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Trump Pledges 'Orderly' Transition After Mob Storms Capitol
President Donald Trump on Thursday committed to an "orderly" transition of power on Jan. 20 when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the next president of the United States.

"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th," the president said In a statement released by the White House. "I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"

Trump's statement comes after Congress officially affirmed Biden's win, a process that was delayed Wednesday when a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and breached the House and Senate floors. A woman was fatally shot in the Capitol and three others died in medical emergencies, according to police.

Rioters were seen sitting at the desk of the Senate president and in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. While his supporters, encouraged by Trump's comments, tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power, Congress reconvened Wednesday evening to continue the certification of the president-elect.

Trump was mostly quiet during the rioting, with the exception of a video in which he expressed sympathy for the rioters and told them to go home.

Facebook Blocks Trump’s Account 'Indefinitely'
President Donald Trump has been blocked from Facebook and Instagram "indefinitely" and for at least the next two weeks until he is no longer in office.

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, which owns Instagram, made the announcement in a Facebook post Thursday, saying "the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great."

"Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete," Zuckerberg said.


The announcement comes a day after pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. In the midst of the violence, Trump posted a video on Twitter and Facebook in which he called the election fraudulent, expressed sympathy for the rioters and told them to go home.

The social media sites removed the video and temporarily locked the president's accounts.

Zuckerberg called yesterday's events an example that the president "intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden."

"His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the U.S. and around the world," the post continued. "We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect -- and likely their intent -- would be to provoke further violence."

Zuckerberg said Facebook has allowed Trump "to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies" because the company believes "the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech."

However, now, the CEO said, the president is using the platform "to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Calls for Use of 25th Amendment to Remove Trump
Rep. Adam Kinzinger called on Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office – the first congressional Republican to publicly announce his support for a process many Democrats are actively pursuing.

"It's time to invoke the 25th Amendment and end this nightmare," the Illinois Republican said on a video posted to social media. "Here's the truth: The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president must now relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily."

The statement from Kinzinger, who has been critical of the president in the past, comes less than 24 hours after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent Congress from formally recognizing Joe Biden's victory in the presidential race.

"In the past few presidencies, the administrations have been so concerned about even a moment of weakness that the 25th Amendment was invoked in minor surgeries, passing of duties to the vice president while the president was under anesthesia because, even for that moment, to have the captain of the ship absent could cause a major catastrophe," Kinzinger said. "Sadly, yesterday it became evident that not only has the president abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people's house, he invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw."

He continued: "When pressed to move and denounce the violence, he barely did so, while of course victimizing himself and seeming to give a wink and a nod to those doing it. All indications are that the president has become unmoored – not just from his duty or even his oath, but from reality itself."

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Resigns From Trump Administration in Protest
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao submitted her resignation from the Trump administration Thursday – the first of his Cabinet secretaries to do so after mobs of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building as Congress was formally recognizing Joe Biden's victory in the presidential race.

"Today, I am announcing my resignation as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to take effect on Monday, January 11, 2020," she said in a statement posted to social media Thursday afternoon.

"Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the president stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed," she said. "As I'm sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside."

Chao, who has been critical of the president in the past, is married to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Her resignation follows other, less senior White House officials who have also resigned in the wake of Wednesday events, including Mick Mulvaney, special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland and former Trump chief of staff; Sarah Matthews, the White House deputy press secretary; Matthew Pottinger, deputy national secretary adviser; Tyler Godspeed, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers; Anna Cristina Niceta, White House social secretary; Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump; and John Costello, deputy assistant secretary at the Commerce Department.


The announcement comes as members of Congress in the House and Senate, including at least one Republican, push to impeach the president and pressure Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Amazon-owned Twitch has blocked Trump from streaming after the 'shocking attack on the Capitol' (AMZN)
  • Twitch has disabled President Trump's official account from streaming, the company said on Thursday.
  • Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, is the latest in a string of tech companies that have announced censures to Trump's use in the wake of the siege on the US Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
  • "In light of yesterday's shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump's Twitch channel," the company said. "Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence."

Trump is said to be considering pardoning himself days before he leaves office
  • President Donald Trump has spoken to aides about pardoning himself in the days before he leaves office, The New York Times reported.
  • The report said Trump has had several conversations about the topic since Election Day last year, and that the president has pondered about the legal and political impact if he were to pardon himself.
  • Trump hasn't been shy about giving out executive clemency grants like gifts to his friends, but pardoning himself would be an extraordinary use of the constitutional power and put the US in uncharted legal territory.
... The riots resulted in four deaths and prompted congressional Democrats and even some Republican lawmakers to forcefully condemn Trump for whipping his supporters into a frenzy and not doing enough to condemn the violence. More than a dozen Democrats have since called for Trump's impeachment, while others are pushing Vice President Mike Pence and Trump's cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from power.

Though Trump hasn't been shy to dole out executive clemency grants as gifts to his friends, pardoning himself would be an extraordinary use of the constitutionally broad power and put the US in uncharted legal territory. The question has never been tested, and the Supreme Court has not weighed in on it.

Some legal scholars say Trump may be able to pardon himself because the power has almost no constitutional limitations, other than that it cannot be applied to state level offenses.

Article II of the Constitution, which lays out the powers of the executive branch, says the president "shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

But experts say there are some federal cases in which the president may not be able to issue pardons. He could be barred, for instance, from pardoning someone if doing so violates another federal statute or constitutional clause.

Andrew Weissmann, a former federal prosecutor who worked on the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, also suggested that Trump could be held criminally liable if he issued a pardon — to himself or anyone else — specifically to obstruct a federal or state investigation.

The president has granted more pardons and commutations to his friends and allies than any other president in US history. Last month, he issued a wave of executive clemency grants to associates including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; the Republican strategist Roger Stone; real-estate businessman Charles Kushner, who is the father of Trump's son-in-law Jared; the three corrupt former Republican congressmen Chris Collins, Duncan Hunter, and Steve Stockman; the former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos; the Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who was indicted in the Russia investigation; and more than a dozen others.

The president also pardoned his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn; four Blackwater guards convicted for their role in the massacre of more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in 2007; and two former Border Patrol agents who were convicted for shooting an unarmed undocumented immigrant in 2006 and covering it up.

Trump is also said to be considering granting a preemptive pardon to his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has amplified his conspiracy theories about the election and who on Wednesday called for a "trial by combat" at a Trump rally shortly before a mob of supporters swarmed the Capitol. And the president has reportedly discussed preemptively pardoning his three eldest children as well as Kushner.

A top Capitol security official is resigning after the assault by a pro-Trump mob, and more are expected to go
  • House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, a top Capitol security official, has resigned from his post, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Thursday afternoon.
  • Pelosi has called for the termination of the Capitol Police chief, who she said is a responsible for Wednesday's security "failure" that allowed Trump supporters to storm the Capitol.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will soon be the Senate Majority Leader, said he intends to fire the Senate sergeant-at-arms.

Michelle Obama tears into pro-Trump rioters for carrying out 'the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president' who 'can't handle the truth of his own failures'
  • Former first lady Michelle Obama released a searing statement Thursday ripping into President Donald Trump's "violent" supporters for laying siege to the US Capitol on Wednesday.
  • "Like all of you, I watched as a gang — organized, violent, and mad they'd lost an election — laid siege to the United States Capitol," Obama said in a statement.
  • The day was "a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures," she said.
  • Obama also blamed the Republican Party and the right-wing media apparatus, saying they "gleefully cheered him on, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these."
"Like all of you, I watched as a gang — organized, violent, and mad they'd lost an election — laid siege to the United States Capitol," Obama said in a statement. "They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of American government."

Obama went on to say the day was "a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures. And the wreckage lays at the feet of a party and media apparatus that gleefully cheered him on, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these."

... Moreover, Obama pointed out in her statement, "once authorities finally gained control of the situation, these rioters and gang members were led out of the building not in handcuffs, but free to carry on with their days."


The former first lady noted the disparity between law enforcement's response to the pro-Trump rioters and its response to Black Lives Matter activists who held largely peaceful demonstrations across the country last year in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

"In city after city, day after day, we saw peaceful protestors met with brute force," her statement said. "We saw cracked skulls and mass arrests, law enforcement pepper spraying its way through a peaceful demonstration for a presidential photo op."

"And for those who call others unpatriotic for simply taking a knee in silent protest, for those who wonder why we need to be reminded that Black Lives Matter at all, yesterday made it painfully clear that certain Americans are, in fact, allowed to denigrate the flag and symbols of our nation," she added. "They've just got to look the right way."

... In her statement Thursday, Obama called for "Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior — and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation's leaders to fuel iinsurrection."

Former Sen. John Danforth calls supporting Josh Hawley's senate campaign 'the worst mistake I ever made in my life'
  • Former Republican Sen. John Danforth said on Thursday that supporting Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley's 2018 campaign was "the worst mistake I ever made in my life."
  • On Wednesday, a violent mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists overran Capitol Hill during a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Hawley took a leading role in challenging states' slates of electors and in pushing false and misleading claims of election improprieties. He is now being accused of fanning the flames of the violence.
  • "Lending credence to Trump's false claim that the election was stolen is a highly destructive attack on our constitutional government," Danforth said in a statement earlier this week. "It is the opposite of conservative; it is radical."
"Supporting Josh and trying so hard to get him elected to the Senate was the worst mistake I ever made in my life," Danforth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tony Messenger. "Yesterday was the physical culmination of the long attempt (by Hawley and others) to foment a lack of public confidence in our democratic system. It is very dangerous to America to continue pushing this idea that government doesn't work and that voting was fraudulent."

The spotlight on Hawley, a likely 2024 presidential candidate, has grown even brighter over the past few days after he became the first GOP senator to publicly state that he would back a challenge to the election results, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky warned against only days earlier.

These are all the federal crimes Trump extremists could be charged with after their attack on the US Capitol
  • The violent pro-Trump mob shocked Washington as it broke into Capitol as electoral vote counting was happening. It was not just horrified people across the world watching; law enforcement agencies followed along, too.
  • The FBI and other law enforcement units are certain to be combing through thousands of photos, videos, and social media posts to identify the rioters who destroyed government property at the Capitol, ransacked lawmakers' offices, threatened people's lives, and fought with Capitol Police.
  • What's in those images could serve as evidence to charge and convict many of those Trump supporters with any of several federal crimes possibly committed during the skirmish.
  • The violations include trespassing and stealing mail and more serious violations such as sedition. If convicted, they could face fines or years in federal prison.
Some of the pro-Trump rioters, whose grinning faces are plastered across social media as they broke into the Capitol and destroyed lawmakers' property, will almost certainly be looking out from behind bars — and soon.

Trump extremists who launched an unprecedented attack on the US Capitol on Wednesday could together find themselves in an unprecedented dimension of legal peril, with authorities potentially employing some of the nation's more archaic but serious criminal statutes.

Federal and DC law enforcement officials have a wide selection of photos, videos and social media posts to dig through as they seek to identify the members of the violent pro-Trump mob that left lawmakers, congressional staffers and others in the Capitol shaken.

Those who participated will "face a range of criminal charges given the extent of the illegal behavior that took place," said Joshua Geltzer, executive director of Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and a former counsel to the Department of Justice's assistant attorney general for national security.


While only a few dozen had been arrested by Thursday evening, the FBI has put out a call for help from the public in identifying the violent pro-Trump supporters — many of whom were maskless and posted their exploits all over social media. Federal authorities and other law enforcement will likely make more arrests within days, if not hours.

"These fools made it easy for law enforcement to find them because they were posing for pictures. At least some had the wherewithal to wear masks," said Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor. "If you're any of these people who decided to show their face in pictures that were broadcast throughout the world, they need to be packing their toothbrush right now."

And many members of Congress themselves say justice should be thorough and swift.


"I strongly encourage law enforcement and the Justice Department to hold the individuals who took part in the assault on the Capitol accountable for their actions," Rep. Anthony Brown, a Maryland Democrat and Army veteran of 30 years, told Insider. "These actions were criminal and should be treated as such in order to ensure yesterday's loss of life, injuries and serious breach of national security never happens again."

An Insider analysis of the United States Code, coupled with interviews with several leading experts on federal law, identified at least a dozen different federal crimes that could apply to Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol.
  • Assaulting, resisting, or impeding government officials
  • Trespass
  • Attempting to kill or kidnap a member of Congress
  • Sedition
  • Destruction of government property
  • Rebellion or insurrection
  • Rioting
  • Making threats against government officials' family members
  • Terrorism
  • Theft
  • Transporting weapons during 'civil disorder'
  • False statements

Trump reportedly didn't bother checking on Pence after unleashing a violent mob that rampaged through the Capitol shouting 'Where's Mike Pence?'
  • President Donald Trump barely put any effort at all into checking into Vice President Mike Pence's safety during the Capitol siege on Wednesday, a source close to the vice president told CNN.
  • The insurrectionists at the Capitol could be heard shouting, "where's Mike Pence," according to the source.
  • The violent mob Trump unleashed on the Capitol delayed the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 victory and led to four deaths.
  • Meanwhile, Trump attacked Pence on Twitter for not enabling the attempted coup and refusing to overturn the election result as he presided over the certification.

Federal prosecutors are investigating Trump's role in inciting the deadly Capitol riots
  • The US attorney in Washington, DC, said Thursday that federal prosecutors are investigating President Donald Trump's role in inciting violent riots that shook Capitol Hill on Wednesday and resulted in four deaths.
  • "We are looking at all actors here, not only the people that went into the building, but ... were there others that maybe assisted, or facilitated, or played some ancillary role in this," Michael Sherwin told reporters on a phone call.
  • When asked specifically whether that included Trump, he responded, "We are looking at all actors here, and anyone that had a role. If the evidence fits the element of a crime, they're going to be charged."

Pence opposes 25th Amendment efforts to remove Trump following Capitol riot, VP advisors tell Insider
  • Vice President Mike Pence is not supporting calls to remove President Trump from office via the 25th Amendment, two Pence advisors told Insider.
  • "Not happening" said one of the Republicans close to Pence.
  • The pushback comes amid a growing bipartisan chorus calling for the vice president to make an unprecedented intervention following a Trump-fueled violent riot in the US Capitol and with less than two weeks until Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th US president.
  • The added pressure is something Pence and his team have been trying to avoid as they try to tamp down talk of politics or his personal ambitions including a 2024 presidential run.
... "I've never seen Pence as angry as he was today," Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe told the Tulsa World paper. "I had a long conversation with him," Inhofe said. "He said, 'After all the things I've done for (Trump).'"

In private, Trump's own supporters and advisors said they were furious at the president for turning his fire on Pence after four years where the No. 2 served as a loyal supporter despite so much controversy.

"Calling out Pence? Gimme a break," a former senior White House official told Insider. "You talk about a guy who has just eaten s--- for four years and indefatigably goes around and tries to be uplifting."

Sen. Lindsey Graham blames Trump for Capitol riots and says the president needs to 'understand that his actions were the problem'
  • Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday after the riots at the US Capitol.
  • "When it comes to accountability, the president needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution," Graham said.
  • Graham said he was "embarrassed and disgusted" about Wednesday's breach, and described the perpetrators as "domestic terrorists" that need to be prosecuted.
... "When it comes to accountability, the president needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution," Graham said during a news conference, adding that the president's legacy has been "tarnished."

"It breaks my heart that my friend, a president of consequence, would allow yesterday to happen and it will be a major part of his presidency," he said. "It was a self-inflicted wound."

The Supreme Court handed Trump another loss in his efforts to overturn the election a day after his supporters stormed the Capitol
  • The Supreme Court rejected another challenge to President Donald Trump's election loss Thursday.
  • It's one of more than 40 court cases challenging his loss, none of which has succeeded.
  • The particular case was brought by Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Trump ally who tried to have Vice President Mike Pence, rather than American voters, decide the presidency.
  • Also on Thursday, the Trump campaign withdrew from appeals to election lawsuits in Georgia that they had already lost.
... None of the nine Supreme Court justices — include the three Trump appointed — publicly objected to the order declining Gohmert's challenge.

'Traitors to the country': Military veterans in Congress accuse Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley of helping incite the fatal violence on Capitol Hill
  • Democratic lawmakers who've served in the US military condemned their Republican colleagues and President Donald Trump as "treasonous."
  • GOP Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley "did not break in with the rioters, and neither did Donald Trump, but their words broke the barriers of civility that have really kept the country together for hundreds of years," Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego told MSNBC.
  • "I've heard one woman say that this was the most frightening day of her life," Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine, told Insider. "This is not what members of Congress signed up to do. It's what I expected as a Marine, but not as a member of Congress."
  • Representatives for Hawley did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cruz's office referred to the statements he made denouncing the violent attacks on Capitol Hill, and alleging Democrats were playing politics.
... "What is our country coming to," Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a former Marine Corps infantry officer, told Insider. "What is our country coming to, that the greatest democracy the world has ever seen, is under assault from within and inspired by the president of the United States."

... Moulton told Insider he "absolutely" believes Hawley and Cruz shared the blame for the violence.

"These are domestic terrorists attempting a coup who were incited and supported by lawless Republicans lawmakers," Moulton said. "I think they should be censured because we need to make it clear to future lawmakers and future generations of Americans that you will not incite violence against the United States of America. That's treasonous."

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, another Marine who deployed to Iraq, also had choice words and accused the two Republicans of inciting violence. Gallego reportedly helped other lawmakers put on their gas masks and gave instructions, as well as sheltering news reporters into his office.

"We have a president and we have senators that incite this that are just as bad as those who broke in," Gallego said to MSNBC on Wednesday. "Cruz and Hawley did not break in with the rioters, and neither did Donald Trump, but their words broke the barriers of civility that have really kept the country together for hundreds of years. And they're just as responsible and they should be ashamed."

"The names of Cruz and Hawley should go down in history next to people like Benedict Arnold and Donald Trump," Gallego added. "They are just traitors to the country and traitors to the Constitution."


... Like Gallego, other lawmakers with combat experience sprung to action to assist during the chaos. Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a former US Army Ranger, was pictured comforting Democratic Rep. Susan Wild of Pennsylvania during the siege inside the House chamber.

"I called my wife," Crow told the Rolling Stone. "I told her I loved her and told the kids I loved them and told my wife I might have to fight my way out."

"I immediately got into Ranger mode, as I say," Crow reportedly added. "I'm going to do everything I can, I'm going to take as much action as I can. I did a double-check of all the doors, made sure they were locked. Escorted the more senior members away from the doors, moving them into a defensive position. Asked folks to take off their member pins so that if the mobs break down the doors, the members would be harder to identify. I took a pen out of my pocket to possibly use as a weapon."

Crow also tweeted of the incident: "It didn't need to be this way. Enablers of Donald Trump led us to this point."

There's a reckoning coming for the congressional police force that allowed the worst breach of the US Capitol since the British burned the building down in 1814
  • The US Capitol Police is facing a backlash after violent mobs supporting President Donald Trump forced their way past security while lawmakers inside were debating the 2020 Electoral College results.
  • Key Democratic leaders are demanding resignations from top officials because of the riots while both parties are promising investigations into the historic security breakdown.
  • On Thursday night, the Capitol's chief of police Steven Sund submitted his resignation after lawmakers called for him to step down.
  • At the center of the controversy is a police force that dates back to 1828, when "Capitol watchmen" patrolled the grounds. Since then, the force has gotten much bigger and more professional.
  • The force tries to walk a fine line between protecting Congress and the public and keeping the doors of the Capitol open for visitors to see democracy in action.
In the aftermath of Wednesday's melee, there's plenty of blame going around Washington about what went wrong and who's responsible for a riot that left five people dead, including a Trump-supporting Air Force veteran shot by a police officer mere steps from the House floor. Top lawmakers are calling for resignations and launching investigations into the breakdown. Washington insiders say to expect dramatic changes to security at the US Capitol and the police force that protects it.

"You can't even come into the Capitol with a purse, without it being screened. How can you break into the Capitol and walk around with flagpoles?" said California Democrat Rep. Karen Bass on CNN.


Heads are already rolling.

... The Capitol Police force dates back to 1828, when four "Capitol watchmen" were given the authority to enforce the law at the Capitol and its grounds. The agency now employs more than 2,300 officers and civilian employees and has an annual budget of about $460 million.

They've become more professional and better trained in recent decades. Back in the 1960s, the force was largely made up of part-time police officers, some of whom were also students working for members of Congress, said former Senate Historian Donald Ritchie. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who went on to be the Senate Majority Leader, worked as a Capitol Police officer while he was putting himself through law school.

... The force hires officers who are between the ages of 21 and 37 at the time of their appointment, according to the agency's website. They complete their training at the US Capitol Police Training Academy and the starting salary is $64,173.

... More than 50 Capitol Police and Washington Metropolitan Police were injured during Wednesday's attack, CNN reported. One Capitol Police officer died Thursday as a result of the violence, according to CNN. A Capitol Police officer shot a woman during the invasion who later died from the injury, according to a statement from Sund. That employee has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Meanwhile, politicians, law enforcement experts and the public questioned the force's readiness and their response to the breach even as many of them blamed President Donald Trump for emboldening the mobs that overtook the Capitol.

"They're not supposed to get as far as they did. And someone needs to explain why that happened," former US Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer told WTOP.

"The fact that they appear to have been so ill-equipped, embarrassing is too polite a word. It's inexcusable," said Douglas Smith, who was assistant secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration.


Either they were just "woefully unprepared," their leadership gave them the directive to let the rioters blow off steam, or they're "absolutely incompetent" almost 20 years after the Sept. 2001, terrorist attacks, Smith said.

"I don't even know where one begins at just what a catastrophic failure of operations we saw yesterday. Every possible thing that went wrong for them, it went wrong," he said.

... "Why were they overwhelmed?" Bass said on CNN. "Everyone knew this was going to happen. Why weren't they tracking social media? Why frankly, were the protesters, rioters terrorists, why weren't they infiltrated? Why wasn't there undercover police officers that were there? This is the kind of thing that happens at other types of street protests." ... Republicans are calling for more oversight, too. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded that "a painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow" the Trump-fueled riot at the Capitol.

US Capitol Police rejected multiple offers from federal law enforcement to help deal with pro-Trump mobs
  • US Capitol Police rejected multiple offers for help dealing with pro-Trump protesters in the days leading up to Wednesday's violence.
  • The Department of Defense offered to send National Guard troops and the Justice Department offered up FBI agents, but the Capitol Police turned them both down.
  • Despite plenty of warnings of a possible insurrection and ample resources and time to prepare, the Capitol Police planned only for a free speech demonstration.
  • Amid intense criticism of their handling of the event, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving have both said they plan to resign.
Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the US Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter.

Despite plenty of warnings of a possible insurrection and ample resources and time to prepare, the Capitol Police planned only for a free speech demonstration.


Still stinging from the uproar over the violent response by law enforcement to protests last June near the White House, officials also were intent on avoiding any appearance that the federal government was deploying active duty or National Guard troops against Americans.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Resigns Over Trump Involvement in Capitol Riot
Education Secretary Betsy Devos has resigned, effective Friday – the second of Trump's Cabinet members to do so just one day after mobs of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was formally recognizing Joe Biden's victory in the presidential race.

"There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me," DeVos, one of the longest serving members of the president's Cabinet, said in a letter obtained by U.S. News and first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

"Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us," she said in the letter. "I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgement and model the behavior we hope they would emulate. They must know from us that America is greater than what transpired yesterday."

DeVos was one of the only sitting Cabinet members to make a forceful statement against the violence Wednesday, albeit one that fell short of implicating the president.

In the midst of the Capitol Building siege, Trump tried calling Tommy Tuberville but got the wrong senator
  • It appears Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville is a difficult guy to get ahold of.
  • Earlier this week Rudy Giuliani left a long and rambling message for Tuberville — on somebody else's voicemail.
  • Yesterday during the Capitol Building siege President Donald Trump attempted to reach Tuberville, but got Utah Sen. Mike Lee instead, according to the Deseret News.
  • There's speculation that both Giuliani and Trump were attempting to reach Tuberville to encourage him to object to the certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College win.

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