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Correction: Ginni Thomas apparently did not fund buses to the event

Ginni Thomas is a terrible person but apparently did not fund buses to the event on January 6th.

https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1348648310400294913

I have seen a rumor floating around that Ginni Thomas funded 80 buses to transport insurrectionists to D.C. on Wednesday. This rumor does not come from my reporting, and it is not true. I do think I’ve figured out where it originated, though. 1/x


See remaining tweets in that thread.

David Waldman says the Democratic Senate can send impeachment to committee

David Waldman, of Daily Kos, who is knowledgeable of Senate rules and who worked before with Senate Democrats on filibuster reform, says if the impeachment trial starts when Democrats are in control, they can send the impeachment matter to a committee while the main Senate works on more urgent matters like COVID.

https://twitter.com/KagroX/status/1348123242318467072
If the trial is held after 1/20, you can send it to committee instead of using Senate floor time.

The Senate conducts non-presidential impeachments (as they do for federal judges) in committee. That leaves the floor open for Biden nominations.


IMHO, the Speaker should pause sending notice of impeachment to the Senate until after the Democrats take over.

EDIT: Marcy Wheeler also says a committee can be used:

https://www.emptywheel.net/2021/01/10/triage-and-impeachment/

CNN: Pence has not ruled out 25th amendment

On CNN now....

Chyron:

Pence not ruling out 25th Amendment; Wants to preserve it in case Trump becomes more unstable.

FYI, 217 votes needed to impeach

FYI, since two House seats are vacant, the total number of Representatives is 433

https://pressgallery.house.gov/member-data/party-breakdown

Half of that number is 216.5. So 217 votes are needed to impeach in the House, assuming all members are present and voting.

A 2nd Article of Impeachment?

Bring on more!

https://twitter.com/hugolowell/status/1347997063078936578

Sources tell me at this hour House Dems now considering two articles of impeachment against Trump — including the article of Incitement of Insurrection by Reps. Raskin, Lieu and Cicilline with 180 cosponsors.

New: Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a...call...could amount to obstruction

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-call-georgia-investigator/2021/01/09/7a55c7fa-51cf-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html

President Trump urged Georgia’s lead elections investigator to “find the fraud” in a lengthy December phone call, saying the official would be a “national hero,” according to an individual familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversation.

Trump placed the call to the investigations chief for the Georgia secretary of state’s office shortly before Christmas — while the individual was leading an inquiry into allegations of ballot fraud in Cobb County, in the suburbs of Atlanta, according to people familiar with the episode.

Can Schumer refer the impeachment to committee?

Assuming Pelosi pauses sending notice of impeachment until Schumer is the Majority Leader, can the Democrats decide to send the matter of impeachment to a committee, thus freeing up the Senate to do other urgent business?

David Waldman of Daily Kos, who is knowledgeable, says this:

https://twitter.com/KagroX/status/1347770789429440514

There is no reason why an impeachment trial for Trump should block confirmation votes on Biden’s appointments.

If Trump is no longer in office, it’s no longer a trial of “the president,” and the Senate can hold the trial in committee, the way they do when impeaching judges.


Thoughts?

The president has been suspended from Twitter (apparently permanent)

https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1347684684310982660

BREAKING: The president has been suspended from Twitter, per Twitter.


Twitter will have a statement momentarily, source tells me.


Twitter has banned President Trump "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."


It is apparently permanent:

After close review of recent Tweets from the
@realDonaldTrump
account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

Apple Has Threatened To Ban Parler From The App Store

Good!

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/apple-threatens-ban-parler

Apple has given Parler, the social network favored by conservatives and extremists, an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store.

Murkowski calls on President Trump to resign, questions her future as a Republican

https://www.adn.com/politics/2021/01/08/alaska-sen-lisa-murkowski-calls-on-president-trump-to-resign-questions-her-future-as-a-republican/

“Well, you know, there’s a lot of people who actually thought that I did that in 2010, think that I became an independent. I didn’t have any reason to leave my party in 2010. I was a Republican who ran a write-in campaign and I was successful. But I will tell you, if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.
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