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House Democrats are formally unveiling their resolution to impeach President Donald Trump on Monday, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s riots at the US Capitol, CNN reports. The single impeachment article, which will be introduced at 11 a.m. ET when the House gavels in Monday, points to Trump’s repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on January 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump’s call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to “find” enough votes for Trump to win the state.

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“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the resolution says. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.” The impeachment resolution is Democrats’ first step toward holding an impeachment vote this week to make Trump the first president in history to be impeached for a second time. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats on Sunday evening that the House would proceed with bringing an impeachment resolution to the floor this week unless Vice President Mike Pence moves to invoke the 25th Amendment with a majority of the Cabinet to remove Trump from power. Pelosi’s letter was the first time she explicitly said that the House would take up impeachment on the floor this week, though it was clear that House Democrats have rapidly coalesced around an impeachment resolution in the days following the riots at the Capitol where five people died, including a US Capitol Police officer.

Pelosi said that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would seek to take up a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland on Monday urging Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, and if they were blocked the House would consider the measure on Tuesday. Democrats are calling on Pence to respond within 24 hours, she said. If that does not happen, Democrats will bring their impeachment resolution to the floor. Timing of an impeachment vote is still fluid, though the expectation is it would happen on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump Declares State of Emergency in US capital

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Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in the United States capital, referring to the emergency conditions surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration

The order authorizes officials to reduce the hours of operation for businesses, order people off the street if a curfew is issued, and disburse funds as needed to protect public safety.

The directive, which will expire at 3 p.m. on Jan. 21, extends the emergency through the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 20.

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Information of the violent Capitol attack have become progressively clear in the days since a mob broke into the building, and Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern about a similar security breach leading up to Jan. 20. By the weekend after the Capitol Hill attack, five people had died in connection to the riots.

Ms. Bowser asked the Homeland Security Department to extend emergency provisions to allow federal and local agencies to better prepare for the inauguration and requested daily intelligence and threat briefings from the FBI from January 11 to January 24.

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FOREIGN NEWS: Indonesia Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 black boxes located

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“Black boxes” from a passenger plane that crashed into the sea soon after take-off in Indonesia on Saturday have been located, officials say.

Navy divers are confident that they will be able retrieve the two flight recorders when the search operation resumes on Monday.

Aircraft parts and human remains have been found.

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The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 was carrying 62 people when it vanished from radar on its journey to Borneo.

“We have located the position of the black boxes, both of them,” said Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia’s transport safety committee, quoted by AFP earlier on Sunday.

“Divers will start looking for them now and hopefully it won’t be long before we get them.”

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, or black boxes as they are often called, store data about planes. They can provide vital information in air accident investigations.

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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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