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In his first public appearance since the Capitol siege, Trump expresses no contrition for inciting the mob.
President Trump on Tuesday showed no contrition or regret for instigating the mob that stormed the Capitol and threatened the lives of members of Congress and his vice president, saying that his remarks to a rally beforehand were “totally appropriate” and that the effort by Congress to impeach and convict him was “causing tremendous anger.”

Answering questions from reporters for the first time since the violence at the Capitol on Wednesday, Mr. Trump sidestepped questions about his culpability in the deadly riot that shook the nation’s long tradition of peaceful transfers of power.

“People thought what I said was totally appropriate,” Mr. Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, en route to Alamo, Texas, where he was set to visit the wall along the Mexican border. Instead, Mr. Trump claimed that protests against racial injustice over the summer were “a real problem.”

... Mr. Trump’s defiance came despite near universal condemnation of his role in stoking the assault on the Capitol, including from within his own administration and some of his closest allies on Capitol Hill.

Hallmark asks Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall to refund its political donations after they voted against Biden's certification
  • Greeting card company Hallmark has asked two Republican senators to return its political donations after they voted against certifying Joe Biden as president on Wednesday.
  • It had donated $12,000 to Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas during the 2020 election cycle through its Political Action Committee (PAC), Popular Information reported.
  • "The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company's values. As a result, HALLPAC requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions."
  • Hallmark is the first big company to ask for political donations back after pro-Trump rioters stormed Capitol on Wednesday. Others have pulled the plug on future donations.
Through its Political Action Committee (PAC), the greeting card company has donated $5,000 to Marshall and $7,000 to Hawley over the past two years.

... On Monday, Hallmark asked both Hawley and Marshall to return its donations.

"Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind," the company told Popular Information.

"The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company's values. As a result, HALLPAC requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions."

Twitter purged 70,000 QAnon accounts after the US Capitol siege, just as prominent conservatives reported losing thousands of followers
  • Twitter said Monday it had suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the conspiracy theory QAnon since Friday afternoon.
  • "These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service," Twitter said in a blog post.
  • The purge coincided with prominent conservatives, including Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, losing thousands of followers.
  • Supporters of the QAnon movement were seen on the front line in Wednesday's violence at the Capitol, including a QAnon influencer dubbed the "Q Shaman."

Fox News ratings fell below both CNN and MSNBC for the first time since 2000 in the wake of the attack on the US Capitol
  • Fox News got lower TV ratings than both CNN and MSNBC at the same time for the first time since 2000 in the past week.
  • All three networks saw their viewership soar as pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol, but the CNN and MSNBC bumps far outpaced the one at Fox.
  • Wednesday, the day of the siege, was the most-watched day in CNN history, while the week was MSNBC's highest-rated ever.

Several US Capitol Police officers have been suspended after welcoming pro-Trump rioters into the building. 10 to 15 officers under investigation, lawmaker says.
  • Several members of the US Capitol Police have been suspended, according to Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda D. Pittman.
  • Earlier in the day, Rep. Tim Ryan said two officers had been suspended. One officer took a selfie with an insurrectionist, and the other gave them a tour of the building, Ryan said.
  • Ryan also said there were 10-15 ongoing investigations into officer conduct during the insurrection.
The Ohio lawmaker said at a press conference that one of the suspended officers took a selfie with a rioter while the other put on a "Make America Great Again" hat and directed insurrectionists through the building.

Ryan also said a third individual has been arrested, but said it was not clear if they were a member of the Capitol Police or National Guard.

... Later on Monday, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda D. Pittman issued a statement saying that "several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations."

The American Bankers Association is among the top donors to Republicans who objected to the election result. The group says it will re-evaluate all future donations.
  • Unlike many of the US' largest companies and trade groups, the American Bankers Association (ABA) hasn't cut off funding to Republican lawmakers who objected to Joe Biden's certification as president.
  • Instead, the trade group will consider the "troubling events of the last week" when making donations, it told The New York Times DealBook on Tuesday.
  • At $1.32 billion, ABA's political action committee is the second biggest PAC donor to those lawmakers.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Trump should be held accountable for the Capitol Hill riots: 'No one is above the law' (AAPL)
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook says President Donald Trump should be held accountable for the violent insurrection at the US Capitol.
  • "I think no one is above the law," Cook said in an interview Tuesday on "CBS This Morning." "I mean, that's the great thing about our country, we're a rule of law country. I think everyone that had a part in it needs to be held accountable."
  • In a tweet last week, Cook called the insurrection "a sad and shameful chapter in our nation's history," and Apple has since banned Parler, the social media app that was used to coordinate the attacks in Washington, DC.
"We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity," Apple said in a statement at the time. "Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people's safety."

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Trump should answer for his part in Capitol Hill violence - YouTube
Apple removed the social media app Parler, popular with the far right, from its app store over the weekend. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the platform violated Apple's terms of service by not adequately monitoring posts that incite violence. "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King spoke with Cook about the assault on the Capitol and asked him what needs to happen next.

Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn told a Turning Point USA crowd last month to 'lightly threaten' lawmakers if they didn't support claims of voter fraud
  • Republican Rep Madison Cawthorn told a crowd at a Turning Point USA event last month to "lightly threaten" lawmakers who didn't support claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
  • The comments was made a little over three weeks before rioters who supported President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers debated the Electoral College vote.
  • Cawthorn, who also spoke at the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington DC that descended into the riot at the Capitol, later denounced the violence.
"Call your congressman and feel free, you can lightly threaten them and say, you know what, if you don't start supporting election integrity, I'm coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you, everybody's coming after you," Cawthorn had said at the event, which was first flagged by The Charlotte Observer.

Weeks later during the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington DC that descended into the riot at the Capitol in which five people died, Cawthorn spoke about an hour before Trump and told the crowd it has "some fight in it."

"The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans, hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard," he said. "But my friends, when I look out into this crowd, I can confidently say, this crowd has the voice of lions. There is a new Republican Party on the rise that will represent this country, that will go and fight in Washington, DC."

He also called his colleagues "cowards" during the speech.


Cawthorn later denounced the violence at the Capitol as it was happening on January 6, asking rioters to protest peacefully, and "let the objections continue in accordance with the constitution."

On January 7, he said the riot "wasn't patriotism it was thuggery."

He told Raleigh's ABC11 he believed Trump had some responsibility for the riot.

"I think when the president said we're going to march down to the Capitol and I'm going to march with you, that was a major mistake," he said. "He never should've directed that crowd toward the Capitol. The bad outcome was destined at that point."

Cawthorn did still, however, vote against Biden winning the Electoral vote.

He's also still selling "Cry More, Lib" T-shirts on his website, in reference to a tweet he made after winning the general election in November.


A group of Democratic officials in North Carolina have criticized Cawthorn's actions, saying he should be expelled from Congress.

They wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week asking Cawthorn to be "held accountable for his seditious behavior and for the consequences resulting from said behavior."

Luxembourg calls Trump a 'criminal' and 'political pyromaniac who should be sent to criminal court'
  • Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn did not hold back in his criticism of President Donald Trump over the Capitol siege.
  • "Trump is a criminal, a political pyromaniac who should be sent to criminal court. He's a person who was elected democratically but who isn't interested in democracy in the slightest," Asselborn said last Thursday in an interview with RTL Radio.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday cancelled at the last-minute a trip to Europe, including Luxembourg, after it became clear US allies didn't want him there following the Capitol siege.
"Trump is a criminal, a political pyromaniac who should be sent to criminal court. He's a person who was elected democratically but who isn't interested in democracy in the slightest," Asselborn said in the interview with RTL Radio, per France 24 reporter Philip Crowther. "The 6th of January 2021 was a 9/11 attack on democracy itself, and Trump was the one who egged it on."

"The people who are truly responsible are Trump and members of the GOP. People like Ted Cruz and other elected Republicans are responsible because they acted like Trump's poodles," Asselborn added.

Trump: 25th Amendment ‘Zero Risk to Me’ but Will ‘Haunt’ Joe Biden
President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed calls for his removal over accusations that he incited last week's deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, but he said the effort to encourage his vice president and Cabinet to deem him unfit for office could come back to "haunt" President-elect Joe Biden and his administration.

"The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for," Trump said, reading from prepared remarks.

Speaking in front of his signature border wall in Alamo, Texas, Trump also denounced the impeachment effort by House lawmakers, calling it a continuation of the "witch hunt" that has targeted him since he took office.

Rep. John Katko becomes the first House Republican to back Trump impeachment in wake of deadly Capitol siege
  • Rep. John Katko of New York on Tuesday became the first House Republican to announce that he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the US Capitol riots, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.
  • Katko said that he would support at least 218 House Democrats who have signed on to an impeachment resolution.
  • "To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy," Katko said in a statement. "For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president."
  • Katko, a former federal prosecutor, was first elected to the House in 2014.
He added: "It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection – both on social media ahead of January 6th, and in his speech that day. By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement, and division. When this manifested in violent acts on January 6th, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger."

The Democratic-led resolution accuses the president of "inciting violence against the government of the United States" and argues that he "threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government" by imploring a mob of pro-Trump protesters to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 presidential victory.

The resolution is likely to pass on Tuesday when it is brought to the House floor with a roll call vote. After the vote, Vice President Mike Pence will be given 24 hours to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office or the House will vote on impeaching the president.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, announced on Tuesday that she would also vote to impeach Trump, saying that "there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

GOP kicks Trump to curb after deadly Capitol insurrection, leaving president to fend for himself during his historic second impeachment
  • After standing by President Donald Trump through the highs and lows of the last four years, many in the GOP have now had it with him.
  • Several White House staffers and Cabinet officials have resigned in the days since the violent attack at the Capitol by Trump supporters egged on by the president. And many of his defenders aren't backing him this time.
  • "What you're seeing now is what the guy would have been like the entire time if he'd been left to his own devices," said one former senior Trump administration official.
  • Trump did not apologize to Vice President Mike Pence at a meeting Monday, and Pence's advisors are not counting on the president doing so. Pence also has no plans to pardon Trump in the remote case the president resigned to make such a move possible before January 20.
  • Republicans still say they think Trump will finish out the final days of his term. "The president isn't going anywhere," Steven Groves, a former White House spokesman, told Insider. "He's not resigning. He'll stick it out."
With just eight days left in office, the "adults in the room" who had been keeping President Donald Trump from flying off the rails are leaving him to fend for himself after he spurred his supporters to violently attack the Capitol.

Sure, most Republicans aren't joining the charge to oust Trump. But they're not standing in the way of those efforts either. And they're not rushing to his defense as they've done for the last four years, even in the face of a rapidly moving plan in the House to impeach him again, this time for inciting an "insurrection."


... Pence's team has also rebuffed any talk that he would pardon Trump should the president resign from office or temporarily step down in his final days to allow that move to happen, according to Republicans close to the outgoing vice president.

"It'd be an investigation-worthy thing for sure," one of the GOP sources said of the legal pickle Pence would end up in should he pardon Trump. "I don't know that he's going to want to take it on, especially after the guy treated him like s---."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is inclined to vote to convict Trump in an impeachment trial, new report says
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now leaning towards voting to convict President Donald Trump to remove him from office, Axios reported on Tuesday night.
  • McConnell believes Trump has committed multiple impeachable offenses and is "pleased" at the idea of him being impeached, according to The New York Times.
  • McConnell thinks that Trump being impeached and then potentially convicted and removed from office by the US Senate "will make it easier to purge him from the party," The Times said on Tuesday.
  • McConnell, once one of Trump's most powerful allies, now reportedly plans to never speak to him again in the wake of Wednesday's deadly insurrection at the US Capitol.
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is said to be talking to GOP colleagues about whether he should ask Trump to resign, per The Times.

YouTube removes Trump videos and bans him from uploading new content for a minimum of 7 days, citing 'ongoing potential for violence'
  • YouTube said Tuesday that it has "removed new content" from President Donald Trump's official channel and banned him from posting new videos for a "minimum" of one week for violating its policies.
  • YouTube also gave Trump's channel its first "strike," and is "indefinitely disabling" comments over "safety concerns."
  • YouTube's actions come days after Facebook and Twitter banned Trump from their platforms entirely, and amid pushback from Google's newly formed union, which slammed the company's response to recent violence as "lackluster."

How Sheldon Adelson’s Death Could Affect the G.O.P.’s Future
The death of Mr. Adelson, who spent over half a billion dollars to help Republicans, may complicate their efforts to regain control of Congress. “A next generation of Sheldon-level giving does not readily exist,” one strategist said.

The death of Sheldon G. Adelson, the casino magnate who used his vast fortune to tip the balance of power in Washington over the last decade by helping Republicans take control of the House, the Senate and eventually the White House, adds another element of uncertainty for the party as it faces a bitter reckoning over President Trump’s legacy.

His absence could further complicate Republican efforts in 2022 to regain power in Congress, where they will be in the minority in both chambers once the results of the Georgia Senate runoff are formally certified later this month and Mr. Biden is inaugurated.


“The corporate giving backlash, along with the tragic passing of Sheldon Adelson, leaves a real void in the fund-raising plans for the 2022 cycle,” said Scott Reed, a veteran Republican strategist who has worked with the Adelsons and other major G.O.P. financiers.

Part of the concern for Republicans, Mr. Reed added, is that the Adelsons have been so singular a force in the party that there is no replacement. “A next generation of Sheldon-level giving does not readily exist,” he said.

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