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Giuliani uses unfounded ‘Antifa’ argument to defend Trump

Giuliani uses unfounded ‘Antifa’ argument to defend Trump

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has been working to bolster conspiratorial claims that left-wing agitators played a dominant role in the last week’s Capitol riot. Giuliani claimed in a tweet on Friday that has since been removed by Twitter that the Capitol siege was carried out “by groups like ANTIFA trained to riot.”…

Washington Post: Capitol Police intelligence report warned of violence targeting ‘Congress itself’ three days before attack

Washington Post: Capitol Police intelligence report warned of violence targeting ‘Congress itself’ three days before attack

An internal Capitol Police intelligence report produced three days before rioters breached the US Capitol cautioned that violent supporters of President Donald Trump could zero in on “Congress itself,” the Washington Post reported Friday, citing obtained portions of the 12-page memo. “Supporters of the current president see January 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to…

HHS Secretary Alex Azar complains of tarnished legacy in resignation letter to Trump

HHS Secretary Alex Azar complains of tarnished legacy in resignation letter to Trump

President Donald Trump‘s “actions and rhetoric” have tarnished the administration’s legacy, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a resignation letter submitted this week. Azar submitted the standard resignation letter for a Cabinet secretary to offer an outgoing president, dated January 12 and obtained by CNN Friday. In the letter, addressed to Trump,…

MyPillow CEO hints at scrapped plan to replace CIA director with Trump loyalist

MyPillow CEO hints at scrapped plan to replace CIA director with Trump loyalist

A Trump ally’s notes visible as he visited the West Wing on Friday revealed a suggestion to replace the current CIA director with the current acting chief of staff at the Pentagon. But according to multiple sources, it was not the first time the idea was broached inside the White House. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell,…

Pentagon authorizes 25,000 National Guard members for inauguration

Pentagon authorizes 25,000 National Guard members for inauguration

The Pentagon has authorized up to 25,000 National Guard members for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the National Guard Bureau said in a press release Friday, marking an increase from the 21,000 troops authorized a day earlier. “Every state, territory and the District of Columbia will have National Guard men and women supporting the inauguration,” the…

The week in 15 headlines

As the coronavirus continues to rage across the country, Washington saw another historic week as President Donald Trump became the first US president to ever be impeached twice. Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden announced new economic plans, continued to build out his cabinet and prepped for Wednesday’s inauguration. DC remained a city on lockdown, as federal and local…

Biden elevates White House science post to Cabinet level

Biden elevates White House science post to Cabinet level

President-elect Joe Biden is elevating the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to a Cabinet-level position, a move that highlights the emphasis the incoming administration plans to put on science as it inherits a public health crisis. Biden on Friday named Eric Lander, a principal leader of the Human Genome…

Manhattan DA expands criminal investigation into Trump Organization finances to include family compound in Westchester County

Manhattan DA expands criminal investigation into Trump Organization finances to include family compound in Westchester County

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has expanded its criminal investigation into the Trump Organization’s finances to include the family’s compound in Westchester County, according to lawyers and people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors’ interest in the 212-acre property called Seven Springs is a significant widening of an investigation that began more than a year ago.…

Trump’s Pentagon chief says he ‘cannot wait to leave’ his job

Trump’s Pentagon chief says he ‘cannot wait to leave’ his job

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who will leave office in less than a week. stated that he ‘cannot wait to leave this job,” according to a transcript released by the Department of Defense. The admission, during a press gaggle Thursday on his way back from a trip to Nebraska, Tennessee and Colorado, was one…

Pence calls Harris while Trump continues to stew in denial

Pence calls Harris while Trump continues to stew in denial

One is dropping in on the White House phone operators, addressing troops at bases across the country, paying a visit to national guardsmen in place for the inauguration and speaking by phone with his successor. The other is holed up inside, silenced on social media, resisting entreaties to deliver a farewell address and refusing to…

Pelosi expected to send article of impeachment to Senate next week

Pelosi expected to send article of impeachment to Senate next week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to send the House’s impeachment article to the Senate next week, according to a source familiar with her thinking, which will kickstart the beginning of the trial, though Pelosi would not say publicly Friday when she will do so. Pelosi’s decision on when to formally transmit the impeachment resolution…

Taxidermy and a Lincoln bust among departing White House effects

Taxidermy and a Lincoln bust among departing White House effects

A pheasant took flight from the White House Thursday afternoon. Toted by Debbie Meadows, wife of White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the taxidermy bird was moved out of Meadows’ West Wing office, among other boxes and souvenirs from his time in the administration, and placed into the trunk of a waiting SUV. With…

275 cases open in Capitol riot investigation, US prosecutors say

275 cases open in Capitol riot investigation, US prosecutors say

US investigators have opened up 275 cases and charged roughly 98 individuals in connection to last week’s pro-Donald Trump riot at the US Capitol, federal officials said Friday, emphasizing they are focused on rounding up the most violent offenders. That number will easily grow to over 300 by the end of the day, Michael Sherwin,…

Tillerson slams Trump as Pompeo sings his praises

Tillerson slams Trump as Pompeo sings his praises

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson painted a scathing picture of his old boss President Donald Trump as someone who made uninformed decisions that were not based in reality — a stark contrast to Trump’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo, who is heaping praise on the outgoing President in his final days in office. “His understanding…

GOP Sen. Lankford appeals to Black constituents after sowing doubt about election

GOP Sen. Lankford appeals to Black constituents after sowing doubt about election

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, under pressure from his Black constituents over his decision to initially support objections to Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory last week, explained his decision-making in a letter Thursday but did not apologize for sowing doubt about election security. Lankford was among several Republican senators who had planned to dispute…

New security bulletin says domestic extremists most likely threat to inauguration

New security bulletin says domestic extremists most likely threat to inauguration

Domestic extremists pose the most likely threat to the presidential inauguration, particularly those who believe the incoming administration is illegitimate, according to a joint bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and eight other agencies obtained by CNN. The assessment, dated January 14, also notes that since the attack on the US Capitol, Russian,…

Biden outlines plan to administer Covid-19 vaccines to Americans

Biden outlines plan to administer Covid-19 vaccines to Americans

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday outlined a plan to administer Covid-19 vaccines to the US population that includes opening up eligibility to get more people vaccinated, creating more vaccination sites and taking measures to increase the supply and distribution of the vaccines, according to a fact sheet provided by his transition team. His plan includes…