McConnell "has made clear in private discussions that he believes now is the moment to move on the weakened lame duck."

He "has told associates he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him."

2. Biden asked McConnell if could confirm nominees and hold impeachment trial at same time.

"Far from avoiding the topic of impeaching Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell said it was a question for the Senate parliamentarian, and promised Mr. Biden a quick answer."…
3. Within moments of the news on McConnell

@RepJohnKatko becomes first House Republican to acknowledge he will vote to impeach Trump.…
4. Republican @RepJohnKatko:

"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."
5. CNN confirms New York Times reporting on McConnell

6. @RepLizCheney, the No. 3 in GOP House leadership:

"I will vote to impeach."
7. Absolutely right. It's also what he did during the attack.

"The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President ... of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

- Cheney
8. More House Republicans on the way.

"The House is expected to pass the single charge on Wednesday, and a senior administration official said the White House expects about TWO DOZEN Republicans to support it."

NYT's update to its report.…
9. Republican @RepKinzinger:

"If these actions--the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch--are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?"

"I will vote in favor of impeachment."

10. Fourth House Republican to back impeachment, @RepFredUpton

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"The presence of so many watch-listed individuals in one place — without more robust security measures ... — is another example of the intelligence failures preceding last week’s fatal assault that sent lawmakers running for their lives."…
2. #WhereIsWray

@AshaRangappa_: "Perhaps the most notable part of the update was who wasn't giving it. The top officials from Justice and the FBI -- Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Director Christopher Wray -- weren't there."…
3. #WhereIsWray

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It is on Republicans in Congress and Trump's circle to immediately and clearly reverse the lies about the election.
2. Aspects of the specific threats outlined in this harrowing overnight report by @MEPFuller are now being corroborated.…
3 @ConorLambPA:

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Need answers before Jan. 17.

▪Was DC NatGuard properly resourced?
▪What prevented other state Guards’ deployment?
▪What role did other law enforcement have, why did DC police need play such a critical role?
▪What other assets may have assisted?…
2. Where was DHS?

"The secretary of homeland security, for example, possesses broad law enforcement authority to protect the buildings, grounds, and property owned by the federal government."
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Why wasn't that used?

Especially when, as @marknevitt writes, "there are thousands of military service members within a short distance of the U.S. Capitol."

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On Trump’s potential criminal liability for sedition etc, 18 USC 2383-85:

Exhibit 1:

In real time, Republican House Minority Leader McCarthy demanded that Trump release a statement denouncing the mob as they were attacking the Capitol. Initially Trump would not agree.

2. "As supporters stormed into the Capitol on Wednesday, Mr. Trump was initially pleased, officials said, and disregarded aides pleading with him to intercede."

NYT's @peterbakernyt @maggieNYT reporting.

(h/t @AshaRangappa_)

3. Evidence for the prosecution:

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Recall this nugget in Sen. @RonWyden's note accompanying Senate Intelligence Committee report:

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The Senate also obtained evidence Kilimnik was involved in hack and leak operation.

Source: Bipartisan Senate Intel report.
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