Washington – The latest on Accountability of President Donald Trump And the repercussions of the January 6 attack on the Capitol by Trump loyalists (all times are local):
Prosecutors said a Delaware man holding a Confederate battle flag during a bloody riot at the U.S. Capitol was arrested after authorities used the photo to help identify him.
Federal prosecutors say Kevin Seyfried, who was seen carrying the flag, was arrested in Delaware with his son Hunter Seyfried. Prosecutors say they both entered the Senate building through a broken window.
They were charged with illegal entry into a restricted building, violent entry, anarchic behavior on the Capitol grounds, and damage to government property.
Court documents say the men were identified after the FBI was told by a colleague at Hunter Seyfried that he had bragged about being on the Capitol with his father.
No one answered the phone on Thursday afternoon at a number listed for them.
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President Donald Trump faces an impeachment trial in the Senate that could begin on January 20, the day Democrat Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. Trump was impeached Wednesday, one week after he encouraged a crowd of loyalists to “fight like hell.” Against the election results and the Capitol became the target of a deadly siege. The FBI is warning against planning armed protests by violent Trump supporters in all 50 state capitals as well as in Washington.
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A retired Pennsylvania firefighter has been arrested on suspicion of throwing a fire extinguisher that injured three police officers during the US Capitol siege.
Former Chester firefighter Robert Sanford was arrested on Thursday on charges that include assaulting a police officer and entering the Capitol building illegally.
The charges against Sanford do not relate to the widely publicized attack on an officer who was injured by a fire extinguisher and died.
Sanford will appear in federal court in Pennsylvania, but the case will be brought in Washington.
Sanford could not be reached for comment on Thursday, and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.
US officials say the number of National Guard troops flocking to the nation’s capital to help with law enforcement with security for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden has risen to about 26,000.
Officials say Guard members from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, are spread across the city. Officials had initially said as many as 20,000 people were needed, but the final number increased based on additional requests from law enforcement officials.
US officials were not allowed to discuss the security details publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
As of Thursday, there are nearly 7,000 Guard members in Washington, and thousands more are on the way. Officials say between 3,000 and 4,000 guardsmen are armed
The length of tasks may vary, but Defense Ministry officials have been mandated to deploy the guards for up to 30 days for the inaugurations and surrounding protests.
Pentagon officials have approved requests that some members of the guard be armed with either long rifles or pistols, particularly members of the guard posted near the U.S. Capitol Building.
– Writer Lolita C. Baldur
Democratic Representative Adriano Espaillat from New York said he has coronavirus. He is the most recent member of the House of Representatives to report positive test results since dozens of lawmakers gathered together for protection during the January 6 rebellion at the US Capitol.
Espaillat says he’s not experiencing any symptoms, he’s under home quarantine and will continue to operate in the upper Manhattan area. He says he got two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
At least three other members of the House of Representatives tested positive after a group of lawmakers fled to a safe location on Capitol Hill when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed and looted the Capitol.
It is not clear where or when lawmakers contracted the virus. But the treating physician on the Capitol told members of the House that they might have been exposed to someone in the room with the virus.
President Donald Trump’s trial may begin at 1 p.m. on Inauguration Day next Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. This is according to the schedule of Senate actions obtained by The Associated Press.
It’s the timeline likely if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the impeachment article to the Senate soon.
The House of Representatives impeached Trump on Wednesday on one count of incitement to revolt after the deadly Capitol siege last week by pro-Trump gangs. Trump is the only president to have been impeached twice.
Pelosi did not say when she would send the impeachment charge to the Senate. Some Democrats have suggested backing off to allow Biden to start running time and start working on his priorities first.
Biden has suggested that the Senate may divide its time between the impeachment trial, confirming its cabinet candidates, and working on COVID-19 relief and other issues.
– AP Congress correspondent Lisa Mascaro
Although President Donald Trump’s Senate trial will not occur until he leaves office, it could still have the effect of preventing him from running again.
If the Senate is found guilty, lawmakers can then take a separate vote on whether Trump should be excluded from holding office in the future.
In the case of federal judges removed from office, the Senate held a second vote after conviction to determine whether the person should be barred from holding federal office again.
Only a majority of the Senate would be required to bar him from future office, unlike the two-thirds who are required to be convicted.
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