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13 Jan, 3 tweets, 1 min read
House GOP furious at new mags outside the chamber. Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Steve Womack erupted at Capitol Police as they were forced to go through the mags. Womack shouted “I was physically restrained!” And Mullin said “it’s my constitutional right” and “they cannot stop me
Rep. Rodney Davis told Mullin not to shout at Capitol Police, and he said: “This is not their fault, they’re doing their job.”

But Davis, who is the top Republican on House Admin, told me: “I’m pissed” that the mags have gone up without any consultation.
Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican, told me that the situation is “untenable” because it “impedes the ability of members to come and vote. This is our job.” These are the lines

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13 Jan
Had an exchange with Mo Brooks just now where I asked him if he regrets speaking at the rally that led to the mob attack at the Capitol. “I did my duty for my country,” he told me.
Asked about his “kicking ass” comment, Brooks pushed back.
“Did you see this sentence right before? You guys have done a great disservice to our country by distorting the truth,” Brooks said
This is his sentence before from last week: “But let’s be clear, regardless of today’s outcome, the 2022 and 2024 elections are right around the corner, and America does not need and cannot stand, cannot tolerate any more weakling, cowering, wimpy Republican Congressman...
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7 Jan
Schumer say it’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment
Schumer: “What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer.”
“The quickest and most effective way - it can be done today - to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach” him
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6 Jan
Capitol Police instructs people to evacuate House Cannon building. No reason was given
Here’s the request
Capitol police to staff: “If you are in the Cannon Building, take visitors, escape hoods, and Go Kits and report to the South tunnel connecting to the Longworth.”
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5 Jan
More GOP senators come out against overturning election. Inhofe: “To challenge a state’s certification, given how specific the Constitution is, would be a violation of my oath of office—that is not something I am willing to do and is not something Oklahomans would want me to do”
Tim Scott: “As I read the Constitution, there is no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors.”
Jerry Moran: “The states, consistent with the principles of federalism ... possess the sole authority to determine and submit their electors. To vote to reject these state-certified electoral votes would be to act outside the bounds of the Constitution, which I will not do.”
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3 Jan
There are some House members in Capitol who would be in quarantine after being exposed to covid. These members have tested negative, according to Capitol official. Capitol Hill doctor Brian Monahan says they are participating today through a "secure enclosure"
Monahan says the members can participate in order "to ensure continuity of operations of essential functions" and "are permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19 provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented”
Full statement from Monahan. It’s unclear who the members are. One Capitol official says it’s 2 Dems and one Republican, but won’t disclose their identity
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22 Dec 20
New - House conservatives strategize with Trump and Pence (along with Rudy) an effort to overturn election on House floor on Jan. 6. Effort will fail, but House members say they have at least one senator’s support and want to extend debate into Jan. 7. cnn.com/2020/12/21/pol…
Pence's involvement in the meeting is significant because he will preside over the joint session of Congress that would count the electoral votes that day. Brooks told me that Pence was at “different parts” of the meeting
Brooks said he saw Sidney Powell at the WH but they didn’t meet with her. GOP planning as many as 72 five-minute floor speeches that day and believe they have a senator’s support for challenges to six states, making debate 12 hours long. House GOP leadership NOT dissuading them
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