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US Capitol Hill Siege Live Updates: Trump gets permanently banned from Twitter; Over a dozen arrested for violence

US Capitol Hill Siege Live Updates: All eyes now on FBI's investigation to punish the perpetrators; more than a dozen people arrested with offences.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2021 10:31:05 pm
Donald Trump, Trump impeachment, Trump legal jeopardy, US capitol Hill siege, Indian ExpressSupporters of President Donald Trump after they stormed the Capitol building in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. Republicans who spent years putting off a reckoning with Trump’s behavior are now confronting the prospect that the storming of the Capitol by his supporters could linger for decades as a stain on the party. (Jason Andrew/The New York Times)

US Capitol Hill Siege Live News Updates: Two days after his supporters stormed the US Capitol in an assault on the country’s democracy, US President Donald Trump faced a fresh wave of opposition Friday with Twitter permanently suspending his account and calls for his impeachment gaining more momentum.

Asking for Trump’s immediate resignation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she has instructed the House to move ahead with a motion of impeachment if he doesn’t resign himself and invoke 25th Amendment, that enables the removal of a president, unable to discharge his duties.

Citing the risk of further incitement of violence, Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account, making him the first head of the state to get banned on the platform. In a statement Twitter said ,”after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

The FBI’s investigation to punish the perpetrators is in full swing, with more than a dozen people arrested with offences, The New York Times reported. Washington Police has charged at least 5 people and arrested Richard Barnett, who entered Pelosi’s office, where he “left a note and removed some of the speaker’s mail”.

Meanwhile, in a video address, Trump expressed his staunch opposition to the “intruders” and condemned the violence that threatened American democracy saying that he was outraged by the “violence, lawlessness and mayhem.” At least 5 people have died in the violence after a mob massed towards the government building on Wednesday, the latest being a US Capitol police officer who died due to injuries sustained after physically engaging with the protestors.

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Twitter permanently bans Trump; Democrats ask for Trump's immediate resignation; Over a dozen arrests made after Capitol storming. Follow this space for the latest updates.

19:47 (IST)09 Jan 2021
No surprise: Trump left many clues he wouldn't go quietly

President Donald Trump left plenty of clues he'd try to burn the place down on his way out the door. The clues spread over a lifetime of refusing to acknowledge defeat. They spanned a presidency marked by raw, angry rhetoric, puffed-up conspiracy theories and a kind of fellowship with "patriots" drawn from the seething ranks of right-wing extremists. The clues piled on at light speed when Trump lost the election and wouldn't admit it. The culmination of all that came Wednesday when Trump supporters, exhorted by the president to go to the Capitol and "fight like hell" against a "stolen" election, overran and occupied the building in an explosive confrontation that left a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. --AP

19:40 (IST)09 Jan 2021
US is not China, say Republicans condemning Twitter for permanently suspending Trump’s account

Several Republican leaders, including popular Indian- American politician Nikki Haley, have condemned Twitter for permanently deactivating outgoing President Donald Trump’s account, saying that the “US is not China”.

Twitter on Friday permanently suspended Trump’s account due to the “risk of further incitement of violence”, days after his supporters stormed the US Capitol and caused the deaths of four civilians and a police officer.

“Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country,” tweeted Haley on Friday.
“Unbelievable,” said the former US Ambassador to the UN who during a closed-door meeting of the Republican National Committee in Florida on Thursday strongly condemned Trump’s comments inciting supporters to mount an attack on the US Capitol. Read full PTI story

13:41 (IST)09 Jan 2021
He's on his own': Some Republicans begin to flee from Trump

President Donald Trump's steadfast grip on Republicans in Washington is beginning to crumble, leaving him more politically isolated than at any other point in his turbulent administration.

After riling up a crowd that later staged a violent siege of the U.S. Capitol, Trump appears to have lost some of his strongest allies, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Two Cabinet members and at least a half dozen aides have resigned. A handful of congressional Republicans are openly considering whether to join a renewed push for impeachment. One GOP senator who has split with Trump in the past called on him to resign and questioned whether she would stay in the party.(AP)

13:15 (IST)09 Jan 2021
Trump's actions post-election will be 'judged harshly by history', says Nikki Haley

Denouncing Donald Trump's comments stoking supporters to mount an attack on the US Capitol, popular Indian-American Republican politician Nikki Haley has said the president has not always chosen the right words and his actions post-election will be "judged harshly by history".

"We can and should talk about our major differences. But we must stop turning the American people against each other -- and this Republican Party must lead the way," Haley said during a closed-door meeting of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Florida on Thursday. Many US media outlets have published excerpts of her speech on Friday. Her remarks were first reported by Politico.

"President Trump has not always chosen the right words. He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time. He was badly wrong with his words yesterday," said Haley, who is considered to be a potential presidential aspirant in 2024. "And it wasn't just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history," she said.

11:35 (IST)09 Jan 2021
Laptop stolen from Speaker Pelosi’s office during storming of US Capitol, says aide

A laptop was stolen from the office of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday, one of her aides said on Friday.Drew Hammill, an aide to Democrat Pelosi, said on Twitter that the laptop belonged to a conference room and was used for presentations. He declined to offer further details.

The theft of electronic devices from congressional offices has been a persistent worry following the invasion by pro-Trump followers. They were encouraged by Republican President Donald Trump at a rally beforehand to march to the Capitol while Congress was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 election win.Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, said on Twitter that a laptop was taken from his office. On Thursday, Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin said that some of the thefts might have potentially jeopardized what he described as “national security equities.”

“We just don’t know the extent of that damage at this point,” he said.

11:00 (IST)09 Jan 2021
Those who stormed Capitol are domestic terrorists: Joe Biden

President-elect Joe Biden has said those who stormed the US Capitol were a bunch of thugs, white supremacists, domestic terrorists and they should be prosecuted.

Biden said the authorities had to be held accountable for the failures that occurred and it had to be made sure that this could never, ever happen again.

“They should be treated as they’re a bunch of thugs, insurrectionist, white supremacists, and anti-Semites, and it’s not enough,” Biden told reporters at a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware. “These are bunch of thugs, thugs and their terrorists, domestic terrorists. And that’ll be a judgment for the Justice Department to make as to what the charges should be.."

09:21 (IST)09 Jan 2021
Pelosi says House will move to impeach Trump if he doesn’t resign ‘immediately’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Friday that the House would move to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in inciting a violent mob attack on the Capitol if he did not resign “immediately,” appealing to Republicans to join the push to force him from office.

In a letter to members of the House, the speaker invoked the resignation of Richard Nixon amid the Watergate scandal, when Republicans prevailed upon the president to resign and avoid the ignominy of an impeachment, calling Trump’s actions a “horrific assault on our democracy.”

“Today, following the president’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office — immediately,” she wrote. “If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.”(Read more here)

Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., cleans up debris and trash strewn across the floor in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Outgoing US President Donald Trump took a different tone on Thursday and strongly opposed the "heinous attack" on the Capitol, saying he was "outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem." In a video address, Trump expressed his staunch opposition to the "intruders" and condemned the violence that threatened American democracy.

"America is and must always be a nation of law and order, to those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction you do not represent our country," Trump said in his first public comments after Twitter blocked his account.

A swarm of resignations have surfaced since the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. US cabinet members -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transport Secretary Elaine Chao-- put in their resignations after being “deeply troubled” by the situation. A day earlier a number of senior White House staffers, including US Deputy National Security Advisor, first lady’s chief of staff among others resigned over the Capitol Hill violence. US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has too announced his resignation after facing criticism for failing to prevent the attack.

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