Donald Trump latest news LIVE – Capitol cop KILLED by MAGA thugs who hit him with fire extinguisher as impeachment looms

Donald Trump latest news LIVE – Capitol cop KILLED by MAGA thugs who hit him with fire extinguisher as impeachment looms

NANCY Pelosi has called on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Donald Trump from office "immediately".

The House speaker said if this does not happen her caucus will move ahead with impeachment – and termed the president “a very dangerous person who should not continue in office.”

Mr Trump was also banned from Facebook until his presidency ends, the tech giant revealed today.

It comes after four people died during a night of carnage in the heart of American government when heavily armed Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building.

The President has been widely accused of "orchestrating" the riot by spreading unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the 2020 Election and holding a fiery rally in Washington DC shortly before the riot.

One of those who died was former US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit of San Diego, who in a graphic video was seen being shot by Capitol police after trying to climb through a broken window and enter the Chamber.

Follow all the latest developments via our live blog below...

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RIOT ACT

    Two Capitol rioters whose pictures were widely circulated on social media have been identified as the son of a supreme court judge and a stay-at-home dad.

    Aaron Mostofsky, of New York City, has been named as one of the hundreds of rioters who ransacked the US Capitol in a deadly siege on Wednesday.

    Dressed in fur pelts and a bulletproof vest, Mostofsky joined protesters who swarmed the halls of Congress, according to the Gothamist.

    He was pictured in widely circulated photographs while walking down the stairs outside the Senate Chamber in the bizarre outfit while also carrying a walking stick.

    Mostofsky is the son of Shlomo Mostofsky, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge according to Gothamist.

    His brother, Nachman Mostofsky, is vice president of the South Brooklyn Conservative Club, and an elected district leader in the borough.

    He also attended the rally but said he left before the group entered the Capitol building.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

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    US Capitol Police said: "The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.

    "Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.

    "The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague."

    More than 50 Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured, according to authorities, as a result of protests aimed at preventing Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's win.

    Four Trump fanatics who have died have been identified as Ashli Babbitt, 35, who was shot dead in the Capitol building; while Roseanne Boyland, 34, Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, died after suffering "medical emergencies."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    COP KILLED

    A US Capitol Police officer who was hit in the head by a fire extinguisher when Trump supporters rioted at the Capitol died from his injuries on Thursday evening.

    Officer Brian D. Sicknick was hurt in a clash with MAGA rioters on Wednesday and returned to his division office where he collapsed, police said.

    The officer was taken to a nearby hospital where he was placed on life support, according to Capitol Police union chairman Gus Papathanasiou.

    He died of his injures around 9:30pm on Thursday, the US Capitol Police said early on Friday.

    A rioter assaulted the officer with the extinguisher, a source told NewsNation on Thursday.

    Earlier on Thursday, CNN mistakenly reported based on three sources that the officer had already died.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT DOES THE CONFEDERATE FLAG MEAN?

    The flag is based on battle flags used by a number of armies in the American civil war between Southern slave-owning states and rest of the Union in the north.

    The most well known was the banner flown by General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

    It bore the familiar white stars on a blue cross set against a red background.

    After the war it became a symbol of rebel pride and was also known as the Dixie flag and the Southern Cross.

    Later in the early 20th century it was adopted by the Ku Klux Klan as it waged a white supremacist terror campaign against black people.

    Its appearance in the 1939 film Gone With The Wind inspired a widespread nostalgia for the flag a symbol of the Old South.

    Supporters who use it today say it represents Southern US heritage and the sovereignty of individual states.

    It still appears in the corner of the official flag of Mississippi, the only US state flag that includes it since Georgia changed its design in 2001.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    “I can see her yelling but I don’t see her breaking s*** or trying to hurt people. 

    "She was not that type of person."

    He added: “I’m in shock, I just can’t believe it.

    “The whole family were so proud of her. She believed in Trump and our democracy."

    Ashli is one of four people who died after a night of carnage in Washington.

    Before her death, she claimed social media there were more than three million rioters marching alongside her.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ‘SHE BELIEVED IN TRUMP’

    The uncle of the Air Force Veteran shot in the Capitol riot in DC says she would never hurt anybody and their family are “too heartbroken” to watch graphic footage of her death, The Sun can exclusively report.

    Ashli Babbitt, 35, was seen in disturbing footage being gunned down by police after trying to climb through a broken window and enter the Chamber as chaos erupted in Washington on Wednesday.

    Fighting back tears, Ashli’s uncle, Mike Mazziott, told The US Sun: “She loved her country, she wasn't trying to hurt anybody.

    “She was trying to improve our country and get her voice heard with like-minded people.

    "I found out when my sister, Ashli’s mom, called me. My sister is a total train wreck, I can’t even describe how bad she is right now.

    “We haven’t looked at any of the footage, it’s too heartbreaking. She wouldn’t have been armed, she was a protester with a flag."

  • Justin Lawrence

    DONALD TRUMP COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR CAPITOL CHAOS AS PROSECUTORS LOOK AT 'ALL ACTORS'

    DONALD TRUMP could face criminal charges for his role in the Capitol riots as prosecutors say they are looking at everyone involved in the unrest.

    Acting U.S. Attorney for Columbia Michael Sherwin said they are looking at all actors involved in the unrest at the US Capitol on Wednesday, including the role President Donald Trump played in inciting the crowd.

    He said: "We're looking at all actors here and anyone that had a role and, if the evidence fits the elements of the crime, they're going to be charged."

     Former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Danny Coulson told Fox News that the riots on Thursday the incident was 'instigator-generated'.

    The rioters had been stirred up by President Trump, who has spent weeks falsely attacking the 2020 election’s integrity and had urged supporters to protest Congress's formal approval of Biden's victory.

  • Jessica Kwong

    CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER DIES, BRINGING RIOT DEATH TOLL TO 5

    US Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick died on Thursday night from injuries he sustained as Trump supporters stormed the building the prior day.

    Sicknick was hurt in a clash with MAGA fans and returned to his division office before collapsing, police said in a statement. 

    Police union chairman Gus Papathanasiou said Sicknick was transported to a local hospital and put on life support. 

    Sicknick succumbed to his injuries around 9:30pm on Thursday.

    Read the full story here. 

  • Jessica Kwong

    200 PLUS LAWMAKERS CALL FOR TRUMP’S REMOVAL

    More than 200 members of the House of Representatives and Senate are calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from the White House as of Thursday night, according to NBC News. 

    All the lawmakers who support Trump’s removal are Democrats or independents, with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger the lone Republican.

    They have discussed impeaching Trump a second time or invoking the 25th Amendment.

    Trump is being accused of stoking his supporters to riot at the Capitol on Wednesday, which resulted in four deaths. 

    On Thursday, Trump acknowledged that a new administration will be inaugurated, and that will take place on Jan. 20.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TRUMP

    TRUMP DENOUNCES 'DEFILERS' OF CAPITOL AND FINALLY AGREES TO PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT HAVE LAWMAKERS SAID ABOUT TRUMP IMPEACHMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

    Calls for Trump’s removal spread rapidly across social media from Democratic lawmakers, commentators and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, including Vermont Governor Phil Scott.

    He tweeted: “The fabric of our democracy and the principles of our republic are under attack by the President.

    "Enough is enough. President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress.” 

    Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, said Congress should “impeach and convict” Trump.

    He said: “This is outrageous and the president caused it.”

    AACP Chairman Leon Russell tweeted: “Inciting a coup has to warrant impeachment.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    CAPITOL PUNISHMENT

    COPS have released photos of the brazen rioters wanted on federal charges after storming the US Capitol building, as the four people killed in the protests have been officially identified.

    The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are hunting down suspects involved in the mass insurrection, when pro-Trump protesters broke into the Capitol building as Congress was affirming President-elect Joe Biden's election victory.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    DC PROSECUTOR SAYS 'ALL CHARGES ARE ON THE TABLE' FOR MOB MEMBERS

    The top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia said Thursday that all options are on the table for charging members of the violent pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol including sedition charges.

    Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for D.C., said prosecutors plan to file 15 federal cases on Thursday for crimes including unauthorized access and theft of property, and investigators are combing through reams of evidence to bring additional charges.

    "All of those charges are on the table", he said.

    "Were not going to keep anything out of our arsenal for potential charges. We will bring the most maximum charges we can based upon the conduct."

    Sherwin said 40 other cases had already been filed in District of Columbia Superior Court. More than 90 people have been arrested in Washington and more arrests are likely.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS LOCK DOWN TRUMP ACCOUNTS

    After years of treating President Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric with a light touch, Facebook, Twitch and Instagram are silencing his social media accounts for the rest of his presidency.

    The move, which many called long overdue following Wednesday's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, is also a reminder of the enormous power that social-media platforms can wield when they choose.

    Facebook and Instagram said Thursday they will bar Trump from posting at least until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Twitter said that it's still evaluating whether to lift or extend what started as a 12-hour lockdown of Trump's account.

    It remains unclear how the platforms will handle Trump once he leaves office and is no longer shielded from enforcement of most rules by his status as a world leader.

    And some critics saw the moves as cynical efforts by the companies to position themselves for a post-Trump future.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY CONDEMNS CAPITOL VIOLENCE AS 'APPALLING' AND 'REPREHENSIBLE'

    Kayleigh McEnany, the White House's press secretary,has held a brief press conference this evening.

    "I am here to deliver this message on behalf of the White House. The violence we saw yesterday at our nation's capital was appalling, reprehensible, and antithetical to the American way.

    "Now it is time for America to unite, to come together to reject the violence we have seen. We are one American people under God."

    "Those who are working in this building are working to ensure an orderly transition of power. Now it is time for America to unite," she said. 

    McEnany left the podium without taking any questions from reporters.

    Kayleigh McEnany, the White House's press secretary, has held a brief press conference this eveningCredit: EPA
  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: COULD TRUMP BE IMPEACHED?

    Another way Trump could be removed from office is via impeachment.

    Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota said she was drawing up articles of impeachment against the President following Trump's call to his supporters to fight to undo his election loss.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another Democratic lawmaker and member of the liberal “Squad” often targeted by Republican Trump, echoed Omar’s call in a one-word tweet: “Impeach.”

    But with two weeks left of the Trump presidency, this seems unlikely.

    The Senate acquitted President Trump in February 2020 after an impeachment trial led by the Democratic-controlled House on charges of trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

  • Joseph Gamp

    REP. ADAM KINZINGER CALLS FOR 25TH AMENDMENT TO OUST DONALD TRUMP

    Rep Adam Kinzinger calls for 25th Amendment to be invoked to oust Donald Trump

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT HAPPENED ON WEDNESDAY DURING THE CAPITOL RIOTS?

    • Senators met to vote and certify the results of the election
    • Protesters broke down fences outside the US Capitol and stormed the building and Capitol buildings were put on lockdown
    • Vice President Mike Pence, followed by Senators, were evacuated
    • A woman was shot among three others amid the violent scenes and was said to be in critical condition
    • Trump told those that sieged the Capitol to "go home in peace"
    • An IED was reportedly found on Capitol grounds
    • The woman who was shot inside the Capitol was pronounced dead

    JOE BIDEN MOURNS 'ONE OF THE DARKEST DAYS OF OUR HISTORY' AFTER RIOTERS 'ALL-OUT ASSAULT' ON DEMOCRACY

    President-elect Joe Biden branded yesterday's rioting at the Capitol "one of the darkest days of our history", adding that the shocking violence was a consequence of Trump's "contempt for democracy".

    Joe Biden blamed Trump for unleashing an "all-out assault" on democracy and branded rioters as "domestic terrorists", in an address to America.

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also called Trump "a very dangerous person who should not continue in office" and urged Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to oust Trump immediately.

    TRUMP IMPEACHMENT BID: 'WE NEED TO MOVE QUICKLY'

    Representative Ilhan Omar has drawn up Articles of Impeachment to boot Trump from the White House.

    The Democrat congresswoman shared the article's opening page on Twitter today, adding "we need to move quickly to remove this President from office".

    The move comes after shocking scenes in Washington yesterday, where MAGA Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill – and four people died in the riots.

    While Ms Omar and other Democrat politicians have put their name to the impeachment papers – the process is a lengthy one and unlikely to kick into action in the 13 days Trump has left in office.

    The move is seen by some as symbolic of the politicians' disdain for the current president.

    THREE PEOPLE WHO DIED IN CAPITOL RIOTS ARE NAMED BY POLICE

    Two men and a woman who died in the Washington DC Capitol chaos along with Ashli Babbitt have been named by cops.

    The victims were identified as Kevin Greeson, 55, Benjamin Phillips, 50 and Roseanne Boyland, 34, officials said.

    Greeson's son, Kyler, confirmed in a statement on Facebook that his father, who was from Alabama, had a heart attack.

    "We all loved him so much," Kyler wrote. "He made me the man I am today."

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXPLAINED: WHAT IS THE 25TH AMENDMENT?

      The 25th amendment states: "In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President."

      In simple terms, it means that if the president is unable to do his job, the vice president will take on his role.

      It states: "The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

      If the 25th amendment was invoked, Mr Trump would be removed from office and Vice President Mike Pence would take office.

    • Joseph Gamp

      TWITCH DISABLES TRUMP'S ACCOUNT

    • Joseph Gamp

      AOC AND ILHAN OMAR JOIN DEMOCRAT CALLS FOR TRUMP TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE

      High profile Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have also joined the swelling tide calling for Trump to be forcibly removed from office.

      Rep. Omar has published articles of impeachment for introduction, urging colleagues: "We need to move quickly to remove this President from office."

      The resolution reads: "I invite you to join me in introducing a resolution to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdeameanors.

      "Once again, Trump has violated his constitutional oath to to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    • Joseph Gamp

      PELOSI CALLS ON PENCE TO INVOKE 25TH AMENDMENT AND REMOVE TRUMP

      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on Mike Pence to invoke 25th amendment and remove Trump from office.

      The speaker said if this does not happen her caucus will move ahead with impeachment.

      In calling for Trump's ouster, Pelosi termed the president "a very dangerous person who should not continue in office."

      "This is urgent. This is an emergency of the highest magnitude," she continued.

      "A complete tool of Putin, this president is," Pelosi said."Putin wants to undermine democracy … and the president gave him the biggest — of all of his many gifts to Putin — the biggest gift yesterday."

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