We will put updates here throughout the day on anything related to the violence on Capitol Hill yesterday.

McConnell on Capitol Security

He issued this statement:

“I salute and applaud those front-line U.S. Capitol Police officers who stood bravely in harm’s way during yesterday’s failed insurrection. We are praying today for those who sustained injuries, some serious, in the line of duty. Congress is also deeply grateful to the local officers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, the federal law enforcement personnel, the National Guard, and all the other professionals who deployed to help subdue the criminals and retake the Capitol.

“With that said, yesterday represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government. A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow. Initial bipartisan discussions have already begun among committees of oversight and Congressional Leadership.

“The ultimate blame for yesterday lies with the unhinged criminals who broke down doors, trampled our nation’s flag, fought with law enforcement, and tried to disrupt our democracy, and with those who incited them. But this fact does not and will not preclude our addressing the shocking failures in the Capitol’s security posture and protocols.”

Resignations

The resignations keep coming, but so far Cabinet members have not left.

  • Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Ryan Tully resigned from the National Security Council
  • Commerce Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Security John Costello
  • Melania’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham
  • Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger
  • Special envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney
  • Camp David

    Trump will go to Camp David this weekend.

    Republican Rep. Kinzinger Also Wants Trump to Leave

    From WSJ:

    While other Republicans have criticized Mr. Trump’s behavior, Mr. Kinzinger is believed to be the first to urge his removal from office.

    “It’s time to invoke the 25th amendment and to end this nightmare,” Mr. Kinzinger said in a video statement posted on Twitter, one day after a mob egged on by Mr. Trump stormed the Capitol to protest the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

    “Here’s the truth: The president caused this. The president is unfit, and the president is unwell. And the president must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily,” Mr. Kinzinger said.

    “It is for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people and that we have a sane caption of the ship.”

    Schumer Wants Trump Out

    From The Hill:

    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for President Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

    “What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” Schumer said in a statement.

    “The quickest and most effective way – it can be done today – to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” he added.

    Shopify Removes Trump Store

    I went on Shopify and could not find it in the search. From WSJ:

    Visitors to TrumpStore.com and shop.donaldjtrump.com, which sold official Trump branded apparel, “Make America Great Again” hats and other merchandise, were greeted with error messages on Thursday morning.

    A Shopify spokeswoman said President Trump violated the company’s policy, which prohibits retailers on the platform from promoting or supporting organizations or people that promote violence. “As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump,” the company said.

    The sites were taken down Thursday morning after the company’s trust and safety team, which monitors the platform, decided Mr. Trump’s comments on Wednesday violated the policy, the spokeswoman said.

     

     
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