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Donald Trump refuses to resign and calls impeachment "witch hunt"


President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied any responsibility for the Capitol Hill uprising last week, saying his fiery speech to his supporters before they marched on the Capitol was "perfectly appropriate".

In his first public statement since the MAGA storm on the Capitol on Wednesday, the president slammed the Democrats, accusing them of "creating tremendous danger" in attempting to remove him from office, but repeatedly said he wanted " no violence ".

The president defended his speech at a rally on Ellipse where he encouraged his thousands of supporters to “march” on the Capitol.

They did so, leaving five dead and a path of destruction in the form of broken windows, broken furniture, and ruined office space. Dozens have since been rounded up by the police and the FBI.

"When you read my speech – and a lot of people have done it, and I've seen it in both the newspapers and the media, on TV, it has been analyzed – and people thought what I was saying was entirely appropriate "he said. As he boarded Air Force One, he drove to Alamo, Texas, on the Mexican border, to inspect its wall.

"They analyzed my speech and my words, as well as my last paragraph, my last sentence, and anyone who saw it as appropriate," he continued. He gave no indication of who & # 39; she & # 39; are; Democrats accuse him in their impeachment process

Trump also denounced the Democrats' efforts to join some Republicans to remove him from office – calling it a "danger," not the actions of his supporters.

But he said he didn't want violence from his followers. Trump reportedly enjoyed the sight of his supporters on Capitol Hill last week and fought for him to illegally serve a second term in the White House. He changed his mind and asked her to resign when he warned that he could be legally held responsible for her actions.

“We don't want violence, never violence. We want absolutely no violence, ”he said repeatedly Tuesday before going to Texas to announce the completion of a section of its border wall.

“And the impeachment is really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It is ridiculous. It's absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing a lot of trouble, ”he said.

He denounced Democratic leaders but made no mention of the Republicans who had urged him to step down.

“It really is a terrible thing that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are continuing down this path. I think it is causing enormous danger to our country and it is causing enormous anger. I don't want violence, ”he said.

Don't resign: Donald Trump spoke publicly for the first time since the MAGA riots, taking no responsibility and ignoring the question of whether he would resign

"I don't want violence." Trump claimed he hadn't caused a riot – but then said his impeachment, which the House will be voting on Wednesday, was causing "enormous trouble."

Farewell: Trump's trip to Texas is the only scheduled time outside the White House until he leaves office. He is widely expected to fly to Florida on January 19th, the day before Joe Biden is sworn in

Farewell: Trump's trip to Texas is the only planned time outside the White House until he leaves office. He is widely expected to fly to Florida on January 19th, the day before Joe Biden is sworn in

Off to the Alamo (not this one): Trump boarded Marine One to head to the Mexican border in Texas, the city of Alamo, named after The Alamo but about 200 miles from where the original was located

Off to the Alamo (not this one): Trump boarded Marine One to head to the Mexican border in Texas, the city of Alamo, named after The Alamo but about 200 miles from where the original was located

From the White House: Trump's flight to Air Force One will be one of his last trips from the South Lawn

From the White House: Trump's flight to Air Force One will be one of his last trips from the South Lawn

Later on Tuesday, the House will vote on laws urging Vice President Mike Pence to start the process of removing Trump on the 25th amendment. Pence is unlikely to do this.

The House is expected to vote on Wednesday to begin another round of impeachment proceedings against Trump – this time for inciting violence on Capitol Hill. In addition, the Justice Department has not ruled out bringing charges against the President.

Democrats have urged Trump to step down, as have some Republicans, including Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Adam Kinzinger.

Trump broke his public silence after revealing his false belief that "ANTIFA people" were behind the uprising on Wednesday in a private phone call to the oldest Republican in the house – who claimed the president accepted the blame for the riot which five people were killed.

And he also publicly contradicted Kevin McCarthy, the extremely loyal minority leader of the House of Representatives, who told House Republicans on Monday that Trump was to blame for last week's deadly riot in the Capitol and had assumed some responsibility, Politico reported, citing four Republicans Sources in a private call.

That left McCarthy publicly embarrassed at a time when his caucus is split over what to do about Trump and donors are deserting.

Trump's abdication came amid growing fears that the violence is not over.

On Monday evening law enforcement officials informed lawmakers that there had been three active attacks, including one of 4,000 "armed patriots" trying to encircle Congress. Conor Lamb (D-PA) told CNN they had "rules on engagement" – which means when they would shoot people.

Trump declared a state of emergency in DC on Monday amid tensions over violent conspiracies that could shake Capitol Hill ahead of Biden's inauguration.

The statement allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with local authorities as the Democrats have requested.

Last week's chaos resulted in the death of four rioters and a Capitol police officer from his wounds and the suicide of another. Dozens of injuries; and extensive damage throughout the searched building.

McCarthy strongly pushed back against Trump's claim that the rioters were left-wing agitators who sought to discredit Trump and his supporters – a claim made by staunch pro-Trump Congressman Matt Gaetz and reiterated by Fox News anchors and experts.

"It's not ANTIFA, it's MAGA," replied McCarthy, according to Axios.

Again, Trump spoke to reporters as he prepared to board Air Force One for Texas, where he inspects his border wall

Not me: Trump declined any responsibility for the MAGA insurgency, saying it was "analyzed" and "appropriate". He made no suggestion who provided the analysis

Not me: Trump declined any responsibility for the MAGA insurgency, saying it was "analyzed" and "appropriate". He made no suggestion as to who provided the analysis

Is that nuclear football? A military assistant escorted the president up the Air Force steps with two briefcases that resemble the book of command codes that Trump has access to. Late last week, Nancy Pelosi asked General of the Army, Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, for assurances that a "disturbed" president would not need her

Is that nuclear football? A military assistant escorted the president up the Air Force steps with two briefcases that look like the book of command codes that Trump has access to. Late last week, Nancy Pelosi asked General of the Army, Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, for assurances that a "disturbed" president would not need her

Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, told Trump that he wrongly blamed ANTIFA for Wednesday's chaos

Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, told Trump that he wrongly blamed ANTIFA for Wednesday's chaos

Trump had told his supporters on Wednesday that they would have to "fight" to overthrow the election

Trump had told his supporters on Wednesday that they would have to "fight" to overthrow the election

People protect themselves in the gallery of the house as protesters attempted to break into the house chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday

People protect themselves in the gallery of the house as protesters attempted to break into the house chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday

Kevin McCarthy, the extremely loyal leader of the House minority, told House Republicans on Monday that Trump was responsible for last week's deadly riot in the Capitol. Pictured: McCarthy speaks to President Donald Trump during an event in February 2020

Kevin McCarthy, the extremely loyal leader of the House minority, told House Republicans on Monday that Trump was responsible for last week's deadly riot in the Capitol. Pictured: McCarthy speaks to President Donald Trump during an event in February 2020

& # 39; I know. I was there, ”McCarthy said, according to a White House official and another source familiar with the call.

McCarthy later reiterated his position during a two-hour meeting with Republicans in the House, telling them that there was "undisputed" no evidence that anyone connected to ANTIFA participated in the uprising.

The theory that anti-Trump agitators stirred up the unrest has been decisively debunked. Those arrested for their part in the riots, in many cases, have a long and public history of supporting the President: none of those arrested were a supporter of ANTIFA.

During the tense 30-minute conversation with McCarthy on Monday morning, Trump continued to insist that the election had been stolen from him.

McCarthy said angrily, “Stop it. It's over The choice is over. & # 39;

The following mayhem in the Capitol resulted in the deaths of four rioters and one Capitol police officer. Dozens of injuries; and extensive damage throughout the looted building. Pictured: Rioters break through the Capitol on Jan. 6

The chaos in the Capitol that ensued resulted in the deaths of four rioters and one Capitol policeman. Dozens of injuries; and extensive damage throughout the searched building. Pictured: Rioters break through the Capitol on Jan. 6

After Trump told his supporters to march down Pennsylvania Avenue, he retired to the White House to watch it on TV

After Trump told his supporters to march down Pennsylvania Avenue, he retired to the White House to watch it on TV

The Capitol police were completely unprepared to meet the mob marching on Trump's orders

The Capitol Police were absolutely unprepared to meet the mob marching on Trump's orders

The rioters easily stormed past the Capitol Police and stormed the building

The rioters easily stormed past the Capitol Police and stormed the building

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump asked them to "fight" on his behalf

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump asked them to "fight" on his behalf

Police are trying to hold back protesters who break into a door in the Capitol on Wednesday

Police are trying to hold back protesters who break into a door in the Capitol on Wednesday

WHAT DOES THE 25TH AMENDMENT SAY? CAN TRUMPS CABINET REALLY POT HIM?

The The 25th amendment to the US Constitution deals with the authority of the president in the event of death or impeachment and was ratified in 1967 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

What does the 25th amendment say?

It consists of four sections, all of which deal with the President leaving office during his elected term.

The first section says that if the president dies, or resigns or is removed, the vice president will take over the oval office, which was not clearly stated in the original constitution.

Presidents can of course be removed from office, a feature of the constitution from the start. They can also be removed by the 25th amendment – of which below.

Section II states that both the House and Senate must approve a new Vice President if the Vice President dies, or resigns, or is dismissed. Until 1967 the presidents could change the vice-presidents themselves in the medium term if they asked the vice-president to resign – not something that actually happened, but was possible in principle.

Section III clarifies that a president can temporarily delegate his or her powers to the vice-president and later reclaim them when he or she is able to serve. This is most commonly invoked when a president is under the influence of a surgical anesthetic for a short period of time.

Section IV is the most controversial part of the amendment: it describes how the President can be removed from office if he is incapacitated and does not leave alone.

The vice president and "a majority of officers in the executive departments or any other body that Congress may provide" must write to both presidents per tempo of the Senate and the President of the House, saying, "The President is incapable of performing the powers and duties of his office."

The term chief officers of the executive departments would normally mean the cabinet secretaries.

At least eight of the President's 15 highest cabinet members must therefore agree, along with the Vice President, that a President should be removed before a plan can be implemented.

Notification of the President of Parliament and the President of the Senate per tempo is the act that immediately elevates the Vice President to the role of "Acting President".

The deposed president can contest the claim and give the leaders of the bloodless coup four days to re-assert their claims against the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Congress then has two days to convene – if it is not already in session – and another 21 days to vote on whether the president is unable to serve. A two-thirds majority in both houses is required for this decision.

As soon as a two-thirds majority vote takes place, the President loses his powers and is removed. The vice president ceases to act and is sworn in as president.

However, if 21 days of debate and voting end without a two-thirds majority, the president regains his powers.

What could happen to trigger the 25th Amendment?

Vice President Mike Pence and eight of the 15 "key" cabinet members would have to agree to tell Congress that President Donald Trump is unable to run the country.

This group consists of the Foreign Secretary, Treasury Secretary, Defense Minister, Attorney General, Home Secretary, Agriculture Minister, Trade Minister, Labor Minister, Secretary for Health and Human Services, Transport Minister, Energy Minister, Education Minister, and Veterans Affairs Secretary and Homeland Security Minister .

Your formal notification would go to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and in the Senate to the "President pro Tempore," the highest member of the Senate. Once the letter is mailed, Pence becomes the "acting president".

Alternatively, Congress could set up its own mechanism to decide whether it is fit for office – possibly a commission or a joint committee. Pence would still have to agree with his conclusion and then formally write pro tempore to the spokesman and president.

Or another possibility is that the pool of "chief officers" is seen as larger than 15 and a majority of that group is calling Trump incompetent.

What if Trump disagrees?

If Trump claims he is in a position to take office, he would write to the House Speaker and the Senate President within four days and initiate an intense debate in both Houses of Congress for three weeks.

Trump would be removed from office if both two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate were to agree with Pence and his cabal.

If either chamber failed to hit that mark, Trump would retain his powers and likely embark on a full house cleaning, firing pence and replacing disloyal cabinet members.

Are there any gaps?

The 25th amendment allows Congress to appoint its own body to evaluate the president, rather than relying on the cabinet – the men and women who work most closely with Trump – to decide how to proceed.

It states that "another body as Congress requires" could play that role, but Pence would still have to agree to any finding that the president is incapable of performing his duties.

This commission could, hypothetically, include anyone from presidential historians to psychiatrists charged with assessing the presidential authority.

Another loophole is that it does not state that the cabinet has to agree, but that the "chief officials" of the departments are needed. This term is not defined in the constitution. In some departments, the legislation appears to designate not only the secretary but also the MPs and even the under-secretaries as "chief officers" so that many more people could be involved in assessing Trump's fitness.

But Trump's cabinet has a lot of "acting" cabinet officials – and it is unclear if that is why they could help remove him.

Could Trump Fire Pence If He Rebels?

No. The vice president can resign or be charged and removed – but he is not for the president's pleasure.

Is there a precedent for this?

No. Only Section III, the voluntary surrender of powers of the President, was ever used, and very briefly.

In December 1978, President Jimmy Carter considered using Section III when considering surgery to remove hemorrhoids.

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both voluntarily gave up their powers while under anesthesia.

Section IV was also never invoked, although it was alleged that Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff Donald Regan had advised his successor, Howard Baker, in 1987 that he should be willing to invoke it because Reagan was inattentive and inept.

The PBS documentary & # 39; American Experience & # 39; tells how Baker and his team watched Reagan closely for signs of incompetence when they first met, and found that he was in perfect control of himself.

McCarthy told Trump that he believes the president should call Biden and continue the tradition of meeting him for a delivery before inauguration.

He also said Trump should follow tradition and leave his successor a welcoming letter at the Resolute Desk.

Trump said he hadn't decided yet whether to do that.

The Democrats are now ready to charge Trump this week with "inciting insurrection".

Some Republicans are expected to join the Democrats to indict Trump, but the U.S. Senate is unlikely to convene in time to consider the article before Trump leaves office at 12:00 p.m. on Jan. 20.

In a memo to Republicans before the call on Monday, McCarthy told his colleagues he did not support the impeachment and suggested other measures, including criticizing the president.

Republicans were deeply shaken and divided by events on Wednesday.

Some, like Senators Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey, have said they want the president to step down.

Others are angry that it took Trump almost 24 hours to post a video condemning the violence and lawlessness that overtook Capitol Hill and breaking the Senate Chamber open by the crowd.

Trump supporters, encouraged by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

Trump supporters, encouraged by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

The mostly maskless crowd flooded the Capitol halls with little resistance from the Capitol Police

The mostly maskless crowd flooded the Capitol halls with little resistance from the Capitol Police

Rioters stormed the corridors of the Congress, looted objects and desecrated the building

Rioters stormed the corridors of Congress, looted items and desecrated the building

Capitol Police officers aim their guns at a door that was destroyed during a joint congressional session in the chamber of the house

Capitol Police officers aim their guns at a door that was destroyed during a joint congressional session in the house's chamber

A MAGA rioter who put his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

A MAGA rioter who put his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

They were further outraged by a report in the Washington Post published Monday claiming that Trump was slow to respond to their calls for help because he was too moved by live television coverage of the carnage.

The newspaper reported that McCarthy contacted Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, while Senator Lindsey Graham called Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, to ask for help.

Kellyanne Conway, a longtime Trump confidante and former White House chief adviser, called an aide who she knew was on the president's side.

Chris Christie, a close ally of the president and former New Jersey governor, said he had spent the last 25 minutes reaching out to Trump directly.

& # 39; The President initiated this protest; He's the only one who can stop it, ”Christie said.

“The president has to come out and tell his supporters to leave the Capitol and allow Congress to do its business peacefully. And everything else is a waiver of responsibility. & # 39;

The president still didn't respond.

“He was hard to come by and do you know why? Because it was live television, ”said a close Trump adviser.

“If it's TiVo, he just pauses and takes the calls. If it's live TV, he watches it and he's just watched it all unfold. & # 39;

Trump watched with interest and was pleased to see his followers fought so hard for him, a close advisor to the newspaper said.

Graham, one of Trump's strongest supporters, admitted the president was slow to see the scale of the problem.

"It took him a while to realize the gravity of the situation," Graham told the newspaper.

"The president saw these people as allies on his journey and sympathized with the idea that the election was stolen."

The MAGA mob arrested a police officer Wednesday and beat him with a baton in a shocking new video. The officer shown has not yet been identified. It is unclear whether he is one of the police officers who died. One was beaten with a fire extinguisher, according to police sources, and the other committed suicide after the riot

The MAGA mob arrested a police officer Wednesday and beat him with a baton in a shocking new video. The officer shown has not yet been identified. It is unclear whether he is one of the police officers who died. One was beaten with a fire extinguisher, according to police sources, and the other committed suicide after the riot

In an incident other than the riot, Capitol cop Eugene Goodman runs away from the mob and leads them out of the Senate. He is celebrated as a hero

In an incident other than the riot, Capitol cop Eugene Goodman runs away from the mob and leads them out of the Senate. He is celebrated as a hero

In einem anderen Vorfall als dem Aufstand wird der Capitol-Polizist Eugene Goodman gesehen, wie er vor dem Mob davonläuft und sie aus dem Senat führt. Er wird als Held gefeiert

Donald Trump sprach schließlich seine Anhänger in einem Video am Mittwoch an, in dem er weiterhin behauptete, die Wahl sei gestohlen worden.

Donald Trump sprach schließlich seine Anhänger in einem Video am Mittwoch an, in dem er weiterhin behauptete, die Wahl sei gestohlen worden.

Waffenstillstand! Trump spricht zum ersten Mal seit dem Aufstand im Capitol in der vergangenen Woche mit Pence und hat einen Keil zwischen sie getrieben – inmitten von Pelosis Versuch, den Vizepräsidenten zu zwingen, sich auf den 25. Verfassungszusatz zu berufen und den Präsidenten zu entfernen

Mike Pence and Donald Trump met in the Oval Office Monday night to mend their deeply damaged relationship, shattered by the riots on Wednesday.

Trump unleashed his supporters on Pence on Wednesday, accusing his vice president of failing to support him in his attempt to overthrow the election.

A crowd of rioters in MAGA hats stormed the Capitol and roamed the corridors asking Pence to hang it. A gallows was even set up in front of the congress.

A high-profile Trump supporter, attorney Lin Wood, who was praised by Trump for his "good work" in the field of election fraud, asked Pence to face the firing squad.

But on Monday night, Pence, who reportedly had not spoken to Trump during or after the uprising, was at the White House for a meeting that was described as cordial by aides.

CNN reported that Pence and his aides wanted to show that the country wasn't in complete disarray.

"We have to telegraph our allies and adversaries that we have a fully functioning government," the source said.

Mike Pence, pictured with Trump in the Oval Office in September, met the President on Monday

Mike Pence, pictured with Trump in the Oval Office in September, met the President on Monday

Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted a summary of the meeting

Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted a summary of the meeting

Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts reported that a senior administration official said, "The two had a good chat, discussed the coming week, and reflected on the past four years of work and achievements of the administration."

The official said the two men united in their contempt for the rioters and denied those who stormed the Capitol.

"They reaffirmed that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the America First movement, backed by 75 million Americans, and pledged to continue working on behalf of the country for the remainder of their terms."

Pence, once known for his loyalty and submissiveness to the President, angered Trump with both his refusal to topple the election and his announcement that he would attend Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Trump has confirmed that he will not be there.

Pence, a devout Christian, enraged Trump at his position in the elections, and Trump repeatedly tried to change his mind.

"Do the brave, Mike," Trump said in a meeting, the Washington Post reported.

"It will be bad for you and the country if you don't," Trump said at another time, according to an official describing the meeting.

ZEITPLAN FÜR TRUMPS ENDGÜLTIGE BÜROTAGE

10. Januar – Abgeordneter David Cicilline, D-R.I., Ein Vorsitzender des Hauses, der sich bemüht, Amtsenthebungsartikel zu verfassen, in denen Trump beschuldigt wird, Aufstände angestiftet zu haben, gibt bekannt, dass er mehr als 200 Co-Sponsoren hat.

11. Januar – Das Führungsteam von Pelosi wird eine Abstimmung über eine Resolution anstreben, in der Vizepräsident Mike Pence und Kabinettsbeamte aufgefordert werden, sich auf den 25. Änderungsantrag zu berufen.

Es wird auch erwartet, dass die Hausdemokraten am Montag Amtsenthebungsverfahren einführen.

12. Januar – Eine vollständige Abstimmung im Repräsentantenhaus wird am Dienstag erwartet.

13. Januar – Pence und das Kabinett müssen bis heute handeln. Wenn nicht, würde das Haus die Amtsenthebung vorantreiben.

Demokraten planen, ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren um 100 Tage zu verschieben, damit Biden sich bei seiner Amtseinführung auf andere Prioritäten konzentrieren kann.

20. Januar – Die Einweihung; Trump verlässt das Amt und Joe Biden wird der 46. Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten

Marc Short, the vice president's chief of staff, preparing for an inevitable clash between the two men, one person who spoke to him told the newspaper and never thought that pence might please the president.

Trump tried to convince Pence through Wednesday morning, it was reported.

A former senior official told the newspaper that the rift between the two men was highly unusual.

"The president could say, 'Mike, I want you to go to Asia' and he would, or, 'Mike, I want you to take over the coronavirus task force,' and he would do it without anything to be questioned, said the former official.

“Pence would spend hours in the oval. Pence would come in, he would get his daily assignment, and then he would find out when the President was coming to the oval and then he would go there and they would spend hours together.

"That they no longer speak is a paradigm that I just would never have imagined."

However, the meeting seemed to indicate that the couple were trying to fix things and that Pence would not push the 25th Amendment.

It was reported on Sunday that he had not yet made up his mind, although it was "unlikely" that he would press for the president to be removed.

On the Monday before their meeting, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats pushed for impeachment proceedings.

The impeachment is due to be considered Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. if Trump refuses to step down and Pence no further proceedings to remove him.

The impeachment efforts themselves will dominate the final week of Trump's presidency and will almost certainly produce an historic result: For the first time in history, a president has been charged twice.

Following the vote in the House of Representatives, the items are expected to be sent immediately to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced a trial chaired by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts that is not expected to begin in the upper chamber until Jan. becomes.

Trump can still be charged after leaving office.

Twitter stepped in to catch the trend of & # 39; Hang Mike Pence & # 39; stop after the MAGA mob riot after the sentence started trending on the platform in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The social media giant banned Trump permanently on Friday evening and referred to the risk of "further incitement to violence".

A screenshot shows that at 1:26 a.m., more than 14,400 Twitter users had used the phrase.

Twitter confirmed in a statement to Newsweek that it tried to block the sentence because it violated the trending topic rules.

& # 39; We stopped the phrase and other variations of it from setting trends. We want trends to encourage healthy discussions on Twitter. This means that sometimes we can prevent certain content from being trending, ”said a spokesman.

"As we've helped, there are rules for trending. If we identify accounts that violate those rules, we take enforcement action."

The phrase was no longer trending later in the day and will not appear on the Twitter Trending USA website that tracks trending topics.

In the help of Twitter the rule applies to prevent violent threats against individuals, as well as the glorification of violence.

The threatening phrase surfaced online after the uprising on Wednesday when Trump supporters – including white Supremacists, QAnon fanatics and Proud Boys – forcibly broke into the Capitol in an attack that killed five people.

Horrible footage from the siege scene shows a mob singing "Hang Mike Pence" as they storm the building.

A Reuters photographer who covered the uprising also claimed he had heard at least three Trump supporters speak of hanging the Vice President on a tree as a "traitor".

Jim Bourg, the Reuters News Pictures Editor in DC, Tweeted Friday that he heard "many more" speak of Pence's execution as they stormed the Capitol and tried to chase him down.

"I heard at least three different rioters at the Capitol say they were hoping to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him on a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor," Bourg said.

Trump supporters climbed the walls of the Capitol and broke for the first time since 1814

Trump supporters climbed the walls of the Capitol and broke for the first time since 1814

Pence could certainly be forgiven for being reluctant to save Trump from the 25th Amendment.

While Pence sought refuge from the mob on Wednesday, Trump tweeted at 2:24 pm: "Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution, and gave states the opportunity to a to certify corrected facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones that they were previously required to attest. USA demands the truth! & # 39;

Trump watched the storming of the Capitol live on TV, leaving Pence to call the National Guard and secure the building. Trump was credited with conjuring up reinforcements on Sunday.

McConnell was evacuated from the Capitol but commended Pence for his actions.

"Although the Vice President and I were not together during the evacuation, he was personally very engaging and in close contact with me as we worked to secure much-needed resources to thwart the mob and I really appreciate these efforts" McConnell said in a statement to the Washington Post.

McConnell told others he was angry with Trump and plans to never speak to him again.

Pence skipped his speech to the Republican National Committee meeting scheduled for the next day and did not come to the White House.

He returned on Friday.

White House aides were shocked and saddened that Trump attacked Pence, the Washington Post reported.

A senior administration official described it as "irresponsible, even for the president".

"We're very happy that Mike Pence is a decent guy and is rational and level-headed," said Joe Grogan, former head of Trump's domestic affairs council.

He told the newspaper: “If he had been replaced by someone as crazy as the people who have surrounded the president as chief adviser for the past few months, we could have had more bloodbath.

"Imagine what would have happened if Pence had been sneaky and mean and not campaigning for the Constitution."

Congress officials barricade themselves after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol

Congress officials barricade themselves after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol

Twitter stepped in to catch the trend of & # 39; Hang Mike Pence & # 39; stop after the MAGA mob riot after the sentence started trending on the platform in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The social media giant banned Trump permanently on Friday evening and referred to the risk of "further incitement to violence".

A screenshot shows that at 1:26 a.m., more than 14,400 Twitter users had used the phrase.

Twitter confirmed in a statement to Newsweek that it tried to block the sentence because it violated the trending topic rules.

& # 39; We stopped the phrase and other variations of it from setting trends. We want trends to encourage healthy discussions on Twitter. This means that sometimes we can prevent certain content from being trending, ”said a spokesman.

"As we've helped, there are rules for trending. If we identify accounts that violate those rules, we take enforcement action."

The phrase was no longer trending later in the day and will not appear on the Twitter Trending USA website that tracks trending topics.

In the help of Twitter the rule applies to prevent violent threats against individuals, as well as the glorification of violence.

The threatening phrase surfaced online after the uprising on Wednesday when Trump supporters – including white Supremacists, QAnon fanatics and Proud Boys – forcibly broke into the Capitol in an attack that killed five people.

Horrible footage from the siege scene shows a mob singing "Hang Mike Pence" as they storm the building.

A Reuters photographer who covered the uprising also claimed he had heard at least three Trump supporters speak of hanging the Vice President on a tree as a "traitor".

Jim Bourg, the Reuters News Pictures Editor in DC, Tweeted Friday that he heard "many more" speak of Pence's execution as they stormed the Capitol and tried to chase him down.

"I heard at least three different rioters at the Capitol say they were hoping to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him on a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor," Bourg said.

Die Kapitolunruhen am Mittwoch: Wer wurde bisher verhaftet? Neonazis und QAnon-Verschwörungstheoretiker

Dutzende von Menschen wurden bereits verhaftet, und Staatsanwälte in den USA haben sich geschworen, diejenigen vor Gericht zu stellen, die am Mittwoch das US-Kapitol gestürmt haben, und die Gesetzgeber untergetaucht, als sie ihre Arbeit begannen, um den Sieg des gewählten Präsidenten Joe Biden zu bestätigen.

Die Gruppe bestand aus weißen Nationalisten, Neonazis und QAnon-Verschwörungstheoretikern, die aus so weit entfernten Staaten wie Arizona und Oregon stammten, während Fotos von den Unruhen Menschen zeigten, die Kleidung mit einer Reihe antisemitischer Botschaften und Bilder trugen.

Die frühere Frau des pensionierten Oberstleutnants Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, rief am Freitag beim National Threat Operations Center des FBI an, um zu berichten, dass sie ihren Ex erkannt hatte, der Plastikhandschellen trug und volle militärische Ausrüstung trug.

Brock wurde seitdem unter Anklage des Bundes verhaftet, ebenso wie ein Barkeeper aus Nashville, 30, der mit seiner Mutter am Aufstand im Capitol teilnahm und auch mit Krawatten und voller paramilitärischer Ausrüstung abgebildet war.

Eric Munchel, ein Barkeeper aus Nashville (30), wurde als der Mann benannt, der in der Pressegalerie des Senats mit einem Bündel Flex-Manschetten abgebildet ist. Dies sind schwere Fesseln, die von den Strafverfolgungsbehörden bei Massenverhaftungen am Mittwoch verwendet wurden. Er besuchte den Aufstand mit seiner Mutter.

Die Nachricht von den Verhaftungen des Paares kam am Sonntag, als Ryan McCarthy, Armeesekretär, sagte, dass nach dem Angriff auf das Kapitol am Mittwoch mindestens 25 Fälle von inländischen Terroristen eröffnet wurden.

Both men are charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that left five including one police officer dead

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, (at the riots) was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that left five including one police officer dead

Eric Munchel has been named as the man pictured with a bundle of flex-cuffs

Eric Munchel has been named as the man pictured with a bundle of flex-cuffs

Further arrests have also been made.

One Trump supporter, who allegedly told his friends that he wanted to shoot and run over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been arrested on federal charges stemming from the riot at the Capitol last week as authorities arrest an Alabama man with possessing 11 Molotov cocktails near the building.

The Miami Herald reported that the man photographed standing at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern was named Adam Johnson from Parrish Florida. The 36-year-old father of five posted on Facebook that he was in Washington, and was later arrested on a Federal warrant.

Another man, widely photographed wearing face paint, a horned, fur hat and extensive tattoos in the Senate chamber and the Capitol's corridors, was charged with counts including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He has been named as self-styled 'QAnnon shaman' Jacob Anthony Chansley of Arizona, more commonly known as Jake Angeli.

A 41-year-old Iowa man named Doug Jensen, who was seen in videos chasing a black police officer up a flight of stairs, was jailed early Sunday on federal charges including trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Richard Barnett (pictured), of Arkansas, who was photographed sitting at a desk in Pelosi's office was also arrested

Richard Barnett (pictured), of Arkansas, who was photographed sitting at a desk in Pelosi's office was also arrested

Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi's office with his boots on the desk. He is charged with crimes including theft of public money, property or records

Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi's office with his boots on the desk. He is charged with crimes including theft of public money, property or records

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Defendants facing federal charges include Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi's office with his boots on the desk. Barnett is charged with crimes including theft of public money, property or records.

Another man being tried in federal court, Lonnie Coffman of Falkville, Alabama, was arrested after authorities say they found guns and 11 Molotov cocktail explosive devices made out of Mason jars, golf tees and cloth rags in his pickup truck.

West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans – who posted videos showing himself pushing hi way into the Capitol building – was arrested on Friday by the FBI and charged with entering restricted federal property.

Evans resigned from his position in a letter to West Virginia governor Jim Justice, apologising for his involvement. In his own livestream, he was seen joining Trump supporters rushing into the building, shouting 'Our house!'

Rendall Brock, a father-of-three who now lives in Dallas, was pictured on the Senate floor Wednesday after the group had broken through barricades, pushed back law enforcement and sent lawmakers fleeing for safety.

Images show him wearing a combat helmet, body armor and a vinyl tag with the Punisher skull on – a symbol adopted by white supremacists and believers of conspiracy theory QAnon.

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

He carried zip-tie handcuffs and appeared to be speaking with fellow rioters, several of which were dressed in MAGA caps.

Brock, who was in the Air Force for more than two decades and now works for an aviation company, was also seen in footage, shot by ITV News, appearing to exit Nancy Pelosi's office – which was vandalized and looted in the chaos.

'It is alleged that Brock was identified as one of the individuals who unlawfully entered the US Capitol,' a DoJ statement said.

Eric Munchel, 30, is pictured in his mugshot having been arrested in Nashville on Sunday

Eric Munchel, 30, is pictured in his mugshot having been arrested in Nashville on Sunday

It added he had been 'wearing a green helmet, green tactical vest with patches, black and camo jacket, and beige pants holding a white flex cuff, which is used by law enforcement to restrain and/or detain subjects'.

Bartender Munchel told The Times of London: 'We wanted to show that we're willing to rise up, band together and fight if necessary. Same as our forefathers, who established this country in 1776. It was a kind of flexing of muscles.'

His mother, Lisa Eisenhart, 57, said: 'The left has everything: the media, organizations, the government. We have to organize if we're going to fight back and be heard.'

The nurse, who wore a bullet proof vest like her son, added: 'This country was founded on revolution. If they're going to take every legitimate means from us, and we can't even express ourselves on the internet, we won't even be able to speak freely, what is America for?

'I'd rather die as a 57-year-old woman than live under oppression. I'd rather die and would rather fight.'

The pair are said to have driven from Nashville, Tennessee for the protest.

Brock, 53, has already admitted he invaded the Senate floor and roamed Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office dressed in combat gear and carrying zip-tie cuffs.

But he told The New Yorker he thought he was welcome to enter the U.S. Capitol and claimed he 'found' the zip ties on the floor and merely picked them up so he could hand them in to a police officer.

The FBI is said to be investigating whether any of Trump's supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol were conspiring to hurt lawmakers or take them hostage.

'We're not looking at this as a grand conspiracy, but we are interested in learning what people would do with things like zip ties,' a law enforcement official told The Washington Post.

The FBI has asked for help in tracking down those responsible for 'rioting and violence' in the Capitol, with some of the mob already identified online.

The top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia has said 'all options are on the table' for charging the rioters, many of whom were egged on by President Donald Trump's speech hours earlier at a rally over his election loss.

Trump addressed his thousands of his supporters near the White House Wednesday at his 'Save America' rally and declared war on his own party, calling Republicans who opposed him 'weak'

Investigators are combing through photos, videos and tips from the public to track down members of the violent mob.

A Capitol Police officer died after he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher as rioters descended on the building and many other officers were injured.

A woman from California was shot to death by Capitol Police and three other people died after medical emergencies during the chaos.

The U.S. attorney's office for D.C., which handles both local and federal cases in the district, had filed 17 cases in federal court and at least 40 others in the Superior Court by Saturday.

The cases in Superior Court mainly have to do with things like curfew violations and gun crimes.

Those being tried in federal court, where prosecutors can generally secure longer sentences, are charged with things like violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, assaulting a federal law enforcement officer and threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Prosecutors say these charges are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that said additional cases remained under seal and dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents.

US attorneys in several states, including Kentucky, Ohio and Oregon, said people could face charges in their home states if they traveled to Washington and took part in the riot.

Investigators will also consider whether there was any concerted plot targeting Vice President Mike Pence, who enraged Trump and his loyalists by refusing to illegally intervene in Congress to overthrow the election.

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