Donald Trump impeachment latest – Removal vans spotted at White House as President calls for 'no violence'

RUMOURS have been mounting that President Trump has begun his move out of the West Wing after removal vans were spotted outside the White House.

The snaps were taken on Wednesday and Thursday – just days ahead of Biden’s inauguration, when he’s set to replace Trump on January 20.

A snap shared form Washington DC showed people loading boxes into the back of a black SUV.

It comes as Trump called for "no violence" ahead of what the FBI has called "armed protests" being planned for Joe Biden's inauguration.

In a video released on a White House Twitter account, Trump said: "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for.

"No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence, no true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag.

"No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans, if you do any of these things you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it and you are attacking our country."

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

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ‘DEATH IS ONLY REMEDY’

    An Arkansas man has been arrested for allegedly beating a cop with an American flag as the FBI booked 100 people on charges stemming from last week's Capitol riots.

    Peter Stager, who was arrested on Thursday, was also captured on video saying that "everyone" inside the Capitol building was a "treasonous traitor."

    Stager was reportedly part of a mob that grabbed a Washington, DC, police officer who was guarding the entrance to the US Capitol when Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building on January 6.

    The rioters reportedly pulled the officer, who has not been identified, down a flight of stairs and began striking him repeatedly.

    Stager has been charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    The FBI identified Stager from videos of the assault that had been posted to social media.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    As boxes were seen being loaded into an SUV, another shot showed pallets of empty boxes being unloaded from the back of a truck.

    Crews were seen with at least three stacks of unfolded boxes – standing several feet high – and taking them out of a truck.

    In a third shot, Trade Adviser Peter Navarro was seen carrying a picture of Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a table.

    Another picture was also seen being loaded into the back of an SUV.

    The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to The Sun for comment.

    After he's inaugurated on January 20, Biden will move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where he will reside for the next four years as president.

    Biden's been counting down the days to the start of his presidency.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MOVING DON?

    Rumors are mounting that Donald Trump is starting to move out of the White House as pictures show boxes being taken from the West Wing.

    The snaps were taken on Wednesday and Thursday – just days ahead of Biden's inauguration, when he's set to replace Trump on January 20.

    A snap shared form Washington DC showed people loading boxes into the back of a black SUV.

    The boxes were taken from the West Wing of the White House.

    Other items that appeared to be wrapped in protective covering were seen being loaded by staffers into the back of the vehicle.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MAGA LOVE

    The Capitol rioter shot dead during the deadly siege was reportedly in a three-way relationship with her husband and another woman – who is now supporting their grieving widow.

    Late Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35, and her ex-Marine husband Aaron were part of a "throuple" with bartender Kayla Joyce, 29, who lived with the pair in San Diego, family members have confirmed via The Daily Mail and New York Magazine.

    Ashli was fatally shot in the neck when she joined pro-Trump rioters in storming the US Capitol and attempted to climb through a broken window and enter the House Chamber, in Washington DC last week. She later died in hospital. 

    The former military officer and her husband met Joyce about a year ago, and decided to welcome her into their open marriage – which was itself only a few months old, Ashli's brother, Andrew Witthoeft told The Mail.

    Joyce is believed to be supporting her widower boyfriend in the wake of his wife's tragic death, according to Witthoeft.

    "I haven't talked too much to Kayla. I've met her a couple of times and talked to her. She's a nice person. And truthfully I feel she had my sister's best interests at heart," he said.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    The bizarre claim was initially made on a pro-QAnon forum called the Great Awakening, where the poster claimed that Trump’s hand movements at that specific time represented “dash-dash-dot-dash,” which represents the letter Q in Morse Code

    The topic was then picked up on numerous Telegram channels that have gained huge numbers of users since Twitter purged QAnon-linked accounts and Parler was forced offline.

    On Telegram, as well as the social media site Gab, QAnon followers are discussing that they think Trump is about to send them a message using the Emergency Broadcast System, so he can get around what they see as censorship by the big tech firms.

    Others have been predicting there will be a national power blackout which will signal the start of Trump’s plan to overturn what they see as the deep state which has been plotting against him.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SECRET MESSAGE CONSPIRACY

    Deluded QAnon fans believe Donald Trump sent them a secret message in Morse Code during his video where he condemned the Capitol riot.

    President Trump issued a video Wednesday night after he faced intense pressure to speak out against the violent mob which stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC which left five people dead.

    During his video speech which was posted to the White House’s Twitter account, Trump said the rioters were not his “true supporters” and slammed the attack as a “calamity”.

    "I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week," Trump said. "Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement."

    In the video, Trump can be seen to move his hand four minutes and 20 seconds in and QAnon devotees believe he was sending them a message.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Carlson went on: "Many Democrats have nothing in common with each other.

    "Once Donald Trump leaves the scene and it's time to divvy up the spoils of the United States Treasury to begin the great piñata party of 2021, various components within the Democratic Party — the fabled communities you hear so much about — will turn on each other with feral ferocity.

    "It's going to be ugly.

    "Democrats would like to delay that disaster as long as they can, so they need to keep Donald Trump at the center of the conversation.

    "They're impeaching him so they can continue to give speeches about him. It's that simple."

    Carlson also slammed the ten Republican "dummies" who backed the impeachment motion yesterday.

    Far from helping the GOP in the long run, he warned, "in fact it will enhance Donald Trump among Republican voters".

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'GOING TO BE UGLY'

    Tucker Carlson predicts Democrats will turn on each other with "feral ferocity" as soon as Donald Trump is out of the White House.

    The Fox News pundit says Dems have been united in opposition to their bogeyman – but that will end when he is no longer president next week.

    And he claims the party's need to keep talking about Trump is the real reason they pushed for impeachment with just days left of Trump's term in office.

    He told viewers: "The chaos of an impeachment trial is hardly the peaceful and orderly transition of power both parties assure you they want.

    "So why are they doing this? The first and most obvious reason is to make Republicans weaker.

    "But there's another thing: Democrats need to keep talking about Donald Trump, next week and for ever, if they're going to keep their own party together."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'WHERE DOES IT END?' 

    Lindsey Graham railed against a bid to convict Donald Trump and claimed the move may lead to the impeachment of GEORGE WASHINGTON.

    The Republican South Carolina senator's comments came during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday – just hours after Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives for inciting insurrection.

    Trump has since released statements slamming the riots as a "calamity" – despite the fact that his supporters stormed the building after he told them at a rally to go to Congress and "fight like hell."

    On Wednesday, the president released a video condemning the riots at the US Capitol last week, and called for a peaceful transition to Joe Biden's term.

    "I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week," Trump said in the video shared online. "Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EXPLAINER: WHERE IS NANCY PELOSI TODAY?

    Nancy Pelosi has proposed a new rule that would fine members of Congress who don't follow new security protocols.

    The House Speaker wants to fine any lawmaker who doesn't follow the new rules, which include walking through a metal detector, $5,000 for a first time offense and $10,000 for a second.

    The proposal comes as some House Republicans have openly skirted the metal detectors placed outside the House chamber in the days since the January 6 riots at the Capitol.

    Pelosi was last seen at the second impeachment vote debate against President Trump on January 13.

    "We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection," Pelosi said to members of Congress on January 13.

    "He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love," she said, calling for his removal from office.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Ed Bastian, the chief executive of Delta Airlines, said the company had now placed 880 people on its no-fly list for not complying with its mask policy while others were banned from flying with the airline for harassing passengers or unruly behaviour in connection to the US election result.

    Bastian also said the airline would prohibit passengers from travelling to DC with guns, staring this weekend.

    He told CNBC Thursday morning: “We're all on high alert based on the events over the last couple of weeks up in Washington.”

    Only law enforcement officials will be exempt from the ban.

    Bastian added that other security measures would be put in place at the airports and planes.

    Romney was heckled and verbally abused by Trump fans ahead of the Save America rally last week.

    In a video that went viral a woman is heard screaming “let him know what we think” while others, who have their masks pulled down, chant “traitor” and “traitor Mitt” from their seats.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RIGHT-WINGERS GROUNDED

    Donald Trump supporters who heckled Utah Sen Mitt Romney and South Carolina Sen Lindsey Graham before their flights last week have been banned by Delta Airlines.

    The airline also announced it will be prohibiting all guns in checked baggage on flights to Washington DC until after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

    Romney, who was the sole Republican senator to vote to oust President Trump following his impeachment, was waiting for a flight from Salt Lake City to DC when he was harassed by a Trump supporter.

    Dozens of people on a flight are also heard shouting “traitor” at a person believed to be Romney, although he is not seen in the clip.

    Graham was confronted by Trump supporters Friday as he was preparing to leave DC at the Reagan International Airport and was called a “traitor to the country”.

    Lindsey Graham was hassled by Trump fans at Reagan International Airport
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    READY TO BE 'MARTYRS'

    Militia mobs, white supremacists, and QAnon obsessives inspired by the Capitol riots pose a greater terror threat in the US than ISIS this year, an intelligence report warns.

    A joint intelligence bulletin by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center also warns brainwashed extremists are ready to "martyr" themselves for the cause.

    The bulletin was issued to law enforcement agencies across the US following the storming of Congress by a mob of Trump supporters last week.

    Intelligence experts warned right-wing extremists view the January 6 Capitol riots – which left five dead – as a "success."

    The bulletin came as President Donald Trump said in an address on Wednesday that "mob violence goes against everything I believe in."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BIDEN TO PLEDGE $1,400 STIMULUS CHECKS WHEN HE UNVEILS $1.5 TRILLION PACKAGE TODAY

    Joe Biden is set to pledge $1,400 stimulus checks when he unveils a reported $1.5trillion package today, after backing $2,000 payments.

    The incoming administration will work with Congress on the stimulus package after Biden takes office on January 20.

    The new package has a price tag above $1.5trillion and includes a commitment for $1,400 stimulus checks, a source familiar with the proposal.

    Biden plans to introduce his package during a prime-time address on Thursday evening, underscoring the seriousness of the topic.

    It comes just days after Biden tweeted: “$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.

    “We need $2,000 stimulus checks.”

  • Chris Bradford

    BIDEN URGES SENATE TO ADDRESS HIS ‘PRIORITIES’ WHILE DEALING TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

    President-elect Joe Biden has urged the Senate to address his priorities such as approving cabinet nominations while also dealing with Trump’s impeachment trial.

    He said: “I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.”

  • Chris Bradford

    ODDS ON TRUMP IS NOT CONVICTED BY SENATE

    Bookmaker Coral goes odds on at 1/3 that Donald Trump is not convicted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

    “Trump is going on trial in the Senate, again, with this a historic second impeachment for the 45th President of America. However we think he will survive it again, and go odds on that he is not convicted,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    Donald Trump specials:

    • 1/3 NOT to be convicted by the Senate in 2021
    • 2/1 to be convicted by the Senate in 2021
    • 8/1 to win the 2024 presidential election

    PASTOR TELLS CONGREGANTS 'TO KEEP WEAPONS LOADED' FOR BIDEN'S INAUGURATION

    The pastor of a church allegedly urged his congregants to keep their weapons loaded ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

    Brandon Burden, lead pastor at KingdomLife Church in Frisco, Texas, said in his sermon that worshippers should prepare for an emergency by keeping their weapons loaded and stocking up on food, Dallas News reports.

    He said: "We are locked and loaded at the Burden house."

    His message came along with prayers for President Donald Trump and a mention of an executive order from God.

    He said “prophetic voices” told him Trump will remain president and it’s up to Christians to execute that order, according to reports.

    HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP DOESN'T BELIEVE THERE ARE ENOUGH REPUBLICANS TO CONVICT TRUMP

    A Democratic congressman does not think there is a two-thirds majority in the Senate needed to convict President Trump

    Whip James C Clyburn made the comments after the House of Representatives voted to impeach the Republican president.

    The vote sets up a trial now likely to take place after Trump leaves office.

    When asked if there were enough votes to convict, Mr Clyburn told NPR: "Well I don't know.

    "I know what Mitch McConnell seems to be thinking. I suspect that there is support.

    He said: "I don't think – there's 17 Republicans that would be needed – I don't think there's 17. Not at this point."

    WATCH: GOP SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM RAILS AGAINST BID TO CONVICT TRUMP AND FEARS MOVE MAY LEAD TO IMPEACHMENT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

    NATIONAL MALL 'TO SHUT DOWN' ON INAUGURATION DAY

    The entire National Mall will be closed amid extraordinary security measures on Joe Biden's inauguration day, reports claim.

    Sources told the Washington Post that only media and security personnel will be allowed on the lawns where huge crowds traditionally watch the new president taking his oath of office.

    More than 20,000 National Guard troops are being deployed in Washington DC to guard against feared extremist attacks following the Capitol riot last week.

    The Secret Service has warned of "mass armed protests" leading up to the inauguration on January 20.

    And security officials are said to be preparing for the threat of homemade IED bombs targeting the ceremony.

    EXTREMISTS FUELED BY CONSPIRACIES AND CAPITOL RIOTS POSE 'GREATEST DOMESTIC TERRORISM THREAT', INTELLIGENCE WARNS

    Militia mobs, white supremacists and QAnon obsessives inspired by the Capitol riots pose a greater terror threat in the US than ISIS this year, an intelligence report warns.

    A joint Intelligence Bulletin by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center also warns brainwashed extremists are ready to "martyr" themselves for the cause.

    The bulletin was issued to law enforcement agencies across the US following the storming of Congress by a mob of Trump supporters last week.

    Intelligence experts warned right-wing extremists view the January 6 Capitol riots – which left five dead – as a "success".

    Warning of potential further attacks, they said anti-government plotters see violence "as a step toward achieving their initiatives".

    And much like ISIS fanatics, they "consider the death of a perceived like-minded individual as an act of martyrdom."

    • Chris Bradford

      TRUMP'S MAR-A-LAGO RESORT WARNED OVER COVID MASK VIOLATIONS

      President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club's failure to enforce Palm Beach County's mask wearing laws at its New Year's Eve bash has resulted in a warning but no fine or other punishment.

      The county sent a letter to the club's manager, Bernd Lembcke, on Wednesday telling him that future violations of the county's coronavirus ordinance could result in fines of up to $15,000 per violation.

      Footage shows that few of the 500 guests wore masks as they crowded the dance floor while rapper Vanilla Ice, Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love and singer Taylor Dayne performed.

      Todd Bonlarron, the county's assistant administrator, said in the letter that while the club may have passed out masks to its guests, there was a breakdown in enforcement of the mask orders that led to almost the entire room of guests being without masks. 

      Palm Beach County has been hit hard by Covid-19, with more than 90,000 cases reported and nearly 2,000 deaths.

    • Chris Bradford

      TRUMP WANTED TO JOIN PARLER BEFORE APP WAS CUT OFF BY TECH TITANS, CEO CLAIMS

      Donald Trump wanted to join Parler under the pseudonym “Person X” before it was “shut down”, the app’s CEO has claimed.

      John Matze alleged in a court filing on Wednesday that part of the reason Amazon Web Services (AWS) pulled the app was because of a desire to keep a now twice-impeached president Trump off big-name social media.

      Matze alleged: “I believe AWS’s Decision to terminate service to Parler was based, not on expressed concerns about Parler’s compliance with the AWS Agreement, but in part on a desire to deny President Trump a platform on any large social-media service.”

      It alleged that a “representative assigned to me by AWS” and who was a supporter of Joe Biden knew that since at least October “that Trump was considering moving to Parler under the pseudonym ‘Person X’.”

      Amazon and AWS did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request for comment.

    • Chris Bradford

      BIDEN TO PLEDGE $1,400 STIMULUS CHECKS WHEN HE UNVEILS $1.5 TRILLION PACKAGE TODAY

      Joe Biden is set to pledge $1,400 stimulus checks when he unveils a reported $1.5trillion package today, after backing $2,000 payments.

      The incoming administration will work with Congress on the stimulus package after Biden takes office on January 20.

      The new package has a price tag above $1.5trillion and includes a commitment for $1,400 stimulus checks, a source familiar with the proposal.

      Biden plans to introduce his package during a prime-time address on Thursday evening, underscoring the seriousness of the topic.

      It comes just days after Biden tweeted: "$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.

      "We need $2,000 stimulus checks."

    • Chris Bradford

      HISTORIC RULING

      Lawmakers on Capitol Hill impeached Donald Trump for the second time.

      The motion was passed by 232 to 197 in the House of Representatives yesterday.

      A total of 10 Republicans jumped ship and voted to impeach the President, making last night’s historic ruling the most bipartisan impeachment in US political history.

      Trump’s impeachment will now head to the Senate, where members of Congress will again vote on whether or Trump will be convicted on the charge.

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