To justify his vote against during the first impeachment to Donald Trump in late 2019, Sen. Susan Collins said, “I think the president has learned from this case.” A political trial is “a great lesson,” he argued. Collins thought that with the lesson learned, the president would change his attitude. The alarm over his obvious abuse of power for blackmailing the Ukrainian president into helping him damage Joe Biden’s reputation didn’t seem reason enough not to give him another chance.
That final Donald Trump
A year later, the president is on the verge of his second political trial. Not only has he not learned anything, but if he has drawn any conclusions from that experience it is that the Republican Party is so surrendered at his feet that he does not need to be held accountable. In his first public appearance before the media since the assault on the Capitol, Donald Trump has denied any responsibility for the events that took place last week in Washington, and has opted for the same argument used during the first impeachment. As then, he has described the open process in Congress as “the greatest witch hunt in history.” Pure trumpeter manual. Neither remorse nor high eyesight to calm the waters at one of the most difficult times for American democracy in decades.
Trump has argued that the high-pitched words he said during his speech to protesters in the minutes leading up to the assault – in which he addressed them to fight for “not running out of country” – were “totally appropriate “. The president, therefore, has chosen to divert the blame to other politicians “of the highest level” who, he said, are the “real problem” by the way they expressed themselves last summer about some incidents during the anti-racism protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement. In his speech, however, no one was found But. Rather the opposite. The president has preferred to emphasize that he has been valued very positively by the media. Although he has not clarified what media he was referring to.
Democrats call for Trump’s ouster for “incitement to insurrection”
Without making a single mention of the five dead during the siege, including a Capitol police officer, the president, on his way to Texas to visit a stretch of the wall with Mexico, has addressed the press to say “I don’t want violence” and , then warn that the impeachment “It is a great danger to our country and is causing tremendous outrage.” More than Congress, Donald Trump seemed concerned about closing his accounts on social media. Of the technologists he has said that “they are doing horrible things in our country” and warned them that they have made a “catastrophic mistake”. And is that since last Friday Trump is without his main tool of communication and agitation: Twitter and its more than 88 million followers.
If Vice President Mike Pence does not avoid it by invoking the 25th amendment to the Constitution – Trump said on Tuesday that the amendment poses “zero risk” to him – the House of Representatives could vote on the article on Wednesday. impeachment presented Monday. They accuse Trump of “inciting insurrection.” Democrats say they have enough votes and this time it is likely that some Republicans will support them. The next step would be in the hands of the Senate, although it is unclear whether the political trial will be held immediately or in a few months. The Democratic leader in the upper house, Chuck Schumer, was considering requesting an emergency session so he could start the debate and vote immediately, but he needs Republican leader Mitch McConnell to be willing. McConnell has not commented so far: neither on the possible political trial, nor on his personal position.
The FBI warned of threats to the Capitol
Despite claiming otherwise, the FBI knew there were groups planning violence in Washington on January 6th. Seconds The Washington Post, the FBI delegation in Virginia warned in an internal document the day before the assault on Congress that extremist groups were heading to Washington willing to commit acts of violence.
The FBI warns of new “armed protests” over Biden’s investiture
One of the threats detected on the networks said, “Stop calling this a march, a rally or a protest. Go there ready for war. Either we get our president or we die.” As for the Capitol, they wrote that “Congress needs to feel glass break, footsteps on doors, and blood spilled.”
On Friday, the head of the FBI delegation in Washington, Steven D’Antuono, had told reporters that “there were no indications” that there was anything planned beyond demonstrations “protected by the First Amendment.” This Tuesday, and in a press conference, he explained that the FBI has opened 170 cases related to the assault on the Capitol, but they expect “hundreds” more. Some could be out of sedition and conspiracy.
Condemnation of the army
The latest collective to join the criticism of the assault has been the army. In an internal document accessed by Reuters, the chief of staff, which brings together all the military corps and includes seven generals and an admiral, states that the events of January 6 are ” a direct attack on Congress, the Capitol and our constitution, ”and that they remain committed to the defense and protection of the constitution. “The rights of freedom of expression and assembly do not grant anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition or insurrection,” the document concludes.
#DontRentDC, the campaign to deny accommodation to the violent in Washington
Meanwhile, a week after Joe Biden took office, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked Americans not to travel to the city and to participate virtually in the Jan. 20 events. With the pandemic spreading uncontrollably in the United States, Bowser aims to prevent congestion, but also to protect those who visit it from possible incidents.
For their part, the capital’s residents are promoting a campaign on social media to deny accommodation to those who come from outside. With the hashtag # DontRentDC, owners of rental apartments are asked not to make them available to tourists in the coming days. The goal is to prevent those who starred in the assault on Congress – or others who seek to imitate them – from finding accommodation.
The security device for the events of the 20th, which includes the deployment of up to 15,000 members of the National Guard, will begin to be implemented in Washington on Wednesday. The city is in a state of alarm and demonstrations are expected from the weekend.
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