The tweets violated the company’s policy against the glorification of violence, Twitter said in a blog post, and “these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.” The company also told CNN it will enforce its policy against ban evasions to ensure that Trump does not circumvent his personal account's suspension.
11 hr 18 min ago Cruz speaks at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Offer, on Saturday, January 2, in Cumming, Georgia. A former communications' director for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Amanda Carpenter, sharply criticized the Texas lawmaker today for his role in supporting President Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election and incite the attack on the Capitol.
“I can surmise he thinks he's a smart lawyer who can parse his way out of it, and in his mind he has some kind of rational but that's just not believable.” “It is so horrifying to watch someone descend into this and not be able to admit what happened when you worked for him and you believed in him,” Carpenter told CNN's Erin Burnett.
Trump ’s other statement about American patriots suggested that “he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election,” Twitter said. Twitter told CNN the company will enforce its policy against ban evasions to ensure that Trump does not circumvent his personal account's suspension.
President Trump presents a danger to the nation's domestic security and should be removed from office as quickly as possible, Democratic Rep. Jason Crow said today. “Donald Trump is a very violent and dangerous man,” Crow said, speaking on CNN this afternoon.
She said in a statement Friday that she has instructed the House Rules Committee to prepare for a meeting to approve a rule that would govern floor debate for an impeachment resolution as well as a bill Rep. Jamie Rankin has proposed to create a congressional commission that would allow the 25th Amendment to be invoked. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Rankin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment.
The effort by the White House to get Turberville to delay certification of the votes provides insight into the President's thinking and priorities as a mob of his supports lay siege on the iconic building. Trump first called the personal cell phone of Lee, a Republican from Utah, shortly after 2 p.m.
Turberville spoke with Trump for less than 10 minutes, with the President trying to convince him to make additional objections to the Electoral College vote in a futile effort to block Congress' certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win, according to a source familiar with the call. Lee's office confirmed to CNN that the voicemail was intended for Turberville and that the message left from Giuliani was very similar to one another unnamed GOP senator received.
“I'm calling you because I want to discuss with you how they're trying to rush this hearing and how we need you, our Republican friends, to try to just slow it down, so we can get these legislatures to get more information to you,” Giuliani said, referring to unfounded claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. CNN reported on Wednesday that even after Congress was reconvening that night following the riot, Trump was still urging senators to push ahead with the protest on the certification of Biden as president, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is calling on President Donald Trump to resign following the riots at the Capitol on Wednesday, making her the first Republican senator to take that step. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president,” Murkowski told the paper.
“A few weeks ago, the Trump administration suggested that 20 million Americans could be vaccinated by the end of December. Biden added that at the pace the program is moving now “it's going to take years, not months” to vaccinate the US population.
ET, December 29, 2020 President-elect Joe Biden said he will “spare no effort to make sure people get vaccinated” once he takes office in January. It would take ramping up five to six times the current pace to 1 million shots a day,” Biden said during a Covid-19 briefing in Delaware this afternoon.
Biden added: “I'm going to use my power under the Defense Production Act when I'm sworn and order industry to accelerate making the materials needed for the vaccines as well as protective gear.” ET, December 29, 2020 President-elect Joe Biden shared words of encouragement for Americans as the country continues to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the recent holiday travel period could make January even worse than December. President-elect Joe Biden is delivering remarks this afternoon on the coronavirus pandemic as the country battles a surge in new cases and races to distribute vaccines.
A transition official told CNN he will confront the slower-than-expected pace at which the Trump administration is administering coronavirus vaccines during his remarks. The remarks will come after Biden receives a briefing from his Covid-19 advisory team, the official said, and the President-elect will also give a general status update on the pandemic and the stakes in the months ahead.
One area where the Biden team and the Defense Department have clashed in recent days is on the issue of transition meetings. One source familiar with the situation had said on Monday that the Defense Department continues to “deny and delay” meetings, and that none have taken place since Dec. 18.
Presented with several examples of meetings that were cited by the Defense Department, a person familiar said that as of Monday, there has not been a single meeting that has fallen under the scope of the mutually agreed upon Memorandum of Understanding between the Biden transition and the Trump administration. A Biden transition official did not dispute the Defense Department’s account that those meetings are set to take place this week.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first dose of Modern's Covid-19 vaccine live on television today. It is safe,” she said immediately after receiving the vaccine at United Medical Center in Washington, DC.
The vice president-elect's vaccination comes just over one week after President-elect Joe Biden received his live on national television. Biden and Harris staggered their vaccinations at the recommendation of medical experts, according to transition spokesperson Jen Saki.
The reason for such a recommendation could be that if Biden and Harris reported any side effects, such as a headache or fever, they would not experience them on the same day. The time for President Trump's repeated baseless allegations of fraud is over, but that doesn't mean the drama has ended.
Lawmakers follow an archaic timeline set out the Constitution and US law to make Biden president. Just as then-Vice President Biden oversaw the counting of electoral votes that gave Trump the White House in 2017, now it will be Vice President Mike Pence, Trump's loyal soldier these last four years, who will announce the vote tally that officially makes Biden the winner.
And Republicans will have to choose how deeply they want to follow Trump into his rabbit hole of conspiracy theories. If they can't, it would be the vice president or the next person eligible in the line of presidential succession.
“The health and safety of all guests attending the ceremonies has remained a top priority throughout the planning process. With only days to go until the Jan. 5th Georgia Senate runoff elections, Democrats have begun closing in on what was previously a pronounced GOP ad spending advantage in the state.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swears in new members of Congress on Sunday. Those guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be all but abandoned Wednesday when Congress gathers to certify the Electoral College vote of the 2020 election.
“In consultation with the Office of Attending Physician, that a public health emergency is in effect due to a novel coronavirus, I am hereby designating a “covered period” pursuant to section 3(s) of House Resolution 8, until February 18, 2021,” she wrote. This comes as GOP Rep. Kay Granger becomes the latest lawmaker to announce in a statement she has tested positive for coronavirus.
“When she arrived in DC for the beginning of the 117th Congress, Congresswoman Kay Granger was tested for coronavirus in accordance with the Attending Physician’s guidance for Members when traveling from their home state,” her office said in a statement provided by CNN. This also came after the first day of the 117th Congress on Sunday, where hundreds of members were seen gathering on the House floor.
Additionally, some members who had Covid-19 voted for Speaker of the House on Sunday through a “secure enclosure” after being exposed to someone with Covid-19 but then testing negative for the virus. US Sen. Kelly Offer speaks to supporters during a rally in Cartersville, Georgia, on Sunday.
“On January 6th, I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process,” Offer said via a statement on Twitter. “We must restore trust, confidence & integrity in our election system,” Offer’s statement continued.
Voters stand in line in Atlanta to cast their ballots during the first day of early voting on December 14. At least 3,037,743 ballots have already been cast in Georgia ahead of Tuesday's Senate runoff elections, Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling said.
The number of the ballots cast so far has smashed previous records set for a runoff election. ET, January 4, 2021 President-elect Joe Biden, center, is joined by Senate candidates Jon Scoff, left, and Raphael Warlock during a campaign rally in Atlanta on Monday.
President-elect Joe Biden leaned in heavily on the question of the $2,000 stimulus check as he campaigned in Atlanta for the Democratic candidates on the eve of the Georgia Senate runoff election. “If you send Jon and the Reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door, restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people who are struggling right now,” he said directly, contrasting it with their opponents, Sens.
“They're talented, they're principled, they're qualified, they're decent, they're honorable,” Biden said of Scoff and Warlock. “By electing Jon and the Reverend, you'll be voting to get the states the resources they need to get the vaccines distributed,” he said.
“By electing Jon and the Reverend, you'll be sending a powerful message to Congress and to the country that it's time for this nation, for God’s sake, to finally come together. He added that voting for the Democratic candidates would also be “good for Georgia” because they are two people who would put their state and the Constitution ahead of themselves or even the President.
ET, January 4, 2021, Gabriel Sterling, Georgia's voting system implementation manager, speaks to the media on Monday. With just hours until Georgia's Senate runoffs are set to begin, the state's voting system implementation manager, Gabriel Sterling, urged Georgians to ignore false rumors, some of which are being propagated by President Trump, and exercise their right to vote.
“If you're a Georgia voter, if you want your values reflected by your election officials, I strongly beg and encourage you, go vote tomorrow,” he said, standing next to a sign that said “Claim vs Fact.” Previous to those remarks, Sterling delivered a lengthy refutation of many of the claims Trump has made about the November election, including those made in a Jan. 2, phone call to Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
ET, January 4, 2021, US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wears a “Stop the Steal” mask while speaking with fellow first-term Republican Congress members on the steps of the US Capitol on Monday. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the staunchly conservative freshman from Northwest Georgia, told CNN that she is traveling with President Trump today to the state.
Gabriel Sterling speaks at Monday's news conference at the Georgia State Capitol. Georgia Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling urged Georgians to get out and vote in tomorrow's key Senate runoff election, and debunked President Trump's multiple baseless claims of election fraud in the state.
“If you care about the value and direction of the nation you want to see, it is your obligation to turn out and vote tomorrow,” Sterling said in a news conference in Atlanta. His comments come after audio from a Jan. 2 phone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger regarding the results of the 2020 election was released.
In the call, Trump is heard attempting to pressure the official to “find” votes necessary to alter the election result in the state, which President-elect Joe Biden won. Experienced prosecutors, election lawyers and some public officials have piled on calling for criminal investigations into whether President Trump broke election fraud when he pressured Georgia officials on a phone call Saturday to “find” 11,870 votes that would reverse his loss in the state.
While the path to a federal criminal case against the outgoing President isn't an easy one to make, Georgia officials said the state could be considering a serious inquiry and the matter has already been referred to the FBI. The prominent elections' law expert Rick Haven also wrote on Monday Trump should be prosecuted or at least investigated.
Trump would likely face a jury if he were charged, and prosecutors would need to prove what he meant on the call. The Justice Department previously shied away from coming close to charging Trump for obstruction in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and after his call asking Ukraine for political help, which led to the President's impeachment.
CNN has previously reported Trump has explored the possibility of granting himself a self-pardon, though that could only provide him immunity from federal crimes.