The Hill's 12:30 Report: Aftermath of terror at the US Capitol

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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 TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism 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 BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 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 SchumerNRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help' 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: https://bit.ly/39bR6sY 

And a GOP lawmaker also calls for removing Trump from office: Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? 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.” https://bit.ly/38ky6Jx 

Trump withdraws Chad WolfChad WolfICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post Ex-DHS chief says Trump bears some responsibility for Capitol riots: 'What he says matters' Security concerns mount ahead of Biden inauguration 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.]” https://bit.ly/3hTApqg 

DC Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserInauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 Biden's inauguration unprecedented in US history Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration 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. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3pZyoLW

Facebook blocks President Trump indefinitely: At least through Biden’s inauguration.  https://bit.ly/3opOeyT 

Capitol Police released a statementhttps://bit.ly/2LykxwX


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 https://bit.ly/38mEnnQ 

Four people are dead; 68 people were arrestedhttps://bit.ly/3noaSGs 

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.” Detailshttps://bit.ly/3s4BQXi 

Four bullet holes in the doors leading to the Capitol steps: Photo from NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwellhttps://bit.ly/3omf9M0

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 https://bit.ly/3onEkht 

Surveying the damage: These photos are incredibly sad. Photos: https://bit.ly/3njbBch 

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 https://bit.ly/3bhgMHl 

What a disgrace





The electoral votes were saved amid the chaos: 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3nrHpvj


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 cmartel@thehill.com — 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.” https://bit.ly/2LuAWCQ

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.” https://bit.ly/3hPlRaS

From Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief GOP senator calls Biden's COVID-19 relief plan a 'non-starter' 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 Romneyhttps://cnn.it/2Lro6oW 

From former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMcConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' The Memo: Biden strives for common ground after Trump turmoil 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 statementhttps://bit.ly/3on1Hrq

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.” https://bit.ly/3pWV6Ej 

Republican senators blame Trump: Via The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3nmSNbW 

The Kansas City Star blames its senator: The paper’s editorial board slammed Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack 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: https://bit.ly/3h­Uz5n0 

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. Detailshttps://bit.ly/3oqAu73

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.” https://bit.ly/38oQO2s

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. https://bit.ly/3nqUUvk

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.” https://bloom.bg/38oPzAG 

The first lady’s chief of staff Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE: Grisham is also the former White House press secretary. Details from CNN’s Kate Bennett: https://cnn.it/3bapJCa 

Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyConsumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day 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.” https://cnb.cx/3hYPjeQ 

White House social secretary Anna Cristina "Rickie" Niceta: “Grisham and Niceta were among the longest-serving Trump administration officials.” https://cnn.it/3bapJCa

Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning McMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' MORE is considering resigning: Keep in mind, Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.) (Via NBC News) https://bit.ly/38mxTWc

Deputy press secretary Sarah Matthewshttps://bit.ly/3nqUUvk


Written exactly two months apart. Via The Washington Post’s Steven Richhttps://bit.ly/397pntr


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. https://bit.ly/35hJAM3

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 suspensionhttps://bit.ly/35AeWxF

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.” https://bit.ly/35iv8TX

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. https://wapo.st/3hT7y52

“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 perspectivehttps://wapo.st/3hT7y52


Via Politico: https://politi.co/3hSbxiD


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. Watchhttps://bit.ly/35gL1Kp

A man casually walking through the Capitol carrying his Confederate flag: Via Reuters: https://bit.ly/35eZF4W 

One rioter is wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirthttps://bit.ly/2LyzPSI 

The mob swarming outside the Senate floor while senators are still inside: Here’s a photo: https://bit.ly/3s0ex0T 

Video of the FBI SWAT team walking through the Capitolhttps://bit.ly/35jJKlQ

A rioter entered Speaker Pelosi’s office and left a note: It reads, “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN” Photohttps://bit.ly/2L7CvXr 

Another wrote on a Capitol door, ‘murder the media’https://bit.ly/38iIQYK 

Video of protesters breaching the Senate floor, taken from NBC’s Frank Thorp V, who was in the roomhttps://bit.ly/3912W8Y


This photo is historic



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3pXsg6U 

Rioters posing for photos in the Senate chamber: This is sickening. Photo from The New York Post’s Steven Nelsonhttps://bit.ly/3bfyGdx 

And another yelled ‘Trump won that election!’ from the dais: Via The Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic)  https://bit.ly/2MGCFpa   

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 podiumhttps://bit.ly/2MHsPDx

Reporters hid until their stools in the House gallery



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3nrmzfE 

^Beavers also described: “Police have guns drawn. We are hiding behind chairs and tables on House gallery.” https://bit.ly/3s0pb7I

And journalists were given protective hoods:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3pT62CU

^Photo of Politico’s Olivia Beavers wearing the hoodhttps://bit.ly/3985vpZ 

A little before 3 p.m. EST, can’t think of a worse time to send a fundraising email: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack Poll: Majority of voters support bipartisan commission to probe potential irregularities in the 2020 election MORE (R-Texas) sent a fundraising text and email to supporters. Screenshot from Politico’s Elena Schneiderhttps://bit.ly/3s3t9fM


The mob physically fighting police officers: This video has more than 8.4 million views. (From The Huffington Post’s Philip Lewis) Watchhttps://bit.ly/3s4p4bA 

Video of the mobs storming the barricades of the Capitol complexhttps://bit.ly/3pWVjHD

An American flag was taken down and replaced with a Trump flaghttps://bit.ly/3pVVd38 

Video of protesters on the streets after curfew: Via The New York Times’s John Ismay:  https://bit.ly/3971pi0 

Spotted outside the Capitol: Alex Jones ... https://bit.ly/3s1zvg0


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

U.S. death toll: 361,453

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


Today in Capitol Hill:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3pVlTRq


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. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3pZyoLW 

1 p.m. EST: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) holds a press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/35iNRyu

1:30 p.m. EST: President-elect Biden announces his Justice Department nominees. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3bhcmjz


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: https://bit.ly/35lv85x