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”.
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.
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.
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,”
TRUMP ‘LIT THE FLAME OF THIS ATTACK’, SAYS SENIOR REPUBLICAN
Donald Trump “lit the flame” of last week’s attack on the Capital, a senior Republican has said.
Liz Cheney is a congresswoman from Wyoming and also serves as House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership.
In a statement announcing that she was in favour of impeachment, she said: “[The president] summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.
“Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president.
“I will vote to impeach the president.”
TRUMP MAINTAINS ‘SPEECH WAS APPROPRIATE’
President Trump maintains that a speech he gave to supporters before last week’s riot at the Capitol was “totally appropriate”.
Speaking at the White House yesterday, he said: “They’ve analyzed my speech in my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody to the tee just thought it was totally appropriate.”
Trump has been 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.”
MCCONNELL ‘PLEASED ABOUT IMPEACHMENT EFFORTS’
Senator Mitch McConnell is pleased about Democrat plans to impeach Donald Trump, the New York Times reports.
McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, is said to believe Donald Trump committed impeachable offences last week.
He is also reportedly thinks it will be easier for establishment Republicans to regain control of the party if Trump is impeached.
SEVERAL REPUBLICANS TO VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT
Several Republicans in the House have said publicly they will back the impeachment of Donald Trump.
Between 10 and 20 of the 211 Republican representatives are expected to vote in favour of the move, CNN reports.
Among them is Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney, who serves as House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership.
The Republican leadership in the House is also reportedly not lobbying its members to vote against impeachment.
IMPEACHMENT VOTE EXPECTED TODAY
A vote on whether or not to impeach Donald Trump for a second time is expected to take place in the House of Representatives today.
It comes after a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capital last week in a bid to stop the certification of November’s election results.
The incident followed a rally by Trump at which he repeated unfounded claims of voter fraud and said: “You will never take back our country with weakness.”
The articles of impeachment are expected to charge Trump with “inciting insurrection”.
‘MEDICAL OR MENTAL INCAPACITATION’
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution states that the vice president becomes the acting president if the vice president or a majority of the Cabinet or a Congress-appointed review body declare in writing that the president is unfit for office.
Pence in his letter to Pelosi said that the 25th Amendment should not be used to punish or usurp someone, but rather be reserved for medical or mental incapacitation.
“Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent,” Pence wrote.
But House Democrats are also moving to remove Trump by voting a second time to impeach him today.
NO TO THE 25TH
The resolution urged Pence “to immediately use his powers under section 4 of the 25th Amendment” to force the Cabinet to fire Trump.
It called on Trump’s Cabinet to “declare what is obvious to a horrified nation: That the President is unable to successfully discharge the duties of his office,” according to CNN.
In addition, the resolution by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin called on Pence to assume “the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
However, the resolution amounted to only a symbolic rebuke to Trump because the vice president ultimately has the authority to invoke the 25th Amendment.
PENCE WON’T REMOVE TRUMP
The House of Representatives last night passed a powerless resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office in light of the Capitol riot.
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