NEW York City has ended all business links with Donald Trump over last week’s Capitol riots, it was confirmed today.
37 years after the construction of Manhattan’s iconic Trump Tower became as symbol of the city’s 80s financial boom, mayor Bill de Blasio today revealed New York was severing all existing contracts with the President.
The lucrative contracts are for ice skating rinks, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links in the Bronx, De Blasio confirmed, claiming Trump has engaged in “criminal activity” by “inciting an insurrection”.
Di Blasio is, of course, a Democrat and has been feuding with Trump for years. He has long been under pressure to implement the kind the contract-severing he announced today from those opposed to the President.
The news comes as Trump is expected to be formally impeached today over the riot – making him the first president in history to be impeached twice.
If the impeachment vote – which this time around is backed by several senior Republicans as well as Democrats – is successful, Trump will then go on trial in Senate where two thirds of Senators are needed to convict him.
Though largely symbolic as Trump will almost certainly already be out of office when the trial ends, a loss could see Congress decide to ban him from ever standing for the presidency in future.
Follow our Donald Trump live blog below for the latest news on the impeachment and transition of a Biden presidency.
SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER HASN’T MADE A DECISION
Mitch McConnell, who leads the Republicans in the Senate, says he has not decided which way he will vote in the impeachment trial if it passes through the House of Representatives.
He told colleagues: “While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
TRUMP ‘BEARS RESPONSIBILITY’ FOR CAPITOL STORM, SAYS EX-HOMELAND SECURITY
Chad Wolf, who resigned as Homeland Security acting secretary two days ago, said Wednesday that President Trump bears some responsibility for the events at the US Capitol last week.
Wolf told CNN: “He’s the President. What he says matters.
“People listen to him — particularly supporters of his, I would say, really listen to him — so there is responsibility there.”
PIZZA GIVEN TO NATIONAL GUARD
Members of the National Guard receive food in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump.
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TRUMP IS A ‘TRAITOR TO OUR COUNTRY’
Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, called President Trump a “traitor to our country” during her speech on the House floor this afternoon.
She said: “We must impeach the President, because he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol of the United States. The tabernacle of our democracy.
“I will vote to impeach this traitor to our country.”
TRUMP WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CAPITOL BREACH, BUT IT IS A ‘MISTAKE’ TO IMPEACH
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said that President Trump is responsible for the deadly Capitol attack last week but said impeaching him would be a “mistake.”
He said today: “The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.
“He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action of President Trump.
“I believe impeaching the President in such a short time frame would be a mistake. No investigations have been completed. No hearings have been held.”
IMPEACHING TRUMP WILL ‘FRACTURE’ THE US
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Republican from New Jersey, said that impeaching President Trump for a second time would “fracture” the country again.
“We’ve been here before. We’ve done this before. This has failed before. We fractured our nation using the same process before. Congress must be the glue that starts unifying everyone,” Van Drew said.
REPUBLICAN ATTACKS CELEBS WHO WISHED HARM AGAINST TRUMP
Republican Ken Buck attacked Robert De Niro, who once said he would punch Mr Trump, and Madonna, who apparently once said she would bomb the White House, as part of his argument against impeachment.
He also condemned those who called for people to harass Republicans in public spaces – including in restaurants and on the streets.
‘THEY WERE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS’ SAYS PELOSI
“Those insurrectionists were not patriots. They were not part of a political base to be catered to and managed. They were domestic terrorists and justice must prevail,” Nancy Pelosi said.
“But they did not appear out of a vacuum. They were sent here, sent here by the President with words such as a cry ‘to fight like hell.’ Words matter. Truth matters. Accountability matters.”
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PELOSI CALLS TRUMP A ‘CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started the House debate over the article of impeachment against the President by saying that Trump is “a clear and present danger” to the country.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country. He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” Pelosi said.
She added that President Trump has “repeatedly” lied about the outcome of the election in November and cast doubt on democracy.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Five Republican members of Congress have announced plans to vote to impeach Trump
- On Tuesday, Speaker Pelosi named nine House impeachment managers for Trump’s Senate trial
- President Trump was acquitted on two articles of impeachment in 2020
CALLS FOR OUSTING OF CHENEY OVER IMPEACHMENT SUPPORT
A number of House Republicans are reportedly calling for Liz Cheney to be ousted as the chair of the House Republican Conference over her support for the impeachment of Trump.
The position makes Cheney the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House.
An image posted to twitter appears to show a petition calling for a special meeting of the Republican Conference to discuss Cheney’s leadership.
Cheney has said she supports impeachment because Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of [the Capitol] attack”.
VOTE ON WHETHER TO DEBATE IMPEACHMENT BEGINS
A vote is now underway to determine whether the House will debate an article of impeachment against Donald Trump.
The motion is expected to pass with the backing of all the Democrats and a small number of Republicans.
A final vote on whether to impeach the president is expected to take place at 3pm ET.
GOP’S COLE CALLS TRUMP SPEECH ‘RECKLESS’ – BUT WON’T BACK IMPEACHMENT
Republican congressman Tom Cole has said that a speech given by the president before last week’s riots at the Capitol was “reckless” – but that he won’t back impeachment.
Cole, who represent Oklahoma and is also a ranking member of the House Rules Committee, was the first GOP lawmaker to address the House as it meets to debate whether Trump should be impeached for a second time.
He said he opposed the move “not because… the president’s inappropriate and reckless words are deserving of defence, but because the presidency itself demands due process”.
Trump is accused of inciting the unrest during the speech, in which he repeated unfounded claims of voter fraud and said: “You will never take back our country with weakness.”
PROTESTER SEEN WEARING ‘CAMP AUSCHWITZ’ SWEATER ARRESTED, SAY REPORTS
The protester pictured during last week’s riot at the Capitol wearing a sweater emblazoned with the words “Camp Auschwitz” has been arrested, reports say.
The man was identified as Robert Keith Packer and arrested in Newport News, Virginia, the Daily Beast reports.
Auschwitz is the name of a Nazi concentration camp at which approximately 1.1million people were killed during the Second World War.
Also on the shirt were the words “Work brings freedom,” a translation of the German phrase “Arbeit macht frei”, which was inscribed above the camp’s gates.
Details of potential charges against Packer have not been confirmed.
IN PICTURES – NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AT THE CAPITOL TO REINFORCE SECURITY WHILE THE HOUSE DEBATES TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT
DEBATE SET TO GET UNDERWAY
The debate on the article of impeachment against Donald Trump – incitement of insurrection – is set to get underway.
Democrat Jim McGovern, chair of the House Committee on Rules, is currently addressing the House.
A final vote on whether to impeach Trump for a second time is set to take place at around 3pm ET.
HOW DOES IMPEACHMENT WORK?
According to the US Constitution, impeachment is the tool Congress uses to punish serious misconduct from the president.
The misconduct can be categorized as treason or bribery, or it can be defined as “other high crimes and misdemeanors”.
The House of Representatives can vote to impeach a president with a simple majority. The Senate will then hold a trial which ends on a vote of a verdict.
It takes two-thirds of the Senate, a supermajority, to convict the president. If convicted, the president is removed from office, and the vice president would take power.
REPUBLICAN REP. JOHN KATKO SET TO VOTE FOR TRUMP IMPEACHMENT
New York representative John Katko has announced he will vote for Trump’s impeachment, saying he feels he must hold Trump “accountable for his actions”.
In a public statement, John Katko wrote: “To impeach a sitting president is a decision I do not take lightly. The U.S. Constitution outlines its use only when a high crime or misdemeanor has occurred.”
He added: “It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection – both on social media ahead of January 6th, and in his speech that day.
“By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement, and division.
“When this manifested in violent acts on January 6th, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
WHAT TIME IS DONALD TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT VOTE TODAY?
The House intends to consider the article of impeachment when it reconvenes today at 9am ET.
The news comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed she wanted to press on with the unprecedented move unless Mike Pence used the 25th Amendment to force him from office.
However, the vice president yesterday sent Pelosi a letter saying he would not enact the amendment.
The House of Representatives can vote to impeach a president with a simple majority.
3,000 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS DEPLOYED TO PROTECT CAPITOL
An additional 3,000 National Guard troops are being deployed to protect the Capitol building ahead of Donald Trump’s impeachment charges.
Security has been drastically stepped up after last week’s riots, with anti-climbing walls and concrete barriers erected outside the historical building.
It comes as Donald Trump faces a singular article of impeachment in the wake of the siege of the Capitol building, as lawmakers officially asserted President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.
President Trump faces a charge of inciting insurrection after encouraging supporters to march to Congress.
PELOSI NAMES IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named nine members of Congress to act as House managers – analogous to prosecutors in a criminal trial – during the second impeachment of Donald Trump. They are:
- Jamie Raskin
- Diana DeGette
- David Cicilline
- Joaquin Castro
- Eric Swalwell
- Ted Lieu
- Stacey Plaskett
- Joe Neguse
- Madeleine Dean
TRUMP TOLD PENCE HE COULD BE A ‘PATRIOT OR A P***Y’
Donald Trump told Mike Pence he could be a “patriot or a p***y” when Congress voted on whether to certify the results of November’s election, the New York Times reports.
In the build up to the vote last Wednesday, Trump incorrectly claimed a number of times in public that the vice president – in his role as president of the Senate – had the power to stop the process.
In one meeting ahead of the vote, Trump reportedly told Pence: “You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a p***y.”
The report cited two people briefed on the conversation.
WHAT IS IMPEACHMENT?
Impeachment is a process by which Congress can remove a president or other federal official from office.
The constitution states that a president, vice president, or other civil officer can be removed from office for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours”.
Impeachment requires that the House of Representatives pass articles of impeachment – analogous to charges in a criminal trial – by a simple majority vote.
Once the official has been impeached, a trial is held in the Senate.
If two thirds or more of the 100 members of the Senate then vote to convict, the official is removed from office.
PRESIDENT ‘NEEDS TO BE HELD TO ACCOUNT’, SAYS GOP CONGRESSMAN
President Trump needs to be held to account for his role in last week’s unrest at the Capitol, a GOP congressman has said.
John Katko of New York last night become the first House Republican to say publicly that he would vote in favour of impeaching the president.
Writing on twitter, he said: “To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.
“For that reason, I cannot sit idly by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this President.”
TRUMP SAYS IMPEACHMENT CAUSING ‘TREMENDOUS ANGER’ BUT WANTS ‘NO VIOLENCE’
Donald Trump has said plans to impeach him are causing “tremendous anger” among his supporters, but added that he wanted “no violence”.
Speaking at the White House yesterday, he said: “We want absolutely no violence.
“On the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch-hunt in the history of politics, it’s ridiculous – it’s absolutely ridiculous.
“The impeachment is causing tremendous anger… and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing,”
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