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Washington/Canadian-Media: The schedule of the Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump was announced late Friday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will begin on the the week of Feb. 8.
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Trump had been charged of incitement of insurrection for the Capitol riot and the schedule was announced after Schumer reached an agreement with Republicans.
House Democrats who, along with 10 House Republicans, voted to impeach Trump last week also said they want to move quickly to trial as Biden begins his term.
"The Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol incited by Donald Trump was a day none of us will ever forget," Schumer said in the Senate.
"We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation's history behind us. But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, and that is what this trial will provide."
According to the schedule, the Senate house will will transmit the impeachment article against Trump late Monday with initial proceedings to begin on Tuesday.
#FormerUSPresident #DonaldTrump #Impeachment #DeadlyCapitolRiotDemocrats, #Republicans; #USSenate
United States/Canadian-Media: Rejecting Republicans' proposal to push the impeachment trial of the former U.S. president Donald Trump to mid-February to give Trump more time to prepare his case, U.S, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to launch the start of the trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riot by sending the article of impeachment against Trump to the U.S. Senate on Monday, announced Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
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Trump is the first president to be twice impeached and the first to face a trial after leaving office.
But while the trial proceedings would start with the transmission of the article, uncertainty regarding the schedule prevails as the Senate now in Democratic control, is also working to swiftly confirm President Joe Biden's cabinet nominees and tackle the new administration's legislative priorities.
But Schumer said he is also speaking to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell about the "timing and duration" of the proceedings ahead.
House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot said that they want to move quickly to trial as Biden begins his term.
Support of at least 17 Republicans are needed by the Democrats to necessitate Trump's conviction but while most Republican senators condemned Trump's actions that day, only a few are ready to convict.
Other Republicans had suggested that there should be no trial at all and not chose "vindictiveness" over national security as Biden attempts to set up his government.
House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the deadly riots say they can move quickly through the trial, potentially with no witnesses, because most of them were witnesses to the insurrection.
The timing and details of the Senate trial eventually rest on negotiations between Schumer and McConnell, who are also in talks over a power-sharing agreement for the Senate.
Although some democrats were in favor of a trial delay to give the Senate more time to confirm Biden's Cabinet nominees, Pelosi said Thursday that it would be "harmful to unity" to forget that "people died here on Jan. 6, [during] the attempt to undermine our election, to undermine our democracy, to dishonor our Constitution.
"This year, the whole world bore witness to the president's incitement," she said.
#JoeBiden; #USPresident; #KamalaHarris; #USVicePresident; #PresidentialInauguration
United States/Canadian-Media: Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States just before noon today during an inaugural ceremony on the west front of the Capitol, while Kamala Harris was sworn in as the nation's first female vice-president breaking breaking historic gender and racial barriers.
Joe Biden's presidential oath was administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Prominent U.S. politicians past and present with 44th president Barack Obama and wife Michelle, and two other past presidents, Bill Clinton with his Hillary Clinton, and George W. Bush with his wife, Laura were present at the inaugural ceremony, while the oldest living president, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter, has sent his well wishes.
The Grammy- and Oscar-winning actress, Lady Gaga took the centerstage to perform the national anthem, followed by Jennifer Lopez, an American actress, singer, with her performance of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful”. Next Garth Brooks, an American singer and songwriter, dressed in black performed an a cappella, slightly country-ish version of “Amazing Grace,” asking his audience on site and at home to join in the last verse “as one, united.”
The highest-ranking official from Donald Trump's administration, Vice-President Mike Pence was present at the inauguration, but, Donald Trump was the first outgoing president to skip the ceremony since Andrew Johnson 150 years ago.
In his inaugural address, Biden called for American unity and offer an optimistic message that Americans can get past the dark moment by working together and added,
"Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew, and America has risen to the challenge," Biden said in his address. "Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause: the cause of democracy...without unity, there is no peace. We must end this uncivil war that pits red versus blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal."
Biden is scheduled to sign after 5 p.m a series of executive orders, intended to address the crises of the pandemic, the economy, climate change and racial inequity.
During the night Biden is scheduled to attend the "Celebrating America" inaugural ceremony along with his wife.
The multi-network evening broadcast hosted by Tom Hanks would take place at the multiple inaugural balls.
Trump left Washington this morning just three hours ahead of the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden, promising to be "back in some form."
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Washington/Canadian-Media: A number of executive orders are being planned to be issued, including reversal of Donald Trump's travel ban on several Muslim countries, by US President-elect Joe Biden on his first day in the office as US President, said Biden on Sunday.
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Also included in these would be new coronavirus prevention efforts, rejoining the Paris climate change accord, and a legislation allowing millions of immigration to gain citizenship, extending the pause on student loan payments and prevent eviction actions and foreclosures for those struggling during the pandemic.
An executive order was issued by Trump, shortly after taking office in 2017, that banned travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States citing national security concerns.
Amid legal challenges that order was reworked several times, a version of it was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2018.
"These executive actions will deliver relief to the millions of Americans that are struggling in the face of these crises," Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in a memo to senior staff. "President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration, but also to start moving our country forward."
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Washington/Canadian-Media: Amendment has been made by the Department of State in the terrorist designations of Lashkar i Jhangvi (LJ) and ISIL Sinai Peninsula (ISIL-SP) to include additional aliases as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224, US Department of State reported.
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The Department of State has also reviewed and maintained the FTO designations of LJ, ISIL-SP, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al Naqshabandi, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan (Ansaru), al-Nusrah Front, Continuity Irish Republican Army, and the National Liberation Army, pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1189), US Department of State released statement read.
"FTO and SDGT designations seek to deny these terrorist organizations the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks. Among other consequences of designations, all of the groups’ property and interests that are within the United States or that come within the United States or that come within the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them. In addition, as designated FTOs, it is a federal crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to them," the statement said.
The U.S. public and the international community have been notified today of additional aliases of LJ and ISIL-SP, and that all of these groups remain terrorist organizations.
These terrorist individuals designations and groups are isolated and their access to the U.S. financial system is denied.
Moreover, the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and governments can be assisted by these designations.
#JoeBidenInauguration, #LadyGaga, #TomHanks, #JeniferLopez; #AmandaGorman
Washington/Canadian-Media: Present at Joe Biden's inauguration would be pop superstar Lady Gaga who will sing the national anthem when Joe Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president of United States next Wednesday.
In a tweet, Lady Gaga wrote: "I am deeply honored to be joining @BidenInaugural on January 20 to sing the National Anthem and celebrate the historic inauguration of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!"
It was also reported that Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance, while former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will perform her poetry on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Appointed as the first National Youth Poet Laureate in April 2017, Gorman will become the first inaugural poet since Richard Blanco, who read his poem “One Today” at Barack Obama’s 2013 inaugural.
Amanda’s reading will reflect and amplify the overarching theme of the presidential inauguration, “America United,” which, according to the Inaugural Committee, “reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future.”
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The 90-minute "Celebrating America" inauguration show to be hosted by Tom Hanks featuring more musical performances, will be broadcast on all major US networks, said reports.
#US; #DonaldTrumpImpeachment; #CapitolRiot; #HouseofRepresentatives
Washington/Canadian-Media: — The House of Representatives voted to impeach US President Donald Trump for inciting Capitol riot that left five people dead, creating Trump's history as the only US president to be impeached twice, media reports said.
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The final vote was 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats.
"We know that the president of the United State incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote. "He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love," CBS News reported.
Trump refused to take responsibility for his role in inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol, and insisted on Tuesday that his speech before the riot was "totally appropriate."
Trump's first impeachment was in December 2019 for his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. His second impeachment comes just one week before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office as his successor.
The impeachment resolution was first introduced on Monday and was brought to a vote by House Democrats with a great speed that reflected the severity of the assault on the Capitol and the limited time remaining in Trump's term.
The article of impeachment will soon proceed to the Senate, where lawmakers must hold a trial on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he has not made a decision on whether he will vote to convict the president at trial. A vote to convict requires a vote of two-thirds of the Senate.
With just seven days left in Trump's term, there is a likelihood of the Senate trial stretching into the term of his successor Joe Biden. But Trump could still be convicted by the Senate and be barred from holding any federal office in the future.
#US, #DonaldTrump, #Impeachment, #HouseofRepresentatives, #USCapitolAttack; #MikePence
Washington/Canadian-Media: Efforts to remove the U.S. President Donald Trump from his office by the U.S. House of Representatives moved forward last night, media reports said.
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The House voted in favour of a resolution urging Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump with a cabinet vote.
However, reports said Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday refused to impeach Trump.
"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence had said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reported The New York Times.
Democrats went ahead with the resolution and formally called on Pence to act.
Impeachment votes by the lawmakers in the House are expected around 3:00 pm (US time) marking the formal opening of proceedings against Trump.
Trump is due to leave office next week, and if impeached would become the only U.S. president to be impeached twice.
"To continue on this path, I think it's causing tremendous danger to our country, and it's causing tremendous anger," Trump said during a visit to Alamo, Texas, yesterday.
While Democrats, who have a majority in the House, will begin consideration of an impeachment resolution today, some moderate Republicans are calling for Trump to be censured over his role in last week’s storming of the Capitol.
The impeachment was called by the Democrat-led House of Representatives in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot during which thousands of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
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Washington/Canadian-Media: Facebook and Instagram accounts of outgoing US President Donald Trump have been banned for at least two weeks after his supporters stormed into the Capitol building and created chaos over his defeat in the polls, US media reports said.
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"The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Bide," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted in his Facebook account.
"Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms," said the social media giant's CEO.
Zuckerberg said the company believes that it would be risky to let Trump use the platform during his remaining period of time at the office.
Even Facebook also claimed to have removed his controversial posts from time to time when they have violated the social media giant's policies.
At least four people died and more than 50 people have been detained in the course of violent protests at the US Capitol on Wednesday, claimed police.
Hours after the mob violence at the Capitol, the US Congress formally certified Joe Biden as the next President, giving a final blow to Trump.
#CapitolBuilding, #Michigan, #CapitolBuildignUnderForInvestigation, #SecurityThreat #Donaldtrump
Washington/Canadian-Media: Several lawmakers of the US twitted on Thursday that the Capitol building in the US state of Michigan has been shut down due to a security threat that police are investigating, US media reports said.
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Congressman Abdullah Hammoud, State Senator Mallory McMorrow and other local lawmakers shared screenshots of a security alert they had received from the Michigan State Police Department.
"Due to a threat received early this morning, January 7, 2021, the Capitol building is temporarily closed to all members and staff. Michigan State Police are investigating," the alert said.
The fresh threats followed a day after President Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building as Congress was set to certify his electoral defeat to Joe Biden.