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US FBI screens troops ahead of Biden inauguration

National Guard members walk toward the US Capitol in Washington the United States on Friday. JOSHUA ROBERTS  REUTERS National Guard members walk toward the US Capitol in Washington the United States on Friday. JOSHUA ROBERTS REUTERS
Bennie Garza | 18 January, 2021, 17:33

"I don't think anybody would seriously argue that we should establish a precedent where every president, on the way out the door, has two weeks or three weeks or four weeks to try to incite an armed insurrection against the union", Raskin said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"This will be an inaugural like no other, in large part because of Covid", Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS. He was investigated this summer by federal prosecutors in relation to his actions in Ukraine and his role in sacking the USA ambassador to Kiev, a scandal that triggered the impeachment proceedings for President Trump.

Trump, who had been rolling out pardons and commutations at a steady clip ahead of Christmas, had put a pause on them in the days leading up to and directly after the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, according to officials. Senators could move forward with the proceedings as early as this week, though its unlikely they would come before Trump leaves office January 20.

Additionally, the incumbent president has also announced that her son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is in the same situation.

"We are prepared for the worst, but we remain hopeful that those who choose to demonstrate at our Capitol do so peacefully", Colonel Joseph Gasper, Michigan State Police director, said at a security briefing on Friday. McConnell continues to hold great sway in his party, even though convening the trial next week could be among his last acts as majority leader as Democrats prepare to take control of the Senate with the seating of two new Democratic senators from Georgia.

They said discussions with city and federal officials over the final number of National Guardsmen to be sent to Washington have yet to be decided, as officials plan for what is needed.

Psaki noted that during Trump's first impeachment trial past year, the Senate continued to hold hearings each day.

White House aides told CNN Trump was entirely focused on the Electoral College count in the days preceding the riot, which prevented him from finalizing his decision on pardons. Ten Republicans joined all Democrats in the 232-197 vote, the most bipartisan modern presidential impeachment. She said in a statement that the House responded "appropriately" with impeachment and she will consider the trial arguments. While the elections are over, the chance for some Senate Republicans to begin to separate themselves from Trump remains.

The dynamics of a Senate trial will be very different from the House impeachment vote, which came only a week after the Capitol was stormed.

"President-elect Biden will take action-not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration-but also to start moving our country forward", Klain said, as police staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration.

Outside Pennsylvania's capitol in Harrisburg, one Trump supporter noted the poor turn-out, telling Reuters: "There's nothing going on".

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