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House GOP leaders won't whip Republican colleagues to vote against Trump's impeachment

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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House Republican leaders won't whip their colleagues and tell them to vote against the impeachment resolution tomorrow, according to leadership aides. They will let members vote their conscience.

Rep. Liz Cheney, the number three in GOP leadership, called tomorrow's impeachment vote a "vote of conscience. " She has not said how she would vote but she has been sharply critical of Trump's efforts to overturn the election.

Federal officials are considering whether to issue permits to at least two groups seeking to protest the inauguration of incoming President Joe Biden, or support outgoing President Trump.

The National Park Service told CNN it is processing an application from a group called DC Action Lab, which is requesting permission to assemble approximately 5,000 people for a "Free speech demonstration against the inauguration. "  

The park service said it has granted two permits for events on Inauguration Day that appear unrelated to the inauguration; one is anticipating 15 participants to "Attract people to God with music and books" over two-plus weeks in January, and a second is for an ongoing worship service that began in November and continues through mid-March.

Members of Congress were briefed late Monday on a series of new threats against lawmakers and the US Capitol ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20, Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb told CNN's New Day Tuesday.

The briefing, which comes after CNN reported Monday that the FBI has received information indicating "armed protests" are being planned at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, DC, is yet another sign that law enforcement agencies are becoming increasingly concerned that last week's siege at the US Capitol was not an isolated incident.

As CNN has reported, Trump spent the weekend largely in isolation because a lot of people are avoiding him, with the exception of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino and the head of the White House personnel office Johnny McEntee.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was pressed repeatedly Tuesday on whether President Trump is capable of fulfilling his duties and whether he would invoke the 25th Amendment in his role as a member of the Trump Cabinet, and though he said he’d “wrestled” with his own role in the administration, he would not weigh in.

Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, who co-authored the article of impeachment against President Trump, said Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud incited the Capitol riots.

Rep. Liz Cheney, the number three House Republican, told colleagues on a conference call Monday evening that Wednesday's impeachment vote is a “vote of conscience,” a source tells CNN.

The House plans to vote to impeach President Trump tomorrow.

President-elect Joe Biden said Monday he was "not afraid" of taking his oath of office on the West Front of the US Capitol, after supporters of President Trump breached the building in a deadly riot.

President Trump, who incited the riot at the Capitol, has said he will not attend Biden's inauguration.

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