US Capitol riots: Democrats draft article of impeachment to remove Trump - latest news

Josie Ensor
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Democratic congressmen plan to launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump on Monday, accusing the president of “incitement of insurrection”. 

The four-page draft article of impeachment said Mr Trump "willfully made statements that encouraged - and foreseeably resulted in - imminent lawless action at the Capitol." It added: "Incited by President Trump a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol [and] menaced members of Congress and the Vice President."

Mr Trump was a "threat to national security" and, in addition to being removed, should be disqualified from future office, it said.

The president said on Friday that he will boycott Joe Biden's Inauguration Day. Posting on Twitter, Mr Trump said: "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on Jan 20."

On Friday night, Twitter permanently suspended Mr Trump "due to the risk of further incitement of violence".

Follow the latest updates below.

11:33 PM

Breaking: Trump kicked off Twitter

US President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence" following a review of his recent activity, the social media firm said. 

Read more: Twitter suspends President Trump over violence fears

10:40 PM

Once-loyal Trump ally Lindsey Graham harassed at airport

Sen. Lindsey Graham made enemies with MAGA supporters this week, which he learned firsthand at Reagan Airport on Friday. Graham was in the airport near Washington D.C. when he had a run-in with a number of vocal Donald Trump supporters.

The Trump loyalists confronted Graham after he backed down from his pledge to contest the Electoral College certification on Wednesday under the debunked assertion that many thousands of votes were fraudulent.

After Wednesday’s violent scenes from the nation’s Capitol, Graham switched sides, voting to certify the election and saying he was done with Trump. That has sparked rage among the president’s most ardent supporters, of which Graham was one for a time. 

 

10:33 PM

Murdoch empire calls time on Trump

The storming of the US Capitol has triggered Rupert Murdoch's media empire to call time on Donald Trump, with The Wall Street Journal saying the president should resign and even acolytes on Fox News telling viewers he has reached the end of his shelf life.

Murdoch's right-wing outlets helped propel the property tycoon-turned reality TV star to the White House in 2016, remaining steadfastly loyal for four years before cracks in the alliance began to appear on re-election day.

Wednesday's rampage around the halls of Congress by a pro-Trump mob, leading to five deaths and worldwide uproar and condemnation, appears to have sounded the death knell for the relationship, although the outlets face a tricky balancing act keeping his supporters.

"Trump's no longer going to be President of the United States and the odds of him getting back to that position someday keep decreasing. So as his power decreases there's a logic that says, 'Let him go, cut him loose,'" New York University journalism professor Mitchell Stephens told AFP.

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal's editorial board did just that, calling on the 74-year-old Trump to step down before being impeached.

"This week has probably finished him as a serious political figure," said the column, adding: "It is best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly."

The New York Post tabloid, another staple of the 89-year-old Murdoch's vast media portfolio, also lashed out at Trump with columnist Michael Goodwin writing that the outgoing president was responsible for "this day of infamy."

"This time, there is no defense of him. He owns this," wrote Goodwin.

Murdoch empire calls time on Trump but tries to keep his base onside 
Murdoch empire calls time on Trump but tries to keep his base onside

 

09:17 PM

Copy of Democrats' draft article of impeachment

NBC has obtained a four-page draft article of impeachment against Trump that Reps. Jamie Raskin, Ted Lieu, David Cicilline are planning to introduce on Monday that charges the president with "Incitement of insurrection".

 

09:03 PM

US may have own new highly transmisiable strain of coronavirus

In other, worrying news:

The US may have its own version of a more transmissible coronavirus and that might be helping fuel the already aggressive spread of the virus, the White House coronavirus task force said in its latest report to states this week.

Reports sent by the task force to states dated January 3 warned of the possibility of a "USA variant" of Covid-19. "This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring and summer surges. This acceleration suggests there may be a USA variant that has evolved here, in addition to the UK variant that is already spreading in our communities and may be 50 per cent more transmissible," reports obtained by CNN said, calling for "aggressive mitigation ... to match a much more aggressive virus."

08:44 PM

Trump could face charges of 'incitement of insurrection'

One of the articles of impeachment being drafted against Donald Trump accuses the president of "incitement of insurrection", according to CNN.

The article is expected to be formally introduced on Monday. A draft version of the article seen by the network accused Trump of engaging in "high crimes and misdemeanours by willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States" by encouraging a "mob" to march on the Capitol on January 6.

The article also cited Trump's phone call last week with Georgia's Secretary of State, in which he asked him to "find" enough votes to overturn Joe Biden's victory in the state.

08:00 PM

Trump to blame for death of woman trampled in Capitol riot, family member says

The brother-in-law of a woman killed during Wednesday's assault on the U.S. Capitol by a mob seeking to overturn President Donald Trump's election loss said he blames Trump for the riot, and has joined calls for him to be removed from office.

Rosanne Boyland, a 34-year-old resident of Kennesaw, Georgia, was one of four civilians who died in the rioting, according to Washington, DC police. A Capitol Police officer also died from injuries in the melee.

Police didn't disclose the cause of Boyland's death.

Rosanne Boyland. Boyland, from Kennesaw, Ga., was one of three people who died of medical emergencies during the violence inside and outside the Capitol  - AP
Rosanne Boyland. Boyland, from Kennesaw, Ga., was one of three people who died of medical emergencies during the violence inside and outside the Capitol - AP

However, Justin Winchell, a friend who accompanied Boyland to a Trump rally near the White House and marched with her to the Capitol, told Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL that she was trampled to death in a massive crowd surge when protesters clashed with Capitol Police.

"I got my arm underneath her, that was pulling her out - pulling her out - and then another guy fell on top of her and another guy was just walking" over her, he said. "I mean, there was people crushed."

Boyland's brother-in-law, Justin Cave, told Atlanta media that his wife, Boyland's sister, had tried to persuade her not to attend the Trump rally in Washington.

Boyland was "passionate about her beliefs" and support of Trump and the family was grieving for others killed and injured in the rioting, he told a local Fox television reporter.

"I've never tried to be a political person, but it's my own personal belief that the president's words incited a riot that killed four of his biggest fans last night and I believe that we should invoke the 25th Amendment at this time," Cave said.

07:57 PM

Biden does not express support for Trump impeachment

The President-elect refused to support the move to impeach Donald Trump by members of his own party in Congress. "I've thought for a long, long time that President Trump wasn't fit to hold the job. That's why I ran," he told reporters.

"What the Congress decides to do is for them to decide. But they're going to have to be ready to hit the ground running [on January 20]."

Asked by reporters what he thought about Trump's decision not to attend his inauguration on January 20, Biden said: ‘it’s one of the few things we’ve ever agreed on.  It's a good thing, him not showing up." He said, however, that VP Mike Pence was welcome.

 

07:27 PM

US Justice Dept says it has no indication Antifa played any role

US Justice Dept says it has no indication Antifa played any role in Wednesday chaos at US Capitol.

Radical conservative activists and allies of President Donald Trump quickly began to spread disinformation about the Capitol riots Wednesday, claiming with no evidence that pro-Trump protesters photographed breaking into congressional chambers were anti-fascist activists.

L. Lin Wood, a lawyer behind multiple failed lawsuits seeking to overturn the election results who has also pushed QAnon-related conspiracy theories, tweeted photos of the break-in alongside photos of a pair of notorious American neo-Nazis, claiming that the photos offered "indisputable photographic evidence that antifa violently broke into Congress today."

07:07 PM

Biden: my new cabinet will be 50/50 women and women

Biden is speaking now. 

He opens by paying condolences to the family of slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. "The people responsible should be held accountable and they will be," he says.

Biden is introducing the final members of his presidential cabinet, saying he has fulfilled his promise to create a cabinet that looks like America, evenly divided between men and woman with a slate of historic firsts

06:33 PM

Arrest made of rioter who sat at Pelosi's desk

Richard Barnett, who was seen sitting at a desk in Speaker Pelosi’s office, has been arrested in Arkansas and charged with entering and remaining on restricting grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property.

A supporter of President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, - Shutterstock
A supporter of President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, - Shutterstock

Richard Barnett, 60, from Gravette, Arkansas, described in an interview how he barged his way in and "wrote her a nasty note" before taking a letter bearing the House Speaker's name and leaving.

Speaking to the New York Times, Barnett, who also goes by the nickname Bigo, claimed he was simply looking for a bathroom within the Capitol when he stumbled upon Pelosi's office.

He added: "I threw my feet up on the desk at that point. I realised some assholes had cut me also and I bled on her envelope, so I picked up the envelope and put it in my pocket, and I put a quarter on the desk cause I'm not a thief."

06:31 PM

Biden follows UK lead in planning to release all vaccine doses

President-elect Joe Biden will aim to release more available doses of coronavirus vaccine when he takes office, a departure from Trump administration strategy of holding back a supply to make sure second doses are available.

Mr Biden’s decision follows a similar one made by the UK to delay second doses up to 12 weeks in an attempt to hasten distribution of the first dose as positive case numbers spiral.

"The President-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine while continuing to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible," TJ Ducklo, a spokesman for Biden's transition said.

Some small amount may be reserved for unforeseen circumstances but Mr Ducklo said more vaccines would be released than are currently.

Biden wants to allow more people to have the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines - AP
Biden wants to allow more people to have the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines - AP

The Trump administration fell far short of its goal of vaccinating 20 million Americans with a first of two required doses by the end of 2020.

The Trump administration has insisted it is necessary to hold back doses to ensure Americans who receive the first course of the two-dose vaccine will be sure to have access to a second dose. Some experts warned It could be a risky strategy as both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna's vaccines require two doses, administered at specific intervals.

But the move has sparked a debate about whether a better strategy would be releasing all available doses as quickly as possible, particularly amid rising death and hospitalisation rates. 

In a letter Friday to Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, and Gustave Perna, Operation Warp Speed Chief Operating Officer General, a group of state governors urged the federal government to tap into the "reserved doses" of vaccine and send them to states that need them.

A study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine also found that administering first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to more individuals instead of withholding available supply for use as a second dose may reduce the number of new cases.

06:17 PM

Teachers help students make sense of violence at US Capitol

Social studies teachers nationwide set aside lesson plans this week to help young people make sense of the scenes of the violent siege in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Approaches varied, with some teachers deliberately holding off on historical comparisons with the events so fresh. Many trod cautiously in light of varied political viewpoints in their classrooms and communities.

But educators universally described efforts to hear out students' fears and concerns and instill a sense of history and even hopefulness in a school year shaped by the nation's reckoning over racial injustice, the coronavirus pandemic and the constraints of distance learning.

"In almost every single one of my classes, the students brought it up before I even could," Karley Reising, a social studies teacher at Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut, told AP. "And especially my seniors were really struggling with what this meant about the future of our country in a way that was pretty heartbreaking."

She and others said they tried to focus on the importance of engagement and to push back against the creeping sense that violence is the inevitable end to political division.

"This was one of the most important days as a teacher, not even just a history teacher," Michael Neagle said after wrapping up with his students at Lowell High School in Massachusetts the day after the siege. "We don't want kids to tune out and just say, 'Well, this is how it is. Nobody gets along. Politics.' That voter apathy is so dangerous."

After watching events unfold on television, the world history and civics teacher stayed up most of the night exchanging emails with his department chair, planning out lessons around what was unfolding.

"I don't have many nights where I'm up til 3 o'clock in the morning with curriculum," Neagle said, "but we have to take advantage of it."

 

06:15 PM

Fence erected around Capitol

Washington residents looked on in dismay Friday as crews finished erecting a metal fence around the Capitol building following deadly riots that saw President Donald Trump supporters raid the famous complex.

The approximately seven-foot-tall fence sealed off the entire Capitol grounds, the scene of Wednesday's extraordinary events that saw hundreds of Trump loyalists ransack the American legislature.

"It's just incredibly sad," a local author who asked not to be named said as he snapped pictures of the black fence that had shuttered the area where he normally enjoys a morning walk.

"The fact that violent protesters decided to overthrow the democratic process. It's a sad week for everyone here."

Five people died as a result of Wednesday's mayhem, including one woman who was shot dead and a Capitol Police officer who was pronounced dead from his injuries Thursday.

Members of the DC National Guard walk behind a fence placed around the US Capitol building  - Getty
Members of the DC National Guard walk behind a fence placed around the US Capitol building - Getty

 

05:20 PM

From ad libs to autocue: anatomy of Trump's Capitol Hill speeches

The President's climb-down address, read diligently from an autocue, has the look of a man defeated – a stark contrast to what came before.

Rosa Silverman dissects Thursday night's address to the nation.

The address was uncharacteristically restrained and coherent; a sober epilogue to the previous rambling disquisitions. Unlike Wednesday's 'Save America Rally' address, and the video he released later that day in which he declared his love for those whose actions had horrified the world (“We love you, you’re all very special,” he had said), Trump's climbdown speech was read from an autocue, never deviating from script. 

According to The New York Times, Trump initially refused to record the message at all, agreeing only after pressure was applied. Switching off the defiance and bombast, the look is of one who’s been dragged to the lectern and prodded to do the right thing; a small child forced by his parent to apologise to the friend whose toy he has broken. 

Yet of course there was no apology forthcoming for the country that had been broken. 

Trump signed off instead with the closest he is likely to get to any such thing: a call for “a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community and family” as well as a plea to “revitalise the sacred bonds of love and loyalty”. 

Gone were the crowds, the “hundreds of thousands of people” who on Wednesday he claimed had come to show their support. Gone were the ad libs. Gone was the fist held aloft in a black glove – not a good look, for a world leader now accused of defacing democracy itself.

05:10 PM

Pelosi tries to prevent 'unstable' president from accessing nuclear codes

Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, has told members in a letter that she spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs about President Trump and the nuclear codes.

"This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike," Pelosi wrote.

"The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy."

Pelosi is meeting with the House Democratic caucus Friday to consider impeachment proceedings against the president.

Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team are considering an impeachment process of President Donald Trump - Getty
Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team are considering an impeachment process of President Donald Trump - Getty

She and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer have called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to to force Trump from office. It’s a process for removing the president and installing the vice president to take over.

Trump is set to leave Jan. 20 when Democrat Joe Biden is to be inaugurated.

03:58 PM

Trump Inauguration boycott first since 1869.

Normally the outgoing president attends the inauguration, writes David Millward.

In refusing to attend, Trump follows in the footsteps of three other outgoing presidents who boycotted their successors' inauguration.

John Adams declined to turn up to see Thomas Jefferson being sworn into office in March 1801.

His son, John Quincy Adams followed suit in 1829, deciding not to attend the inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1829.

In 1869 Andrew Johnson, who became president following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, boycotted the inauguration of Ulysses S Grant.

03:49 PM

Trump confirms he will not attend Inauguration Day

From the horse's mouth.

03:48 PM

Impeachment will do more harm than good, says Lindsey Graham

The Senator for South Carolina has weighed in on the impeachment debate. 

03:45 PM

Biden to defy Trump vaccine stance as US records all-time Covid deaths high

With news of the Capitol Hill dominating the agenda these past couple of days, it might have slipped under the radar that the US has recorded all-time highs for Covid deaths for the second consecutive day. 

The US topped 4,000 daily fatalities for the first time on Thursday, also breaking a record for deaths for the second consecutive day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile Joe Biden has said he will aim to release every available dose of the vaccine when he takes office in a notable break from the Trump strategy, according to CNN.

03:34 PM

'Could you please step down and let our country heal?'

The President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in the US Russell Moore has urged Donald Trump to stand down. 

03:05 PM

Joe Manchin calls for Trump's Twitter account to be suspended again

Joe Manchin, the Democrat Senator for West Virginia who is on the Right of his party, has called for Twitter to resuspend President Trump's account until after the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Mr Trump's account was suspended for 24 hours after Twitter decided that his posts during the rioting breached its rules. He was forced to delete several posts to get it reinstated.

03:01 PM

Pelosi orders flags flown at half mast

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has ordered that flags at the Capitol be flown at half-mast in honour of Brian Sicknick, the police officer killed in Wednesday's rioting.

02:35 PM

Dominion Voting Systems to sue pro-Trump lawyer

Dominion Voting Systems, whose machines were used in 28 states during last November's elections, is suing Sidney Powell, a pro-Trump laywer, for defamation and seeking $1.3 billion (£950 million) in damages. 

Following the election, Ms Powell expounded conspiracy theories that Dominion was set up by communist money in Venezuela in order to rig the election in favour of Joe Biden. 

In a court filing, Dominion claimed that its reputation and resale value have been damaged by a “viral disinformation campaign” that Ms Powell mounted “to financially enrich herself, to raise her public profile, and to ingratiate herself to Donald Trump.”

Ms Powell is so far yet to comment on the suit. 

02:25 PM

Death of Capitol police officer subject of federal murder investigation

The office of the US Attorney is planning to open a federal murder investigation into the death of Brian Sicknick, who was injured during the rioting in the US Capitol, reports CNN, citing conversations with law enforcement officials. 

The death is currently being investigated by DC Metropolitan Police and the US Capitol police, with assistance from federal officials. 

02:14 PM

Biden's economic team takes shape

President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce the governor of Rhode Island, the mayor of Boston and a small-business advocate from California as the newest members of his economic team.

Biden on Thursday announced Governor Gina Raimondo as his choice to become commerce secretary, Mayor Marty Walsh as his candidate for labor secretary and Isabel Guzman as his pick to lead the Small Business Administration.

One of Biden's top challenges after he takes office January 20 will be to nurse an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic back to health. He said the newest members of his economic team will help achieve that "by building an economy where every American is in on the deal."

"They share my belief that the middle class built this country and that unions built the middle class," said Biden, who planned to introduce Raimondo, Walsh, Guzman and a fourth candidate at an event on Friday in Wilmington, Delaware.

01:20 PM

Impeachment vote could happen next week

Katherine Clark, a Democratic Representative and assistant House speaker has told CNN that the House of Representatives could vote on articles of impeachment "as early as next week".

That would be the first step in impeaching President Trump. The second step, if the House vote was succesful, would be a trial in the Senate where a two-thirds majority would be needed to convict Mr Trump.

Depending on whether the new Georgia senators are sworn in, that would require as many as 16 Republicans to vote against Mr Trump.

Ms Clark told CNN: “We know that we have limited time, but that every day that Donald Trump is President of the United States is a day of grave danger. We can use procedural tools to get articles of impeachment to the floor for a House vote quickly”.

01:15 PM

FBI calls for public help

The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to release images of those it wishes to identify who were in the US Capitol on Wednesday.

12:01 PM

Pence expected at inauguration

While Donald Trump has reportedly told staff that he doesn't intend to be at Joe Biden's inauguration, his Vice President, Mike Pence, does, according to Politico.

Sources close to the President told the news site that Mr Pence intended to make an appearance to show support for the peaceful transition of power. They also said Mr Trump's criticism of the Vice President had made the decision easier, with one figure telling Politico "“It was a much more difficult decision days ago, but less difficult now”.

A spokesman for Mr Pence said he and the Second Lady had not yet made a decision whether to attend.

11:31 AM

Erdogan condemns 'disgrace for democracy'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called the storming of the US Congress by Donald Trump's supporters a disgrace that has "shocked humankind".

"This is a disgrace for democracy," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul. "We hope that the transition to Mr (Joe) Biden on January 20 will be peaceful and that America will go back to being at peace."

11:29 AM

Democrat on impeachment: 'I think that that is the direction that we are headed'

Debbie Dingell, a House Democrat from Michigan, told MSNBC this morning that: "I think that Democrats are going to move forward with another impeachment because they do believe that he must be held accountable."

While she cautioned that time was short and that advancing on impeachment was not a certainty, she said ""I think that that is the direction that we are headed."

The House Democrats are holding a caucus on the issue at 5pm GMT.

11:02 AM

'His entire legacy was wiped out'

Nancy Mace was among the Republican politicians to turn on Donald Trump. Unlike other critics, such as Mitt Romney, Ms Mace is not a long-standing detractor of the President, having  worked for his 2016 campaign.

The Congresswoman, who only started the job on on January 3, was highly critical of the President in an interview (see below) with CNN, saying to Mr Trump: “you’ll never take back our country with weakness.”

“Everything that he’s worked for ... all of that — his entire legacy — was wiped out yesterday,” she added.

10:11 AM

Federal prosecutor doesn't rule out charging Trump

Michael Sherwin, the top federal prosecutor in Washington DC left open the possibility of charging Donald Trump for inciting the crowd that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.

Mr Sherwin, the acting US Attorney, was asked yesterday during a press conference if he was looking at Mr Trump's role in the riots. He responded: “I don’t want to sound like a broken record. We’re looking at all actors here. We are looking at all actors, not only the people who went into the building”

“Anyone who had a role and where the evidence fits a crime,” he said.

The New York Times reported that Mr Trump was warned by Pat Cipollone, the White House Council, that he could face legal problems for his comments to the crowds.

Mr Sherwin also told reporters that 55 criminal cases had been filed in the 36 hours after the riot, including 15 federal cases.

“Fifteen, I think that’s a good start, but in no regard is that the end. This is just the beginning,” Sherwin said.

09:59 AM

Inauguration safety plans reassessed

Senators and officials charged with putting together Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on January 20 held a conference call on Thursday to discuss whether any changes needed to be made to any security plans, according to Politico.

President-elect Joe Biden had already said on Wednesday that he believed his inauguration would be safe.

A Secret Service veteran with knowledge of the planning told Politico that the "specificity" of the event meant that it was likely to be much safer. 

“There will be barriers in place you didn’t have yesterday. And I think instead of having just the Capitol Police there to protect the Capitol [to start], you’re going to have thousands of other law enforcement that are going to be standing elbow to elbow”, he told the US news site.

09:42 AM

New York protests, in pictures

Two masked people hold up an American flag with impeach emblazoned on it - Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images
Two masked people hold up an American flag with impeach emblazoned on it - Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters holding up a sign saying Impeach Trump Yesterday - Jeenah Moon/Reuters
Protesters holding up a sign saying Impeach Trump Yesterday - Jeenah Moon/Reuters
Protesters marching with a sign listing the names of black people killed by police - Jeenah Moon/Reuters
Protesters marching with a sign listing the names of black people killed by police - Jeenah Moon/Reuters

08:38 AM

Chicago protest, in pictures

Police keep watch as a small group of demonstrators protest near Trump Tower in Chicago, Illinois - Scott Olson/Getty
Police keep watch as a small group of demonstrators protest near Trump Tower in Chicago, Illinois - Scott Olson/Getty
A small group of demonstrators protest near Trump Tower in Chicago - Scott Olson/Getty
A small group of demonstrators protest near Trump Tower in Chicago - Scott Olson/Getty

08:30 AM

Publisher cancels book by senator Josh Hawley following US Capitol riots

A planned book by the US senator Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s win and backed baseless claims that the election was stolen, has been cancelled by its publisher in the wake of the insurrection at the US Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump supporters, a decision the Missouri Republican called “Orwellian” and vowed to fight in court.

In a statement on Thursday, Simon & Schuster announced: “After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, DC, Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book, The Tyranny of Big Tech.

“We did not come to this decision lightly,” the publisher added. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”

Read the full story here.

08:23 AM

Capitol Hill, in pictures

Workers clean damage near an overrun Capitol Police checkpoint a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the US Capitol - Brendan Smialowski/AFP
Workers clean damage near an overrun Capitol Police checkpoint a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the US Capitol - Brendan Smialowski/AFP
A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol  - Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP
A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol - Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP
A Capitol Police officer stands with members of the National Guard  - Brendan Smialowski/AFP
A Capitol Police officer stands with members of the National Guard - Brendan Smialowski/AFP

07:52 AM

Watch: White House condemns 'appalling' violence on Capitol Hill

Here is the White House's Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on the chaos in Washington. 

07:50 AM

'Despicable' riots 'completely dishonours democracy', says Minister

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that the US has the "checks and balances" in place when questioned over whether president Donald Trump should be ousted over the Capitol siege.

He told Sky News: "What happened completely dishonours democracy and it was despicable to see those people encouraged to go to the Capitol building and ransack it like that and there's people's lives that have been lost as well.

"But leave it to the Americans to resolve. America's a great democracy, they've got all the institutions in place, the checks and balances are there and to see something like that happen in the United States is really quite extraordinary and I know there will be quite some reflection on that."

Pressed on whether he thinks the 25th amendment to remove Mr Trump should be invoked, he said: "It is inescapable that people were encouraged to go and march on the Capitol building, the scenes were really quite despicable but we'll leave it to the Americans. I'm sure they'll put whatever they feel the correct process is in place."

07:26 AM

How the nationals reacted to the chaos at Congress

For a second day running, Donald Trump dominated the front pages in the UK. 

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nationals

07:16 AM

Today's front page

Here is your Daily Telegraph on Friday, Jan 8.

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06:28 AM

Trump should resign, Wall Street Journal says

 The Wall Street Journal editorial page, seen as a leading voice of the Republican establishment, is calling on Trump to resign.

"This week has probably finished him as a serious political figure. He has cost Republicans the House, the White House, and now the Senate. Worse, he has betrayed his loyal supporters by lying to them about the election and the ability of Congress and Mr. Pence to overturn it. He has refused to accept the basic bargain of democracy, which is to accept the result, win or lose.It is best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly."

 

05:26 AM

Police officer injured in riot dies

U.S. Capitol Police have said that a police officer named Brian Sicknick died due to injuries sustained in response to the riot led by supporters of Mr Trump at the .S Capitol.

"Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters", the police said in a statement, adding he passed away on Thursday night. 

04:54 AM

From impeachment to the 25th amendment...

The top two Democrats in Congress have called for Mr Trump's removal from office.

With 13 days left in Trump's term, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution to remove the president.

Absent that, they said Congress should move quickly to expel him through the impeachment process. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that typically oversees that process, said in a statement he supported immediate impeachment.

Ben Riley-Smith outlines what checks there are on Trump's power in his final days of office.

25th Amendment breakout box
25th Amendment breakout box

 

03:55 AM

Four more officials quit

The exodus from the Trump administration continues to gather pace.

Four more senior advisers in the White House National Security Council have resigned, a senior administration told Reuters.

The officials who stepped down on Thursday, amid a flood of Trump aides heading for the door, were: Erin Walsh, senior director for African affairs; Mark Vandroff, senior director for defense policy; Anthony Rugierro, senior director for weapons of mass destruction; and Rob Greenway, senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs.

03:06 AM

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms resigns

The Senate's highest-ranking federal law enforcement officer has resigned after a mob stormed the heart of American democracy on Wednesday and overwhelmed police.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he has accepted the resignation of Michael Stenger, the Sergeant-at-Arms.

It comes after serious questions were raised of security failing at the US Capitol building after Trump supporters broke in to the chambers of the House and appeared to easily get past law enforcement.

Chuck Schumer, the Democrat minority leader in the Senate, had vowed on Wednesday to fire Mr Stenger as soon as he becomes the majority leader on January 21.

Read more: Senate security chief quits over security failings in Capitol riot

02:36 AM

DeVos the latest Trump official to quit

Transport Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned on Thursday, joining a list of officials quitting President Trump's administration in protest at the storming of the US Capitol.

Ms Chao, the wife of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said in an email to staff that the mob attack "has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside." She said her resignation will take effect on Monday.

In a letter to Trump, Ms DeVos said the attack on the Capitol was unconscionable. "There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me," she wrote, adding her resignation would be effective on Friday.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Ms DeVos's resignation.

DeVos pointed the finger at Trump over the riots - REUTERS
DeVos pointed the finger at Trump over the riots - REUTERS

02:10 AM

Trump back on Twitter

President Trump returned to Twitter on Thursday with his video acknowledging that Joe Biden would be the next US president as other social media services including Facebook blocked his accounts.

Twitter unlocked the president's @realDonaldTrump account, which has 88 million followers, after he removed three rule-breaking tweets. His first post back on the platform featured a video in which he said he was focused on a peaceful transition of power.

Tech companies have been scrambling to crack down on the president's baseless claims about the November 3 election after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in unrest that resulted in four deaths.

Mr Trump's accounts remain blocked on Facebook and Instagram for at least two weeks and perhaps indefinitely. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Thursday post that the risks of allowing him to use the platform were "simply too great".

Read more: Facebook blocks Donald Trump's account

01:39 AM

Reports of officer's death 'untrue' - Capitol police

US Capitol Police said in a statement on Thursday that media reports that an officer had died after the storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Trump were inaccurate.

The agency said that several officers were injured and some hospitalised after the unrest on Wednesday, but that no officers had died as a result.

Four people died after Trump's supporters swarmed the building and more than 60 people were arrested.

Police keep watch outside the Capitol on Thursday evening - BLOOMBERG
Police keep watch outside the Capitol on Thursday evening - BLOOMBERG

01:22 AM

Wall Street Journal calls on Trump to resign

The Wall Street Journal editorial board on Thursday called on President Trump to resign, blaming him for inciting the storming of the US Capitol building by a mob of his supporters.

The conservative newspaper has often been supportive of Mr Trump, but its editorial board said the president must resign now to avoid being impeached by the House of Representatives for a second time.

"On Wednesday the leader of the executive branch incited a crowd to march on the legislative branch," the newspaper said.

"It was also an assault on the legislature from an executive sworn to uphold the laws of the United States. This goes beyond merely refusing to concede defeat. In our view it crosses a constitutional line that Mr. Trump hasn’t previously crossed. It is impeachable."

01:12 AM

Hawley loses book deal over false election claims

A planned book by Senator Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden's win and backed baseless claims that the election was stolen, has been cancelled by its publisher after a Capitol siege in Washington by a mob of pro-Trump supporters, a decision the Missouri Republican called "Orwellian" and vowed to fight in court.

In a statement on Thursday, Simon & Schuster said: "After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C, Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley's forthcoming book, 'The Tyranny of Big Tech'.

"We did not come to this decision lightly," the publisher added. "As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom."

Mr Hawley is a leading backer of President Trump's baseless claims that the election was stolen and that he prevailed over Mr Biden.

Josh Hawley has defended the president's claims of election fraud - REUTERS
Josh Hawley has defended the president's claims of election fraud - REUTERS

01:04 AM

President insists vote fraud claims were 'defending democracy'

In his video, Mr Trump insisted that in falsely claiming election fraud he had been attempting to ensure that the vote was fair.

"My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results," the president said. "My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. 

"In so doing I was fighting to defend American democracy. I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections.

"Now Congress has certified the results, a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation."

One of Trump's supporters wrote "murder the media" on a door to the US Capitol - REUTERS
One of Trump's supporters wrote "murder the media" on a door to the US Capitol - REUTERS

01:02 AM

Trump: 'I am outraged'

Trump's statement: "I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol. Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.

"I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. America is and must always be a nation of law and order. 

"The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction: You do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: You will pay. 

"We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high. But now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America."

12:26 AM

Trump: 'Serving as your president has been the honour of my lifetime'

In the video released on Thursday evening, Donald Trump, who as recently as Thursday morning had continued to claim falsely that the election had been stolen from him, said that "serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime".

The president condemned Wednesday's violence, saying rioters had defiled the seat of American democracy, and said his focus would now turn to ensuring a smooth transition.

"Now, Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation."

The statement was a stark reversal for Mr Trump, who has spent months insisting he prevailed in the Nov 3 election due to widespread fraud, despite no evidence.

Mr Trump's remarks came after top Democrats called for his removal from office following Wednesday's assault.

12:23 AM

Breaking: Trump admits election defeat

Donald Trump has at last conceded defeat in the US election in a video posted on his Twitter feed.

12:11 AM

Capitol police officer dies

A US Capitol police officer has died following the storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Trump, CNN is reporting.

The officer was the fifth person to die after Mr Trump's supporters swarmed the building on Wednesday in a failed attempt to disrupt efforts to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

CNN quoted three sources in the report but the Capitol Police have not confirmed the officer's death.

12:02 AM

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