House backs commission on Jan. 6 riot over GOP objections
The House has voted to create an independent commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, sending the legislation to an uncertain future in the Senate as Republican leaders work to stop a bipartisan investigation that is opposed by former President Donald Trump.
Suspected Russian hack fuels new US action on cybersecurity
AdThe reaction reflects the severity of a hack that was disclosed only in December. The administration has also proposed expanding by 30% the budget of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, or CISA, a little-known entity now under intense scrutiny because of the SolarWinds breach. The breach was discovered in early December by the private security firm FireEye, a cause of concern for some officials. AdRight after the hack was announced, the Treasury Department bypassed its normal competitive contracting process to hire the private security firm CrowdStrike, U.S. contract records show. “In practical terms, what that meant is they weren’t invited in because no department or agency wants to look bad,” he said.
GOP lawmaker with gun sets off House chamber metal detector
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON – Capitol Police are investigating an incident in which a Republican lawmaker was blocked from entering the House chamber after setting off a metal detector while apparently carrying a concealed gun. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., set off the metal detector while trying to enter the chamber Thursday afternoon. The metal detectors were installed after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, which left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. And the congressman always complies with the House metal detectors and wanding. Capitol Police have now placed desks and velvet ropes near the metal detectors to block anyone from walking around the machines.
Led by Cheney, 10 House Republicans back Trump impeachment
3 House GOP leader — voted to impeach President Donald Trump over the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. The GOP votes were in sharp contrast to the unanimous support for Trump among House Republicans when he was impeached by Democrats in December 2019. Katko, a former federal prosecutor who represents the Syracuse area, was the first rank-and-file GOP lawmaker to support impeachment. But he said Trump's refusal to take responsibility for the riot left him no choice but to support impeachment. At least two GOP senators — Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania — have said they support impeachment or have called on Trump to resign.
What to watch as House moves to impeach Trump for 2nd time
What to watch as the Democratic-controlled House moves to impeach Trump for the second time in 13 months — now with just days left in the defeated president's term. “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” reads part of the four-page impeachment bill. Unlike the last time Trump was impeached, when no House Republicans supported charges against Trump over a call he made to Ukraine's new president, the current impeachment effort has drawn support from some Republicans. In a move short of impeachment, McCarthy and other Republicans have floated the idea of a House censure of Trump. While debate on the House is often impassioned, emotions are expected to run unusually high as lawmakers debate impeachment.
Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge
With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. Even Trump ally Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, shifted his position and said Wednesday the president bears responsibility for the horrifying day at the Capitol. A Capitol Police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot and killed a woman during the siege. Ten Republican lawmakers, including third-ranking House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming, voted to impeach Trump, cleaving the Republican leadership, and the party itself. The president’s sturdy popularity with the GOP lawmakers’ constituents still had some sway, and most House Republicans voted not to impeach.
EXPLAINER: What's next after House impeachment vote
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House days before leaving office, becoming the first American president to be impeached twice. The previous three impeachments — those of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Trump — took months before a final vote, including investigations in the House and hearings. It's unclear, for now, exactly how that trial will proceed and if any Senate Republicans will vote to convict Trump. In the House, 10 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican. DIFFERENT CHARGES, DIFFERENT IMPEACHMENTThis impeachment trial is likely to differ from the last one in many ways.
EXPLAINER: How Trump's 2nd impeachment will unfold
After the rioting at the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said "we must take action,” and Democrats — and some Republicans — share her view. That’s what happened in 2019, when the House impeached Trump over his dealings with the president of Ukraine. No Republicans supported Trump's first impeachment in 2019. Some Democrats suggested Pelosi might wait to send the articles and allow Biden to begin his term without impeachment hanging over him. WHAT IMPEACHMENT WOULD MEANDemocrats say they have to move forward, even if the Senate doesn't convict.