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The Hill's 12:30 Report: GOP feels growing sense of regret

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: Trump says he won’t attend inauguration | Returns to exclamatory tweet this morning after somber evening video | GOP regrets not containing Trump | House Dems eye midweek impeachment vote | GOP Sen. Sasse says he ‘will definitely consider’ impeachment | Capitol Hill fallout | How the Capitol was left unprotected | Process of repairs and cleanup begins | Top Capitol security officials resign | Biden breaks with Trump, to release all available vaccines | NH’s drive-in legislature

 

IN CONGRESS

‘Republican senators now regret not doing more to contain Trump’:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Republican senators say they feel a sense of growing regret over not standing up to 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 sooner — a day after a violent mob ransacked the Capitol building in one of the darkest and most humiliating days in U.S. history.” https://bit.ly/3hSMImB 

The feeling from many Senate Republicans — shell-shock: “Many Republicans are shell-shocked over the horrific scenes at the Capitol and seem to be trying to come to grips with their role in the disaster.” 

From one Republican senator who requested anonymity: “We should have done more to push back, both against his rhetoric and some of the things he did legislatively. The mistake we made is that we always thought he was going to get better. We thought that once he got the nomination and then once he got a Cabinet he was going to get better, he was going to be more presidential.” 

Me reading that headline: 

 

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES PUBLISHED PHOTOS OF THE 147 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION RESULTS:

Here’s the list: https://nyti.ms/3owgqAg

It’s finally Friday of this godawful week. 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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IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE

Is anyone on any side surprised by this? Even just a little bit?:

President Trump, who is back to tweeting this morning, announced that he will not attend 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 inauguration on Jan. 20. https://bit.ly/2Lfgu91

Trump tweeted: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” See Trump’s post on Twitter:  https://bit.ly/35kGd6M

MEANWHILE — TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RESIGNATIONS GAIN STEAM:

Where the list stands, via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley: https://bit.ly/3pZM0GX

Well, this hopefully eliminates a scenario many had worried about:

President Trump released a scripted video last night, condemning Wednesday’s violence and announcing he would adhere to a smooth presidential transition to the Biden administration. https://bit.ly/3pYpRJ2 

The video, if you haven’t watched it yet:  https://bit.ly/3s99BGU

^ AND LIKE CLOCKWORK, TRUMP IS BACK ON TWITTER A FEW HOURS LATER, TWEETING WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS:

President Trump tweeted this morning: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” https://bit.ly/3hYZMqr   

 

^All I can think about watching the video and subsequent tweet is when corporate Dunder Mifflin made Michael Scott announce to employees that he won’t tell ‘that’s what she said’ jokes anymore.

Watch the clip from ‘The Office’ --> https://bit.ly/3hTWzZj  

THE LATEST WITH IMPEACHMENT DISCUSSIONS

Impeachment is possible next week:

Via NBC’s Kasie Hunt, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Mike Memoli, Alex Moe and Rebecca Shabad, Assistant House Speaker Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE (D-Mass.) said this morning that House Democrats are considering an impeachment vote on President Trump in the middle of next week. https://nbcnews.to/3bmtHrw

Happening now: Democratic leaders are holding a call with its caucus. 

What happened last night: Democratic leaders had a meeting to discuss logistics for impeachment.  

Keep in mind about the discussions: “The matter has not yet been decided, and there were voices in the leadership meeting advocating for different approaches to the question of whether to impeach. But with Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceA Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Inauguration Sanders takes over internet Harris move into vice president's residence delayed MORE seeming to signal he will not invoke the 25th Amendment, the discussion became more urgent Thursday.” 

What we know about the discussions of impeachmenthttps://nbcnews.to/3bmtHrw

A REPUBLICAN SENATOR SAID HE WOULD CONSIDER IMPEACHING TRUMP:

Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseSenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Pompeo labels China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' MORE (R-Neb.) said on “CBS This Morning”: "If they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move, because as I told you I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office.” https://bit.ly/3q2cAz6

CAPITOL HILL FALLOUT

This story made my jaw drop:

Via The Washington Post’s Paul Sonne, Peter Hermann and Missy Ryan, “The Pentagon placed tight limits on the D.C. National Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests this week, trying to ensure the use of military force remained constrained, as the Guard carried out a narrow, unarmed mission requested by the city’s mayor to help handle traffic ahead of planned protests.” https://wapo.st/2Leouar

On Wednesday afternoon: “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he received a call from House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who said he was in a secure location with House 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 and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.”

Yikes — Hogan described the interaction: “I was actually on the phone with Leader Hoyer, who was pleading with us to send the guard. He was yelling across the room to Schumer and they were back and forth saying we do have the authorization, and I’m saying, ‘I’m telling you we do not have the authorization.’ ”  

The full story of how the response was botchedhttps://wapo.st/2Leouar

Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick has died:

An officer for the Capitol Police died on Thursday evening after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. https://bit.ly/38o5b7q

Context to the injuries: This brings Wednesday’s death toll to five. “More than 50 officers were injured and 15 hospitalized in the standoff against supporters of President Trump, who breached the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's election.” 

Bloomberg’s Erik Wasson tweeted: “I passed by this man quite regularly at work in the Capitol. One of those guys you banter with without knowing their names. Now lost in service of our country” https://bit.ly/38n56AS 

Photo of the fallen officerhttps://bit.ly/3nrYgym

THIS A.M. — THE U.S. ATTORNEY OPENS A MURDER INVESTIGATION:

Via ABC’s Jack Date, Mark Osborne and Emily Shapiro, the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. has opened a murder probe into the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknickhttps://abcn.ws/3q5GAdl

Congress is furious about the failure to secure the U.S. Capitol:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis and Cristina Marcos, “Congressional leaders vowed Wednesday to fire law enforcement chiefs amid bipartisan anger that a mob was able to easily enter the Capitol building, putting everyone inside in danger.” https://bit.ly/35lZRPP

WHO HAS BEEN FIRED:

Senate sergeant-at-arms: 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.) fired Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael Stengerhttps://bit.ly/3hSHg2W

The chief of Capitol Police: Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said he will resign after Speaker Pelosi called for him to step down. https://bit.ly/2XnzB3u

House sergeant-at-arms: Speaker Pelosi announced yesterday that House sergeant-at-arms Paul D. Irving will resign. https://nyti.ms/3nvhd2V

‘BEHIND THE STRATEGIC FAILURE OF THE CAPITOL POLICE’:

Via journalist Garrett M. Graff in Politico Magazine: https://politi.co/38sooVi

MORE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM WEDNESDAY’S DESTRUCTION:

As the videos and timelines are pieced together – here is the moment protesters broken into the Capitol complex: Watch: https://bit.ly/3bxVnd9 

I hadn’t seen this video — yikes: Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones posted: “This video of the siege of the Capitol on TikTok is crazy and different than I had seen.” Watchhttps://bit.ly/35leS4H 

Destroyed history — what an absolute disgrace for all those involved: Here’s a photo of some of the history destroyed: https://bit.ly/38qABKj 

The New York Times compiled a few striking photos of the insurgencehttps://nyti.ms/3q1gCrI  

And The Washington Post compiled photos of the cleanup necessary: It really hurts to see such a sacred place destroyed by domestic insurgents: https://wapo.st/38odzUu 

Ugh, this gets so violent: Here’s a video of Trump supporters fighting with police officers inside the Capitol:  https://bit.ly/35hS3yL 

Trending — the pride in this woman’s tone is absolutely sickening:

This video has nearly 5 million views. 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3blE5Q4 

A rioter tells a journalist how ‘cool’ the cops were: “I walked in and there [are] just a bunch of people lighting up in some Oregon room … but they were smoking a bunch of weed in there … cops are very cool. They were like, ‘hey guys, have a good night.’” Watch the full description from a rioter outside the Capitolhttps://bit.ly/3bmDlKK  

The Hill’s Scott Wong posted a video of cops running through the halls yelling, ‘go, go!’https://bit.ly/39but7P

Listen to the emergency announcement broadcasted in the U.S. Capitol as the lockdown beganhttps://bit.ly/3s6vff7 

Fun fact about the doors to the Capitol steps:  

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35pcZDQ 

Check out the front pages of newspapers yesterday across the country: Screenshots from The Hill’s John Kruzelhttps://bit.ly/2Lhp3jE

A FEW LIGHTER TWEETS OF THIS INSANE WEEK

Because we have to find our own humor, right?

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2Lrlyae 

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2JV7PrT



LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

NEW — Biden will release all available vaccine doses:

Via CNN’s Sara Murray, “President-elect Joe Biden will aim to release every available dose of the coronavirus vaccine when he takes office, a break with the Trump administration's strategy of holding back half of US vaccine production to ensure second doses are available.”  The full story: https://cnn.it/2LhcPaX

Democrats are vowing to distribute $2,000 checks:

Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda, “Democrats are vowing to forge ahead with providing $2,000 stimulus payments after their party won control of the Senate this week with victories in two Georgia runoffs where the checks played a key role.” What we know: https://bit.ly/3s05dKm

News this a.m. — The economy lost a significant number of jobs last month:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, the first reported losses since April, as the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent.” https://bit.ly/3s58tnO

THE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 21,617,462 

U.S. death toll: 365,882 

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

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/35oI2zT

NOTABLE TWEETS:

This video has nearly 1 million views already. 

 

 

Watch: https://bit.ly/3orUaHB

Yesterday in the Capitol Rotunda — this is good content:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3pZeoJg

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris takes up temporary residence at Blair House Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE are in Wilmington, Del. 

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.

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will both receive the President’s Daily Brief and meet with transition advisers.

WHAT TO WATCH:

1:30 p.m. EST: President-elect Biden makes a transition announcement on camera. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3hWTgkg

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National English Toffee Day.

Legislating in the pandemic — this is really creative, New Hampshire!:

Via The New York Times’s Ellen Barry, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives found a clever way to meet amid the coronavirus pandemic. https://nyti.ms/2XjEryu

“This was drive-in democracy: Three hundred and fifty-seven state representatives sat in idling cars, tuning into a shared radio frequency. When members expressed a desire to speak, via text message, House staff zipped across the lot in golf carts with microphones affixed to long booms, to stick into their car windows.” 

The full story and photos of the setuphttps://nyti.ms/2XjEryu

And to start your weekend on a happier note, here’s a dog showing us what it’s like to live with husky siblings: https://bit.ly/3q2V3ac