Washington, January 11
Congressional Democrats began a push on Monday to force US President Donald Trump from office, introducing one article of impeachment accusing him of inciting insurrection over an attack on the Capitol last week.
Burns to lead CIA
- Joe Biden will tap a former career diplomat in William Burns to lead the CIA, his transition team said.
- Burns has been an ambassador to Russia and led talks that resulted in Iran N-deal. reuters
- Despite ample warnings, US Capitol Police did not bolster staffing to tackle riots, a report said.
- “They were left naked,” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, said about the police. agencies
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to take up the matter as early as Wednesday. Passage would make Trump, a Republican, the only president in US history to be impeached twice.
Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week, forcing lawmakers who were certifying Biden’s victory into hiding in a harrowing assault that left five dead. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, many of her fellow Democrats and a handful of Republicans say the President should not be trusted to serve out his term, which ends on January 20.
Earlier, Republicans blocked an effort to immediately consider a resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the US Constitution’s never-used 25th Amendment to remove an unfit president.
The House is expected on Tuesday to vote on the resolution calling for use of the 25th Amendment. — Reuters