(2) Joe Biden prepares for January 20 inauguration; will lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery with Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama
House expected to vote on 25th Amendment resolution tonight and impeachment tomorrow.
“Democrats’ push to force Trump out — first with a vote later Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to take unilateral action and then an impeachment vote Wednesday — is barreling to the floor at unprecedented speed.” (POLITICO)
- The House is expected to vote tonight on a resolution calling on VP Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Only the Vice President and the Cabinet may decide to pursue the 25th Amendment; the House cannot instruct them to.
- Tomorrow the House is expected to vote on impeachment charges against President Trump. The vote is expected to succeed as Democrats hold a majority in the House, and some Republicans may vote for impeachment as well.
- House Republican leadership will not give a vote recommendation to their Members on impeachment. Rep. Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference chair, has termed it a “vote of conscience.”
- The next step after the House vote would be a Senate trial. There are still many questions about the timing of a trial, especially since it would very likely coincide with the start of the Biden Administration.
- President Trump commented on the impeachment effort earlier today, as the Daily Wire reported: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the latest Democratic effort to impeach him the ‘continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics,’ while underscoring that he doesn’t want any more violence. ‘We want no violence, never violence, we want absolutely no violence,’ said Trump. ‘On the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.'”
Joe Biden prepares for his January 20 inauguration. As part of the events, he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery with Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
“President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20 at 12 P.M. ET, becoming the 46th President of the United States. But it won’t be the typical inauguration, for several reasons. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and fresh security concerns following a pro-Trump mob breaching the Capitol last week have combined to force some changes to what is a historical American day.” (USA Today)
- Joe Biden is preparing for his January 20 inauguration to become the 46th President of the United States. The theme is “America United.”
Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama will attend as will VP Mike Pence.
President Trump has refused to attend; he is the first president since Andrew Johnson — who left office in 1869 and whom scholars often call America’s worst president — to do so.
- Although there will be no parade due to COVID-19, Biden will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, as is traditionally done. After last week’s tragic and deadly attack on the Capitol, there were questions of a virtual or indoor ceremony. But Biden confirmed: “I am not afraid to take the oath outside.”
- After his swearing-in, Biden will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery along with Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
- Up to 15,000 National Guardsmen may be deployed to D.C. to assist with security for the event, and the Secret Service will begin its security preparations for the event early. The FBI has issued warnings of potential protests in D.C. and in state capitals.
- The D.C. mayor, Virginia governor, Maryland governor released a joint statement asking people to stay home and attend the inauguration virtually:
“January 6, 2021 is now a seminal moment in American history. We are grateful for the courageous efforts of every law enforcement officer, Guard member, and first responder who heroically worked to secure the Capitol and ensure our nation’s democracy prevailed.
“On January 20, there will be a transition of power, and we will work together, and with our partners in the federal government, to ensure the safety of the National Capital Region. Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, including last week’s violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the extraordinary step of encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, D.C. and to instead participate virtually.
“In this very trying time, January 6 was a dark moment for our nation. But we know that we will get through this period because American ideals are stronger than one extreme ideology. Together, we will overcome extremism and get back to the work of our residents.”
Some corporations are pausing political contributions after deadly January 6 riot at Capitol.
“Some of the largest corporations in the United States have said they are pausing their political donations in the wake of the deadly riot at the Capitol. Three of the biggest American banks said they were temporarily suspending their political contributions via their political action committees after Wednesday, when, according to multiple reports, a pro-Trump mob clashed with police and stormed the Capitol while lawmakers, staffers, and reporters were trapped inside.” (Daily Signal)
- Some major corporations are pausing political contributions, either to all politicians or to House and Senate members who voted to challenge Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
- Among the latter group, as the Daily Signal reported: “Marriott International said it would halt donations ‘to those who voted against the certification of the election,’ while the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said it was suspending contributions to ‘lawmakers who voted to undermine democracy.'”
- Other corporations that are pausing give PAC contributions to Members of Congress who voted to challenge the Electoral College results, per The Hill, include: American Express, AT&T, Best Buy, Comcast, and Verizon.