Five days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, the political and criminal-justice consequences continue to play out as lawmakers have called for the president’s resignation and a second impeachment has begun. Below, updates on the volatile situation.
Updates appear in reverse chronological order.
There are currently 6,200 National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., following last week’s mayhem and more are arriving, with a total of 10,000 expected to be in the city by Saturday. Per CNN, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked Americans to avoid coming to the city for the event, as had Biden’s inauguration committee last month. The National Guard and other agencies will conduct a dress rehearsal of the inauguration this week.
New Jersey Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman said in a tweet on Monday, “Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I decided to take a COVID test. I have tested positive.”
Represenative Watson Coleman — a 75-year-old cancer survivor who, as a member of Congress, had already received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine but got infected anyway — said she had mild symptoms and was working from home.
It is very, very likely that there will be more cases among members of Congress and their staff as a direct result of the mayhem at the Capitol last week. Intelligencer’s Charlotte Klein wrote about their exposure risk on Thursday.
A new FBI bulletin, obtained by ABC News on Monday, also warns of a threat to storm government buildings nationwide if Trump is removed from power:
“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” according to an FBI bulletin obtained by ABC. A group is calling for “storming” state, local, and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event President Trump is removed prior to Inauguration Day[.]
The FBI has “received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January. They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment a huge uprising will occur,” according to [the] bulletin.
The National Parks Service announced the closure on Monday, citing “credible threats to visitors and park resources,” and that “groups involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol continue to threaten to disrupt” the inauguration.
The House will vote on it this week; read it below:
Democrats in the House of Representatives attempted to pass a resolution Monday morning, by unanimous consent, that would recommend Vice-President Pence invoke the 25th Amendment in an attempt to force President Trump from office. Pence has indicated that he has no plans to do so. Pelosi said Sunday that she would bring the resolution to the floor if Monday’s unanimous consent request failed.
House Democrats are set to formally unveil their resolution to impeach President Trump at 11 a.m. on Monday, CNN reports. The single impeachment article will focus on his false claims that he won the election in recent weeks, the phone call in which he encouraged Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” enough votes to flip the state, and his speech to his supporters just before they stormed the Capitol on January 6.
“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.”
Five days after rioters, instigated by her husband, tore through the Capitol, First Lady Melania Trump has released a statement on the matter — and it’s as awkward and unsettling as you might expect. She says her “heart goes out” to everyone who died in the riot, mentioning the rioters before Capitol Police officers (and misspelling the name of one of the rioters, Ashli Babbitt). In the very next paragraph she paints herself as a victim, complaining about “unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me.”
Like all of you, I have reflected on the past year and how the invisible enemy, Covid-19, swept across our beautiful country. All Nations have experienced the loss of loved ones, economic pain, and the negative impacts of isolation.
As your First Lady, it has been inspiring to witness firsthand what the people of our great Nation will do for one another, especially when we are at our most vulnerable.
With nearly every experience I have had, I found myself carrying many individual’s stories home with me in my heart.
Most recently, my heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbit, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Rosanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time.
I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week. I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.
Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.
Read the full statement here.
The House Speaker informed her caucus on Sunday night that Democrats will bring both impeachment legislation and a resolution urging Vice-President Mike Pence to remove Trump using the 25th Amendment the floor of the House this week. Per the Associated Press:
House Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday and vote as soon as Tuesday. The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated Jan. 20.
Pelosi said Representative Jamie Raskin’s resolution, which calls for Pence “to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the President incapable of executing the duties of his office,” will be brought to the floor no later than Tuesday, with Pence then having 24 hours to respond.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues. “The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
While silence from Trump is to be more-or-less expected, former prosecutors and others have questioned why so many federal agencies have failed to hold public press briefings in the wake of the attack on Wednesday:
In an interview with the Washington Post, Capitol Police chief Steven Sund said that he now suspects that pipe bombs placed near the Capitol grounds were an effort to draw officers away from the building and its perimeter, a notable step-up in the understanding of the coordination and planning that went into the attack. In the interview, Sund, who has submitted his resignation, said that he requested that the National Guard be put on standby, but his higher-ups turned it down.
The digital reckoning continues: On Sunday night, the Wall Street Journal reported that the payment-processing company Stripe would stop processing donations to the Trump campaign. According to the firm’s website, Stripe asks users to agree that they won’t accept payments for “high risk” activities, which includes any operation that “engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates unlawful violence or physical harm to persons or property.”
After riling up a crowd that threatened to “hang Mike Pence,” the relationship between the vice-president and Donald Trump is “pretty raw right now,” according to a top congressional aide who spoke with ABC News. It apparently hasn’t gotten better over the weekend. As of Saturday, Pence reportedly hadn’t ruled out invoking the 25th Amendment. As of Sunday, the two reportedly have not spoken. Pence has, however, promised to attend the inauguration.
Historian Terry Bouton attended Wednesday’s Stop the Steal rally outside the Capitol with his wife — “as observers, NOT participants,” he stressed — and he shared their eye-witness takeaways in a widely read Twitter thread on Sunday afternoon:
Preppy looking “country club Republicans,” well-dressed social conservatives, and white Evangelicals in Jesus caps were standing shoulder to shoulder with QAnon cultists, Second Amendment cosplay commandos, and doughy, hardcore white nationalists. We eavesdropped on conversations for hours and no one expressed the slightest concern about the large number of white supremacists and para-military spewing violent rhetoric. Even the man in the “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt wasn’t beyond the pale. They were all “patriots.”
He noted that Capitol Police were already “clearly overwhelmed” by the time they arrived at the Capitol, that there was a stark difference between the security at the rally compared to the many other protests they had been to in D.C., and that the rioters quickly turned on Capital Police once they realized the officers weren’t going to join them. Bouton also wrote that he was most shocked by the amount of “blood lust” he and wife heard expressed:
These people are serious and they are going to keep escalating the violence until they are stopped by the force of law. There were many, many people there who were excited by the violence and proud and excited about the prospect of more violence. And it wasn’t just the white nationalists, Second Amendment radicals, and QAnon boneheads. I can’t adequately describe the blood lust we heard everywhere as we walked over the Capitol grounds, even from mild-mannered looking people.
The most alarming part to me was the matter-of-fact, causal ways that people from all walks of life were talking about violence and even the execution of “traitors” in private conversations, like this was something normal that happened every day.
Read Bouton’s whole thread and see the photographs his wife took here.
For a participant’s detailed perspective, read the Wall Street Journal’s new profile of Trump fan Doug Sweet. He explained to the Journal that he traveled to the rally because he wanted to support the president, then marched on the Capitol because that’s what Trump asked him to do in his speech on Wednesday, then followed the mob into the Capitol building because, he claims, it seemed like the only way he would be able to personally speak with lawmakers, and because he felt God pushing him forward. He was alarmed by the violence, subsequently arrested (and not surprised he was arrested), and now says, “I am seriously contemplating getting in touch with Donald Trump and asking him to pardon all of us who were in our group.”
The Associated Press reported Sunday that U.S. Capitol Police did not add extra personnel or make any preparations for the possibility of violence during last Wednesday’s pro-Trump demonstration outside the Capitol:
The revelations shed new light on why Capitol police were so quickly overrun by rioters. The department had the same number of officers in place as on a routine day. While some of those officers were outfitted with equipment for a protest, they were not staffed or equipped for a riot. Once the mob began to move on the Capitol, a police lieutenant issued an order not to use deadly force, which explains why officers outside the building did not draw their weapons as the crowd closed in. Officers are sometimes ordered against escalating a situation by drawing their weapons if superiors believe doing so could lead to a stampede or a shootout. In this instance, it also left officers will little ability to resist the mob. In one video from the scene, an officer puts up his firsts to try to push back a crowd pinning he and his colleagues against a door. …
Capitol police leaders [had only] prepared for a free speech demonstration. No fencing was erected outside the Capitol and no contingency plans were prepared for if the situation escalated, according to people briefed.
They had apparently been warned, too. NBC News reported Sunday that the FBI and New York City Police Department “passed information to U.S. Capitol Police about the possibility of violence during the protests Wednesday against the counting of the Electoral College vote, and the FBI even visited more than a dozen extremists already under investigation to urge them not to travel to Washington, senior law enforcement officials said.”
The report notes that this contradicts the head of the FBI’s D.C. field office, who said on Friday that “There was no indication that there was anything [planned] other than First Amendment-protected activity.” NBC News adds that “Ken Rapuano, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, told reporters that the Justice Department and other law enforcement officials told the Defense Department repeatedly that they had no indications that there would be ‘significant violent protests.’”
Then on Wednesday, according to the AP, the Capitol Police leadership’s failures to prepare or react accordingly “left the officers policing the Capitol like sitting ducks, [law enforcement] officials said, with little guidance and no cohesive plan on how to deal with the flood of rioters streaming into the building”:
The department’s leaders were also scattered during the riots. The chief of police was with Vice President Mike Pence in a secure location, and other high-ranking officials had been dispatched to the scene of bombs found outside the nearby headquarters of the Republican and Democratic national committees. The rioters had more equipment and they weren’t afraid to use it, said Ashan Benedict, who leads the Washington field division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was there that day.
“They had apparently more bear spray and pepper spray and chemical munitions than we did,” Benedict said.
ProPublica reported Saturday that a diverse collection of fringe groups were present during the siege of the U.S. Capitol:
The precise composition of the mob that forced its way into the Capitol … remains unknown. But a review by a ProPublica-FRONTLINE team that has been tracking far-right movements for the past three years shows that the crowd included members of the Proud Boys and other groups with violent ideologies. Videos reveal the presence of several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that President Donald Trump infamously refused to condemn. …
As the crowds ringing the Capitol swelled on Wednesday, a small group of men clad in body armor shuffled toward the doors at the center of the building’s east-facing facade.
The eight men, whose movements were captured on video, were identified by ProPublica and FRONTLINE as members of the Oath Keepers, a long-standing militia group that has pledged to ignite a civil war on behalf of Trump. Members of the group joined the protesters and insurrectionists flooding into the Capitol. Footage from later in the day shows Oath Keepers dragging a wounded comrade out of the building. …
Members of the Boogaloo Bois group may have also been there, ProPublica notes:
After the siege, a Boogaloo Bois group called the Last Sons of Liberty, which includes militants from Virginia, posted a video to Parler purporting to document their role in the incident — a clip that shows members inside the Capitol. A loose-knit confederation of anti-government militants, the Boogaloo Bois have been tied to a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and to the murder of two law enforcement officers in California. ProPublica and FRONTLINE have been unable to independently confirm their involvement.
As Intelligencer’s Matt Stieb explains, 51-year-old USCP officer Howard Liebengood, who reportedly responded to the insurrection at the Capitol last week, was the second Capitol Police officer to die in the past week.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn said on Sunday that the House may vote to impeach President Trump as soon as Tuesday, but also suggested the possibility of putting off sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a few months in order to give President-elect Biden time to get going on his agenda without the distraction of an impeachment trial. Clyburn made the comments during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, explaining, “So if we are the people’s House, let’s do the people’s work and let’s vote to impeach this president, and then we’ll decide later — or the Senate will decide later — what to do with that, an impeachment.”
“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,” he said. “And maybe we will send the articles sometime after that.”
The president is planning to travel to Texas on Tuesday in what seems likely to be an unsuccessful attempt to refocus attention on his accomplishments as president while he still can. The Associated Press notes that he’ll visit the town of Alamo, Texas (not THE Alamo), to “mark the completion of 400 miles of border wall and his administration’s efforts to reform what the White House described as the nation’s broken immigration system.”
The trip will likely feature Trump’s first public appearance since inciting the attack on the Capitol last Wednesday. The effort will also undoubtedly be significantly overshadowed by the unfolding aftermath of the riot, as well as his impeachment, which may be underway at the same time.
The southern U.S. border has been Trump’s favorite threat since the first day of his presidential campaign, so it’s no surprise he and his advisers would try to use it as a bookend to his presidency. But the border has never been the danger Trump exaggerated it to be, and aside from the fact that Trump’s war on immigrants has been arguably his biggest policy success — or the fact that the southern border has been the stage for some of his administration’s most inhumane policies — calling attention to his efforts to fend off mythical foreign threats may fall on especially deaf ears in light of Trump’s incitement of a domestic insurrection less than a week earlier in the nation’s capital.
Standing back, CNN’s Brian Stelter summarizes what many have come to realize as more and more videos and firsthand accounts of the Capitol riot have emerged in the last few days:
It was even more violent. It was even more treacherous. And Trump’s behavior was even more disturbing.
On Wednesday we witnessed history through a handful of soda straws, to borrow a metaphor from the 2003 Iraq invasion. Journalists bravely covered the riot in real time and deserve enormous credit for doing so. But in the fog of chaos, it was impossible to see the full picture as it was happening … As is the case with many traumatic events, it has taken some time for the reality to sink in. “I was in the crowd and didn’t realise how bad it was until a day or two after,” reporter Richard Hall of The Independent, a British newspaper, tweeted Saturday …
There was so much news that it was hard to process: Reports of explosive devices, an armed standoff, a shooting and evacuations. Viewers were able to see some of it with their own eyes, but most of the information was secondhand, from tweets and phone calls and emailed dispatches from congressional reporters, many of them locked in the Capitol.
Only later did it become clear that lawmakers feared for their lives; that some of the attackers were hunting for congressional leaders; that there could have been a massacre.
The Washington Post has published one of the most vivid accounts of what happened at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday:
A cacophony of screaming, shouting and banging echoed from the floor below. McConnell’s security detail rushed past and into the chamber. The adviser began walking toward the Rotunda and came face to face with a U.S. Capitol Police officer sprinting in the opposite direction. The two made eye contact and the officer forced out a single word: “Run!”
The aide to McConnell (R-Ky.) darted down a side hallway lined with offices. He jiggled one locked doorknob, then another. A co-worker poked his head out of the office of McConnell’s speechwriter. The adviser lunged, pushing him and a colleague back inside.
The screaming and shouting soon seemed right outside. Only then, a text alert from Capitol police blared on every phone in the room: “Due to security threat inside: immediately, move inside your office, take emergency equipment, lock the doors, take shelter.”
Three senior GOP aides piled furniture against the door and tried to move stealthily, worried that the intruders would discover them inside. In waves, the door to the hall heaved as rioters punched and kicked it. The crowd yelled “Stop the steal!” Some chanted menacingly, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”
The report emphasizes how traumatized lawmakers and staffers were by the siege, while Capitol Police remained overwhelmed, and everyone’s repeated calls for help from outside the building went unfulfilled, no matter who made them, or to whom:
Back in the barricaded room with McConnell aides, one staffer began snapping photos through a window. They could see Trump supporters streaming toward the building — and just four police officers.
Outside the door, the intruders kept coming, as if running laps, trying to open doors. The McConnell aides heard a woman praying loudly outside their door for “the evil of Congress to be brought to an end.”
Calls for help were going out as fast as people could text and dial.
ABC News reports:
In the new survey, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ Knowledge Panel, 56 percent of Americans think the sitting commander-in-chief should be removed from office before the official transfer of power in less than two weeks, while 43 percent say he should not. Among those who say Trump should not be removed immediately, nearly half (45 percent) nevertheless say his actions this week were wrong.
Ousting the current president before his term expires splits Americans along partisan lines, with 94 percent of Democrats and only 13 percent of Republicans supporting the move. A majority of independents — 58 percent — also back removing him.
CNN’s Harry Enten notes the historical parallels in regard to previous impeachments:
When Democrats began an impeachment inquiry against Trump in September 2019, removing him from office wasn’t anywhere near as popular. Before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that inquiry, only about 40 percent of Americans were for impeaching and removing Trump. About half the electorate was against it.
The fact that so many Americans want Trump out of office is, indeed, historically unprecedented this early in the process. The percentage of Americans who wanted Bill Clinton impeached after his affair with Monica Lewinsky never climbed higher than 40 percent. Likewise, the percentage of Americans who thought Richard Nixon should be removed or should resign from office was at about 40 percent when the House voted to formally start an impeachment inquiry in February 1974. Eventually, the plurality of Americans wanted Nixon and Trump out of office, but it took impeachment proceedings for support to outrun opposition.
In one of several must-read articles to come out this weekend, BuzzFeed News’ Emmanuel Felton spoke with some Black Capitol Police officers about their horrifying experiences on Wednesday:
Management’s inaction left Black police officers especially vulnerable to a mob that had been whipped up by President Donald Trump, a man who has a record of inspiring racist vigilantes to action. One of the most defining videos of that day was of one of their colleagues, another Black officer, trying in vain to hold back the tide of rioters who had broken into the building and were hunting for congressional members.
BuzzFeed News spoke to two Black officers who described a harrowing day in which they were forced to endure racist abuse — including repeatedly being called the N-word — as they tried to do their job of protecting the Capitol building, and by extension the very functioning of American democracy. The officers said they were wrong-footed, fighting off an invading force that their managers had downplayed and not prepared them for. They had all been issued gas masks, for example, but management didn’t tell them to bring them in on the day.
They encountered other cops in the crowd:
The officer even described coming face-to-face with police officers from across the country in the mob. He said some of them flashed their badges, telling him to let them through, and trying to explain that this was all part of a movement that was supposed to help.
“You have the nerve to be holding a Blue Lives Matter flag, and you are out there fucking us up,” he told one group of protesters he encountered inside the Capitol. “[One guy] pulled out his badge and he said, ‘We’re doing this for you.’ Another guy had his badge. So I was like, ‘Well, you gotta be kidding.’”
One of the officers vividly recounted his rage and anguish after the siege ended:
At the end of the night, after the crowds had been dispersed and Congress got back to the business of certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, the veteran officer was overwhelmed with emotion, and broke down in the Rotunda.
“I sat down with one of my buddies, another Black guy, and tears just started streaming down my face,” he said. “I said, ‘What the fuck, man? Is this America? What the fuck just happened? I’m so sick and tired of this shit.’”
Soon he was screaming, so that everyone in the Rotunda, including his white colleagues, could hear what he had just gone through.
“These are racist-ass terrorists,” he yelled out …
“I got called a nigger 15 times today,” the veteran officer shouted in the Rotunda to no one in particular. “Trump did this and we got all of these fucking people in our department that voted for him. How the fuck can you support him?”
Police departments across the country are trying to figure that out. On Saturday, the New York Times reported that police departments in at least four states have suspended or are investigating officers who participated in Wednesday’s events while off duty in order to determine whether or not the officers entered the Capitol or broke any laws. Reuters reports that the New York City Fire Department and Sanford Fire Department in Florida are also investigating the involvement of some of their firefighters. Per Reuters, FDNY “said it provided information to the FBI after receiving ‘anonymous allegations’ that some of its members, active or retired, were present during the rioting in the nation’s capital.”
The suspensions, which come in response to well-earned criticism of the social media company’s failure to address the calls for violence among its often far-right users, are an existential threat to the platform, which has become popular with many extremists. Intelligencer’s Chas Danner has more on the big tech crackdown on the company, and what might happen next.
Intelligencer’s Olivia Nuzzi reflects on the absence of Trump’s tweets:
Before the presidency was the violent insurrection on the United States Capitol, the tweets were the presidency. Stupid, grammatically incoherent, racist, false, mean, petty, hilarious. His online persona was the same as his private self.
Trump made most decisions only after surveying a wide network of informal advisers he reached by phone, often late at night or early in the morning, or in the long stretches of his day in which he was doing fuck-all, or what would formally become known later as “executive time.” And he made policy and played politics and offered commentary and threatened war by typing out tweets and launching them into the ether. Sometimes the tweets were sent by his aides, like Dan Scavino, his social-media director. But even that process was usually just dictation, with Trump barking aloud exactly what he wanted Scavino to type, even down to the specific and often incorrect punctuation and capitalization of words. During his early days on Twitter, in 2011, Trump relied on an aide to tweet for him. Justin McConney, a former Trump Organization employee, once told me how he’d print out Trump’s mentions to show him in analog what was happening online, and Trump would manually select what to respond to. But by 2012, when he replaced the flip phone with an Android, Trump began tweeting himself.
She concludes her piece by noting that her lasting image of Trump “is of a guy shitposting his way through a single term in office, one finger on the nuclear button, the others glued to his phone.” Indeed, the shitposter-in-chief is no more, and for those of us who write about politics for a living, the silence continues to be deafening — and a little unsettling.
The rally drew about 100 pro-Trump protesters, many of whom were armed, to the state Capitol in Frankfort on Saturday while both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly were in session. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that one of the armed protesters was photographed carrying zip ties in his backpack, and said he had brought them “just in case.”
Governor Andy Beshar, who is facing a long-shot impeachment effort over his COVID-19 lockdown measures in the state, condemned the rally on Twitter, commenting that: “Three days after domestic terrorists attacked our U.S. Capitol, there was a militia rally in Frankfort. They brought zip ties. We will not be intimidated. We will not be bullied. America is counting on the real patriots. Those who condemn hate and terror when they see it.”
The rally lasted about two hours, and no violence was reported.
West Virginia state lawmaker Derrick Evans, who was charged Thursday with unlawfully entering the Capitol during Wednesday’s riot, resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates on Saturday, saying in a statement that, “I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain, or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents, and fellow West Virginians.”
Numerous arrests were reported by authorities and local media organizations across the country on Friday and Saturday, including some of the most prominent mob members in photographs and video taken during the riot.
“Horn guy” Jake Angeli (real name Jacob Anthony Chansley) — the QAnon follower and well-known fixture at pro-Trump events in his native Arizona who paraded through the Capitol shirtless wearing a bearskin headdress, horns, and red, white, and blue facepaint on Wednesday — was arrested and charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office.
The Florida man who was photographed carrying off Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during the riot was also arrested. Adam Johnson, 36, faces the same charges as Chansley, in addition to a count of theft of government property.
Doug Jenson, the man in a QAnon shirt who was seen in a video aggressively pursuing and threatening a retreating Capitol Police officer during the riot — and who had identified himself on social media — was arrested by the FBI on Saturday morning in Polk County, Iowa, the Des Moines Register reports.
CNN is also collecting reports of people who have been fired, suspended, or have resigned from their jobs over their involvement in the riot or public comments supporting it, including former Pennsylvania state representative Rick Saccone, who posted a Facebook video outside the Capitol; an employee of the direct marketing firm Navistar in Maryland who was photographed wearing his company badge inside the Capitol; a Texas attorney named Paul Davis who posted “we’re all trying to get into the Capitol to stop this” on social media from the scene; an unnamed teacher in Allentown, Pennsylvania, who has been temporarily suspended while an investigation into his involvement in Wednesday’s events is conducted; and the sergeant-at-arms of the Texas GOP, who expressed support for the siege on Facebook.
Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr., decorated Air Force combat veteran who was photographed with zip ties inside the Capitol on Wednesday — and later gave an interview to the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow after he was identified by an extremism researcher — has also been fired from his job at the Texas-based Hillwood Airways, USA Today reported Saturday. In his interview with Farrow, Brock insisted he had picked up the zip ties in order to find a police officer to give them to (and denied that he held racist views, after family members told Farrow that they had heard him make racist statements):
Brock denied that he had entered Pelosi’s office suite, saying that he “stopped five to ten feet ahead of the sign” bearing her title that insurrectionists later tore down and brandished. However, in the ITV video, he appears to emerge from the suite. Brock said that he had worn tactical gear because “I didn’t want to get stabbed or hurt,” citing “B.L.M. and Antifa” as potential aggressors. He claimed that he had found the zip-tie handcuffs on the floor. “I wish I had not picked those up,” he told me. “My thought process there was I would pick them up and give them to an officer when I see one… I didn’t do that because I had put them in my coat, and I honestly forgot about them.” He also said that he was opposed to vandalizing the building, and was dismayed when he learned of the extent of the destruction. “I know it looks menacing,” he told me. “That was not my intent.”
The Washington Post offers a partial accounting of the damage and theft that occurred in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday:
A lot of things were broken to pieces, or pilfered, or defaced. Windows and door frames. The placard above House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s door. Camera equipment owned by the Associated Press. A photo of the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, with a quote about the necessity of getting into “good trouble,” that had stood on an easel outside of the office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
The office of the Senate parliamentarian was ransacked. A bust of President Zachary Taylor was smeared with what appeared to be blood.
Missing: Laptops from the offices of Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Pelosi and others. Mail. Paperwork. Records that the Department of Justice referred to cryptically as “national security equities.”
Seven pieces of historically significant art were covered in “corrosive gas agent residue,” according to a spokesperson for the Committee on House Administration, which has oversight over the House curator and the Architect of the Capitol. Those gas-doused artifacts — including a marble statue of Thomas Jefferson, marble busts of House speakers Joseph Gurney Cannon, Joseph W. Martin Jr., Thomas Brackett Reed and Champ Clark and portraits of James Madison and John Quincy Adams — were being sent to the Smithsonian for assessment and restoration. A 19th-century gold mirror in Speaker Pelosi’s office was smashed and will be repaired, per the spokesperson.
The Post also reports that New Jersey Representative Andy Kim, who, out of sadness, stayed at the Capitol until the early morning hours Thursday to help clean up, said he found body armor among the other trash and debris strewn about:
He cleaned up car keys, and Trump flags, and water bottles — as well as some alarming items such as body armor. There were some police posted nearby. “I asked the officers if it was theirs, and they said no,” says Kim. He says he found a manufacture date on the armor: It had been bought just weeks earlier, as if for this very occasion.
Kim kept cleaning. He cleaned the Rotunda, Statuary Hall, the crypt. It was 1 a.m. The litter was a testament to the violence. “There was some metal furniture that was broken, which was pretty amazing to me,” he says. “These are like, metal benches that were just broken to pieces.”
Some of what the mob left behind has been collected by museum curators looking to document and preserve evidence of the historic event, the Post adds.
In the video, an unidentified police officer at the Capitol screams in pain as he is crushed amid a coordinated onslaught by the pro-Trump mob, as they try to force their way into one of the entrances of the Capitol. It is one of the most violent scenes captured on video to yet emerge. Fair warning, it is difficult to watch:
The competing platform, which has been a haven for people on the right who have either left or been banned by Twitter, suffered some kind of network problem on Friday night following the news that Twitter had permanently banned the president. While a few members of the Trump clan, and the president’s campaign, have seldom-used accounts on the site, thus far the president does not.
Meanwhile, Parler is having some problems of its own. Google suspended the app from the Google Play store on Friday, while Apple threatened to do the same, should the company not commit to doing a better job moderating content on its platform.
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.”
Read more about Twitter’s Trump ban from Intelligencer’s Justin Miller here.
New York’s Olivia Nuzzi reports on the aftermath of the insurrection in the White House, where a senior administration official confesses the critics were right all along.
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