5 things to know for January 14: Impeachment, Capitol riot, Covid, Flint water, ISIS – CNN
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President Trump has been impeached for a second time. Ten House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s violence at the Capitol. The final House vote was 232 to 197. Now, you remember what comes next: The article moves to the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Trump won’t face his trial until after Biden is sworn in next week. So, no, this impeachment won’t force Trump out of office. Biden and his team are looking to keep the Senate trial swift, as Congress will be dealing with other important tasks, like Covid-19 relief and confirmation of Cabinet nominees.
2. Capitol riot investigation
Investigators are now looking into the possibility that the Capitol riot was more than just a protest that spiraled out of control. Evidence uncovered so far, including weapons and tactics seen on surveillance video, suggests the breach may have been planned. Questions also have been raised about whether rioters had “insider” help. At least one protest organizer said he coordinated with three House Republicans. The Department of Justice is using tactics it typically employs in counterterrorism investigations to apprehend and charge suspects. With a slew of new charges, including for Olympic medalist Klete Keller and a man seen on video wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt, the number of new federal criminal cases is up to 32, with possibly hundreds more expected.
Pharmacies are offering their help as the US struggles with its Covid-19 rollout. Pharmacists nationwide would have the capacity to administer 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine once supply is available, the CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores said, giving important backup to overwhelmed health care systems. The World Health Organization is also asking wealthier countries to share vaccines with lower-income countries, urging kindness and global solidarity. In the 36 days since countries started vaccinating, 28 million vaccine doses have been administered in 46 countries. Only one of these countries is low-income, a WHO official said. There have been 5 million new Covid-19 cases and 85,000 deaths across the globe in the past week alone.
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and ex-Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft have been charged in the Flint water crisis that left 12 people dead and sickened at least 80. Each faces two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. Flint has been exposed to extremely high levels of lead since 2014, when city and state officials switched the city’s water supply from the Detroit Water System to the contaminated Flint River in an effort to cut costs. The Environmental Protection Agency detected the lead in 2015 after residents complained. Snyder apologized in 2016 for the Michigan government’s role in the crisis. Last year, the state reached a $600 million settlement with victims. Criminal charges against other officials were dropped in 2019.
Afghanistan’s intelligence agency says it has foiled an ISIS attempt to assassinate a US diplomat in Kabul. The country’s National Directorate of Security reported that four ISIS members were planning to attack the US Charge d’Affaires in Kabul, Ross Wilson, along with Afghan senior officials on Monday. Public details on how they planned to carry out the killings are scarce, but all four would-be attackers have been arrested. The US State Department called the reports “deeply troubling” and reiterated the US commitment to peace in the region.
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