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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: Schumer calls for removing Trump from office |  First GOP lawmaker agrees | Chaos and terror in Washington  | Pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol; ravages building; invokes wave of terror  | Pipe bombs, ‘cooler of Molotov cocktails’ found outside RNC, DNC | Four dead, 68 arrested | Journalists hide under stools | Airlines beef up security as protesters leave DC | Trump acknowledges end of presidency | Multiple White House officials resign | Others consider resignation | 25th Amendment talks swirl | What happens next



Yesterday was a disgusting day in American history:



President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE unleashed utter chaos yesterday when he urged supporters at his midday White House rally to march to the U.S. Capitol as Congress certified President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE’s electoral win.  

A mob of Trump supporters then stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching the House and Senate floors, ransacking the building and invoking a wave of terror across Washington.


Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) calls for invoking the 25th Amendment — or to impeach the president: The Senate Democratic leader just released a statement: “What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer … The quickest and most effective way - it can be done today - to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president." What we know so far: 

And a GOP lawmaker also calls for removing Trump from office: Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes MORE (R-Ill.) became the first Republican to call for invoking the 25th Amendment. He said in a video message: "The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president now must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily.” 

Trump withdraws Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Biden, Trump battle over who's to blame for Afghanistan The border is shifting from a manufactured crisis to a national embarrassment MORE’s nomination: “Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf's nomination to serve in a permanent capacity was withdrawn on Thursday shortly after he called on President Trump to ‘strongly condemn’ the violence [yesterday.]” 

DC Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserBiden to GOP governors planning vaccine mandate lawsuits: 'Have at it' Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program Biden nominates DC regulator to federal energy commission MORE just held a press conference: "Obviously it's a failure or you wouldn't have had police lines breached ... and people terrorizing ... Congress,” Bowser said. Livestream

Facebook blocks President Trump indefinitely: At least through Biden’s inauguration. 

Capitol Police released a statement


Congress finished its work late into the night: Congress certified the electoral win of President-elect Joe Biden. The official Electoral College count: 306-232 

Four people are dead; 68 people were arrested 

Police found two pipe bombs and a ‘cooler of Molotov cocktails’: “The pipe bombs were found outside of the local DNC and RNC offices, respectively. The pipe bombs were found inside a car, where a long gun was also discovered.” Details 

Four bullet holes in the doors leading to the Capitol steps: Photo from NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell

Watch this footage from a British news outlet: It’s even more surreal to see yesterday covered from an international perspective. Watch the ITV News report — the footage this crew taped is unbelievable 

Surveying the damage: These photos are incredibly sad. Photos: 

The smiles on their faces are infuriating: “Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and neo-Nazi [activist] Baked Alaska both live-streamed from Pelosi's office after storming the capitol. Neither have been arrested.” Screenshot of their livestream 

What a disgrace





The electoral votes were saved amid the chaos: 





Trump supporters celebrate at a local hotel





^ After Bloomberg’s William Turton took this video, Trump supporters harassed and threatened him: “After I took this video, several Trump supporters harassed me and tried to follow me to my room. One accused me of being ‘antifa.’ Hotel security intervened and moved me to new room. What a weird day … The Trump supporters demanded that I delete the video. One woman flashed her taser at me, and threatened to mace me. I should also say for the record: the hotel staff and security were extremely professional and polite, and got me out of a bad situation.” Yikes.


It’s Thursday. Today is a sad, infuriating day in Washington, D.C. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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From former Attorney General Bill Barr: Barr called Trump’s actions a “betrayal of his office and supporters.” He also said: “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.”

From The New York Times Opinion’s Ezra Klein: “They are doing what he asked them to do. They are doing exactly what one would do if you believed what he was saying. Don't act surprised. Republicans elites convinced themselves that Trump is taken seriously, not literally. Millions take him literally.”

From Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds Democrats aim for maximum pressure on GOP over debt ceiling MORE (R-Utah): “We gather today due to a selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.” More from Romney 

From former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBusiness coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE: “The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost. The election was free, the count was fair, the result is final. We must complete the peaceful transfer of power our Constitution mandates.” Clinton’s full statement

This! — TIME’s Molly Ball pointed out: “The amazing thing about ‘it might have been antifa’ is that Trump literally summoned these people to DC, spoke at their event, offered to walk them over to the Capitol and then praised them afterward.” 

Republican senators blame Trump: Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney 

The Kansas City Star blames its senator: The paper’s editorial board slammed Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R-Mo.) for having “blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt.”  Excerpt:  “No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday’s coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol than one Joshua David Hawley, the 41-year-old junior senator from Missouri, who put out a fundraising appeal while the siege was underway.” The full op-ed:­Uz5n0 

Airlines beef up security as the protesters fly home: For example, American Airlines said it is increasing staffing and working with law enforcement to increase security at D.C.-area airports. Details

Why was Capitol Hill caught flat-footed? — Capitol Police is taking the heat:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “The disturbing breach of security at the U.S. Capitol is raising serious questions about the safety of lawmakers and staff who work there, and drawing criticism toward the security services who are meant to keep them safe.”

So, I guess we’ve identified the breaking point for some:

Multiple White House officials resigned yesterday following the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger: Via Bloomberg, Pottinger resigned yesterday afternoon. “His boss, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, also considered leaving but was persuaded to stay on by allies on Wednesday, the people said.” 

The first lady’s chief of staff Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover MORE: Grisham is also the former White House press secretary. Details from CNN’s Kate Bennett: 

Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE: Mulvaney, the president’s former chief of staff, resigned as special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland. He told CNBC: “I can’t do it. I can’t stay.” 

Mulvaney on officials who are *not* resigning: “Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in.” 

White House social secretary Anna Cristina "Rickie" Niceta: “Grisham and Niceta were among the longest-serving Trump administration officials.”

Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSaluting FOIA on its birthday House passes bill to strengthen authority of federal watchdogs Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' MORE is considering resigning: Keep in mind, Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE (R-Ky.) (Via NBC News)

Deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews


Written exactly two months apart. Via The Washington Post’s Steven Rich


Trump acknowledged the end of his presidency:

Shortly after Congress certified President-elect Biden’s win this morning, President Trump released a statement acknowledging the end of his presidency.

How did he share the statement? He was blocked from Twitter and Facebook.Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, shared the statement for Trump. The statement shared for Trump during his Twitter suspension

What to know about the 25th Amendment talks:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant, “Administration officials have started discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, according to a source familiar with the matter.”

What would need to happen: “The extraordinary measure … would require a majority of Cabinet officials plus Vice President Pence to declare to Congress that Trump is unable to fulfill his duties as president.”  

This is important: “The discussions appear to be limited and it's not clear whether they have reached the level of any Cabinet officials. It is not clear that officials would actually move forward with invoking the 25th Amendment, or that enough Cabinet members would even support it, particularly given Trump has only two weeks left in office.”



What it was like to be in the Capitol during the violence:

A team of Washington Post reporters compiled their accounts of yesterday’s terror in the chambers of Congress.

“For an hour, they banged on the doors, chanting, ‘Let us in! Let us in!’ Police inside fired pepper balls and smoke bombs into the crowd but failed to turn them away. After each volley, the rioters, who were mostly White men, would cluster around the doors again, yelling, arguing, pledging revolution. 

“Sometime after 2:10 p.m., a man used a clear plastic riot shield to break through the windows on a first floor to the south side of the building, then hopped in with a few others. 

“A Capitol Police officer yelled from a higher stairway at the intruders, ordering them to stop, but when they didn’t, the officer fired at a man coming at him, two law enforcement officials said.”  

Read their account of the events inside the Capitol — it puts the day into perspective


Via Politico:


The moment protesters broke the glass and breached the U.S. Capitol: This video from Slate’s Jim Newell has more than 6.5 million views. Watch

A man casually walking through the Capitol carrying his Confederate flag: Via Reuters: 

One rioter is wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt 

The mob swarming outside the Senate floor while senators are still inside: Here’s a photo: 

Video of the FBI SWAT team walking through the Capitol

A rioter entered Speaker Pelosi’s office and left a note: It reads, “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN” Photo 

Another wrote on a Capitol door, ‘murder the media’ 

Video of protesters breaching the Senate floor, taken from NBC’s Frank Thorp V, who was in the room


This photo is historic




Rioters posing for photos in the Senate chamber: This is sickening. Photo from The New York Post’s Steven Nelson 

And another yelled ‘Trump won that election!’ from the dais: Via The Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic)   

A rioter stole an podium from the Capitol: Here’s a photo of that rioter smiling and posing for the camera. I might add, he’s not wearing a mask, so he should be easy for law enforcement to identify! Getty photo of the rioter posing with the stolen podium

Reporters hid until their stools in the House gallery




^Beavers also described: “Police have guns drawn. We are hiding behind chairs and tables on House gallery.”

And journalists were given protective hoods:




^Photo of Politico’s Olivia Beavers wearing the hood 

A little before 3 p.m. EST, can’t think of a worse time to send a fundraising email: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State MORE (R-Texas) sent a fundraising text and email to supporters. Screenshot from Politico’s Elena Schneider


The mob physically fighting police officers: This video has more than 8.4 million views. (From The Huffington Post’s Philip Lewis) Watch 

Video of the mobs storming the barricades of the Capitol complex

An American flag was taken down and replaced with a Trump flag 

Video of protesters on the streets after curfew: Via The New York Times’s John Ismay: 

Spotted outside the Capitol: Alex Jones ...


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 21,314,415 

U.S. death toll: 361,453

Breakdown of the numbers


Today in Capitol Hill:





The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are in Wilmington, Del.

Today, per the White House schedule sent to reporters: “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.”

Vice President Pence has no public events scheduled. 

Vice President-elect Harris meets with transition advisers.


11 a.m. EST: Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held a press conference. Livestream 

1 p.m. EST: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Raise the debt limit while starting to fix the budget   'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement MORE (D-Calif.) holds a press conference. Livestream

1:30 p.m. EST: President-elect Biden announces his Justice Department nominees. Livestream


Today is National Tempura Day.

And I don’t know about you, but I could really use something light as a brief distraction from the day.  

Here is a dog who really wants to figure out how stairs work: