The FBI at the Inauguration
In the first story of the briefing today, we discuss the ongoing saga that is the siege of the US Capitol building. While this happened last week, the fallout from it is still ongoing. US law enforcement agencies are worries that following the siege, it is possible that the domestic terrorists could strike again in capitol buildings across the US. More specifically, they are worried that they could re-emerge in Washington on the day of the inauguration.
For this reason, security is being tightened for the inauguration – to try and ensure that the police are not on the back foot like they were last week.
There are also currently plans for protests around the country on the 17th January by loyal Trump supporters too – meaning that inauguration day is not the only day law enforcement are worried about. So, it’s possible that the Capitol building in Washington, and Capitol buildings around the US could see heightened law enforcement presence in the days leading up to the inauguration too.
The fact that this is all happening in the midst of a global pandemic, while the president is announcing that he disagrees with the election result and that he refuses to go to the inauguration himself demonstrates that our wish that 2021 be more positive than 2020 has not really got off to a good start.
A Second Impeachment?
For the second story today, we are staying in the US and focusing on attempts to remove President Trump from office. Despite there being only little over a week before President Elect Biden officially takes over, Democrats, angered by the aforementioned events of last week, feel enough is enough and are seeking to bring forward the end of this Presidency.
The first port of call is the 25th amendment. This was created in order to set in stone a clear transition of power to the Vice President in case a sitting President died or was very ill. However, there are calls for it to be implemented now as a way of getting rid of Trump. Although a vote on this today is likely to pass, it is unlikely to have much effect, as it would require VP Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to agree to betray their leader.
This brings us to impeachment. Democrats, assuming that the 25th will not help them, have set out to hold an impeachment debate and vote on Wednesday on the grounds that the President engaged in the ‘incitement of insurrection’. This is expected to easily pass in the House, which Democrats control, but for it to get through the Senate as a ⅔ supermajority is necessary – thus making it rather unlikely. There is also the problem of timing, in that the Senate trial would have to occur after Trump left office, raising concerns that it is a waste of time.
We will have a video out on TLDR US in the coming days looking at this more in depth, so keep an eye out for that.
A Stricter Lockdown
In the last story in the Daily Briefing today, we come back to the UK to discuss everyone’s favourite topic – coronavirus restrictions. We all know just how important it is to have such rules, and we all can get behind them, but I think you’d be pushed to find someone who actively likes having their freedoms taken away from them
Unfortunately, due to the spread of coronavirus in recent weeks, it has become seemingly necessary to enact even stricter rules. The government has yet to announce whether this is the case, although they have not ruled it out. It’s becoming more and more difficult to see how, with cases still rising and hospitals becoming overwhelmed, stricter rules will not be enacted.
The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced that any rule changes would not affect the child-care and support bubbles that have been introduced. But, aside from that, it is unclear what could be changed. There has been some speculation, though, from the newspapers.
The Telegraph claims that ministers have been discussing closing click and collect services operated by non-essential retail and mandating the use of face-masks everywhere except in a private residence.
The Daily Mail has reported that scientists from SAGE (the Scientific Advice Group for Emergencies) have urged the government to increase the 2 meter rule to 3 meters.
It is important to stress that no decisions have been made yet, though, and we will need to keep an eye on the press briefings to see whether and how the rules are adjusted.
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