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Trump’s Pentagon chief stuns reporters in 'incoherent briefing' and says: 'I cannot wait to leave'

Reporters were stunned on Friday following a bizarre gaggle that acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller held with the press.

"I so…I mean, I cannot wait to leave this job, believe me," Miller said.

Stephen Losey of the Air Force Times described it as "the most epic case of senioritis ever."

"Gobsmacking incoherent briefing from the US acting defense secretary, Chris Miller, today," Julian Borger, the world affairs editor for the Guardian, reported.

Borger noted the Pentagon transcript included the phrase, "blah blah bluh blah."

Politico's Andrew Desiderio was shocked that Miller praised Russia for the success they have had during the Trump administration.

"Russian? I think they're extremely…uh…I have professional respect for how they do things…I think they're played a really bad hand of card very, very well. Declining population, single -- single source of economic revenue through natural resources. I kind of, you know, like professionally I'm like, wow, they're doing pretty well, and they're using a lot of irregular warfare concepts, information, all this stuff, in a way that, you know, like…good on them," Miller said.

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Trump impeached again — with shocking Republican support

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach President Donald Trump on a single count of "incitement of insurrection" only eight days after the fatal riot by supporters of the president seeking to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Ten Republicans joined a united Democratic Party caucus in voting for impeachment, setting a record for the most bipartisan impeachment vote in history. The impeachment of former President Bill Clinton had just 5 members of his own party willing to cross the aisle and support impeachment.

The bipartisan vote made Trump the only president to be impeached twice.

The U.S. Senate is currently on vacation, but a Senate impeachment trial could begin as early as Tuesday.

The vote came after roughly three and a half hours of debate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is reportedly leading Trump's impeachment defense, but so far only nine Republican senators have publicly come out against impeachment.

The total vote was 232 yays to 197 nays.

Trump won’t lower flags for slain officer — even on ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’: report

President Donald Trump would repeatedly tweet "LAW & ORDER" while running for re-election and before being banned from the social media website for inciting violence.

But his purported support for police was called into question on Saturday, which was coincidentally, "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day."

After Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick was murdered during Wednesday's insurrection by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol, Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi called his grieving family to offer their condolences.

However, Trump did not offer his condolences.

"President Trump has not ordered the flags on federal buildings to fly at half-staff in honor of Brian D. Sicknick, a police officer who was killed after trying to fend off pro-Trump loyalists during the siege at the Capitol on Wednesday," The New York Times reported Saturday. "While the flags at the Capitol have been lowered, Mr. Trump has not issued a similar order for federal buildings under his control. A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment."

The newspaper also reported, "The president and the vice president have not spoken since Wednesday morning, before the riot unfolded, an administration official said."

Pence is reportedly considering invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn-in on January 20th.

CNN's Jake Tapper offered his analysis of the situation.


Watch: Tensions flair in Congress as fist fight 'almost' breaks out between anesthesiologist and ex-NFL linebacker

Tempers flared in Congress early Thursday morning as Republicans continued to deny the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

As Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) attempted do defend his state as Republicans sought to disenfranchise the Pennsylvania's voters, a scuffle almost broke out on the floor.

CNN's Kristin Wilson reported on the scene.


The objection was over the question of whether Republicans lie.

Gizmodo's Dell Cameron didn't think it would be much of a fight.




Trump supporter who marauded Pelosi’s office claims he was 'looking for a bathroom'

During Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, an image went viral of a man sitting behind a desk in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.

As the Trump supporter was not wearing a mask, he was recognized back home in Arkansas and interviewed by 5 News.

Barnett, nicknamed "Bigo," was asked if he was worried about federal charges.

"Am I scared? Hell no. But yeah, there's a possibility. I didn't do anything. I didn't breach the doors. I got shoved in. I didn't mean to be there. Hell. I was walking around looking for a bathroom," he argued.

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Trump acknowledges he will leave the White House — in 4 am statement on aide's Twitter account

President Donald Trump was unable to tweet his comments after Mike Pence certified their re-election loss before a joint-session of Congress.

Twitter suspended his account after he praised the insurrectionists who violently stormed the U.S. capitol on Wednesday, resulting in four deaths.

The declaration by Pence marked Trump losing at the ballot box, Electoral College, in the courts and before Congress.


Unable to tweet himself, Trump released a comment on Twitter through aide Dan Scavino.

In it, Trump acknowledges there will be a transition, but continues to repeat his delusions about the election that resulted in the fatal attack on the capitol.


Watch: Sen. Hawley squirms as Fox News host grills him on the holes in his plan to overturn the election

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) attempted to defend his efforts to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on Fox News on Monday night, but anchor Bret Baier keep interjecting facts into the conversation.

"I just want to pin you down on what you're trying to do," Baier said. "Are you trying to say, that as of January 20th, that President Trump will still be president."

"Well, that depends on what happens on Wednesday, this is why we have the debate," Hawley replied.

"No it doesn't," Baier noted. "I mean, the states, by the Constitution, say they certify the election, they did certify it. By the Constitution, Congress doesn't have the right to overturn the certification."

"Don't you have a responsibility to your constituents?" Baier asked. "Don't you have a responsiblity to tell them it won't be Donald Trump as of January 21st?"

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George Conway only needed 11 words to sum up Pence's embrace of GOP scheme to overturn the election

More Republicans embraced the scheme by far-right supporters of Donald Trump to ignore the results of the 2020 election.

Trump lost the Electoral College and popular vote to President-elect Joe Biden, but some Republicans have joined the president in refusing to accept the fact that voter reject the GOP presidential ticket.

On Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and ten additional GOP senators received harsh criticism after announcing they would go along with the effort to reject the will of the voters.

Marc Short, the chief of staff for Mike Pence released a statement saying the vice president "welcomes the efforts" of the Republicans refusing to accept that Trump lost.

George Conway, the prominent conservative attorney and Washington Post columnist who is married to Kellyanne Conway, summed up the statement from the vice president's office -- needing only eleven words.


Trump goes on delusional New Year's rant as coronavirus deaths spike to highest level ever

Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated the end of 2020 with an upbeat video message where he used xenophobic language to describe the novel coronavirus and claimed that he is receiving calls from around the globe thanking him for his response to the pandemic.

Trump's comments came one day after the United States set a new record for COVID-19 deaths.

"3,927 people died of Covid-19 in 24 hours in the US, according to a count released by Johns Hopkins University, a new daily record for fatalities from the virus," AFP reported Wednesday. "That brought the US total to 19,715,899 infections and 341,845 deaths since the pandemic began."

The surge in death comes against the backdrop of the Trump administration failing to meet their own goals for vaccinations.

"Nearly 2.8 million people in the U.S. have received 1st dose of #covid19 vaccine. 20 million vaccinations were promised until recently. Before that, 100 million," Dr. Leana Wen noted on Thursday. "We need to ramp up speed ASAP."

Nevertheless, Trump declared victory.

"They said it would take a medical miracle and that's exactly what it is," Trump argued.

"Years from now they'll be talking about it, they'll be talking about this great, great thing we did with the vaccines," he predicted.

"We've already begun a nationwide vaccination program and we're sending the vaccine all over the world," Trump said, despite the shortages of the vaccine in America.

"The world will benefit, we'll benefit, and everybody is calling to thank me," he claimed.

The humiliation of Mike Pence is 'reaching a crescendo': Trump biographer

Donald Trump continues to humiliate his own vice president, according to a new analysis published by CNN.

"The four-year humiliation of Vice President Mike Pence is reaching a crescendo," wrote Michael D'Antonio, the author of the book Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success. D'Antonio is also the co-author, with Peter Eisner, of the book High Crimes: The Corruption, Impunity, and Impeachment of Donald Trump.

"One-term President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden by over seven million votes, is reportedly pressuring Pence to take steps to overturn the will of the people. He seems to think the vice president could perform this duty when Congress meets to certify the results on January 6," CNN reported. "Fortunately, the US Constitution offers Pence no way to stop the process as he presides over the joint session of the House and Senate next week, a process that Biden presided over four years ago when Trump's victory was certified)."

D'Antonio offered his analysis.

"To be fair, Pence's tenure as vice president has looked like a continuous show of servility. When he wasn't offering over-the-top praise to Trump and his policy choices, he stood at his side beaming, with the kind of adoring expression that recalled Nancy Reagan's appreciative look toward her husband, former President Ronald Reagan," he wrote. "A man who regularly declares his faith, Pence is hardly the type to become a political apostate -- not with the paradise of the presidency in sight. Pence's dogged commitment to his wingman role may please certain Trump voters, but it doesn't mean the nomination or the White House will be his for the taking. Just consider the campaign banner displayed two months ago at an event in Nevada. What did it say? 'Don Jr. 2024.'"

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