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Countdown to Transfer of Power - Congress's actions, T's actions, Impeachment/25th/Rebellion & Biden/Harris Inauguration

Seems like need a spot to watch for further

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Jan 5
Sen Warnock and Sen Ossoff win Georgia - two Democrats win for the Majority in the Senate

Jan 6 -
Vote in Congress to Certify the Electoral Votes for Biden/Harris starts
Trump incites violence to the Capitol is overtaken by Right Extremists/Neo-Nazis/Proud Boys etc
Capitol take over - 5 die, molotov cocktails found, guns, pipe bombs and congress detained
Vote in Congress finalized and Biden/Harris win the 2020 Election
Trump never calls off the Extremists - send them a love note
Sen Majority Leader McConnell and VP Pence supports the transfer of power

Last 24 hours…Jan 8th
Resignations from Cabinet members - Chao, DeVos and Staff - DHS, etc.
Congress prepares Impeachment - papers started with Inciting violence, more to come
Arrests made Sedition/thugs identified
Pelosi calls for Resignation and/or Impeachment
Calls for resignations - Sen Cruz, Rep Hawley (Houston Chronicle)
WSJ, Wapo, NYT - Sen Murkowsky - call for Trump’s Resignation
Twitter bans Trump, Flynn, Bannon

Now over 200 members in Congress are calling for Impeachment and a few Republicans Senators Murkowski, Romney and possibly Sasse support that Trump must resign or Impeach.

More evidence of illegal actions by Trump.

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Arrests for Capitol Insurrection

Three men who allegedly took part in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday have been charged in federal court in Washington, the Justice Department announced.

Jacob A. Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, was charged with illegally entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, the department said in a statement on Saturday.

Chansley was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building shirtless and wearing horns, a bearskin headdress and red-white-and-blue face paint, according to the DOJ.

Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida was arrested on multiple charges including one count of theft of government property. The U.S. alleges he removed the House Speaker’s lectern from where it was stored on the House side of the Capitol building.

Widely circulated photos showed a man inside the Capitol carrying the lectern while smiling and waving for photos.

Derrick Evans, 35, of West Virginia, a recently-elected member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, faces the illegal-entry and disorderly-conduct charges. He streamed a video of himself joining and encouraging a crowd unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol live on Facebook, according to the department.

n the video, Evans is allegedly seen crossing the threshold of the doorway into the U.S. Capitol and shouting, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

All three men are in custody.

US authorities continued to round up some of the most prominent suspects in the Capitol riot on Saturday, with the arrests of the so-called QAnon shaman and a man seen carrying Nancy Pelosi’s lectern away from the House of Representatives.



Capitol mob member who lounged at Nancy Pelosi’s desk is arrested


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The detentions followed reports of arrests of others involved in the riot which Donald Trump incited on Wednesday.

On Friday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced charges against a man accused of bringing guns and molotov cocktails to Washington. Another was reported to have had an assault rifle and ammunition and told friends he planned to shoot Pelosi, the House speaker, or run her over.

In a Saturday lunchtime statement, the US attorney’s office for District of Columbia announced the arrest and charging of three suspects, among them Jacob Anthony Chansley of Arizona, who also goes by the name of Jake Angeli and who was photographed in horned headwear and dressed in fur pelts, in Vice-President Mike Pence’s seat in the Senate chamber.

The 33-year-old self-styled “QAnon shaman”, “entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants”, the statement said.

“This individual carried a spear, approximately 6ft in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade,” the attorney’s office said, adding that he was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds”.

The man seen carrying the speaker’s lectern, Adam Christian Johnson, 36, was booked into Florida’s Pinellas county jail on Friday night on a federal warrant.

On Saturday he was charged with “entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds”, prosecutors said. Johnson is expected to be extradited to the capital for a court appearance this week.

Johnson, the US attorney’s office said, “illegally entered the United States Capitol and removed the Speaker of the House’s lectern from where it had been stored on the House side of the Capitol building. A search of open sources led law enforcement to Johnson, who is allegedly

The FBI had been searching for Johnson, after pictures of his role in the riot went viral. The whereabouts of the lectern was not immediately known.

The third man whose arrest was announced on Saturday was Derrick Evans, 35, of West Virginia, a recently elected member of the state house of delegates. The Republican was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct.

Evans broadcast his participation in Wednesday’s riots live on Facebook, the statement said, adding: “Evans is allegedly seen crossing the threshold of the doorway into the US Capitol and shouting, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

On Saturday, Evans resigned his state house seat.

All three men are being prosecuted by the US attorney’s office for the District of Columbia and investigated by the FBI and US Capitol police.

A man pictured sitting at Pelosi’s desk, 60-year-old Richard Barnett from Gravette, Arkansas, was also arrested. Having bragged to reporters about taking an envelope from the speaker’s office, he was reportedly charged with entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property.

The attack on the Capitol was incited by Trump, who told supporters to “fight like hell” against the supposedly stolen election which he in fact lost conclusively to Joe Biden.

A man who was photographed carrying the lectern of Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the rampage on the U.S. Capitol this week and another who roamed through the halls of Congress while wearing a horned fur headdress have been arrested and charged, the Justice Department said on Saturday.

Adam Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Fla., was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Friday night after a widely circulated photograph showed him sporting a wide smile as he waved to the camera with one hand and hauled off Ms. Pelosi’s lectern with the other. On his head he wore a Trump knit hat, with the number “45” on the front.

Jail booking records from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office provide scant details about the arrest of Mr. Johnson but show that he was arrested on a federal warrant. The records list a few identifying tattoos, including one that reads “God, wings, cross.” He was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of theft of government property, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

“My office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol,” Michael Sherwin, the top federal prosecutor in Washington, said in a statement.

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Capitol insurrection…Who were the police protecting? And were politicians making the calls as to how much protection would be available. This is such a tough issue since the Right feels that the police should defend their position - because aren’t they for Trump?

And here’s how the Black Capitol Hill cops were treated by the off-duty white cops who flashed their badges at the crowds.

Two Black officers told BuzzFeed News that their chief and other upper management left them totally unprepared and were nowhere to be found on the day.

The first glimpse of the deadly tragedy that was about to unfold came at 9 a.m. on the morning of the insurrection for one Black veteran of the US Capitol Police. But it didn’t come from his superiors — instead the officer had to rely on a screenshot from Instagram sent to him by a friend.

“I found out what they were planning when a friend of mine screenshot me an Instagram story from the Proud Boys saying, ‘We’re breaching the capitol today, guys. I hope y’all already.’” The officer, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation from his superiors, told BuzzFeed News that it was just a sign of the chaos that was to come, which saw officers regularly finding themselves unprepared and then outmanned and overpowered by the mob.

The officer said that while the department’s upper management had been telling them to prepare for Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol like they would for any other protest, that Instagram post sent a clear message: this wasn’t going to be just some kind of free speech protest, this was going to be a fight.

Management’s inaction left Black police officers especially vulnerable to a mob that had been whipped up by President Donald Trump, a man who has a record of inspiring racist vigilantes to action. One of the most defining videos of that day was of one of their colleagues, another Black officer, trying in vain to hold back the tide of rioters who had broken into the building and were hunting for Congressional members.

BuzzFeed News spoke to two Black officers who described a harrowing day in which they were forced to endure racist abuse — including repeatedly being called the n-word — as they tried to do their job of protecting the Capitol building, and by extension the very functioning of American democracy. The officers said they were wrong footed, fighting off an invading force that their managers had downplayed, and not prepared them for. They had all been issued gas masks, for example, but management didn’t tell them to bring them in on the day. Capitol Police did not respond to BuzzFeed News’s request for comment about the allegations made by officers.

In a crowd where some carried flags bearing a thin blue line - a pro-police symbol that critics claim also stands for white supremacy and opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement - and shirts adorned with “Blue Lives Matter,” a tide of anger and frustration rose as officers
pushed them back. Nearly three hours after the building was breached, police cleared the grounds and used batons and chemical munitions to confront the mob.

You should be on our side,” a woman in a Trump 2020 sweatshirt called at them. " 'We the people’ means police, too!"

“Is this honoring your oath? Pushing patriots around?” another man yelled as an officer shoved him backward with a baton.

Some promised to return with weapons, ready to fight if necessary. A man repeatedly announced he would be back with his rifle for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Police experts worry this souring sentiment may lead to more violence in the months ahead. They caution that officers in Washington should prepare to be met with increasing hostility from crowds that previously have clamored for selfies and handshakes from them.

"In general, the public has this mistaken assumption that the police are there to serve and protect them," Maria Haberfeld, a professor of police science at John Jay College, said. "The police do what the politicians and other officials tell them to do or not to do."

Neither D.C. police nor Capitol Police responded to a request for comment.

Conservatives and members of the far-right long have sought to position themselves on the same side of the societal and cultural divide as police. Republicans backed President Donald Trump’s campaign message of “law and order,” and amid rising calls to “defund the police” during racial justice protests last year, the GOP was swift to criticize efforts to shrink police budgets. Police unions and officers vocally supported Trump’s bid for a second term.

But on Wednesday, as the Capitol was being breached and ransacked, people who see themselves as friends of the police were confronted with the reality that law enforcement would not always respond in kind.

"When police have to move against various groups that have supported them, they expect the police to be on their side when they do illegal things, but policing is not really a discretionary behavior," Haberfeld said. “When people behave the way they behaved at the Capitol, it mandated only one response: Move them out. Arrest them all.”

The law enforcement response, which has been roundly criticized, was tepid compared to police responses to summer protests when demonstrators were arrested en masse. But Trump supporters, who were mostly White, balked at any amount of police resistance Wednesday.

In far-right online forums after the insurrection - during which five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died - Proud Boys, conspiracists, members of armed groups and white nationalists sought to further erode Trump supporters’ veneration of the police by posting videos of officers and rioters exchanging punches and unleashing streams of pepper spray.

“The blue does not back you,” reads a message posted in a pro-Proud Boys group with more than 37,000 followers on social media app Parler. “They back the men who pay them.”

On Wednesday, three hours after the 6 p.m. curfew by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D, went into effect, a reinforced squad of police officers, Capitol Police officers and National Guard members pushed back a diminishing crowd of Trump’s supporters, who continued to shout abuse at police.

The rhetoric was, at times, similar to far-left protesters who have coined a phrase for police that includes an expletive, while also posting violent anti-police memes in online chats and social media forums.

At racial justice protests over the summer, following a spate of police killings of Black men and women around the country, protesters called police “murderers” and implored officers to join them or take a knee to express solidarity.

But unlike at racial justice demonstrations, where police would fire chemical munitions into areas where protesters were being treated by medics or advance on ailing protesters, several officers at the Capitol on Wednesday seemed sympathetic to the rioters.

Police helped some supporters of the president wash out their eyes after being hit with chemical irritants. At the Capitol gates, some smiled and posed for photos.

Jamie Longazel, who has studied the “Blue Lives Matter” movement since it was formed as backlash to the Black Lives Matter movement, said many of the people who espouse a pro-police ideology are unlikely to change their stripes overnight.

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Cruz tries to re-do his story about wanting to delay the vote.

The Houston Chronicle responds - Resign

Editorial: Resign, Senator Cruz. Your lies cost lives. - HoustonChronicle.com

Sen. Ted Cruz criticizes Trump for inciting Capitol violence - HoustonChronicle.com

In objecting to Arizona’s results, Cruz was pushing for an “emergency audit,” which he argues could have provided the final say Trump supporters needed. His objection was initially supported by 10 other senators, though two changed their minds after the riot.

“It would have been a much better solution, it would have helped bring this country together, it would have helped heal the divisions we have in this country and help reestablish trust in our democratic system,” Cruz said. “What I was working to do is find a way to reestablish widespread trust in the system.”
Critics accuse Cruz of doing the opposite by ignoring the fact that Trump’s claims had been thrown out of dozens of courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. They call his objection a craven attempt to appeal to Trump supporters and raise money for his own presidential bid.

Calls were growing on Friday for Cruz to resign or be expelled from the Senate. At least two Democratic senators — Patty Murray of Washington and Chris Coons of Delaware — both called for Cruz and U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, another objector, to resign.

Republicans, too, have criticized Cruz. U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said those who objected on Wednesday “will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack on our democracy.” George Will, a conservative columnist, wrote in the Washington Post that Trump, Hawley and Cruz “each will wear a scarlet ‘S’ as a seditionist.”

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What will come next…as we swerve past the fascist ensnarement that almost was?

Must read

NYTimes: The American Abyss

A historian of fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob and what comes next

By Timothy Snyder

When Donald Trump stood before his followers on Jan. 6 and urged them to march on the United States Capitol, he was doing what he had always done. He never took electoral democracy seriously nor accepted the legitimacy of its American version.

Even when he won, in 2016, he insisted that the election was fraudulent — that millions of false votes were cast for his opponent. In 2020, in the knowledge that he was trailing Joseph R. Biden in the polls, he spent months claiming that the presidential election would be rigged and signaling that he would not accept the results if they did not favor him. He wrongly claimed on Election Day that he had won and then steadily hardened his rhetoric: With time, his victory became a historic landslide and the various conspiracies that denied it ever more sophisticated and implausible.

People believed him, which is not at all surprising. It takes a tremendous amount of work to educate citizens to resist the powerful pull of believing what they already believe, or what others around them believe, or what would make sense of their own previous choices. Plato noted a particular risk for tyrants: that they would be surrounded in the end by yes-men and enablers. Aristotle worried that, in a democracy, a wealthy and talented demagogue could all too easily master the minds of the populace. Aware of these risks and others, the framers of the Constitution instituted a system of checks and balances. The point was not simply to ensure that no one branch of government dominated the others but also to anchor in institutions different points of view.

In this sense, the responsibility for Trump’s push to overturn an election must be shared by a very large number of Republican members of Congress. Rather than contradict Trump from the beginning, they allowed his electoral fiction to flourish. They had different reasons for doing so. One group of Republicans is concerned above all with gaming the system to maintain power, taking full advantage of constitutional obscurities, gerrymandering and dark money to win elections with a minority of motivated voters. They have no interest in the collapse of the peculiar form of representation that allows their minority party disproportionate control of government. The most important among them, Mitch McConnell, indulged Trump’s lie while making no comment on its consequences.

Yet other Republicans saw the situation differently: They might actually break the system and have power without democracy. The split between these two groups, the gamers and the breakers, became sharply visible on Dec. 30, when Senator Josh Hawley announced that he would support Trump’s challenge by questioning the validity of the electoral votes on Jan. 6. Ted Cruz then promised his own support, joined by about 10 other senators. More than a hundred Republican representatives took the same position. For many, this seemed like nothing more than a show: challenges to states’ electoral votes would force delays and floor votes but would not affect the outcome.

Post-truth is pre-fascism, and Trump has been our post-truth president. When we give up on truth, we concede power to those with the wealth and charisma to create spectacle in its place. Without agreement about some basic facts, citizens cannot form the civil society that would allow them to defend themselves. If we lose the institutions that produce facts that are pertinent to us, then we tend to wallow in attractive abstractions and fictions. Truth defends itself particularly poorly when there is not very much of it around, and the era of Trump — like the era of Vladimir Putin in Russia — is one of the decline of local news. Social media is no substitute: It supercharges the mental habits by which we seek emotional stimulation and comfort, which means losing the distinction between what feels true and what actually is true.**

Post-truth wears away the rule of law and invites a regime of myth. These last four years, scholars have discussed the legitimacy and value of invoking fascism in reference to Trumpian propaganda. One comfortable position has been to label any such effort as a direct comparison and then to treat such comparisons as taboo. More productively, the philosopher Jason Stanley has treated fascism as a phenomenon, as a series of patterns that can be observed not only in interwar Europe but beyond it.

My own view is that greater knowledge of the past, fascist or otherwise, allows us to notice and conceptualize elements of the present that we might otherwise disregard and to think more broadly about future possibilities. It was clear to me in October that Trump’s behavior presaged a coup, and I said so in print; this is not because the present repeats the past, but because the past enlightens the present.

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More calls for Resignation for those in Congress who participated in this Insurrection/Sedition

Or those who support EVERYTHING the President does, from outgoing Sen Toomey (R-PA)
Nothing to lose saying this.

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More calls for Resignation for those in Congress who participated in this Insurrection/Sedition

Impeachment

Getting back the faves - Dershowitz and Giuliani for Trump’s defense. Yikes

Some are saying that Amendment 14 - Section 3 should be invoked becaue Impeachment may take too long.

Fourteenth Amendment

  • Section 3

No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

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:boom:
So VP Pence may want to participate in the 25th Amendment, keeping that option on the table.

Mike Pence has not ruled out 25th Amendment, source says - CNNPolitics

(CNN)Vice President Mike Pence has not ruled out an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment and wants to preserve the option in case President Donald Trump becomes more unstable, a source close to the vice president says.

The source said there is some concern inside Pence’s team that there are risks to invoking the 25th Amendment or even to an impeachment process, as Trump could take some sort of rash action putting the nation at risk.

For now, the source said Pence and his advisers hope to provide a bridge to the next administration and do as much as possible to assist President-elect Joe Biden’s team in preparing for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

But, the source cautioned, it has become clear this week that it is necessary to keep the 25th Amendment option on the table based on Trump’s actions.

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NBC Reporting

Impeachment support growing

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Big tech is putting a stop to Parler for the immediate future, with Amazon booting them off on Sunday night 11:59p.

Parler, the alternative social media platform favored by conservatives, now finds itself virtually homeless on the internet as Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOGL) have all booted it from their platforms in a span of a little more than 24 hours.

Amazon will remove Parler from its cloud hosting service, Amazon Web Services, Sunday evening, effectively kicking it off of the public internet after mounting pressure from the public and Amazon employees.

The decision, which goes into force on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, will shut down Parler’s website and app until it can find a new hosting provider. BuzzFeed News was first to report the move. Parler is an alternative social network popular with conservatives and has been heavily used by supporters of President Donald Trump, including some who participated in Wednesday’s US Capitol unrest.

In a letter obtained by CNN Business that was sent to Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff on Saturday, Amazon Web Services said that in recent weeks it has reported 98 examples to Parler of “posts that clearly encourage and incite violence.” The letter includes screenshots of several examples.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms,” AWS wrote. “It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service.”

The letter continued: “AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site. However, we cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others. Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account.”

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Capitol Hill cop dies by suicide…we are in a nightmare

:cry:

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Rep Clyburn says the Jan 6th storm Insurrection may have had a lot of planning.

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The video of the officer being chased up flights of stairs has been put into context, and apparently that officer deliberately put himself in harm’s way:



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McConnell has sent the Rules for Impeachment to the Senate.

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Thanks @Windthin for highlighting the pathway that Capitol Hill Cop Goodwin took. He singlehandedly handled that crowd…and this HuffPo journalist @igorbobic footage is amazing.

More on the Qanon sypporter arrested leading the charge.
Des Moines man photographed at U.S. Capitol riot faces 5 federal charges

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2021/01/09/fbi-arrests-des-moines-man-who-us-capitol-riot-booked-into-polk-county-jail-washington-dc/6607953002/

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@dragonfly9
I got this in response also:

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Delaware Shelter Where Joe Biden Adopted Dog Major Hosting ‘Indoguration’ for Rescue Canine

The virtual event, co-hosted by Pumpkin Pet Insurance, will celebrate Major’s rise to First Dog and will also raise funds for the Delaware Humane Association’s lifesaving work.

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Rep Hawley is asked to resign and they painted a sign on the road for this.

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