Friday News: Invoke the 25th Amendment


NC DEMOCRATIC ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL FOR REMOVAL OF TRUMP: After pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol and forced Congress to evacuate and lock down during the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory, several North Carolina lawmakers, including Gov. Roy Cooper, have called for Trump to be removed from office, either through the 25th Amendment process or through impeachment. “President Trump invited violent rioters to the U.S. Capitol and encouraged the mob to breach the Capitol building and attempt a coup. This seditious act comes just days after he was caught on tape soliciting election fraud in the state of Georgia. He must be removed from office immediately,” said first-term Rep. Kathy Manning, a Greensboro Democrat, in a statement. Democratic Reps. Alma Adams of Charlotte and David Price of Chapel Hill both said Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet should take that step.

BREAKING NEWS, BOB STEINBURG IS STILL AN IDIOT: Many of North Carolina's Republican leaders issued statements about the riot. By Thursday at noon, none had been willing to answer questions about it in person. Sen. Richard Burr was the first North Carolina Republican to say Trump is to blame. "The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point," Burr said in a statement. Neither of the North Carolina senators nor Whatley spoke out over the past two months about the president's increasingly inflammatory rhetoric as he promoted false claims that the election was stolen. State Senator Bob Steinburg continued to raise those questions on Thursday. "When you have unresolved questions about this election by millions and millions of people being ignored and not even addressed you are going to have folks who want answers who are fed up," he posted to Facebook. "Biden - agree to a forensic audit and this ends."

10 NC TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARRESTED IN DC OVER 2 DAY PERIOD: DC Metro Police records also show three North Carolina residents were arrested on Tuesday, the day before the protests and riots at the Capitol. These arrests included two Asheville men, according to the Citizen Times. One of these men, Thomas Gronek, 46, of Asheville, was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, and possession of unregistered ammunition, according to police records. Here is the information of those arrested on Wednesday provided by the DC police and gathered through public record searches: Jere Brower, 45, Sanford - Curfew violation, unlawful entry. Earl Glosser, 40, Matthews - Curfew violation, unlawful entry. Lance Grames, 42, Sarfield - Curfew violation, unlawful entry. Tim Scarboro, 33, Monroe - Curfew violation. James Smawley, 27, Charlotte - Curfew violation. Jay Thaxton, 46, Concord - Curfew violation. Michael Jones, 23, Charlotte - Curfew violation.

TRUMP (FINALLY) CONCEDES ELECTION TO JOE BIDEN: President Trump spent more than 24 hours after instigating a mob to violently storm the Capitol trying to escape reality. Cloistered in the White House, Trump raged uncontrollably about perceived acts of betrayal. He tuned out advisers who pleaded with him to act responsibly. He was uninterested in trying to repair what he had wrought. And he continued to insist he had won the election, even as his own vice president certified the fact that he had not. Only after darkness fell in Washington on Thursday, after the Capitol had been besieged by death and destruction and a growing chorus of lawmakers had called for his immediate removal from office, did Trump grudgingly accept his fate. “Now Congress has certified the results,” Trump said in a video recorded in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room late Thursday afternoon. “A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.” This was not a concession so much as a grudging acknowledgment that his presidency would end. Trump did not talk of winners and losers, nor did he utter the word “concede,” but it was the closest he seemed willing to go. Some of his advisers had pleaded with him to give this kind of speech in November, after it was clear he had lost. Those appeals only intensified this week. During his 2-minute, 41-second speech, Trump read from a script that he agreed to only after a pressure campaign from Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, legal counsel Pat Cipollone and members of his family, officials said.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CONSIDERING CHARGING TRUMP WITH INCITING A RIOT: The Justice Department said on Thursday that it would not rule out pursuing charges against President Trump for his possible role in inciting the mob that marched to the Capitol, overwhelmed officers and stormed the building a day earlier. “We are looking at all actors, not only the people who went into the building,” Michael Sherwin, the U.S. attorney in Washington, told reporters. Mr. Sherwin was asked whether such targets would include Mr. Trump, who exhorted supporters during a rally near the White House, telling them that they could never “take back our country with weakness.” Propelled by Mr. Trump’s baseless claims of election irregularities, the protesters had gathered to demonstrate against Congress’s certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Electoral College victory and moved on to the Capitol after the president’s rally. Mr. Sherwin said he stood by his statement. “We’re looking at all actors,” he said. “If the evidence fits the elements of a crime, they’re going to be charged.” His comments were an extraordinary invocation of the rule of law against a president who has counted on the Justice Department to advance his personal agenda, and they came as former Trump officials and others condemned Mr. Trump’s actions. Former cabinet officials including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Attorney General William P. Barr, once one of the president’s most important defenders, blamed him for Wednesday’s violence. Mr. Sherwin said his prosecutors and the city’s Metropolitan Police Department were working around the clock to identify and arrest suspects. He complained that their job was made harder because the U.S. Capitol Police did not detain most of the rioters who forced their way into the building. The chief of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund, resigned on Thursday, amid questions about his force’s failure to protect the building.