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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for Trump’s Removal from Office using 25th Amendment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House Sergeant at Arms – the chamber’s top law enforcement official – is resigning in the aftermath of Wednesday’s siege on the Capitol.

Paul Irving, who serves as the House’s chief officer in charge of securing the building and tasked with overseeing the safety of lawmakers, was a target of criticism after the intense security breach that led to dozens of Trump protesters storming the Capitol.

“I have received notice from Mr. Irving that he will be submitting his resignation,” Pelosi said. “Having said that, we’ll have the after action review but it goes beyond the Capitol Police.”

The California Democrat also called for the resignation of the Capitol Police Chief, Steven Sund, calling it a “failure of leadership at the top of the Capitol Police.” Pelosi added that she hadn’t heard from Sund since Wednesday’s attack. “He hasn’t even called us since this happened.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the growing calls by many Democrats to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office in the final days of his presidency, telling reporters at a press conference that if this wasn’t done the House would be prepared to vote on articles of impeachment.

“I join with the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the vice president to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th amendment,” she told reporters. “If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment.”

Pelosi delivered stinging comments about Trump, calling him a dangerous man who the country – for its own safety – can’t afford to keep in the White House for his final two weeks of his term.

“This man is deadly – to our democracy and to our people,” Pelosi said.

Her remarks come a day after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol as they counted electoral votes, disrupting proceedings and forcing lawmakers to evacuate. Pelosi’s office was among those that were ransacked. Some congressional Democrats laid the blame on Trump for inciting the riot, calling for his removal from office or impeachment for a second time.

“The President has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people,” she said, characterizing the insurrection from the pro-Trump rioters as “acts of sedition and acts of cowardice.”

Pelosi was visibly upset as she spoke about the trauma of congressional staff members who were forced to lock themselves in rooms and hide under desks while “terrorists” banged on doors. “They didn’t sign up for that,” she said.

“To meet with them and to see how frightened they were because these thugs – these Trump thugs – decided that they would desecrate the Capitol with no thought what harm they might do physically, psychologically or in any other way.

“And they will be prosecuted,” she added. “They will be prosecuted. Justice will be done.”

Pelosi’s comments came shortly after the Senate’s top Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, joined the chorus of lawmakers calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and move with the Cabinet to remove Trump from office. If they failed to do so, Congress needed to reconvene to impeach Trump for a second time, he said.

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Declaring “the president must be held accountable again,” Pelosi put out a challenge to Trump’s Cabinet: “Ask each member of the Cabinet, do they stand by these actions? Are they ready to say in the next 13 days, this dangerous man can do further harm on this country?”

“We are in a dangerous place in this country as long as Donald Trump still sits in the White House,” she said.

Pelosi said she’s not sure when Pence will respond to her call to trigger the 25th Amendment

“I don’t think that it will take long to get an answer form the vice president. It will be yes or it will be no,” she said.

“I say I pray for the president every day, and I do. Last night was the hardest day for me. At 5 o’clock in the morning, when I finally got home, as I was praying at night, I said, ‘You gotta keep praying for him, you’ve gotta keep praying for him. Maybe, maybe there’s some hope.’ But we can’t take that chance because people’s lives are at stake as well as our democracy,” she said.

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POLICE DETAIN KREMLIN CRITIC NAVALNY ON RETURN TO RUSSIA

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Police detained prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on arrival at a Moscow airport after he flew home to Russia from Germany for the first time since he was poisoned in the middle of last year.
The move on Sunday, which could see Navalny jailed for three and a half years for allegedly flouting the terms of a suspended prison sentence, is likely to set off a wave of Western criticism of President Vladimir Putin.
In a case that drew wide international attention, Navalny was poisoned last year by what German military tests showed was a Novichok nerve agent, a version of events the Kremlin rejects.
Navalny’s plane from Berlin was diverted to another Moscow airport at the last minute in an apparent effort by authorities to thwart journalists and supporters from greeting him.
After Navalny said last week that he planned to return home, the Moscow prison service (FSIN) said it would do everything to arrest him once he returned, accusing him of flouting the terms of a suspended prison sentence for embezzlement, a 2014 case he says was trumped up.

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But the 44-year-old opposition politician laughed and joked with journalists on his plane, saying he did not believe he would be arrested.
In the event, he was swiftly detained when he showed his passport to border guards before formally entering Russiaa. His wife, Yulia, his spokeswoman, and his lawyer were allowed to enter Russia.
FSIN said in a statement Navalny had been detained due to the alleged violations of his suspended prison sentence and would be held in custody until a court hearing later this month that will rule whether to convert his suspended sentence into a jail term.
Navalny, one of Putin’s most prominent domestic critics, faces potential trouble in three other criminal cases too, all of which he says are politically motivated.
Navalny has said Putin was behind his poisoning. The Kremlin denied involvement, said it has seen no evidence that he was poisoned, and that he was free to return to Russia.

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MEXICAN DOCTOR HOSPITALIZED AFTER RECEIVING COVID-19 VACCINE

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Mexican authorities said they are studying the case of a 32-year-old female doctor who was hospitalized after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The doctor, whose name has not been released, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a public hospital in the northern state of Nuevo Leon after she experienced seizures, difficulty breathing and a skin rash.

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The ministry added that the doctor has a history of allergic reactions and said that there is no evidence from clinical trials that anyone has developed an inflammation of the brain after the vaccine’s application.
Pfizer and BioNTech could not immediately be reached for comment.
More than 126,500 people have died from COVID-19 in Mexico. The country began distributing the first round of COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers on Dec. 24.

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CNN POLL: TRUMP’S APPROVAL RATING REACHES NEW LOW AS TERM ENDS

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President Donald Trump will leave office with the lowest approval rating of his presidency, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, with more Americans than ever in support of removing him from office.
A majority, 54%, say Trump ought to be removed from office before January 20 because of his role in the events of January 6, when Trump incited a mob of his supporters to storm the US Capitol — an unlikely prospect as Vice President Mike Pence has ruled out the use of the 25th Amendment to expel Trump from office and no Senate trial on the impeachment charge passed by the House is likely before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in this week.
That is larger than the share who favored impeaching and removing Trump from office at any point in 2019 or early 2020 as the investigation which led to his first impeachment progressed to a Senate trial. But the wide partisan gap that drove views on that question throughout that process continues now. Nearly all Democrats (93%) favor removing Trump from office before January 20, while just 10% of Republicans feel the same.

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The survey was in the field as the House voted to impeach Trump for the second time, and there is no significant difference in support for Trump’s removal before versus after the vote.
Overall, 34% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, down from 42% in a pre-election poll and one point below his previous low point in CNN’s polling. Among his own partisans, Trump’s approval rating has dropped 14 points since October but remains largely positive with 80% approving. It has held steady in the low single digits among Democrats (3% pre-election, 2% now).
Just over a third of Americans (36%) call the January 6 attack on the US Capitol a crisis for American democracy, and another 39% call it a major problem. Views on the significance of the attack are split by party, with most Democrats calling it a crisis (54%), and few Republicans in agreement (20%).
The public mostly rejects the baseless conspiracy theory behind the rioting — that Biden did not legitimately win enough votes to become president: 65% say that he did legitimately win enough votes, but a sizable share (23%) — and particularly among Republicans (58%) — believe that conspiracy theory to be true and that there is solid evidence to support it. There is no evidence that the election was illegitimate, nor that there was widespread fraud in the vote count.
The questions raised by the Trump campaign’s legal team and echoed by GOP lawmakers and conservative media in the months since the election appear to have dented Republican confidence in the American election system generally. Fully 75% of Republicans say they have little confidence that US elections reflect the will of the people.
Most Americans (55%) say Trump deserves a great deal of blame for the storming of the Capitol. Opinions are split by party, though, with 92% of Democrats placing a great deal of blame on Trump vs. 13% of Republicans. Likewise, the 4 in 10 who say that Republican lawmakers who objected to the results of the 2020 election deserve a great deal of blame is also divided by party (70% among Democrats, 14% among Republicans).
There is greater agreement across party lines, however, that the rioters themselves bear significant responsibility for the storming of the US Capitol. Overall, 76% place a great deal of blame on their shoulders, including 88% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans. Far fewer (26%) lay significant blame at the feet of the Capitol Police force.
Most say those who rioted at the Capitol have not been penalized enough (63%), and even there, a partisan gap holds. Among Democrats, 85% say the rioters have not faced sufficient punishment, while that drops to 38% among Republicans. Republicans are more likely than others to say they’re not sure whether the rioters have faced enough punishment.
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