Trump impeachment trial live: Latest updates as unseen videos shown
Trump impeachment trial live: Latest updates as unseen videos shown
What happened on the first day of Trump’s impeachment trial?
Previously unreleased security footage on Wednesday showed Republicans and Democrats alike running for their lives, with Mitt Romney and Chuck Schumer shown on camera fleeing through corridors to find a safe place to hide.
Advisers for Mr Trump say he has still indicated any regret over the violent incident on January 6 and his lack of contrition could influence wavering Senators, as reported by CNN.
Mike Pence – who was seen in footage on Wednesday being ushered away by the Secret Service with his family as the mob attacked the Capitol – has reportedly still not repaired his relationship with Mr Trump over the incident.
On Thursday, prosecutors will conclude their arguments for the impeachment of Mr Trump.
Biden orders sanctions on Myanmar
President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was issuing an executive order that will prevent Myanmar’s generals from accessing $1 billion in assets in the United States, and promised more measures.
Days of demonstrations have swept the country after the military coup that took place on February 1 in which leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained. Mr Biden said his actions were aimed at freezing US assets that benefit Myanmar’s military leaders while maintaining support for health care programs, civil society groups and other areas.
“We’re also going to impose strong exports controls. We’re freezing US assets that benefit the Burmese government, while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly,” Mr Biden said at the White House.
The US already has sanctions in place against some Myanmar military leaders over the killings and persecution of minority Rohingya Muslims.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 10:44
Dozens of top Republicans in talks to form ‘anti-Trump’ third political party
Some Republicans are so fuming at the behaviour of former president Donald Trump that they are considering forming a new breakaway political party.
The ideology of the new centre-right party would reportedly revolve around “principled conservatism” and treasure ideas that have been “trashed by Trump” during his time in office.
Stuti Mishra has all the details.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 10:24
President Joe Biden avoids weighing in on the impeachment trial of Donald Trump
The searing images once again claimed centre stage: a mob storming the US Capitol, Trump flags held aloft as violent rioters fought with police and targeted lawmakers.
But as the traumatic video footage from Jan. 6 grips viewers of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, there is one place where, publicly, the trial is being studiously ignored: the White House.
President Joe Biden stressed to reporters in advance that he would not be watching the proceedings and his team’s message is clear: Their focus is on the business of governing and not the historic events unfolding at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has dodged question after question about the trial, declining to offer Mr Biden’s opinion on the proceedings.
And Mr Biden’s calendar this week is meant as counter-programming to the trial: events focused on getting aid to those suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic and bolstering vaccine distribution to control the virus.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 10:03
Trump tweeted that Pence lacked ‘courage’ as VP was running for his life from Capitol mob
Minutes before Mike was being ushered out of the Senate chamber, narrowly escaping a mob that wanted to “hang” him, Donald tweeted that the former vice president did not have the “courage” to agree to his demand of stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”, Mr Trump said.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 09:52
President Biden’s visits Pentagon and calls for China review
While Donald Trump’s impeachment trial rumbled on Joe Biden made his first visit to the Pentagon as president, alongside vice-president Kamala Harris.
During his trip Mr Biden announced plans for a review of national security strategy on China as part of his push to recalibrate the U.S. approach with Beijing.
Defense Department officials described the review as a “sprint” effort that would weigh U.S. intelligence, troops levels in the region, defense alliances with China and more.
Mr Biden said the task force would make recommendations to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “so that we can chart a strong path forward on China-related matters.”
He is determined to depart from President Donald Trump’s approach to China — a relationship that placed economic and trade concerns above all else and then hit a wall after the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 09:31
Bodycam footage of police being attacked in Capitol shows officers crying in pain during impeachment trial
Senators yesterday witnessed disturbing footage of officers being attacked and beaten by a mob that stormed the Capitol on 6 January.
“The crowd is using munitions against us,” an officer said in an audio clip said as the mob overpowered security officers. “They have bear spray in the crowd. Bear spray in the crowd”.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 09:17
Trump administration policies cost hundreds of thousands of lives – even before Covid-19 hit
Donald Trump’s policies had a “devastating impact” on “every aspect of US health”, a new study has found.
The report, published in The Lancet, found that 461,000 fewer Americans would have died in 2018 alone and the Covid-19 death toll would have been cut by 40 per cent if the US’s average life expectancy were aligned with that of other G7 nations.
Andrew Naughtie has all the details.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 08:51
Joaquin Castro breaks down the ‘big lie’ on Wednesday
Joaquin Castro outlines Donald Trump’s history of the ‘big lie’ of a stolen election
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 08:25
Biden calls on Xi Jinping to end ‘human rights abuses in Xinjiang’
Mr Biden on Wednesday spoke to Chinese president Xi Jinping for the time since taking office, with the leaders discussing a range of issues including Beijing’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
In the first direct conversation between the leaders of the two countries since March last year, Mr Biden touched upon potential areas of cooperation such as the coronavirus pandemic, preventing weapons proliferation and climate change, writes The Independent’s Shweta Sharma
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 08:15
Georgia launches Trump Investigation
Prosecutors in Georgia have launched an investigation into Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election there.
The investigation in Fulton County relates to a phone call made by the former president to the secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, allegedly pressuring him to help overturn the results based on unfounded voter fraud claims.
District Attorney Fani Willis has informed state officials including Mr Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp to preserve “all records potentially related to the administration” of the state’s 3 November election.
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Stuti Mishra11 February 2021 07:00