IT: House voting on impeachment, and... 🛬 Should the Capitol rioters be added to the no-fly list?
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by Causes | 1.13.21
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House Democrats are expected to vote today on impeaching Trump for a second time.
Rep. John Katko of New York on Tuesday became the first House Republican to publicly acknowledge plans to join at least 218 House Democrats who signed onto an impeachment resolution.
Per the resolution:
"Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the Presidency in an attempt to circumvent and subvert the rule of law by inciting an insurrection against the Government of the United States of America."
Katko said as much in his statement over supporting the impeachment efforts:
“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.”
Trump said the impeachment resolution is “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.” While the president called for “no violence” he said “this impeachment is causing tremendous anger.”
Trump: Pre-Riot Comments Were 'Totally Appropriate'
President Donald Trump denied responsibility for the riots at the Capitol last week which resulted in the deaths of at least five people.
The president was referring to a speech he delivered to his supporters just before the mob stormed the Capitol last week. In his remarks, Trump encouraged the crowd to march on the building, saying:
"You'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong."
Trump claimed the “real problem” was what other politicians said about the violent riots in Portland following the death of George Floyd.
Capitol Rioters & No-Fly List
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have called for the Capitol rioters to be added to the no-fly list.
The federal no-fly list is used to limit travel by those who pose "a threat of committing terrorism"—the list itself is a subset of the FBI's Terrorist Watchlist, which was created after 9/11.
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), a union representing 50,000 flight attendants on 17 airlines, expressed her organization's support for keeping the Capitol rioters off planes and suggested that airlines conduct reviews of the manifests to and from D.C. after the January 6 riot.
"While the airlines cannot coordinate on competitive issues, they certainly can coordinate on safety issues," Nelson said.
And, in the End…
안녕 to our Hangul readers on this Korean American Day.
In 2003, President George W. Bush issued Proclamation 7638, proclaiming January 13th as a day to celebrate the arrival of Korean immigrants to the U.S.
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