metropolis of millions.
FBI is gathering information on Capitol stormers
The FBI is looking for information and footage of people who have incited or participated in riots and violence in and around the Capitol on Wednesday. The police force has opened a site for this. The FBI is also asking for regular tips that can help track down the perpetrators.
One advantage for federal detectives is that many stormmers of Congress seat are not only opponents of the future president Joe Biden, but also of the corona measures. Thanks to their aversion to mouthcaps, many TRUMP supporters come up with their faces. More than fifty people have been arrested during the disturbances