•   
  •   
  •   

US Actions by 'all actors,' including Trump, may be under scrutiny following violence at the Capitol, prosecutor says

01:50  08 january  2021
01:50  08 january  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

QAnon supporter from Arizona dressed in fur and horns joins storming of US Capitol

  QAnon supporter from Arizona dressed in fur and horns joins storming of US Capitol The man was seen in photographs from Washington, D.C., amid supporters of President Donald Trump who turned violent and stormed the U.S. Capitol.Angeli was seen in photographs from Washington, D.C., amid rioters who turned violent and stormed the building, causing both chambers to suspend their intended action of the day: certifying the results of the presidential election for former vice president Joe Biden.

Several Trump administration resignations are announced in the wake of the Capitol riots, as the police face criticism for their response to the pro- Trump rioters. Follow NBC News. The rioting at the Capitol left four dead and several injured after Trump urged protesters to march on the building.

LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump 's rhetoric in disputing his loss of the U.S. Presidential election led directly to violence at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, British interior minister Priti Patel said on Thursday. Video: Biden: Siege in the Capitol "must end now" (Sky News).

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department will pursue at least 55 criminal cases against rioters who stormed the Capitol this week, and may also charge anyone who played a role in inciting the violence, Michael Sherwin, the top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., said.

Actions by President Donald Trump, who had encouraged his supporters to go to the Capitol as he continued to falsely claim that the election had been stolen from him, may not be exempted from scrutiny.

"We’re looking at all actors here and anyone that had a role and, if the evidence fits the elements of the crime, they’re going to be charged," Sherwin said after he was asked by a reporter if investigators are looking at the role the president played.

Fact check: Social media falsely claims Vice President Mike Pence was arrested

  Fact check: Social media falsely claims Vice President Mike Pence was arrested After rioters breached the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, social media posts claimed Vice President Mike Pence had been arrested. That is false.Vice President Mike Pence was also at the Capitol to preside over the proceedings. Shortly after rioters breached the Capitol, Phil Godlewski took to Facebook to claim that Pence had been arrested.

Trump came under intensive fire from some prominent Republicans in Congress, who put the blame for the day’s violence squarely on his shoulders. You know there is a difference between storming the capitol after losing an election and fighting police violence .Well, at least politicly.

After a mob of pro- Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., during a joint session of Congress, Facebook took the unprecedented step of indefinitely blocking the president's account. As the world watched the violence unfold in horror, President Donald Trump

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

Sherwin also said no charges are off the table. Charges such as seditious conspiracy, rioting and insurrection will be considered if warranted. Last year, following weeks of unrest in several cities after the death of George Floyd, Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen wrote a memo telling federal prosecutors to consider a sedition charge against protesters who conspired to "take a federal courthouse or other federal property by force."

a group of people in a room: President Trump spoke to the crowd and urged them to go to the building. Then the crowd turned violent as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. © Getty President Trump spoke to the crowd and urged them to go to the building. Then the crowd turned violent as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

"We will bring the maximum charges we can based upon the conduct," Sherwin said.

Could Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani face charges of inciting mob violence in Capitol riots?

  Could Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani face charges of inciting mob violence in Capitol riots? Legal experts say President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani could face criminal charges for inciting the riots on Capitol Hill.The president's comments came shortly before a pro-Trump mob bashed through barricades, windows and doors, injuring police officers and temporarily occupying the Capitol building in a show of force tied to their anger over false allegations of election fraud.

US Capitol on Lockdown as Trump Supporters Storm the Building During 'Coup Attempt. Portfolio Constructors Must Be Innovative, Says Legal & General's Roe. Bloomberg 5:41 24 mins ago. Suspect shot by police after allegedly driving stolen van at them in Brooklyn.

Hundreds of Trump 's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a stunning bid to overturn his election defeat, battling police in the hallways and delaying the Patel said that the events were "terrible beyond words", and Trump had not only failed to de-escalate the violence but had fuelled it.

So far, the Justice Department is expected to file 55 criminal cases Thursday, and that number is expected to grow in the coming weeks. One man who was arrested was found in possession of a military-style semi-automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails "that were ready to go," Sherwin said.

Inauguration Day 2021: What now? Capitol riots, Trump supporter threats prompt safety concerns

  Inauguration Day 2021: What now? Capitol riots, Trump supporter threats prompt safety concerns The inauguration of a new president, set for Jan. 20, typically poses one of the most enormous security challenges. What does that mean after a riot?The inauguration of a new president, set for Jan. 20, typically poses one of the most enormous security challenges for the federal government and local police, as former presidents and foreign dignitaries gather to observe what – until Wednesday – represented the peaceful transfer of power at the very Capitol that was overrun.

Barr says Trump committed a ‘betrayal’ of the presidency amid riots. Army vet comforts fellow Mr Pence was reportedly apoplectic as Mr Trump continued stoking the fire at the Capitol yesterday Violence never wins. Freedom wins,” he said in remarks that stood in sharp contrast to a short video

Capitol Police have come under scrutiny given how underprepared they appeared to be compared to A Capitol protester pictured with his feet up in the offices of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Reporters said there was an "armed standoff" at the doors between police and insurgents.

Other charges include unlawful entry, assault, gun possession and theft. Sherwin also said officials are investigating who made two improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, that were found within the vicinity of the Capitol.

Four people died, several police officers were injured and dozens have been arrested after a pro-Trump mob, in which some carried Confederate flags, breached the Capitol entrances Wednesday, prompting an hours-long lockdown and disrupting what should've been a largely ceremonial process of counting state-certified Electoral College votes. Pictures and videos of the aftermath showed broken windows and vandalized offices.

'A colossal failure': How were pro-Trump rioters able to breach Capitol security?

'Hard to believe': Capitol Police security breakdown prompts calls for chief's resignation

Wednesday's events have raised questions about what many saw as an anemic law enforcement response that failed to prevent people from forcing their way into what should've been one of the most secure buildings in the district. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have already called for congressional investigations, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging the head of the U.S. Capitol Police to resign.

Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, 51, dies days after riot; remembered as 'selfless,' 'kind'

  Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, 51, dies days after riot; remembered as 'selfless,' 'kind' Howard Charles Liebengood, 51, was a 15-year veteran of the Capitol Police. He was on duty during the Jan. 6 riot, but it's not clear if that was related to his death.Howard Charles Liebengood, 51, was assigned to the Senate Division and had been with the Capitol Police since April 2005.

During the call with reporters Thursday, Sherwin acknowledged that authorities did not anticipate a breach of the Capitol, although he said Justice Department officials began preparing for the influx of protesters to the district weeks earlier by monitoring flights, hotels and social media.

"We have a lot of lessons to learn from this … Things obviously could've been done better," Sherwin said when pressed by a reporter about why the breach was not anticipated despite threats that had been brewing for weeks on social media.

Videos on social media, which USA TODAY has not been able to independently verify, showed men in police uniforms taking selfies with and removing outdoor barriers for the rioters as they made their way to the Capitol.

Sherwin said he can't speak for Capitol police on why protesters were not immediately arrested as they forced their way into the building, although he acknowledged they should've been.

"If hundreds of people flooded the Capitol and they were not apprehended or zip tied … the scenario has made our job difficult," Sherwin said, adding that investigators must now identify suspects through video footage and seek court orders to obtain cell phone data.

Lawmakers, as well as Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, have claimed on social media that antifa, a loosely organized far-left movement, were either involved or responsible for the violence. But Sherwin said investigators have not identified group affiliations or any kind of chain of command among the rioters.

More than half of Americans believe Trump should be removed before Jan. 20, according to poll

  More than half of Americans believe Trump should be removed before Jan. 20, according to poll A poll published Sunday by ABC News/Ipsos found that 56% of respondents believe President Donald Trump should be removed from office before Jan. 20.The poll, published Sunday by ABC News/Ipsos, found that 56% of respondents support his removal prior to Inauguration Day and 67% blame Trump for the attack on Jan. 6, which forced lawmakers to flee their chambers and left five dead.

Sherwin said officials are looking at potential national security implications of the breach. Documents were stolen from lawmakers' offices, and Sherwin said it make take several days to "flesh out" if any critical records were taken.

Of the 55 criminal cases, 15 were filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. The rest were filed in the district's Superior Court.

Among those who have been charged are Mark Leffingwell, who was accused of assaulting a Capitol police officer after forcing his way to the Capitol. Leffingwell repeatedly punched the officer who tried to stop him from getting into the building, according to court records. Leffingwell later apologized to the officer.

Christopher Alberts was arrested after a police officer found a black Taurus G2C 9mm pistol and a magazine in his possession.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Actions by 'all actors,' including Trump, may be under scrutiny following violence at the Capitol, prosecutor says

Impeachment, resignation, 25th Amendment: How Democrats in Congress are trying to remove Trump after Capitol riots .
Democrats in Congress have urged Trump to resign and for the Cabinet to remove him using the 25th Amendment. Now they're preparing for impeachment.They've called for his resignation, urged the Cabinet to remove him under the 25th Amendment and, with those two options looking extremely unlikely, are preparing to impeach the president for a second time.

usr: 3
This is interesting!