National Newswatch

U.S. Capitol rioters included current, former U.S. military and police

Jan 15 2021 — — As U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armour trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead. The formation, known as “Ranger File,” is a […]

Led by Cheney, 10 House Republicans back Trump impeachment

Jan 13 2021 — — Ten Republican House members — including the No. 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. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, […]

No. 3 House GOP leader backs Trump impeachment as tide grows

Jan 13 2021 — — Republican opposition to impeaching President Donald Trump began crumbling at the party’s upper echelons on Tuesday as the No. 3 House GOP leader said she would vote to impeach Trump. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Rep. Liz […]

FBI warns of plans for U.S.-wide armed protests next week

Jan 11 2021 — — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to U.S. President-election Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. An internal FBI bulletin warned that, as of Sunday, the nationwide protests may […]

Cohen seeks to dismantle Trump legacy, one podcast at a time

Jan 11 2021 — — The rehabilitation of Michael Cohen has reached a surreal new stage: Quizzing the actor Ben Stiller about his approach to impersonating him on “Saturday Night Live.” Since September, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer has been producing a podcast from the Park Avenue apartment where he is serving the remainder of his prison sentence […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger compares US Capitol mob to Nazis

Jan 11 2021 — — 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.” The Republican said in a video he released on social media on Sunday that “Wednesday was the Night of Broken […]

Pelosi says U.S. House will impeach Trump unless VP forces ouster

Jan 10 2021 — — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump unless the vice-president and Cabinet invoke constitutional authority to force him out, calling Trump a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol. Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to colleagues, framing it as […]

US diplomats in extraordinary protest against Trump for riot

Jan 10 2021 — — In a highly unusual move, American diplomats have drafted two cables condemning President Donald Trump’s incitement of the deadly assault on the Capitol and calling for administration officials to possibly support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Using what is known as the State Department’s “dissent channel,” career foreign and civil service […]

Parler squeezed as Trump seeks new online megaphone

Jan 10 2021 — — President Donald Trump has been kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms following his supporters’ siege on the U.S. Capitol. But it remains to be seen how fast or where — if anywhere — on the internet he will be able to reach his followers. The far right-friendly Parler had been the leading candidate, […]

Top Republican says Trump committed ‘impeachable offences’

Jan 10 2021 — — Democrats’ momentum for a fresh drive to quickly impeach outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump gained support Saturday, and a top Republican said the president’s role in the deadly riot at the Capitol by a violent mob of Trump supporters was worthy of rebuke. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said he believed Trump had committed “impeachable offences.” […]

Indonesian airliner carrying 62 loses contact with air traffic control

Jan 9 2021 — — A Sriwijaya Air passenger jet carrying 62 people lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on Saturday on a domestic flight, officials said. Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said the Boeing 737-500 took off from Jakarta at about 1:56 p.m. and lost contact with the control tower at 2:40 […]

Murkowski becomes 1st GOP senator to say Trump should resign

Jan 8 2021 — — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday that President Donald Trump should resign, making her the first Republican senator to say he should leave office as backlash grows against his goading of violent supporters who stormed the Capitol. “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski told the Anchorage […]

Twitter bans Trump, citing risk of violent incitement

Jan 8 2021 — — Twitter banned President Donald Trump’s account Friday, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.” The social platform has been under growing pressure to take further action against Trump following Wednesday’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Twitter initially suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about […]