House Democrats introduced one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Monday for "incitement of insurrection" for urging his supporters to march on the Capitol last Wednesday.
The House will vote on the impeachment measure Wednesday morning after considering legislation Tuesday night that calls on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office before Jan. 20. The planned votes come after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told Democrats that the chamber would proceed with Trump's impeachment if Pence doesn't agree to the 25th Amendment process.
Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said the House could delay sending impeachment articles to the Senate until after Joe Biden's first 100 days in office to allow the president-elect to get his agenda off and running, including Covid-19 relief legislation and the confirmation of his Cabinet officials.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the soonest his chamber could receive impeachment articles would be the eve of Biden's inauguration unless senators give unanimous consent to doing so earlier.
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Read the highlights:
— After break with Trump, Pence charts a new path forward.
— FBI memo warns law enforcement across U.S. of possible armed protests at 50 state Capitols.
— Nearly three-quarters of voters say democracy under threat, majority say Trump should resign or be removed, poll finds.
— New York State Bar Association moves to oust Rudy Giuliani.
— Melania Trump makes first comments about attack on the Capitol.
Trump issues emergency order to bolster inauguration security
President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration Monday to support the security of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.
The declaration gives Washington, D.C., supplemental federal law enforcement assistance from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Secret Service and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies also vowed robust security last week after the violent clash at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump is facing impeachment in the House for his role in inciting the mob, which resulted in several deaths, including that of a Capitol Police officer. The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad Wolf, is stepping down from the agency.
Trump supporters with extremist views are vowing to return to Washington for the inauguration, using online platforms to rally one another. The FBI also warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitols and in Washington leading up to the inauguration.
Trump, Pence met for the first time since before riots
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met in the Oval Office on Monday evening, a senior administration official said.
"The two had a good conversation, discussing the week ahead and reflecting on the last four years of the administration's work and accomplishments," the official said. "They reiterated 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 the work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term."
It was the first contact they have had since before the attack unfolded Wednesday.
Money talks: Corporate America shuts its wallet in response to Capitol riots
Corporate America knows money talks — and in the aftermath of last week’s Capitol Hill riot, business leaders are pledging to pay more attention to what it says.
A growing segment of corporate America’s biggest names have denounced last week’s storming of the Capitol, with many saying they will halt or suspend political donations.
Companies including Comcast, Dow Chemical, Marriott International, American Express, Blue Cross, Airbnb, Mastercard and Commerce Bank said they will not donate to lawmakers involved in the push to deny Joe Biden the presidency.
"Whatever good the president did for business now seems to have come at an unacceptable cost, and that cost is anarchy in the streets of Washington,” said one reputation management expert.
New York lawmaker makes formal request to disbar Giuliani
New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat and the chairman of the state Senate's judiciary committee, formally requested that Rudy Giuliani's law license be revoked "his participation and role in fomenting a violent insurrectionist attack," according to a letter sent to court on Monday and shared with NBC News.
The letter, sent to the grievance committee with the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Division in the state Supreme Court, said the attack on the Capitol "was the foreseeable culmination of increasingly outrageous lies and disinformation being peddled by Mr. Giuliani and many of his associates" and urging the grievance committee to disbar the president's personal attorney.
The letter comes after the New York State Bar Association on Monday also announced it was launching an inquiry into whether to remove Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney and the former mayor of New York, from its ranks.
Removal from a voluntary state bar association, before disbarment by the courts, is extremely rare.
"We believe the last time we removed a member who hadn’t been disbarred was 1904," Susan DeSantis, an association spokesperson told NBC News. "We have had our current bylaws that set up the process for removing a member since the 1970s, and we have never used them to remove an attorney who hadn’t already been disbarred."
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf resigns
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Monday became the latest Cabinet official to step down following last week's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
"Unfortunately, this action is warranted by recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary," Wolf in a letter to staff obtained by NBC News. "These events and concerns increasingly serve to divert attention and resources away from the important work of the Department in this critical time of a transition of power."
Wolf said his resignation will become effective at midnight. Pete Gaynor, the FEMA administrator, will take over as the acting secretary.
The mob attack in Washington as Congress was confirming President-elect Joe Biden's win resulted in the death of five people, including a Capitol police officer. His announcement follows the resignations of other Cabinet officials, including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who both cited President Donald Trump’s role in egging on the rioters. Wolf did not specifically cite the riots in his explanation for leaving, but he issued a strong statement on Thursday condemning the rioters.
Republican AG group exec resigns after robocalls urged march on Capitol
The executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association has resigned over robocalls that an arm of the group made encouraging people to march to the U.S. Capitol the day before the building was stormed by a pro-Trump mob.
“At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” said the voice on the recording, which was obtained by NBC News.
The voluntary resignation of Adam Piper, who was also executive director of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, RAGA's fundraising arm, was accepted on Monday, the group said.
Piper stepped down after Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, the group's policy chairman, said the calls had been sent out without his knowledge.
In a statement Monday, Marshall said, “Every decision Adam made on behalf of RLDF was with the best of intentions and with the organization’s best interests in mind.”
Piper said in a statement released through the organization, “Serving Republican attorneys general has been the honor of a lifetime and honestly a dream job.”
Facebook bans all 'stop the steal' content
Facebook said Monday that it will begin removing any content containing the phrase “stop the steal” from its platforms, an expansion of its efforts to limit the spread of election misinformation.
The announcement comes two months after the company removed the original group of the same name that fueled voter fraud misinformation after the election.
The move is part of the company’s protective efforts against violence and misinformation in the lead-up to the U.S. presidential inauguration following last week’s events on Capitol Hill, Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity, and Monika Bickert, vice president of global policy management, wrote in a company blog post.
“We began preparing for Inauguration Day last year. But our planning took on new urgency after last week’s violence in Washington, D.C., and we are treating the next two weeks as a major civic event,” they wrote.
After Capitol violence, Trump brand partners eye dumping toxic asset: The president
From country clubs to entertainment shows, President Donald Trump’s business empire could face heavy pressure after his involvement in last week’s violence at the Capitol.
On Monday, the New York City Mayor’s office told NBC News it was looking at its legal options for ending agreements with Trump Organization properties, which include the Wollman skating rink in Central Park, the famed carousel, and the Trump Golf Links golf course at Ferry Point in the Bronx.
"The attacks on our Capital killed a police officer, left four rioters dead, exposed lawmakers to Covid-19 and threatened the constitutional transfer of power," Laura Feyer, deputy press secretary for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told NBC News in an emailed statement. "They were a national abomination. We’re reviewing whether legal grounds exist in light of these new circumstances to terminate concessions with the Trump Organization."
Other lucrative arrangements like this could be at risk if partners follow the lead of the PGA of America, which on Sunday pulled the 2022 PGA Championship tournament from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Wisconsin Republicans want gerrymandered districts to decide electoral college results
In the wake of President-elect Joe Biden's victory, a Wisconsin Republican is proposing changing how the state allocates electors in the presidential contest.
Rep. Gary Tauchen started circulating the bill among colleagues on Jan. 5, the day before rioters stormed the Capitol to contest the results of the 2020 race, his office said.
If the proposed bill, which Tauchen unsuccessfully tried to pass in 2007, becomes law, one elector would be allocated for every Congressional district a candidate won, with two additional electors allocated to the statewide winner.
Wisconsin currently allocates electoral college votes based on statewide results; in 2020, Biden won Wisconsin, securing 10 electoral college votes. Forty-eight states allocate electoral college votes based on the popular vote; just Maine and Nebraska use congressional district outcomes in their allocation.
It would undoubtedly benefit Republicans, who have gerrymandered the state's congressional district maps in their favor; Republicans are also more spread out through the rural parts of the state, while Democrats are more concentrated in urban areas.
"Given Wisconsin’s numerous political views and progressive history, this alternative distribution system would better reflect Wisconsin’s diverse political landscape," Tauchen said in a memo seeking cosponsorship.