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CNN: Pelosi's office damaged during Capitol riot

Pelosi's office damaged during Capitol riot

From CNN's Manu Raju

Pro-Trump rioters -- who overtook the Capitol Wednesday and stormed past police barricades -- took the nameplate from above the door to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.

Aides also said the rioters shattered a big mirror in her office.

CNN reported earlier that a photo from inside her office suite shows a folder with the words "we will not back down" written on it.

The folder was found after rioters stormed the US Capitol as members of Congress were meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win.

It also appears that the Office of the Senate Parliamentarian was ransacked during today's violence.

The ransacked office of the Senate Parliamentarian: pic.twitter.com/E7PsSgoAEX
— Ali Zaslav (@alizaslav) January 7, 2021

CNN: US Secret Service bringing in every available agent to White House and Naval Observatory

US Secret Service bringing in every available agent to White House and Naval Observatory

From CNN's Betsy Klein

The US Secret Service is significantly ramping up coverage and bringing additional agents from the region to the White House, Naval Observatory, and USSS headquarters after today’s unrest, a source familiar with the situation said.

A USSS official also told CNN that Secret Service was the first federal agency deployed when the US Capitol Police asked for assistance from local and federal law enforcement.

The agents on detail for Vice President Mike Pence and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were present today and worked in their roles focused on securing their protectees, but when Capitol Police put out the call for assistance, USSS sent additional uniformed division and special agents to Capitol Hill to assist. They were subsequently joined by other law enforcement agencies, the official said.

Here's what I think: someone, Pence, cabinet member, needs to call in a physician

to examine Trump ASAP, like tonight.

If he needs sedation, administer sedation. If he needs to be hospitalized, take him to Walter Reed for observation. And let Pence be acting president at least until a decision can be made about what to do between now and the 20th, . Impeach, invoke 25th, whatever.



DC mayor extends public emergency for 15 days in response to Capitol riots

DC mayor extends public emergency for 15 days in response to Capitol riots

From CNN's Adrienne Winston

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she is extending the public emergency to 15 days, as a result of rioters overtaking the US Capitol building earlier today. This will take the emergency declaration until the day after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

The mayor says that the people who stormed the Capitol, “sought to disrupt the Congressional proceedings relating to the acceptance of electoral college votes.”

“Persons are dissatisfied with judicial rulings and the findings of State Boards of Elections, and some persons can be expected to continue their violent protests through the inauguration.”

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/congress-electoral-college-vote-count-2021/index.html

FBI, Homeland Security, White House Advisers Foresaw Possible Riots, Looked the Other Way

Newsweek
By William M. Arkin On 1/6/21 at 9:15 PM EST

They knew it could happen. They feared that Donald Trump would pull a "Samson," bringing down the whole house on top of him in the two weeks before he left the White House. Officials from the FBI, the Secret Service, Homeland Security, the District of Columbia government, the Pentagon, the National Guard, and the Joint Task Force–National Capital Region who spoke to Newsweek last weekend on condition of anonymity, all talked about the potential for protesters and militias and paramilitary goons—egged on by the president—to storm Capitol Hill and even the Capitol building itself.

A half-dozen sources spoke openly about this very scenario: that the mob would take over the "People's House" and that somehow the system would break down. They speculated that this could occur because of the president's treasonous behavior, because of leadership deficiencies in the federal government and Congress, because of the extreme partisanship of the moment, and because everyone was looking the wrong way.

The blame was spread around, with the FBI dismissing the Department of Homeland Security as a bunch of amateurs and thugs; the military shaking their heads about President Trump and an absent White House leadership; Homeland Security department members mocking the District of Columbia's mayor, Attorney General, and police; and everyone making clear that "the problem" was someone else's.

It was clear that the very law enforcement and security people who in theory were responsible for maintaining order in our capital city weren't ready, weren't well led, weren't organized properly, and weren't impartial.

https://www.newsweek.com/fbi-homeland-security-white-house-advisers-foresaw-possible-riots-looked-other-way-1559535

CNN: Former CIA director John Brennan "This is a crisis of unprecedented proportions"

Brennan calls Trump "desperate and deranged"

He said is was up to Pence and the cabinet to act

Brennan called the entry into the Capitol as a "decisive security failure" when law enforcement authorities knew about this for weeks

CNN: House Judiciary Committee Democrats urge Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

House Judiciary Committee Democrats urge Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

From CNN’s Manu Raju

Members of the House Judiciary Committee are urging Vice President Mike Pence and members from President Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution and remove Trump from office, according to a statement released Wednesday night by the committee members.

“Even in his video announcement this afternoon, President Trump revealed that he is not mentally sound and is still unable to process and accept the results of the 2020 election. President Trump’s willingness to incite violence and social unrest to overturn the election results by force clearly meet this standard. So too are his recent Tweets, which Twitter has since deleted, saying the election was ‘stolen’ and that today’s riots ‘are the things and events that happen,’” the members said in the statement.

CNN reported earlier that some Cabinet members are holding preliminary discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment, according to a well placed GOP source.

Washington Post columnist: President Trump has committed treason

Opinion by
Dana Milbank
Columnist
Jan. 6, 2021 at 8:20 p.m. EST
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President Trump broke any number of laws and norms during his ruinous four-year reign. He just added one more on the way out: treason.

He lost the House in 2018. He lost the presidency in November. He lost the Senate on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, with nothing left to lose, he rallied a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to toss out the election results, ignore the will of the people, and install him as president for another term.

Trump fomented a deadly insurrection against the U.S. Congress to prevent a duly-elected president from taking office. Treason is not a word to be used lightly, but that is its textbook definition.

“We will not take it anymore, and that’s what this is all about,” he told a sea of MAGA fans and Proud Boys on the Ellipse outside the White House at noon. From behind bulletproof glass, he told them: “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

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Most Americans never imagined they would see such banana-republic images of violence from the seat of American democracy. But Wednesday’s mayhem and violence form a predictable coda to a presidency that has brought us far too much of both.

Republicans must now decide whether they are going to return to being the party of small government, individual liberties and national strength, or to continue being the Trump and Cruz party of violence, racism and authoritarianism.

Are they small-d democrats or are they fascists? After Wednesday’s terrible scene, they must choose.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/01/06/president-trump-has-committed-treason/

CNN: Three more top officials considering resigning

Robert O'Brien, National Security Advisor, plus the deputy national security advisor, and the Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Lydell

Several others considering quitting too

People in the West wing are "genuinely shaken by the president's behavior"

Acosta: Source says president is "unstable, ranting and raving" nt

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