Assault on the US Capitol Likely a Superspreader Event
The violent siege on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Wednesday left the nation shaken to its core, but new concerns have mounted around the possibility of the insurrection proving to be a coronavirus super spreader event. The United States reported more than 4,000 deaths on Thursday, and the largely unmasked mob of rioters that stormed the locked down Capitol may well have brought the coronavirus along with them. There's also concern about new super-infectious strains being transmitted.
Parents are facing the challenge of explaining the assault on the U.S. Capitol to their children. Experts say it's important to give kids space to work through their own thoughts on current events, but how do you assess when it becomes too much? Karen Aronian, a parenting and education expert who holds a doctorate in education, joined CBSN to discuss. Federal prosecutors have charged three individuals in connection with the riot at the US Capitol, the Department of Justice announced, including a man seen on video carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern and another wearing a bearskin headdress. CNN's Evan Perez reports. Members of Congress are pursuing methods to force President Donald Trump to leave office and accuse Trump of inciting the deadly assault on the US Capitol on Wednesday in support of his false claims of election fraud. (Jan. 11)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump as she pushes the vice president and the Cabinet to invoke constitutional authority to force him out, warning that Trump is a threat to democracy and could do more damage before he leaves office.
Last week, an angry mob overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows, and rampaged through the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden's victory over Trump in the Electoral College.
While some have questioned impeaching the president so close to the end of his term, Democrats and others argue he must be held accountable for his actions and prevented from ever again seeking public office.
Julie Pace, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Associated Press, said Trump would be the only president twice impeached.
"We notably have also seen a few Republicans, not many, but a few who have called for Trump to resign," Pace said. "They don't want to wait the 10 more days that they have to go through before he is out of power. They want to take some action now."
On Monday, a House resolution calling on Vice President Pence to invoke constitutional authority to remove Trump from office was blocked by Republicans. However, the full House is set to hold a roll call vote on that resolution on Tuesday, and it is expected to pass.
After that, Pelosi said Pence will have 24 hours to respond.
"At this point, we don't have an expectation that that will happen," Pace said. "We're told from sources that Mike Pence is not prepared to invoke the 25th Amendment, though we are also told that he has not ruled it out completely."
Next, the House would proceed to impeachment. Trump faces a single charge - "incitement of insurrection" - and a vote on the impeachment resolution could come Wednesday.
"This will be very different than the impeachment that we saw a year ago," Pace said. "This is not going to be a lengthy process on the House floor. We're not going to see tons of witnesses called forward. Everyone knows what happened here. This all happened in public view."
On impeachment, House Democrats would likely delay for 100 days sending articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial, to allow Biden to focus on other priorities.
There is precedent for pursuing impeachment after officials leave office. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, War Secretary William Belknap was impeached by the House the day he resigned, and the Senate convened a trial months later. He was acquitted. A video released by The New Yorker shows rioters roaming through the US Capitol when Trump supporters stormed the senate.
Security is being stepped up in the US ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.