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Donald Trump latest – Impeachment article to be sent next week as President to ‘go to Florida’ before Biden inauguration

DONALD Trump remains hugely popular with Republican voters with four in five saying they still back him, a new poll has found.

The Ipsos Mori/Axios survey, conducted between Monday and Wednesday this week, also found that 57% of Republicans still want Trump to be the Republican presidential nominee at the 2024 US Election.

Meanwhile 62% of Republicans said they supported Trump's roundly discredited claims that won last year's election, not Joe Biden.

The polling is interesting as many in the Republican establishment hoped to move on from Trump after he lost the presidency, the House and the Senate to the Democrats during his four year term.

And the polling will no doubt play a deciding factor in how many Republican senators dare to turn on the President at his upcoming impeachment trial if he remains a realistic candidate in 2024.

Follow our Donald Trump live blog below for the latest news on the impeachment and transition of a Biden presidency.

  • REPUBLICAN HOUSE LEADER SAYS DECISION TO CONVICT PRESIDENT OVER CAPITOL RIOT 'A VOTE OF CONSCIENCE'

    President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a vote of conscience.

    The timing for the trial, the first of a president no longer in office, has not yet been set. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear Friday that Democrats intend to move swiftly on President-elect Joe Bidens $1.9 trillion COVID aid and economic recovery package to speed up vaccinations and send Americans relief. Biden is set to take the oath of office Wednesday.

    The uncertainty of the scheduling, despite the Houses swift impeachment of Trump just a week after the deadly Jan. 6 siege, reflects the fact that Democrats do not want the Senate trial proceedings to dominate the opening days of the Biden administration.

    With security on alert over the threat of more potential violence heading into the inauguration, the Senate is also moving quickly to prepare for confirming Biden's nominee for National Intelligence Director, Avril Haines.

    A committee hearing is set for the day before the inauguration, signaling a confirmation vote to install her in the position could come swiftly once the new president is in office.

  • UK'S KEIR STARMER SPEAKS OF HOPE FOR RELATIONS WITH THE US UNDER JOE BIDEN

    Sir Keir Starmer is to set out his "optimistic" vision for a wide-ranging new relationship with the United States under Joe Biden.

    As the President-elect prepares for his inauguration on Wednesday, the Labour leader will declare himself to be "pro-American but anti-Trump".

    In a keynote address to the Fabian Society conference on Saturday, he will accuse Boris Johnson of getting too close to the outgoing president.

    He will say the Prime Minister has spent the last few years "cosying up to people who don't have Britain's interests at heart and courting the idea that he is Britain's Trump".

    In contrast, he will say that under a Labour government, Britain will seek to act as a "moral force for good in the world" after "a decade of global retreat" under the Conservatives.

  • MOST AMERICANS SAY TRUMP BEARS RESPONSIBILITY FOR CAPITOL ATTACK, POLL

    Most Americans think Donald Trump is to blame for the attack on the Capitol and that he should be removed from office, a poll has revealed.

    According to the survey released by ABC and the Washington Post, 45 per cent of adults said Trump deserves a “great deal” of responsibility for what happened on January 6.

    A further 12 per cent said he deserves a “good amount” of responsibility.

    Less than a third – 28 per cent – of Americans said he holds no responsibility at all.

  • WHERE IS DONALD TRUMP TODAY?

    Donald Trump is preparing his White House exit as President-elect Joe Biden is set to occupy the Oval Office once he's inaugurated on January 20.

    Amid the resignations of several of his cabinet members, he was impeached a second time on January 13, becoming the first American president to be impeached twice.

  • BREAKING: PELOSI EXPECTED TO SEND IMPEACHMENT ARTICLE TO SENATE NEXT WEEK

    US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to send the article of impeachment of President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate next week.

  • PELOSI SAYS CONGRESS MEMBERS WHO HELPED CAPITOL PROTESTERS SHOULD FACE 'CRIMINAL PROSECUTION'

    Any members of the U.S. Congress who helped a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters storm the Capitol should face criminal prosecution, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday.

    The unprecedented Jan. 6 attack on the seat of Congress left five dead and led the House to impeach Trump a second time, for a fiery speech that day in which he urged thousands of his followers to fight Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

    The hundreds who stormed the Capitol quickly overwhelmed police guarding the building, calling security preparations into question, and showed a level of detailed knowledge about the location of lawmakers' offices by some rioters that raised suspicions.

    Democratic Representative Mikie Sherrill, a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, has accused some Republican lawmakers of helping Trump supporters, saying she saw colleagues leading groups on "reconnaissance" tours on Jan. 5.

    Pelosi was asked at a news conference whether any actions would be taken against lawmakers who may have brought tours to the Capitol the day before the attack, which briefly halted Congress in its duty of certifying Biden's win.

  • BIDEN WILL ENVOKE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT TO EXPAND MORE VACCINE PRODUCTION

    President-elect Joe Biden will use the Defense Production Act to expand the production of the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination supplies.

    It will form part of a wide-ranging plan to deliver on his pledge to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days.

    President Donald Trump had invoked the Defense Production Act - which government authority to direct private companies to meet national defense needs - address aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    to address various aspects of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

    His plan also includes proposals to create federally funded community vaccination centers, make the vaccination available in pharmacies and launch mobile clinics to get the shot to underserved communities. And hell expand the health care workforce so there are more people qualified to deliver the vaccine to Americans.

  • WATCH: TWITTER CEO SAYS TRUMP BAN IS 'BIGGER THAN ONE ACCOUNT'

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban is 'BIGGER than one account' and will 'go on beyond inauguration'
  • WASHINGTON LANDMARKS TO CLOSE TO VISITORS TILL AT LEAST JANUARY 21

    The National Park Service said Friday it was immediately closing the National Mall and iconic U.S. landmarks in Washington to visitors through at least January 21.

    The Mall includes landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

    The area around the White House has also been closed, as has a key bridge over the Potomac River that connects Virginia to Washington, as well as East and West Potomac Parks, including Hains Point, which are near the Mall.

    "We cannot allow a recurrence of the chaos and illegal activity that the United States and the world witnessed last week," Matthew Miller, the head of the Secret Service's Washington field office, told reporters.

  • FIVE KEY POINTS FROM JOE BIDEN'S NEW STIMULUS PLAN

    President-elect Joe Biden revealed a shiny new coronavirus aid plan last night. Here's the top five changes he has suggested:

  • BIDEN UNVEILS $1.9TRILLION COVID-19 RESCUE PLAN

    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9trillion Covid-19 rescue plan to speed up the country’s response to the pandemic and boost the economy. 

    The Democrat’s American Rescue Plan includes $415billion to combat the pandemic, including $160billion for a national vaccination program to push faster rollout of vaccines and expand testing.

    It also includes $1,400 stimulus checks and boosts supplemental unemployment benefits from $300 to $400 per week through September. 

    Biden had been pushing Congress to increase the second round of $600 stimulus checks to $2,000, and his plan makes up for the difference.

    “It’s not hard to see that we’re in the middle of a once-in-several-generations economic crisis with a once-in-several-generations public health crisis. We have to act, and we have to act now,” he added.

  • PENCE AND HARRIS SPOKE BY TELEPHONE THURSDAY - REPORTS

    US Vice President Mike Pence held a telephone conversation with his successor Kamala Harris on Thursday, the AFP reported on Friday, as Donald Trump's deputy moves ahead with the presidential transition.

    No more details were immediately available about the call, which was confirmed five days before Harris and President-elect Joe Biden are sworn in to office.

  • US TRADE OFFICE SAYS VIETNAM CURRENCY ACTIONS 'UNREASONABLE' - BUT HOLDS OFF ON IMPOSING TARIFFS

    USTR says Vietnam's currency actions 'unreasonable' but holds off on tariffs

    The Trump administration on Friday said Vietnam's actions related to currency valuations are "unreasonable" and restrict US commerce.

    But the administration is not taking immediate action to impose punitive tariffs.

    Releasing the results of its "Section 301" investigation into Vietnam's currency practices, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said it would continue to evaluate all available options to correct the situation, a process that will pass to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Wednesday.

  • JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: NO DIRECT EVIDENCE OF PLOT OT KIDNAP OR KILL LAWMAKERS IN LAST WEEK'S CAPITOL PROTESTS

    No 'direct evidence' of plot to kidnap or kill lawmakers in U.S. Capitol attack -Justice Department official

    A U.S. Justice Department official on Friday said there is currently no direct evidence of efforts to capture or assassinate lawmakers in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

    "We don't have any direct evidence of kill capture teams," said Michael Sherwin, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, in a press conference with reporters.

  • BOX OUT: WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF IMPEACHMENT?

    What are the steps of the Impeachment process?

    Trump is facing his second impeachment as members of Congress charge him with inciting insurrection

  • NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE LETHAL FORCE

    Around 20,000 National Guard troops preparing for pro-Trump demonstrations this weekend in the nation's capital will be armed and permitted to use lethal force, the headquarters overseeing them says.

    It marks a striking escalation in the way authorities there are preparing for repeat violence after last week's Captiol protests.

    The DC National Guard will command guard forces in the nation's capital to quell any unrest in the run up to Joe Biden's inauguration.

    A statement said: "On January 12, 2021, National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of Congress and their staff."

    It continued: ""Guardsmen are trained in the use of lethal and less-than-lethal force, de-escalation techniques, as well as the use of protective equipment. This is standard for civil disturbance response missions. The National Guard is proud to support the Secret Service, US Capitol Police and Park Police who are leading the security efforts during the events for the 59th Presidential Inauguration."

  • WATCH: NANCY PELOSI BREAKS DOWN IN TEARS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE

    Nancy Pelosi breaks down in tears as she brands Capitol riot an ‘assault on our democracy’
  • WASHINGTON NATIONAL MALL TO CLOSE UNTIL AFTER INAUGURATION DAY

    The National Park Service has closed Washington's National Mall to the general public as part of greatly intensified security ahead of Joe Biden's presidential inauguration.

    The closure started Friday morning. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden's inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.

    The Secret Service asked for the closing. Thousands of National Guard troops are deployed in the nations capital as part of extraordinary security, after supporters of President Donald Trump overran the Capitol building Jan. 6 as lawmakers were certifying results in Biden's election victory over Trump.

    The park service will still allow inauguration activities and permitted free-speech events on the National Mall despite the closure, it said. The park service said it would allow only small demonstrations for permit holders and would escort any protesters and hold them in designated areas, along with other safety measures.

    National Park Service and Interior Department spokespeople did not immediately respond when asked if any protest permits had been granted or applied for.

  • PELOSI SWERVES QUESTIONS ON TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TIMELINE

    Nancy Pelosi did not answer when asked on Friday about when she plans to send the single impeachment article against President Donald Trump to the Senate, which would begin the trial process in that chamber.

    "We're working on taking this to trial...and you'll be the first to know when we announce that we're going over there," Pelosi told reporters at a briefing, noting that the House had just passed the article on Wednesday.

  • FORMER GENERAL WHO OVERSAW HURRICANE KATRINA RESPONSE WILL OVERSEE IMMEDIATE SECURITY REVIEW

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that a retired general who coordinated the Hurricane Katrina response will oversee an immediate security review following last week's deadly riot at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

    "We must subject this whole complex to scrutiny in light of what happened, and the fact that the inauguration is coming," the top Democrat told reporters, referring to the swearing-in of Joe Biden as the 46th president next Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol.

    "To that end, I have asked retired lieutenant general Russel Honore to lead an immediate review of security infrastructure, interagency processes, and command and control," Pelosi said, adding that Honore is "a respected leader with experience dealing with crises."

  • BIDEN SELECTS FORMER FDA COMMISSIONER TO LEAD COVID TASK FORCE

    President-elect Joe Biden has picked Dr. David Kessler, a former head of the FDA, to lead federal Covid-19 vaccine efforts for the incoming administration.

    Kessler will take over for Moncef Slaoui, who led the effort during the Trump administration.

  • MOST AMERICANS SAY TRUMP BEARS RESPONSIBILITY FOR CAPITOL ATTACK, POLL

    Most Americans think Donald Trump is to blame for the attack on the Capitol and that he should be removed from office, a poll has revealed.

    According to the survey released by ABC and the Washington Post, 45 per cent of adults said Trump deserves a "great deal" of responsibility for what happened on January 6.

    A further 12 per cent said he deserves a "good amount" of responsibility.

    Less than a third - 28 per cent - of Americans said he holds no responsibility at all.

  • BIDEN NAMES PICKS

    Senior adviser to Joe Biden's election campaign Anita Dunn is joining the White House as a senior adviser to the president.

    The former communications director during Barack Obama's presidency is said to be joining the White House on a temporary basis, Fox News reports.

    A person close to the Biden camp told Fox that Ms Dunn is an 'extremely well-respected and well-liked person in this community".

    The Biden transition team have announced that TJ Ducklo has been named deputy White House press secretary.

    He will serve as deputy to Jen Psaki.

    Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said the appointments "will be critical in communicating information on behalf of the White House to the press and the American public".

  • EYES ON PELOSI AS TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL TIMING UP IN THE AIR

    The timing of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial could come into clearer focus on Friday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to take questions about her next steps at a morning news conference at the Capitol.

    The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted 232-197 on Wednesday to impeach Trump on a charge of incitement - one week after his supporters rampaged in the Capitol after the President urged them to fight Joe Biden's election victory.

    Trump, the first president in US history to be impeached twice, falsely claims he lost because of widespread voting fraud.

    He will likely be the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office.

    The trial could delay some of Biden's priorities after he is sworn in on Jan. 20, as the Senate would also be needed to confirm his Cabinet nominees and to pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package he is calling for.

  • MORE ON TRUMP'S DEPARTURE PLANS

    President Donald Trump now plans to leave Washington on the morning of Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 after considering a departure on Jan. 19, a source familiar with the matter confirmed.

    Trump, who had already announced plans not to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, is reportedly planning a farewell event at Joint Base Andrews, the base outside Washington where Air Force One is headquartered.

    He will then fly on to Palm Beach, Florida, to begin his post-presidency at his Mar-a-Lago club, the source told Reuters.

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