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Democrats plan to introduce articles of impeachment as early as Monday

January 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

House Democrats are currently planning to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump as soon as Monday, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

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House Democrats are currently planning to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump as soon as Monday, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

That could set up a vote in the House early to the middle of next week.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not explicitly said when this will go to the floor.

In December 2019, the House impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The Senate acquitted him on both charges last February.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that he and the second lady were “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D.

Sicknick and send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family, friends and fellow officers. ”

Pence goes on to write Sicknick was “American hero who gave his life defending our Capitol. ”

“Anytime a member of law enforcement dies in the line of duty it is a solemn reminder to us all that they run toward danger to maintain peace.

The President and the entire Administration extend our prayers to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s family as we all grieve the loss of this American hero,” Deere said in a statement to CNN.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he believes President Trump should resign.

Cuomo said he calls upon every New York federal official to call for Trump’s resignation so that the country may be spared another impeachment process.

"The question will always be, what did you do when Washington anarchy descended?" he asked.

"What did you do at that moment?

And you’ll live with the consequences. "

Cuomo described Wednesday’s events at the US Capitol Building as "horrific. "

Cuomo also expressed shock at the security failures that allowed a mob of Trump supporters to breach the Capitol.

"From a security point of view, I’m shocked at what they allowed to happen," Cuomo said.

On a conference call with Democrats, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff discussed what would happen with the Senate impeachment trial if the House impeaches President Trump, according to multiple sources on the call.

Since Republicans are unlikely to hold a trial before Jan. 20, Senate Democrats would be able to hold a trial after Jan. 20 once they officially take the majority.

Also, Schiff noted a Senate trial after Trump leaves would present a messaging challenge since they are arguing now he is an imminent threat to the republic.

Raskin said the 25th Amendment could happen via the Cabinet and Vice President Mike Pence, but added that there's another route: Congress could create a commission, a majority of which could then vote to remove Trump.

In terms of timing for an impeachment vote, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hasn’t explicitly said, but did say she would consult with House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern about the process.

Derrick Evans, a West Virginia state legislator who recorded himself storming the Capitol on Wednesday, faces criminal charges, US officials said.

Evans has been charged in a criminal complaint with entering restricted area and entering the US Capitol, said Ken Kohl, a top official in the US attorney’s office for Washington, DC.

President-elect Joe Biden began his Cabinet announcements Friday by expressing condolences for the Capitol Police officer who died in the line of duty following the insurgence on Capitol Hill, saying that the people who are responsible should be held accountable.

The officer, Brian D.

Sicknick, was injured Wednesday when a mob of President Trump's supporters stormed the US Capitol.

He died at approximately 9:30 p. m. ET Thursday "due to injuries sustained while on-duty," Capitol Police officials said in a statement.

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Biden is nominating Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as his pick for commerce secretary, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for labor secretary.

The only outstanding pick for a top-level position is CIA director.

Today's Cabinet announcements come just days after pro-Trump supporters stormed and breached the US Capitol.

Five people are dead, including a US Capitol Police officer, after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes in Congress, repeating lies about the election being stolen from him and promising to join them.

The man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been arrested and charged with three federal counts including theft of public property, federal officials said Friday.

Barnett was charged with knowingly entering and remaining in restricted building ground without authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and the theft of public property, officials said.

A resident of Alabama was also charged in connection with the pipe bomb found on the south side of the Capitol building, 11 Molotov cocktails and military-style weapon found in his pickup truck.

"I have reached out to President-elect Biden today and plan to speak to him about how we must work together to lower the temperature and unite the country to solve America’s challenges," he continued.

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