Rossen Reports: New details of Bidens American Rescue Plan

Rossen Reports: New details of Biden’s ‘American Rescue Plan’

Hey, guys. Yeah? The new Biden administration wasting no time here. President elect by denouncing what he calls the American rescue plan. Price tag. $1.9 trillion. So what’s in it? How much of that money could you really see? I know That’s what you’re wondering. Pete Dunn is here. Hosted the pizza planner show and CEO of your money line. And hey, money Pete, break it down for us. 1.9 trillion. Who gets what? Well, Americans. Everyday Americans. They’re gonna get quite a bit of money here If this goes 3 $1400 additional on direct stimulus payments, taking the recent total to $2000 which is what a lot of people wanted before there was 600 before they sent out, they’re gonna add another 1400. Everyone will get made whole of 2000. I think no matter what happens, going forward and I do think this plan will stall, I think that will happen. I think this provisioning will be a reality. Some other things in the bill Probably not like what? Well, there. There is an increase of federal minimum wage increase to $15 an hour And while Jeff I am a proponent of a increase of federal minimum wage, this is gonna be a deal killer for a lot of reasons. One think of restaurants and and groups that are are struggling to pay what market wage is. And in some cases, they’re gonna be doubling or tripling that wage when they just simply don’t have the business to justify it. I don’t think that $15 an hour wage is gonna happen. There is an increase, though, of unemployment benefits of $400 per week through the end of September. And here’s the most controversial part of the bill, in my opinion is there will be an extension of the eviction moratorium till September. And Jeff, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking how in the world is that controversial? It’s controversial because landlords aren’t made whole. They have to continue to carry the water for all Americans until September, and I don’t get caught up in fair and unfair. But that’s simply unfair for the landlord’s oh bills to, And if their tenants aren’t paying them, they could lose the entire building. The tenants were kicked out anyway. I don’t want anyone to get evicted anyone because of Kobe, 19 or financial reasons. But I also don’t want landlords, mom and pop landlords that this is their retirement to get into trouble because the government is not subsidizing that particular provision. The new proposal also includes 350 billion for local and state governments. Pete says that’s likely to fail, but he believes a chunk of money for co vid testing and vaccines will go through. You are going to see the 50 billion towards Cove in 19 testing likely go through and even $20 billion towards a national vaccine program. Jeff, what this is is marketing the vaccine to people so they’ll take the vaccine so they’ll get the vaccine. I think all of those things are likely to happen if they passed it. Let’s say next week are we talking February from where stimulus checks people at home? Right now I know you’re saying to yourselves, All right, get to the meat and potatoes here. When am I getting a payment in my account? If they were, if they were to pass something, if they pass it, I think they’ll be checking accounts within 10 days. But I also have to be honest with you. I don’t think they’re gonna pass it within the next couple of weeks. Because as of last week, there are now new priorities in the Senate in Congress in general. So I hope it passes, but they’re gonna have to strip some of this stuff out, especially the $15 an hour minimum wage. Even though I’m for it. It’s a deal killer. Pete, Thanks so much for being here. We’re going to keep you updated on the new relief bill and everything that has to do with your money right here and online at Rawson reports dot com Back to you.

There are new developments in the push for $2,000 stimulus checks with a new proposal from the incoming Biden administration on the table. But will it pass and what’s the timing? President-elect Joe Biden is wasting no time here, announcing what he calls “The American Rescue Plan” with a price tag of $1.9 trillion.So what’s in it and how much of that money could you really see? I know that’s what you’re wondering.Pete Dunn is here to help. He’s the host of the “Pete the Planner Show” and CEO of “Your Money Line” and “Hey, Money.”Take a look at what he told Chief National Consumer Correspondent Jeff Rossen in the video above

There are new developments in the push for $2,000 stimulus checks with a new proposal from the incoming Biden administration on the table. But will it pass and what’s the timing?

President-elect Joe Biden is wasting no time here, announcing what he calls “The American Rescue Plan” with a price tag of $1.9 trillion.

So what’s in it and how much of that money could you really see? I know that’s what you’re wondering.

Pete Dunn is here to help. He’s the host of the “Pete the Planner Show” and CEO of “Your Money Line” and “Hey, Money.”

Take a look at what he told Chief National Consumer Correspondent Jeff Rossen in the video above

Bidens Inauguration Day, Trumps final hours, new senators: 5 things to know Wednesday

An Inauguration Day like no other

As President-elect Joe Biden’s term begins at noon ET on Wednesday, it will be an Inauguration Day for the history books: Kamala Harris will officially be the first female vice president — and the first Black and South Asian woman to take the role. There’s a pandemic raging across the country, and the outgoing commander-in-chief is being impeached because of a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. And the date is a palindrome that won’t happen for another thousand years. Not in modern times has an inauguration been staged amid such domestic turmoil. But while the 59th inaugural ceremonies will be much smaller because of security concerns and health risks, Biden and Harris will still take the oath of office on the Capitol’s West Front. And the same day Biden is sworn in, he will introduce immigration legislation that will include an eight-year pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million immigrants living in the United States without legal status, along with expanding refugee admissions and an enforcement plan that includes deploying technology to patrol the border.

Trump plans to end his presidency at Mar-a-Lago as Biden takes oath

If he sticks to the schedule, President Donald Trump will spend his final minutes in office at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Trump is expected to be at the Palm Beach club, which he dubbed the “Winter White House,” when the clock strikes noon on Wednesday, ending a contentious presidential term that closed with days of seclusion after a riot in the U.S. Capitol and will be capped with a final military send-off at Joint Base Andrews. Barring a schedule change, the White House has invited hundreds of supporters to a ceremony at the airbase, expected to feature a red carpet and military color guard – and perhaps a preview of another Trump presidential run in 2024. Trump will be the first president in more than 150 years to skip the inauguration of his successor. 

One year ago: COVID-19 made its first appearance in the US

On Jan. 20, 2020, the United States’ first known U.S. case of the novel coronavirus was reported in Snohomish County, Washington, north of Seattle. In the year since, COVID-19 has crept into every county in the nation, killing more than 400,000 people, and infecting 1 in every 14 Americans. To put it in perspective, that’s almost as many Americans as the number who died during World War II. Vaccines offer an eventual end to the pandemic, but less than half of the 31 million doses distributed to states so far have been used because of bottlenecks and a decentralized rollout. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to make COVID-19 his administration’s top priority, proposing a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief package that includes $70 billion for virus testing and a national vaccination program.

More high winds are expected throughout California

Howling winds roared across portions of California this week, sparking a string of new wildfires and leaving more than 240,000 customers without power. More high winds are expected into Wednesday, forecasters said. High wind warnings and advisories continue across much of the state, where wind gusts may reach 70 to 80 mph at higher elevations and 50 to 70 mph in valleys and along the coast, the National Weather Service said. To put the winds in perspective, a Category 1 hurricane has winds of 74 to 95 mph. The gusty winds kicked up fresh fires in Santa Cruz County, causing evacuations for 120 homes, and the state’s firefighting agency said it had responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. Yosemite National Park was forced to close “due to damage from high winds,” according to the park’s website, and two COVID-19 vaccination centers were also shut down due to threat of fires.

Warnock, Ossoff to be sworn in, giving Democrats majority in Senate

Democrats will take control of the Senate on Wednesday after their two newest members, Georgia’s Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are sworn in late Wednesday afternoon, according to a Senate source, causing a 50-50 split in the chamber. They’re set to be sworn in after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take their oaths of office as the new president and vice president, meaning Harris will officially be the president of the Senate and the tie-breaking vote allowing Democrats control of the chamber. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who is set to take control of the chamber, said he was meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Tuesday about a power-sharing agreement because the chamber will be split down the middle. 

Trump pardons dozens in final hours, including ex-aide Steve Bannon

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image captionSteve Bannon is accused of fraud over a fundraising campaign. He denies any wrongdoing

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.css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}In the final hours of his presidency, Donald Trump has pardoned 73 people, including his former adviser Steve Bannon, who is facing fraud charges.

Another 70 people had sentences commuted, ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration at noon (17:00 GMT).

Rapper Lil Wayne received a pardon and there were commutations for rapper Kodak Black and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The president has not issued preemptive pardons for himself or family members.

He can still issue more pardons on Wednesday morning, as he remains president until Mr Biden takes the oath of office outside the US Capitol.

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The inauguration ceremony will be tight on security following the recent breach of the Capitol by violent pro-Trump protesters. It will also be stripped of crowds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Who are the key recipients of clemency?

A statement from the White House listed the 73 individuals who had received pardons and the 70 who had their sentences commuted.

Although many on the list are conventional examples of convicts whose cases have been championed by rights activists and supporters in the community, others maintain the president’s trend of focusing on allies.

Steve Bannon was a key strategist and adviser to President Trump during his 2016 campaign. He was charged in August last year with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration, a key plank of Mr Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Prosecutors said Mr Bannon and three others defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors in connection with the “We Build the Wall” campaign, which pledged to use donations to build segments of the barrier and raised $25m (£18m). It was alleged Mr Bannon received more than $1m, at least some of which he used to cover personal expenses. He denied the claims.

As he was yet to stand trial his pardon is unusual, though certainly not unprecedented.

The White House statement said Mr Bannon had been “an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen”. It said prosecutors had “pursued” him with charges “related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project”.

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A full pardon was also issued to Elliott Broidy, a Republican fundraiser who admitted accepting funds to lobby Mr Trump for Chinese and Malaysian interests. The White House cited his “philanthropic efforts”.

Ken Kurson, a friend of Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner charged with cyberstalking during a divorce, was pardoned.

Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge last year and has been pardoned. He posted a photo of himself with Mr Trump during the election campaign praising the president’s work on criminal reform.

As the list of pardons became clear, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said: “Thank God we have only 12 more hours of this den of thieves.”

Other key recipients were:

  • Kodak Black, real name Bill K Kapri, who was also charged with firearms offences, had his sentence of three years and 10 months commuted. The White House statement praised his philanthropic work
  • Michael ‘Harry O’ Harris – co-founder of Death Row Records, who served 32 years for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking and whose case was championed by rapper Snoop Dogg. He was pardoned
  • Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced in 2013 to 28 years in prison on charges of racketeering, bribery and extortion in relation to his period as Detroit mayor from 2002 to 2008. His sentence was commuted – the White House said this was “strongly supported by prominent members of the Detroit community”
  • Anthony Levandowski received a full pardon from an 18-month sentence. He is a former Google engineer who admitted stealing secret technology related to the company’s self-driving cars. The pardon says he had “paid a significant price for his actions and plans to devote his talents to advance the public good”

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image captionThe White House said Anthony Levandowski’s sentencing judge called him a “brilliant engineer”

However, a number of people whose names had been promoted in the media for possible pardons – including Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Joe Exotic, the star of the Netflix documentary Tiger King – have not been included.

How and why is clemency issued?

It is common for outgoing presidents to issue pardons before they leave the White House.

Alexander Hamilton proposed the system in 1787, arguing it could “restore the tranquillity of the commonwealth”. It is carried in Article II of the Constitution.

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image captionAlexander Hamilton proposed the system in 1787

The president can only act on federal, not state, crimes. A pardon cancels a criminal conviction, while a commutation shortens or ends a prison sentence.

Pardons have been controversial since they started. In the early years of the US, some acts of treason, piracy and rebellion were forgiven.

One man convicted of stealing mail refused a pardon in 1833 and he was executed after the Supreme Court ruled he could turn it down.

In latter days, Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for all offences he may have committed, and Jimmy Carter pardoned most who had evaded the Vietnam War draft – both examples of preemptive pardons.

Bill Clinton caused uproar when he pardoned scores of people on his last day in office, including his half-brother, Roger.

What is Trump’s record on pardons?

Mr Trump has always projected himself as a “law and order” president. In terms of numbers, his pardons and commutations are low. Only George HW Bush issued fewer in modern times.

Mr Trump has granted less than 1% of requests for clemency, the lowest on record.

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However, it is the nature of the pardons that has caused controversy. A number of those pardoned have been close associates and allies, such as former campaign manager Paul Manafort, long-time ally Roger Stone and his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s father, Charles. Steve Bannon adds to that list.

Opponents accuse him of using his constitutional powers unconventionally, to benefit his friends and close supporters.

There had been speculation Mr Trump could try to pardon himself or his family members ahead of any possible charges.

It is unclear whether he has the legal power to do so and there is no precedent of a US leader issuing such a pardon.

He does face a possible Senate impeachment trial for “incitement to insurrection”, although dates have yet to be set for that.

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How can I watch the inauguration?

We will bring you all the latest developments, with analysis from reporting teams in Washington at the Capitol and on the National Mall.

•Online: Follow the latest updates and live video on the BBC News website and @BBCNorthAmerica. You can also stay up to date on our BBC News Facebook account and on Instagram

•Television: The BBC’s Katty Kay in Washington DC presents live coverage of the key events around the inauguration on BBC One from 16:00-18:00 GMT and on BBC News Channel (UK only) and BBC World (Outside UK only) from 15:30-19:00 GMT

•Radio: The BBC World Service has special radio coverage on Outside Source 16:00-18:00 GMT

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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims READ: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration MORE honored the victims of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a day ahead of their inauguration.

Biden and Harris spoke briefly at the country’s first formal event to recognize the nationwide toll of the coronavirus, which occurred on the same day U.S. deaths surpassed 400,000 people.

Speaking in front of the Lincoln Memorial at sunset, Biden said he shared in the country’s grief.

“To heal, we must remember. It’s hard. But that’s how we heal. It is important we do that as a nation. That’s why we are here today,” Biden said at the somber event.

Harris noted that throughout the pandemic, families and friends have been unable to gather together to grieve properly.

“Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together,” Harris said. “Though we may be physically separated, we, the American people, are united in spirit.”

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Lori Marie Key, a nurse in the COVID-19 unit at St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital outside Detroit, sang “Amazing Grace.” 

Biden will take office as the country is averaging more than 3,000 coronavirus deaths every day, according to Johns Hopkins University data, more than the number of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The daily death toll will continue rising. 

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Woman investigated for allegedly stealing laptop from Pelosis office during Capitol riot faces new charges

Riley Williams, the woman who was accused by a former romantic partner of stealing a computer from Nancy Pelosi’s office during the U.S. Capitol riot, is facing new charges, according to court documents released Tuesday. The amended criminal complaint cites a video from that day in which Williams allegedly instructs a man to put on gloves before he touched Pelosi’s laptop, and claims she can be seen entering and leaving Pelosi’s office. 

Williams is now charged with “Aid Abet Others to Embezzle, Steal, Purloin” and “Obstruct, Influence or Impede any Official Proceeding.” She is still facing her initial charges of “Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority” and “Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds.” 

Williams surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania on Monday, after a person who identified themselves as her former romantic partner called the FBI multiple times in the days after the riots to report they had seen her in videos inside the Capitol, according to court documents. 

In the amended complaint, an FBI agent said that Williams’ former partner shared video clips with investigators that they said had been recorded or live streamed by Williams during the riot. In one 4-second video, the person holding the camera — who the agent said they believe to be Williams — tilted it down to show an HP laptop sitting on a wooden desk. 

A screenshot of the video included in the criminal complaint.

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A female voice believed to be Williams then said, “Dude, put on gloves,” according to the complaint. The video then appears to show a man’s arm touching a laptop, the complaint said, adding that text across the video reads “they got the laptop.”  

The complaint said Capitol Police have confirmed that an HP laptop was stolen from Pelosi’s office on the day of the riot. Capitol police also confirmed that the footage shown in the video was taken in Pelosi’s office.

The complaint also cited posts on the social media app Discord in which a user named Riley wrote “I STOLE S*** FROM NANCY POLESI (sic)” and “I TOOK NANCY POLESIS HARD DRIVES I DONT CARE.” The complaint does not provide concrete evidence linking Williams to the social media posts, but it noted that her former partner said she frequently used the platform. 

Williams’ former partner also told authorities that she “intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service,” according to the complaint. But that plan “fell through for unknown reasons,” the partner said, alleging that Williams either still has the device or destroyed it. That claim “remains under investigation,” according to the complaint. 

Clare Hymes contributed reporting.

Trump Pardons Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne In Final Clemency Flurry

Steve Bannon leaves federal court, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, after pleading not guilty to charges that he defrauded donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall.

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Steve Bannon leaves federal court, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, after pleading not guilty to charges that he defrauded donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall.

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President Trump pardoned his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who was indicted for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of people in an online campaign to raise funds for a southern border wall — one of dozens of acts of clemency in the final hours of his administration.

The lengthy list of 73 pardons and 70 commutations landed after midnight. Trump is slated to leave the White House for the last time early Wednesday morning, skipping the inaugural ceremonies of his successor, President-elect Joe Biden.

Other notable names on Trump’s clemency list included Rapper Lil Wayne, who received a full pardon after being charged late last year with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon. Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., endorsed Trump ahead of the November election, tweeting a picture of himself with the president.

Bill Kapri, the rapper better known as Kodak Black, had his sentence commuted, as did Michael “Harry O” Harris, the co-founder of Death Row Records.

Trump embraced his clemency power early on in his presidency, and has primarily used it to help out prominent supporters. Also on his most recent list: Elliott Broidy, a former fundraiser for the Republican National Committee, and Paul Erickson, another former fundraiser whose Russian girlfriend was working as a foreign agent.

Since he lost the election, Trump has ramped up his use of his pardon authority, granting clemency to nearly 50 people the week before Christmas. Overall, he had issued around 90 pardons and commutations before this latest batch.

Many of the people granted clemency have been politically connected or convicted of white collar crimes. There were no family members on Trump’s new list, but Kenneth Kurson, a friend of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, was given a full pardon for cyberstalking his ex-wife. There were also a few more former Republican lawmakers: Rick Renzi of Arizona, Robin Hayes of North Carolina, and Duke Cunningham of California

Tommaso Buti, who was charged with financial fraud after he opened a restaurant chain featuring supermodels called Fashion Cafe, was also given a full pardon. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, serving 28 years for corruption, had his sentence commuted. And Trump pardoned Robert Zangrillo, a Miami businessman charged in the college admissions bribery scandal known as Varsity Blues.

Advocates have pressed Trump to offer clemency to people serving years behind bars for low-level drug offenses. While Trump has issued some pardons to people such as Alice Johnson, a Black grandmother who was sentenced to life in prison for a first time drug conviction, he had intervened in such cases much less often.

His last big pardons push included scores of people recommended for clemency by advocates and the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney.

It’s not unusual for presidents to issue a wave of pardons and commutations in their last days in office. Former President Barack Obama granted clemency to 330 prisoners serving time for drug offenses the day before the end of his term. This was a part of Obama’s push to address mass incarceration caused by the war on drugs.

One of the most notorious 11th-hour pardon sprees happened under former President Bill Clinton. He pardoned more than 100 people on his last day in office, including his brother, Roger Clinton, and fugitive financier Marc Rich. The pardons sparked outrage and became known as “Pardongate.”

Master and apprentice

Bannon was arrested in August along with three other men on wire fraud and money laundering charges stemming from their work for “We Build The Wall,” an online crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25 million to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Prosecutors say Bannon and his fellow defendants, although they’d promised donors that all the funds would go toward the wall, secretly siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars and lined their own pockets.

Bannon allegedly received more than $1 million from the organization through a nonprofit he controls, according to the indictment, and at least some of that money was used to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses. All four defendants pleaded not guilty.

Trump and Bannon have had a mutually beneficial relationship that has also at times been rocky.

Bannon was running the far-right news outlet Breitbart when Trump tapped him to lead his campaign in the final months of the 2016 race. After helping Trump pull out his surprise victory, Bannon followed him into the White House as chief strategist.

He helped push some of the most divisive actions in the early days of the Trump administration, including the so-called Muslim ban.

Bannon’s major role brought the media spotlight, including a photo on the cover of Time Magazine with the headline: “The Great Manipulator.” The cover allegedly rankled the president, who was said to believe he deserved more credit than his adviser.

After a bumpy eight months in the White House that included no shortage of sniping and palace intrigue, Bannon was pushed out of the administration.

He immediately returned to Breitbart, where he continued to push a nationalist, pro-Trump message. But his relationship with the president continued to fray, including over damaging statements attributed to Bannon in tell-all books about the Trump White House.

Yet the two men never totally parted ways. Bannon mounted a vigorous defense of the president during his first impeachment proceedings, launching a podcast and radio show to defend Trump.

House Dems who challenged 2016 election results escalate fight with Republicans behind 2020 challenges

Democrats have blasted Republican lawmakers who objected to electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden, accusing them of trying to overturn the 2020 election, but several of these critics objected to electoral votes when President Trump was elected.

In January 2017, Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Jim McGovern, D-Mass., all objected to electoral votes for Trump. Now nearly all of them have joined the chorus against those who objected to votes for Biden.

Waters spoke out against the Republican objectors before the objections were formally made.

“Trump and Congressional Republicans continue to display their disdain for the Constitution by challenging the Electoral College vote count while the world watches in horror,” Waters said in a statement, noting that Trump had already failed in his legal challenges. “Today, some Republicans in the House and Senate will make a mockery of our democracy in their attempts to undo the will of the people.”


Waters continued, saying, “Each member who moves forward with this ploy will be remembered for their willingness to subvert democracy.”

Others went on the record during the congressional proceedings on Jan. 6, as the objections were being made.

“The 12th Amendment obligates each and every one of us to count the electoral votes, to recognize the will of the people in the 2020 presidential election,” Raskin said. “We are not here, Madam Speaker, to vote for the candidate we want. We are here to recognize the candidate the people actually voted for in the states. Madam Speaker, the 2020 election is over, and the people have spoken.”

Raskin, Waters and Jayapal.

Raskin, Waters and Jayapal.
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This was a different attitude than the one Raskin had four years ago.

“I would love to challenge the Electoral College vote because our election was badly tainted by everything from cyber-sabotage by Vladimir Putin, to deliberate voter suppression by Republicans in numerous swing states,” Raskin told the Baltimore Sun, while recognizing that a challenge would have little chance of success.


Raskin is now the lead House impeachment manager against President Trump.

Grijalva also blasted the Republicans who challenged the election results.

“This exercise of futility that Congress is undertaking … makes no sense because there is no viable constitutional or legal path to overturn the election that will make Vice President Biden and Senator Harris president and vice president on Jan. 20,” Grijalva said, addressing fellow members of Congress, claiming that the challenges were “weakening” and “threatening” American democracy.

Lee commented while under lockdown as violent protesters were storming the Capitol building, interrupting the electoral vote-counting process.

“I am horrified that colleagues & staff are on lockdown in House office buildings as I tweet this,” Lee posted to Twitter on Jan. 6. “I am equally horrified that Trump & members of the GOP have called for this blatant attempt to disrupt & undermine our democracy.”

Jayapal’s statement came after the protests and objections had concluded, and Biden had officially been declared the winner.

“We knew that the first thing we had to do was to finish the work of certifying the election, to make it crystal clear to these insurrectionists — led by Trump and his enablers — that we would do our Constitutional duty and listen to the will of the people who voted and made their voices clear in delivering both a popular vote and Electoral College vote victory to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” Jayapal said. “In the wake of the violence wrought on the Capitol, it was even more disgusting that some Republican colleagues continued their baseless objections to the Electoral College certification, even spinning more lies and conspiracy theories on the House floor and shockingly defending the insurrectionists.”

McGovern acknowledged his own objection in 2017 before Republicans did the same this year. He insisted that what Republicans were doing this time was different.

While McGovern claimed that what Republicans looked to accomplish was “an attempted coup,” he said on the House floor during a debate related to Trump’s impeachment that when he objected it was merely “a protest vote.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, had called out McGovern for chastising Republicans over something he himself had done.

“In his opening remarks, the Democrat chair of the Rules Committee said that Republicans last week voted to overturn the results of an election. Guess who the first objector was on Jan. 6, 2017?” Jordan said. “First objector, the Democrat chair of the Rules Committee. And guess what state he objected to? Alabama, the very first state called.”


Despite recognizing that he formally challenged the results of the 2016 election, he claimed, “We all acknowledged that Donald Trump was the president of the day after the election.”

Republicans’ objections to electoral votes failed following debate and votes that upheld the election results. The Democrats’ 2017 objections never made it that far, as they did not have the requisite support from a senator to be recognized.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

A vote of conscience: GOP senators signal that Trumps fate is in their hands

As the Senate reconvened Tuesday for the first time since the
pro-Trump mob ransacked the Capitol on January 6, a number of top Republicans pointedly refused to say if they’d consider convicting Trump for his role in inciting the crowd, trying to subvert the will of voters and lying for months about widespread fraud in the elections. Yet an outspoken faction of their colleagues warned their party not to take such a drastic step of forbidding Trump from ever holding office again, while other Republicans contended that convicting a former President would be unconstitutional, giving them a way to argue for acquittal while also criticizing Trump’s conduct.

In interviews, several Republicans claimed they were keeping an open mind — a sign that it remains far too early to know whether 17 Republicans would break ranks and join 50 Democrats to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection. How Republicans ultimately vote will come down to a mix of factors: The strength of the case brought by House Democrats, how the President’s team mounts its defense and, perhaps most importantly, the mood of the country at the moment it comes time to cast the decisive votes.

“I’ve heard people talk about a vote of conscience, and I think that’s a good way to put it,” Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s leadership team, told reporters on Tuesday.

The GOP positioning is another indication that Republican senators’ posture toward Trump’s second impeachment is markedly different than last year’s trial, when virtually all GOP senators steadfastly aligned themselves with the President after the House impeached him over charges of abusing power and obstructing Congress.

This time, though, many GOP senators are disgusted at Trump’s conduct as he cast doubt about the election results and fed lies to his supporters that Biden didn’t actually win, ultimately leading to the pro-Trump mob that overran the Capitol as Congress was certifying Biden’s electoral victory. There’s wide expectation that the vote to convict will almost certainly be a bipartisan one and could very likely gain more than the support of just Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the lone Republican who voted to convict Trump on the abuse of power charge in 2020, but who says he’s undecided now. Still, getting to 17 Republican defectors remains an open question.

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South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the GOP whip who was critical of the doomed efforts by Trump allies to overturn the election in Congress, has been viewed as a potential swing vote. On Tuesday, Thune, who is up for reelection next year and is close to McConnell, punted when asked if the President committed impeachable offenses.

“It sounds like we’re going to have a trial to examine that, and like all senators, I’ll fulfill my constitutional duty and listen intently to the evidence, and we will come to the conclusion,” Thune said.

Others took similar positions.

Sen. Todd Young, an Indiana Republican up for reelection next year, told CNN that he would “do his duty” but refused to cast judgment on Trump’s actions.

“I’m focused on the very near term, which is a peaceful transition of power,” Young said. “I just spent a week traveling around the state of Indiana. That’s really what’s on people’s minds. They were rattled, to put it mildly, by the events of January 6, and I’ve done my best to be part of the near-term healing and rebuilding of trust, and in trying to help people process that.”

McConnell, who has privately indicated he thinks
Trump committed impeachable offenses but said he would listen to the arguments in the impeachment trial before settling on a decision, set the tone on Tuesday when he pointedly blamed Trump for playing a key role in inciting the mob.

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“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said
on the Senate floor. “They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on.”

The Senate’s second impeachment trial for Trump, which could begin within days, will force Republicans to go on the record one more time about how they view the outgoing President. If 67 senators convict Trump, they then could vote to bar him from running for office again by a simple majority of senators.

GOP senators close to Trump are warning that such as vote could backfire on the GOP, where Trump still holds significant sway among the base.

“It will destroy the party,” Graham predicted when asked about a successful vote to convict Trump. “The Republican Party wants to move forward.”

Congressional aides and senators have spent the past several days digging into the question about whether the impeachment trial is constitutional, with many concluding that there are arguments to make the case on either side. A number of other Republicans are making a constitutional case against the trial itself. That argument — that the proceedings are unconstitutional — could give GOP senators a way to argue that the President’s conduct was improper without casting a politically tough vote to convict him.

“Why are we doing this when the President is out of office?” asked Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst, who said Tuesday she didn’t think it was constitutional. “I have read arguments on both sides, but he is not our President after tomorrow.”

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The House Democratic
impeachment managers — and many other constitutional scholars — argue that it’s constitutional to move forward with an impeachment trial of a former President. While it would be unprecedented for the Senate to convict an ex-president, they point to precedent where the Senate has asserted it has the constitutional right to try former federal officers.

“We need to set a precedent that the severest offense ever committed by a President will be met by the severest remedy provided by the Constitution,” Schumer said Tuesday. “Impeachment and conviction by this chamber as well as disbarment from future office.”

For members up for reelection in 2022, the question of convicting Trump becomes even harder. Many members are running in states that Trump won. And some of those members have made it clear that they will weigh conviction with the question of what is best for uniting the country.

“My answer to anything that doesn’t relate to the inauguration is I’ll talk to you after the inauguration,” said Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican who is playing a central role in preparing for the Wednesday event but who also faces voters next year.

And some of Trump’s Hill allies wouldn’t lay out their thinking on Tuesday.

“I got to wait ’til I hear the evidence,” Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the most senior Senate Republican, said Tuesday when asked if he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses.

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The timing of the Senate trial remains in flux, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to send the article of impeachment to the Senate.

The impending trial gives Republicans some control over delaying Biden’s agenda, if they choose to. While Democrats will control the Senate after Wednesday, Republicans can slow down the Senate so that it cannot conduct an impeachment trial and confirm Biden’s nominees at the same time.

On Tuesday, Cornyn told reporters that he did not believe Republicans would be agreeing to divide the days in half so that the Senate could approve Biden’s Cabinet nominees in the morning and then move to an impeachment trial each afternoon. Doing so would require 100 senators to agree, which, Cornyn said, “is not going to be possible.”

“It’s Nancy Pelosi’s choice because once she sends the article of impeachment over, it displaces all other business,” Cornyn said. “If she wants to delay the confirmation of President Biden’s nominees to Cabinet positions and prevent President Biden from asking for and receiving additional Covid-19 relief, that would be one way to do it, so they have a big decision to make.”

With so much uncertainty ahead, even some Republicans viewed as likely to convict have refused to show their hands.

“I’m going to wait and see the evidence as it’s presented,” Romney told CNN.

CNN’s Donald Judd, Ali Zaslav and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

What is the schedule for Joe Bidens inauguration?

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and heightened security following the Capitol riot, the 59th presidential inauguration will look a little different this year.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will officially become President Joe Biden at noon Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 20. 

There are several Inauguration Day events for before and after Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office. 

The historic event will look a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the extra safety precautions set up around the U.S. Capitol after the deadly riot two weeks ago.

Most of the events will be streamed live and officials have discouraged Americans from traveling to the nation’s capital. All of the major broadcast and cable networks will also be airing the inauguration ceremony live.

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Here’s a full schedule of what’s planned for the 59th Presidential Inauguration for the 46th president of the United States of America:

Biden, Congressional leaders go to church: Time not announced 

Joe Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, on Tuesday retweeted a post that said Biden had quietly extended invitations to Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and to Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy to accompany him to a Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.

Spokespersons for Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell and McCarthy confirm they are accompanying Biden to the service ahead of the inauguration. 

Sen. Chris Coons told CNN the church service is “an important part of respecting tradition.”

Coons is a Democrat from Biden’s home state of Delaware. He says the service is a “reminder of who Joe is and who we are as a nation that’s hopeful and optimistic.”

8 a.m. ET: President Trump leaves White House, heads to Florida

President Donald Trump will leave Washington on Wednesday morning, just before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, to begin his post-presidential life in Florida.

He will be sent off with a departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, according to a person familiar with the planning who spoke on condition of anonymity because Trump’s plans have not been formally announced.

Trump will be just the fourth U.S. president to skip his predecessor’s inauguration. 

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10 a.m. ET: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans

Biden’s Inaugural Committee said from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be an “Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans.”

This live-streamed event will be hosted by entertainer and advocate Keke Palmer. It will feature a special message from Dr. Jill Biden, commentary from historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Erica Armstrong Dunbar and other special features.

Noon Eastern: Biden becomes President

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in during the inaugural ceremony outside the U.S. Capitol building. The inaugural ceremonies are expected to begin officially around 11:30 a.m. ET. 

After they take their oaths of office, Biden will deliver an inaugural address laying out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation. 

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks are scheduled to perform during the ceremony. 

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Pass in Review

Pass in Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflects the peaceful transfer of power to a new commander-in-chief. This will take place after the inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol with President-elect, First Lady, Vice President-elect, and the Second Gentleman.

Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery

After the Pass in Review, the newly sworn-in president along with Dr. Biden, Harris and her husband will visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and former President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton are also expected to attend the event.

Presidential Escort 

Biden and Harris will be escorted from 15th Street to the White House with every branch of the military represented. 

3 p.m. ET: Virtual Parade Across America

Following Biden’s Presidential Escort, there will be a “Parade Across America” event kicked off by the drumlines from the University of Delaware and Howard University. 

The inauguration committee has said the event will “feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities across the country.”

8:30 p.m. ET: “Celebrating America” TV Special 

“Celebrating America,” a prime time special hosted by Tom Hanks, will cap off the day’s festivities. 

The special will feature Biden and Harris, along with remarks and performances by Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons and more. The show will air live on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 20. 

Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments throughout the night, including highlighting stories of young people making a difference in their communities and musical performances. The Foo Fighters, John Legend, and Bruce Springsteen are also expected to perform from iconic locations across the country.

On Tuesday, the organization added even more performers to the line up including country artists Tyler Hubbard and Tim McGraw will sing a duet and the Black Pumas will perform. The program will also include DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic, featuring Ozuna and Luis Fonsi. 

The program will also be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.

Program organizers say the display is meant to “highlight the strength of our democracy, the perseverance of our people, and our ability to come together during trying times and emerge stronger than ever before.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Too dangerous: Many Americans unable to celebrate Joe Biden inauguration amid fears of pro-Trump unrest and COVID-19

WASHINGTON – Doug Peterson drove 1,100 miles from Houston to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last year to canvass in frigid temperatures for presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

He volunteered relentlessly for him across Houston and attended countless Zoom meetings with other organizers. When media outlets named Biden the winner of the presidential election in November, Peterson’s mind immediately raced to attending the inauguration. Those hopes were quickly dashed.

Wednesday, he’ll watch the inauguration with other activists on a TV in south Houston. At 69, Peterson can’t risk traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. And the threat of violence at the hands of overzealous supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump snuffed any remaining thrill of the event.

“It was like the second hammer coming down,” Peterson said of the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters Jan. 6. “It’s too dangerous.”

The inauguration of a new president, traditionally a joyous occasion filled with pomp and marching bands, has been disrupted by the twin threats of disease and civil unrest.

Under ordinary circumstances, people would stream into the U.S. capital this week to witness not just Biden’s swearing-in Wednesday but also the historic moment of Kamala Harris becoming the first African American and South Asian American woman to be vice president.

A tourist gets out of the way of National Guard soldiers moving up 17th Street toward a checkpoint at K Street on Jan. 19 in Washington. Security preparations continue around the nation's Capitol in preparation for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Instead, supporters are scratching plans to attend the event, and those who showed up to Washington encountered a scene more akin to a military takeover than a time-honored peaceful revel: concrete barriers, checkpoints, troops toting rifles, federal helicopters circling in the sky. 

An FBI warning of possible armed protests by Trump supporters – who have embraced his false claim that the election was rigged against him – at the U.S. Capitol and at state capitols during the inauguration have put the nation on edge and irreversibly altered the look and feel of this year’s inauguration.

Pro-Trump rallies are expected through Wednesday. In Washington, the FBI vetted the 25,000 National Guard troops coming in for the inauguration to prevent collusion with pro-Trump protesters.

Edna Havlin, 44, navigated the militarized streets over the weekend with her husband and two children. Havlin celebrated Biden’s win by popping open a bottle of champagne in her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil, then booked flights to Washington to be part of the historic occasion.

“Little did we know everything would be upside down now,” she said.

Her 10-year-old daughter, Anna, said she was disappointed to see so many security restrictions.

“The city is very pretty, and there’s a lot of history,” she said. “But I’m sad I can’t see the Lincoln Memorial, and it’s just so quiet. I’m bummed.”

They have tickets to some inauguration events but are worried attending could make them a target of agitators. Havlin said she has to remind herself and her family that these are historic times: “It is what it is,” she said. “And we can come back on a better day.”

Anna Havlin, 10, right, and her family came to Washington from Brazil for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The nation's capital is on high alert against threats after a deadly pro-Donald Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Earl Stafford, a philanthropist and Democratic campaign donor, attended both inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. At Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, he brought more than 300 underprivileged guests, including homeless people, wounded veterans and victims of domestic abuse, setting them up in hotel rooms and furnishing them with new clothes to attend galas.

Stafford, 72, said he supported Biden early in the Democratic primaries because the former vice president has the most experience and would bring emotional maturity to the White House. 

“We don’t need an emotional president,” he said. “We need one who’s going to make sage decisions that’s best for our country.”

Though he lives in McLean, Virginia, less than a half-hour drive from where Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president, Stafford said he plans to watch this inauguration from his couch at home with his wife, Amanda.

“The inauguration is the transfer of power. … We celebrate as a country, and people get behind that,” he said. “But not everyone’s getting behind it. It’s crazy this time. It’s embarrassing.”

Given the risks and challenges, the Presidential Inauguration Committee announced this week the traditional parade from the Capitol to the White House will be replaced with a virtual “Parade Across America,” which will be livestreamed and include performances by comedian Jon Stewart, musical group Earth Wind & Fire and performers and speakers across the country.

Julian Johnson drove from Minneapolis to Washington last week to sell inauguration memorabilia. He’s one of a handful of vendors peddling Biden calendars and Black Lives Matter hats to a light flow of tourists, a stark contrast to the dozens of vendors who lined the National Mall for the pro-Trump rally this month.

Johnson, who is Black, said he plans to be out selling merchandise on Wednesday, too, as long as he doesn’t see any Trump supporters causing trouble. 

“I have my radar on,” he said. “If I spot something that doesn’t feel right, I’m outta here.”

District of Columbia residents Charles and Gina Hall walk past security fencing near the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 17. The two, wearing Biden/Harris buttons, said they normally walk in the area and wanted to see the security measures in place. The nation's capital is on high alert under heightened security against threats to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after the deadly pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Washington residents Charles and Gina Hall walked Sunday along C Street near the Lincoln Memorial, “Biden/Harris” buttons pinned to their jackets. Eight-feet-tall metal fencing blocked access to the nearby National Mall, their usual walking route. National Guard troops from as far away as Florida manned roadblocks, along with police and uniformed members of the Secret Service. Tourists snapped selfies.

“We walk around here all the time; it’s our normal place,” said Gina Hall, who works in environmental finance. “It’s wild to see.”

Juston Jackson was a 23-year-old student at Grambling State University in Louisiana when he marched with his French horn at Obama’s inauguration in 2009 with the renowned Tiger Marching Band. He remembered fondly how his toes went numb in the biting cold and how the crowds brimmed with excitement.  

A souvenir vendor tries to persuade passersby to visit his store in an underground Metro station on Jan. 19 in Washington as security preparations continue around the nation's capital in preparation for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Jackson, now 35 and a high school teacher and photographer living near New Orleans, voted for Biden, hoping that the former vice president could restore unity to the nation and undo what Jackson described as the harm the Trump administration has done to the country’s reputation around the world. 

He would have entertained a return visit to Washington to see the inauguration, but the pandemic precluded him from even considering such a trip. The violence at the Capitol further soured the prospect. Wednesday, he’ll watch the inauguration from home with his two children, ages 4 and 2 months.

He’s eager to point out to them that Harris is not only the first African Asian woman sworn in as vice president – but the first one to have graduated from a historically Black university, just like their dad. The inauguration’s military presence and the threat of civil unrest won’t detract from that historical moment, he said. 

“It means a lot,” Jackson said. “I got an opportunity to see a historic event, and now they can, too.”

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