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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: House Dems formally introduce Trump impeachment article | What happens next | More heinous images, details emerge from riots | Video shows split-second decision that may have saved senators | Rioter arrests begin | FBI releases photos of alleged rioters | 25+ domestic terrorism investigations opened | Rioter placed on ‘no-fly’ list, airport reaction caught on video | Trump faces new challenge after Twitter ban | Biden receives second vaccine dose | Ben & Jerry’s introduces dog treats 

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

We will all be impeachment experts by the end of this administration:

 

 

House Democrats just formally introduced an article of impeachment of 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 following the Capitol Hill riot that left five dead. https://bit.ly/3scktUx

The charge: Inciting a mob of supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the presidential election results

The three House Democrats that introduced the article: Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineK Street navigates virtual inauguration week Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment MORE (R.I.), Ted Lieu (Calif.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinInauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 This week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days Democratic lawmaker says 'assassination party' hunted for Pelosi during riot MORE (Md.). 

More from The Hill’s Scott Wong and Mike Lillishttps://bit.ly/3scktUx 

Read the article of impeachmenthttps://bit.ly/3nCS2LY

THE LIKELY ORDER OF EVENTS:

Today: Democrats will try to pass, by unanimous consent, a resolution for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to sideline Trump. Trump’s allies in the House will almost certainly block this resolution, so it will not pass unanimously. 

Tuesday: So then Democrats will bring that same resolution to the House floor tomorrow. 

Wednesday: The earliest possible day that House Democrats could formally vote to impeach Trump.  

If the House passes impeachment articles: The articles would then head to the Senate for a trial. It’s still unclear whether the Senate would hold a trial immediately or potentially wait a few months to prioritize President-elect Biden’s agenda for his first 100 days.

Details of the week from The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3i4x9Z5

JAMES CLYBURN SAYS A SENATE TRIAL COULD BE PUSHED FOR A FEW MONTHS:

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on Sunday that an impeachment trial could be delayed to allow for 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 first 100 days agenda.

It’s Monday. 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 BIDEN TRANSITION

*clears throat and practices best wrestling announcer voice* Coming in with 30+ years of experience in Republican and Democratic administrations, meet your next CIA director!:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, “President-elect Joe Biden early Monday announced former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns as his nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

What to know about Burns: “Burns is a former career diplomat with more than three decades of experience in the Foreign Service. He retired in 2014 and currently serves as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has served in various national security roles across both Democratic and Republican administrations. Burns was U.S. ambassador to Russia between 2005 and 2008 and was U.S. ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001.”

TIDBIT RIGHT AFTER INAUGURATION — BIDEN AND HARRIS WILL VISIT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WITH THE OBAMAS, BUSHES AND CLINTONS:

“The Biden inaugural theme is ‘America United.’ After they’re sworn in, Biden, Harris and their spouses will go to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, inaugural committee announces. They’ll be joined by the Obamas, Bushes and Clintons.” (Via Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epsteinhttps://bit.ly/3sdWUuu

THE AFTERMATH OF THE RIOTS

From the perspective of two Black Capitol Police officers — this will make your blood boil:

Via BuzzFeed’s Emmanuel Felton, two Black veteran officers of the Capitol Police described their experiences on Capitol Hill Wednesday. https://bit.ly/39nxVMU

From one officer: “ ‘I got called a n----- 15 times today,’ the veteran officer shouted in the Rotunda to no one in particular. ‘Trump did this and we got all of these f------ people in our department that voted for him. How the f--- can you support him?’ ‘I cried for about 15 minutes and I just let it out.’ ”

From another officer: “We were telling them to back up and get away and stop, and they’re telling us they are on our side, and they’re doing this for us, and they’re saying this as I’m getting punched in my face by one of them. ... That happened to a lot of us. We were getting pepper-sprayed in the face by those protesters — I'm not going to even call them protesters — by those domestic terrorists.” 

The full accounts from two Black officers protecting the Capitolhttps://bit.ly/39nxVMU

Want to help the FBI? See if you recognize anyone in these photos:

The FBI released photos of persons of interest in the Capitol riots. Check out the photoshttps://bit.ly/39q5oWQ 

More photos with their charges so farhttps://bit.ly/2MOu0kp

25+ DOMESTIC TERRORISM INVESTIGATIONS HAVE BEEN OPENED:

https://bit.ly/3brXdft

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE (R-S.C.) was swarmed by protesters at the airport: Here is video of the incident — it has 11 million views already. https://bit.ly/2LmsuFV 

This hurts: Politico’s Burgess Everett tweeted, “48 hours later the Capitol is still in physical distress. Cigarette butts strewn, broken glass crunching under my feet. At least most of the amazing artwork, statues are untouched. Lots of doors with foot prints on them” Photoshttps://bit.ly/3btP0qY 

These images are starting to emerge

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/39iQ925

And remember the man who put his feet up in Speaker Pelosi’s office?: Want to see his mugshot? Here you go!https://bit.ly/2LcA323 

The man in tactical gear in the Senate turned himself inhttps://bit.ly/3bs7JTS 

Police officers lined the street for Officer Brian Sicknick’s funeral procession: Photo from NBC’s Vaughn Hillyardhttps://bit.ly/2LJmqHd

This video of a rioter discovering he is on the no-fly list has nearly 16 million views so far:

*I will not editorialize this video. I will not editorialize this video.*

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/39lvzxZ

MORE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS THAT EMERGED OVER THE WEEKEND

This realization continues to set in: Politico’s Melanie Zanona tweeted, “It's becoming increasingly clear that Jan. 6 was minutes, if not seconds, away from becoming a bloodbath inside the United States Capitol. We're just lucky the rioters didn't know what they were doing — and that there were some fast-thinking cops on the scene.” https://bit.ly/3i6ElUr

Remember the viral video of protesters forcing their way up the stairs in the Senate?: The Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic captured video of a single police officer attempting to hold back rioters as they walk near the Senate. First, watch that video again.https://bit.ly/3i4Ggsw

^ Bobic took that video at 2:14 p.m. The Senate was sealed at 2:15 p.m. Had the rioter turned right, he would have reached the entrance to the Senate, which was still not sealed. Let that sink in

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/39jckoN

^ What the Senate floor looked like at this momenthttps://bit.ly/38wyggP

As a warning, this video is very hard to watch. 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3sdFMoP

“One more detail about the chase up the Senate steps by a mob carrying a Confederate flag: it happened in front of portrait of Sen. Blanche Kelso Bruce, a Mississippi Republican who was the first Black senator to serve a full term, during Reconstruction” Photoshttps://bit.ly/3nFxAuc

IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE

Yes, but what about Venmo? Has he tried Venmo?:

Via Politico’s Gabby Orr, Daniel Lippman, Tina Nguyen and Sam Stein, “President Donald Trump has many prized possessions. But few seemed to inspire as much personal joy as his Twitter feed. ... On Friday night, he lost it. And, then, he lost his mind.” https://politi.co/2XuXHt0

The feeling in the White House: “The president is ‘ballistic,’ a senior administration official said after Twitter permanently took down his account, citing the possibility that it would be used in the final 12 days of Trump’s presidency to incite violence. The official said Trump was ‘scrambling to figure out what his options are.’ ”

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS LEGALLY ALLOWED TO BAN THE PRESIDENT?:

The Associated Press’s Kevin Freking explains why social media platforms are allowed to ban President Trumphttps://bit.ly/2K4RMrz

A LIST OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS THAT HAVE BOOTED PRESIDENT TRUMP:

Via Axios’s Sara Fischer and Ashley Goldhttps://bit.ly/3i3K39D

‘STRIPPED OF TWITTER, TRUMP FACES A NEW CHALLENGE: HOW TO COMMAND ATTENTION’:

Via The New York Times’s Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats formally introduce impeachment article The Hill's Morning Report - Trump finally concedes; 25th Amendment pressure grows The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC MOREhttps://nyti.ms/38APBpb

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

DC residents 65+, you’re up!:

Via PoPville, starting today, Washington, D.C., residents who are 65 years old and up may begin to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine. Details from the mayor’s officehttps://bit.ly/2LqcGlr

THE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 22,420,704 

U.S. death toll: 374,425

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

NOTABLE TWEETS:

The feeling in DC:

This video has more than a million views so far. Warning, there is a lot of swearing in the clip. 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/35M7K1x

ON TAP:

The House meets for a pro forma session today. The Senate is out.  

President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.” 

President-elect Joe 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 will receive the President’s Daily Brief and will meet with advisers.

2 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leads a White House coronavirus task force meeting in the Situation Room. 

Tuesday: President Trump visits the U.S. border in Texas. Details from the Texas Tribune: https://bit.ly/35rlG0w

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: Washington, D.C., 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 (D) held a briefing on the breach of the U.S. Capitol. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/39qcbA5 

Today: President-elect Biden receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Milk Day.

Because I think we could all use a lighter news story:

Via CNBC’s Melissa Repko, “Ben & Jerry’s has developed frozen dog treats called Doggie Desserts, which will be sold at grocery and pet stores.” https://cnb.cx/3sp5ZB0

And because this video actually made me laugh out loud, here’s a dog who LOVES to watch horse racing. Its reaction when the horses begin is incredible: https://bit.ly/3bwuCpc