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Capitol Hill mob was "fed lies" and "provoked" by Trump, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Tuesday, March 10, 2020
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump helped provoke the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, blaming the president directly for the attack on the Capitol.

"The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people," so McConnell.

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Trump leaves the White House for the last time, hours before Biden's inauguration

Donald Trump has left the White House for the last time of his presidency, hours before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Trump boarded Marine One accompanied by Melania Trump and left for the Joint Base Andrews where he's attending his departure ceremony.

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Giuliani says he can't defend Trump at impeachment trial due to him being a witness
Giuliani says he can't defend Trump at impeachment trial due to him being a witness
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Rudy Giuliani has announced he won't be part of Donald Trump's legal team when Trump faces his second impeachment trial for "incitement of insurrection" in the US Senate, citing to his involvement in the "Save America Rally" on January 6 where he called for a "trial by combat".

“Because I gave an earlier speech. I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or Senate chamber,” Giuliani told ABC News.

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Pelosi opposes installing Trump loyalist as new NSA General Counsel
Pelosi opposes installing Trump loyalist as new NSA General Counsel
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has demanded acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to "immediately cease" installing Trump's National Security Council staffer Michael Ellis as new NSA General Counsel.

"I ask that you immediately cease plans to improperly install Michael Ellis as the new NSA General Counsel. Additionally, with a copy of this letter to the Acting Inspector General, I am also requesting an investigation into the circumstances of the NSA General Counsel selection process. I have serious concerns about your statement that this process was free from political interference," Pelosi wrote. "Public reporting indicates that Mr. Ellis, a relatively recent law school graduate with a limited resume, was selected due to interference by the White House, and was chosen over much more qualified candidates. Moreover, Mr. Ellis has been reportedly involved in highly questionable activities that are disqualifying – including the infamous 2017 “midnight run” to launder intelligence information through Rep. Devin Nunes and with efforts to shield information about President Trump’s July 2019 call with the President of Ukraine."

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Biden to not lift international travel restrictions
An officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations welcomes and clears international travelers arriving at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., March 13, 2020.
An officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations welcomes and clears international travelers arriving at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., March 13, 2020. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Jen Psaki, President-elect Joe Biden’s press secretary, dismissed Donald Trump's order to lift the ban on travellers from Europe and Brazil that has been in place since March 2020, instead announced plans to "strengthen public health measures around international travel."

"With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel," Psaki tweeted. "On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26. In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19."

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US study shows: greater use of force against left-wing demonstrations
US study shows: greater use of force against left-wing demonstrations
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A study by the US Crisis Monitor based on around 13,000 demonstrations across the US since April 2020 shows that the police use force three times more often on left than right-wing demonstrators.

Barack Obama used this data in a statement to justify why Trump supporters were not stopped at the Capitol: The use of police force against predominantly white demonstrators is now demonstrably significantly reduced.

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Adam Schiff: Trump should be denied daily intelligence briefings
Adam Schiff: Trump should be denied daily intelligence briefings
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House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff said Sunday that President Donald Trump should be barred from receiving daily intelligence briefings after he leaves office.

"There's no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future," Schiff told on CBS’ in an interview. "I don't think he can be trusted with it now and in the future, he certainly can't be trusted."

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Trump faces Senate trial after impeachment once out of office
Archive image of Donald Trump
Archive image of Donald Trump Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Donald Trump will face trial in the Senate after being charged with misconduct in office. The trial will be held after Mr trump leaves office next Wednesday according to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

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US House impeaches Donald Trump for the second time
US House impeaches Donald Trump for the second time
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The United States House has voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. The resolution has been brought to a vote following the storming of the Capitol building.

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Angela Merkel criticizes Trump's social media ban
Angela Merkel
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German government criticizes the permanent blocking of Trump's social media accounts. Merkel pointed out that freedom of expression as a fundamental right should only be restricted by legislation and not by companies.

In principle, the German government condemns statements inciting hatred and violence and is in favor of regulating social networks.

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New York Bar Association launches probe to expel Rudy Giuliani from its membership
Rudy Giuliani
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The New York State Bar Association is opening an inquiry into removing Rudy Giuliani from its membership over his role in inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Giuliani has continuously spread baseless claims and conspiracy theories about the election despite no evidence of voter fraud.

The Bar Association said Monday it has received hundreds of complaints about Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney and the former mayor of New York City. "Mr Giuliani's words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election's outcome to take matters into their own hands," the association said in its statement.

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U.S. businesses cut Republican party donations in wake of Capitol siege on January 6
U.S. businesses cut Republican party donations in wake of Capitol siege on January 6
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Citigroup, JPMorgan, Mariott International and a major health insurance company confirmed on Sunday that they were rethinking their political donations following the deadly Capitol siege on Wednesday.

Candi Wolff, head of Citigroup's global government affairs, sent a memo to employees on Friday saying that "we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law."

The board of the PGA of America voted to not hold one of golf's four major championships at Trump's New Jersey course. Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, defended the decision, saying: "We're fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand.

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U.S. House Democrats to kick off impeachment on Monday

The US Democrats want to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump as early as Monday. The leader of the House of Representatives, Pelosi, had previously called for Trump to be prosecuted.

After the storm on the Capitol, the Democratic Party in the USA wants to set the course for impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump on Monday. This could theoretically remove Trump from power before he hands over the office to his successor Joe Biden on 20 January anyway. Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said his party would initiate the process at the beginning of the week.

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter bans former Trump adviser Michael Flynn and other QAnon figures

Twitter took action against a pair of President Trump's close associates Friday, banning them from the platform as part of a broader effort to contain the QAnon conspiracy movement. In recent months, each figure has promoted QAnon, an elaborate constellation of conspiracy theories purporting that President Trump is waging a secret battle against a cabal of political enemies who engage in child sex trafficking, among other baseless claims. As part of Trump's post-election legal team, Powell became a heroic figure to the QAnon crowd, which believes that a master plan being orchestrated behind the scenes will give the president a second term.

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Google bans right-wing online network Parler from App Store
Google bans right-wing online network Parler from App Store
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Following the violent storming of the US Capitol by radical supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, Google has removed the online service Parler from its app store.

In addition Apple threatened a removal and demanded that Parler must take measures to prevent users from planning illegal, violent activities together.

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Twitter has permanently suspended Donald Trump "due to the risk of further incitement of violence"
Twitter has permanently suspended Donald Trump "due to the risk of further incitement of violence"
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Twitter has stated that "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."

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Trump declares he will not be in the inauguration on January 20th
Trump declares he will not be in the inauguration on January 20th
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The US President Donald Trump has announced via his Twitter account: "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th." 

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Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger calls for Trump being removed from office with the 25th Amendment
Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger calls for Trump being removed from office with the 25th Amendment
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In the wake of the pro-Trump supporters breaching the security of and storming into the Capitol, Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger has called for the use of the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office, saying the nation's chief executive has become "unmoored" from reality.

In addition, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has stated that America would be “better off” if President Donald Trump would resign or be removed from office.

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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns after Capitol insurrection
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns after Capitol insurrection
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Betsy DeVos says Trump "rhetoric" was "inflection point." She has become the second Cabinet secretary to resign a day after a pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Biden addresses U.S. Capitol assault, calling it "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation"
Biden addresses U.S. Capitol assault, calling it "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation"
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President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday addressed the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riots on Twitter, condemning the violence and calling it "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation, an unprecedented assault on our nation."

"What we witnessed yesterday was not dissent. It was not a disorder. It was not a protest. It was chaos. They weren't protesters. Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It's that basic. It's that simple," so Biden, adding that Trump "unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was the culmination of that unrelenting attack" and was "trying to use a mob to silence the voices of nearly 160 million Americans."

"No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they would have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that's true. And it's unacceptable. Totally unacceptable," Biden continued.

Addressing his Justice Department nominees, Biden says: "You won't work for me. You are not the president or the vice president's lawyer. Your loyalty is not to me. It's to the law. The Constitution. The people of this nation."