From Fox News:
The House impeachment managers accused former President Donald Trump of “the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by a President” in their final brief before Trump’s Senate impeachment trial begins in earnest Tuesday.
Their brief — technically a reply to the Trump team’s answer to the article of impeachment — follows the submission by Trump’s lawyers of their full pre-trial brief earlier Monday.
The House managers in their brief most prominently counter the two main defenses that Trump’s legal team has put forth — that the Senate cannot constitutionally hold an impeachment trial for a former president and that Trump’s conduct was protected by the First Amendment.
The impeachment managers generally fall back on arguments they made in their full pre-trial brief submitted last week on the issue of whether the Senate has jurisdiction to try an impeachment of a former president.
“The Framers’ intent, the text of the Constitution, and prior Congressional practice all confirm that President Trump must stand trial for his constitutional crimes committed in office,” the brief reads. “There is no “January Exception” to the Constitution that allows Presidents to abuse power in their final days without accountability.”
Of Trump’s First Amendment defense, the impeachment managers said that the argument from the president’s lawyers is “utterly baseless.”
“President Trump’s incitement of insurrection was itself a frontal assault on the First Amendment. As a matter of law and logic—not to mention simple common sense—his attempted reliance on free speech principles is utterly baseless,” the brief says. “[T]o be clear, this is not a case about ‘protected speech.’ The House did not impeach President Trump because he expressed an unpopular political opinion. It impeached him because he willfully incited violent insurrection against the government.”
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AOC: Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley ‘Must Resign’ or Face ‘Expulsion’ After Capitol Riots
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley Thursday; saying the two “must resign” after thousands of protesters stormed the US Capitol during a Joint Session of Congress.
“Sen. Cruz, you must accept responsibility for how your craven, self-serving actions contributed to the deaths of four people yesterday. And how you fundraised off this riot. Both you and Senator Hawley must resign. If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion,” posted AOC on Twitter.
Sen. Cruz, you must accept responsibility for how your craven, self-serving actions contributed to the deaths of four people yesterday. And how you fundraised off this riot.
Both you and Senator Hawley must resign. If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion. https://t.co/O2m6T59LYP
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021
“The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system. We must come together and put this anger and division behind us. We must, and I am confident we will, have a peaceful and orderly transition of power,” said Cruz earlier in the day.
DE BLASIO STEPS IN: Mayor Says NYC Employees Who Participated in Capitol Riot Will Be Fired
From Fox News:
The New York Police Department is investigating whether at least one of its members was involved in last week’s riot in Washington, D.C., as the Big Apple’s mayor warned Monday that any city employee involved in the attack “will be terminated.”
"I can tell you that anyone committing crimes certainly would have a very short shelf life with the NYPD," Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told NY1. https://t.co/sEegL1CHcm
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) January 11, 2021
“There is no name yet released because we don’t know if it’s true or not,” Shea said. “But I can tell you that anyone committing crimes certainly would have a very short shelf life with the NYPD.”
Shea, who announced last week he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said he had spoken last night with Joseph Resnick, who heads the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, on the matter.
Speaking about Wednesday’s events on Capitol Hill, Shea said he was “deep in COVID” at the time, but added: “Like everyone else, I was disgusted by what I saw.”
On Saturday, the Fire Department of New York confirmed in a statement to Fox News that the agency “received anonymous allegations that active or retired members were present at the events at the United States Capitol on January 6,” said Frank Dwyer, FDNY’s deputy commissioner of public information and external affairs. The department provided the FBI with the information.
A source familiar with the matter told Fox News on Monday the FDNY received two tips from two individuals linking them to the Capitol Hill events. The source could not speak to whether they were active duty or retired members, and said the tips “generically stated that they were at the events at the Capitol.”
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