The House Moves Towards Impeachment for Inciting Violence & Global News

by Debra Brown

Impeachment

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Not even one week into the new year, white terrorists charged into the U.S. Capitol with the intent to overturn the results of a legal election. The attack was deadly and now legislators are making moves to hold those responsible for inciting this violent attack. The first action, holding a vote to impeach the U.S. President for the second time, if successful it will be the first time in U.S. history. The fallout has included social media suspending thousands of accounts including the President and corporate donors taking away payments to republican lawmakers. 

 

The House Moves Towards Impeachment for Inciting Violence

The House voted to approve a measure calling for President Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment following last week’s deadly Capitol attack. Insurrectionists tried to stop the counting of votes to affirm President-elect Joe Biden would become president on January 20. Five people were killed, including a US Capitol Police officer.

Vice President Pence rejected the call to invoke the 25th Amendment in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The resolution amounts to a symbolic rebuke to the President before moving on to vote to impeach the President. 

House Democrats are now moving rapidly toward a vote to impeach the President for a second time as a result of the insurrection, which Trump incited after repeatedly making false claims that the election had been stolen from him and calling for his supporters to fight back.

House Democrats plan to vote to impeach the President, setting up a vote one week after rioters overran Capitol police and breached some of the most secure areas of the Capitol.

The impeachment article points to Trump’s repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on January 6 before the rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump’s call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to “find” enough votes for Trump to win the state.

 

FBI Warns of “Armed Protests” in All 50 States and at Biden’s Inauguration

The FBI is warning that “armed protests” are being planned in all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., before and during Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration.

In Washington, D.C., Pentagon officials say up to 15,000 National Guard members could be deployed to protect against a replay of the recent insurrection. About 16 groups, some of them saying they will be armed and most of them made up of hard-line supporters of Mr. Trump —have registered to stage protests in Washington, officials said.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser is calling on the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to dramatically increase security for the inauguration, but says the event should remain public. President-elect Biden said Monday he will take the oath of office publicly.

 

US Executes Only Woman on Federal Death Row

Lisa Montgomery, the only female inmate on federal death row in the US, has been executed for murder. Montgomery is the first female federal inmate to be put to death by the US government in 67 years.

The Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty at state and federal level in 1972 but reversed the decision four years later. Since 1976, 16 women other than Lisa Montgomery have been executed but all by individual states rather than by the government.

Federal executions had been on pause for 17 years before President Donald Trump ordered them to resume earlier last year.

 

President Trump Banned from Social Media for Incitement of Violence

Google-owned YouTube suspended Donald Trump’s channel and removed a video for violating its policy against inciting violence – the latest sanction by the social media giant against the US president.

After the insurrection, Twitter and Facebook removed Trump’s accounts and have been eliminating content supporting the assault, while Amazon.com suspended Parler – a social media platform favoured by many supporters of Trump – from its web-hosting service.

Here are all the platforms that have banned or restricted Trump so far & why. 

 

Uganda Blocks Facebook Ahead of Election

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said his government shut down social media two days before the country heads to the polls, accusing Facebook and unnamed outside groups of “arrogance” after the social media giant this week removed Ugandan accounts linked to his re-election campaign.

A number of Ugandan government officials and ruling party members have had their Facebook accounts shut down as the internet giant accuses them of manipulating public debate ahead of key elections.

The list of banned social media sites include Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Signal and Viber.

Since entering politics in 2017, Bobi Wine, the opposition, has been arrested multiple times on various charges but has never been convicted. In recent weeks, security forces have violently dispersed his rallies with tear gas and rubber bullets, while a number of opposition figures have been arrested and journalists attacked.

Police say their actions are necessary to ensure compliance with COVID-19 restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus. But opposition leaders say they have been selectively targeted.

 

Covid-19 Updates from Around the World 

More than 52 million people have contracted COVID-19 globally and 1,287,051 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

California became the second US state to surpass one million coronavirus cases, after Texas.

Pfizer’s head in Brazil said the drugmaker is negotiating with the largest nation in South America to supply its potential COVID-19 vaccine in the first quarter of 2021.

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of disaster in an address to the nation delivered hours after two cabinet ministers died from COVID-19 amid a spike in coronavirus infections.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was hospitalised after he contracted coronavirus.

Dozens of hospital workers held protests at hospitals in Greece, demanding more medical staff be hired as the country struggles to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus that has led to a new lockdown being imposed.

Iran has passed a grim milestone of 40,000 coronavirus deaths, with the latest 10,000 added in less than a month, as the country struggles to contain its most widespread wave of infection yet.

 

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