Pelosi says House will impeach Trump, pushes Pence to oust him; Trump remains defiant amid calls to resign; Biden faces challenge in guiding US past turmoil 


From The Associated Press


Media  – The stunning end to Donald Trump’s final turbulent and traumatic days in office is hurtling

ahead as U.S. lawmakers warn of the damage the president could still do before Joe Biden is inaugurated Jan. 20.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will proceed with legislation to impeach Trump an unprecedented second time as she pushes the vice president to invoke constitutional authority to force him out.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


The House action could start as soon as today as pressure increases on Trump to step aside, report Lisa Mascaro, Darlene Superville and Mary Clare Jalonick.


“We will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues.


Pelosi’s leadership team will also seek a vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, with a full House vote expected on Tuesday.


The president is holed up at the White House, increasingly isolated after a mob rioted in the Capitol in support of his false claims of election fraud. Two Republican senators have so far called for Trump to resign.

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe Biden as President, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Trump enters the last days of his presidency facing a second impeachment and growing calls for his resignation after his supporters launched an assault on the nation’s Capitol in an effort to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Yet Trump will try to go on offense in his last 10 days, with no plans of resigning. Instead, Trump is planning to lash out against the companies that have now denied him his Twitter and Facebook bullhorns. And aides hope he will spend his last days trying to trumpet his policy accomplishments, beginning with a trip to Alamo, Texas Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)



In the meantime, as Trump enters the last days of his presidency facing a second impeachment and growing calls for his resignation, he will attempt to go on the offensive, with no plans of resigning. Instead, Trump is planning to lash out against the companies that have now denied him his Twitter and Facebook megaphones.


Aides hope he will spend his last days trying to trumpet his policy accomplishments, beginning with a trip Tuesday, to Alamo, Texas, to highlight his administration’s contentious efforts to curb illegal immigration and border wall construction, Jill Colvin reports.

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. When Biden takes office later this month, his biggest challenge may be navigating a deeply divided country past the turmoil of the Trump era. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)


After the Turmoil: President-elect Biden has already been preparing for months to take on a confluence of historic crises — a pandemic that’s killed more than 374,000 Americans and a sluggish economy that’s left millions jobless. He has talked about the need for bipartisan action and unity among Americans to address these challenges. But guiding the the country past the turmoil of the Trump era may be his biggest task. The armed insurrection sparked by Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud and attempts at delegitimizing Biden’s win raised questions about how exactly Biden will achieve unity in a nation so deeply divided. His best bet to achieve that unity — or move in that direction — may be to get real results with the virus and economy, Alexandra Jaffe reports.

FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, then-acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, left, listens to President Donald Trump, right, speak at a luncheon with members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Republicans are coming to grips with the fallout of Trump’s false attacks on the election, which fueled the anger of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Mulvaney says he never thought people would take the president’s words so literally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)


Republicans Analysis: At the heart of the violent insurrection was a lie, one that was allowed to fester and flourish by many of the same Republicans now condemning Trump for whipping his supporters into a frenzy with his false attacks on the integrity of the election. The response from some of those officials now? They didn’t think it would come to this. Republicans coming to grips with the intense fallout now face the prospect of a second impeachment proceeding as the president prepares to leave office, Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace writes.

FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Statehouses where Trump loyalists have rallied since the Nov. 3 election are heightening security after the storming of the U.S. Capitol this week. Police agencies in a number of states are monitoring threats of violence as legislatures return to session and as the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)


Fomenting Violence: Trump left plenty of clues he’d try to burn the place down on his way out the door. The clues spread over a lifetime of refusing to acknowledge defeat. They spanned a presidency marked by raw, angry rhetoric, puffed-up conspiracy theories and a fellowship with “patriots” drawn from the seething ranks of right-wing extremists. The clues piled on at light speed when Trump lost the election and wouldn’t admit it. For four years Trump has indulged and sometimes encouraged fringe groups, advancing their conspiracy theories. They stepped forward as his foot soldiers when he exhorted them to go to the Capitol and fight, Calvin Woodward and Deb Riechmann report.

Workers install a flag on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol as preparations take place for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Capitol Virus Spread: House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 while they sheltered at an undisclosed location during the siege.

Lawmakers were taken to that location as a violent mob loyal to Trump ransacked the Capitol. The Capitol’s attending physician notified all lawmakers of the potential virus exposure and urged them to be tested. The infected individual wasn’t named. Some lawmakers and staff were furious after video surfaced of Republican lawmakers not wearing their masks in the room during lockdown.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, front, followed by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., walk from the House Chamber following a Senate procession carrying boxes holding Electoral College votes to the House Chamber for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College votes, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


The Backlash: Republicans in Congress who voted against certifying Biden’s presidential victory, even after the mob siege, have been denounced by critics in their home districts. Protesters, newspaper editorial boards and local-level Democrats are demanding that they resign or be ousted by their congressional colleagues, Jeffrey Collins reports.

FILE – This Wednesday evening, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo shows the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Making Sense of it All: Americans watched as the hallowed chambers of the Capitol were overrun and defiled by a mob of their own fellow citizens.  And then they tried to make sense of it. In letters to the editor and posts on social media. In Iowa, a lifelong Republican mourned the shredding of the country’s political norms. In Tennessee, a pastor and activist wondered if the rioters’ behavior might bring change. In Mississippi, a young teacher worried what her students will make of the violence. Days later, their anger, fear and uncertainties still linger. Adam Geller, Adrian Sainz and Tamara Lush report.

FILE – In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America’s small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Though stripped of his Twitter account for inciting rebellion, President Donald Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


Social Media Bans: Though stripped of his Twitter bullhorn, Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach led by the far right-friendly Parler. But Parler has already had its wings clipped, with Google and Apple removing it from their online stores, and Amazon booted it off its web-hosting service. Free speech experts anticipate growing pressure on all social media platforms to curb incendiary speech as Americans reel and learn from the violent siege, Frank Bajak reports.

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger compared the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol to the Nazis and called President Donald Trump a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever.” (Jan. 10)


Schwarzenegger Video: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger compared the mob that stormed the Capitol to the Nazis and called Trump a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever.” The Republican said in a video that “Wednesday was the Night of Broken Glass right here in the United States.” In 1938, Nazis in Germany and Austria vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses during an attack that became known as Kristallnacht or “the Night of Broken Glass.”

FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, golfers play golf at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The PGA of America voted Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, to not play the 2022 PGA Championship at the club because of the Trump-fueled insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)


PGA Championship-Trump: The PGA of America has voted to leave Trump National Golf Club for its PGA Championship event next year following the insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. The PGA had agreed in 2014 to take the ’22 PGA to Trump’s course in New Jersey, Doug Ferguson reports.

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