Trump Condemns Rioters in Video; DeVos and Chao to Resign From Cabinet, Capitol Police Officer Dies
In the face of heavy bipartisan criticism, President Trump directly condemned the perpetrators香蕉视频苹果下载 of the Capitol riots. He also said he would assist in the Biden transition process, and didn’t repeat his charges of election fraud.
Top Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi called for Mr. Trump to be removed from office, after a violent day where pro-Trump rioters invaded the Capitol building and threatened lawmakers.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she was resigning, telling Mr. Trump in a letter: "There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me." Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao earlier announced her resignation, citing the "entirely avoidable" storming of the Capitol building by pro-Trump supporters.
While a number of Democrats have called for invoking the 25th Amendment, and one Republican joined Thursday, there did not yet appear to be serious talk among administration officials for the move.
Capitol Police Say Officer Has Died of Injuries Sustained in Capitol Riots
A Capitol Police officer died Thursday night of injuries he suffered while responding to this week's attack on the Capitol, according to a
香蕉视频苹果下载The officer, Brian D. Sicknick, was responding to the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday when he was injured while "physically engaging" with the rioters, according to the statement from Capitol Police.
He died of his injuries on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.
Mr. Sicknick joined the Capitol Police in 2008 and had recently served in the force's first responder unit, according to the statement. Several law enforcement agencies are investigating the death.
Actions by Police Backfired Spectacularly
U.S. officials said they underestimated the potential for Trump supporters to become a mob who quickly seized the U.S. Capitol for hours, making a series of decisions before the attack that backfired spectacularly.
“We have a lot of lessons to learn from this,” said the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., Michael Sherwin, at a briefing Thursday.
In the days before the Capitol rioting, law-enforcement officials were alerted to a noticeable uptick in online discussions about Wednesday’s pro-Trump protests potentially becoming unruly and targeting the building where Congress would count electoral votes.
FAA Appointees Resign in Wake of Capitol Riot
香蕉视频苹果下载A group of high-ranking Federal Aviation Administration appointees have resigned effective next week, in the wake of President Trump’s role in sparking a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to an internal email reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
The resignations of the FAA’s chief counsel, its deputy administrator for communications, its head of its airport operations and others come amid a wave of resignations across the administration in the wake of the assault, which led to four deaths.
“Our colleagues’ decisions, given the gravity of yesterday’s events, are understandable,” according to the internal email to FAA staff. “Like all of us, they are outraged by the brazen and violent attack on one of the sacred institutions of American democracy.”
Among the departing officials are Arjun Garg, the chief counsel as well as its acting deputy administrator, Kirk Shaffer, the associate administrator for airports, and Brianna Manzelli, the agency’s chief spokesperson.
香蕉视频苹果下载Also departing are Bailey Edwards, an assistant administrator, and Andrew Giacini, the agency’s legislative affairs director.
The resignations were accepted by FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, the nation’s top flight safety regulator, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who announced her own resignation on Thursday, also in response to Mr. Trump’s encouragement of the riot.
Before Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, Mr. Dickson had told company and government officials that barring a request from the incoming Biden administration, he intended to stay at the helm of the FAA until his term is set to end in 2024.
香蕉视频苹果下载On Thursday, Mr. Dickson sent a video message to FAA staff acknowledging and condemning Wednesday's attack.
Andy Pasztor contributed to this report.
Betsy DeVos Resigns as Education Secretary
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation to President Trump on Thursday night, becoming the second member of Mr. Trump's cabinet to resign since pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
"We should be highlighting and celebrating your Administration's many accomplishments on behalf of the American people," Mrs. DeVos wrote in a letter to the president.
香蕉视频苹果下载"Instead we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people's business. That behavior was unconscionable for our country. There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me."
She added: "Impressionable children are watching all this, and they are learning from us."
The resignation is effective Friday.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao香蕉视频苹果下载 said earlier Thursday she would resign effective Jan. 11, citing the "entirely avoidable" storming of the Capitol building by pro-Trump supporters.
Capitol Police Says No Officer Has Died, Deeming Earlier Reports Incorrect
香蕉视频苹果下载The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement Thursday that while some officers were hospitalized as a result of Wednesday's melee, none of the officers have died.
香蕉视频苹果下载Earlier, a union official had said an officer had died as the result of injuries sustained in the conflict with pro-Trump rioters who forced their way into the Capitol Building.
The union leader subsequently wrote in an email that the officer "may still be on life support."
香蕉视频苹果下载"We ask that our officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected at this time," the Capitol Police said. "Should a statement become necessary, the Department will issue one at the appropriate time."