WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) steadfastly maintained claims of election fraud amid assaults from Democrat and Republican lawmakers in a heated Home Guidelines Committee listening to Tuesday.
Lawmakers on each side of the aisle rebuked Jordan for pushing the president’s claims of voter fraud forward of a vote on a decision calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Modification to take away Trump within the wake of the Capitol riots.
Jordan, who was awarded the Medal of Freedom by Trump on Monday, repeatedly refused to acknowledge Biden gained the election “truthful and sq.” and warned Democrats had been launching extra harmful partisan proceedings.
“Will you admit that Joe Biden gained truthful and sq. and the election was not rigged or stolen?” Democratic chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) requested Jordan.
“What I did over the previous a number of months is comply with the method that the Structure prescribes,” Jordan mentioned, punting on the query.
“That’s not the query I requested,” McGovern shot again, earlier than repeating his query.
Unbowed, Jordan replied: “He gained as a result of the best way the method works is the final likelihood to object is January sixth and that objection didn’t prevail.”
Home Democrats on Monday launched a decision calling on Pence to take away Trump by invoking the 25th Modification and are anticipated to vote on a single impeachment article Wednesday.
Part four of the 25th Modification says a president will be involuntarily stripped of his powers if he’s deemed incapable of fulfilling his duties.
Washington stays on edge after final week’s lethal siege when hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed Congress and interrupted a vote on Biden’s Electoral Faculty victory.
Angered by Jordan’s response, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the creator of the decision, accused the Ohio Republican of pushing “the exact same lies and deceptions about this election that received us into this nightmare on this first place.”
“I really feel a similar disappointment that he’ll go to the ends of the earth defending the lawless misconduct of this president,” Raskin mentioned.
“Is there something he might do that will trigger Mr. Jordan to not defend him?” he requested.
Colorado GOP Rep. Ed Perlmutter additionally admonished Jordan, saying senior Republicans wanted to step up and acknowledge Biden’s win to carry the fractured nation collectively.
“We’re making an attempt to carry this nation again collectively, Jim, jeez!” Perlmutter begged. “I actually simply wish to carry this again collectively.”
“I don’t like these resolutions. I assist them. We had injury, damage to this nation, the likes of which we haven’t seen for hundreds of years,” he went on.
“I simply need the individuals to know from any individual who’s in a management place, as you might be, that Joe Biden gained the election, that Kamala Harris gained the election.”
A rising variety of Republicans like Perlmutter have damaged with Trump within the wake of the violent rebellion and have publicly referred to as on Trump to resign or have signaled they’d be open to articles of impeachment.
Jordan condemned the violence — calling it “as unsuitable as unsuitable will be” — however mentioned he was afraid one other politically-motivated impeachment from Democrats would solely additional divide the nation.
“Congress must cease this effort to take away the president from workplace only one week earlier than he’s set to go away. Continued calls to question the president or take away him from workplace utilizing the 25th Modification, I don’t suppose, are wholesome for our nation,” he mentioned.
“Speeding this decision to the ground will do nothing to unify or heal the nation,” he went on, accusing Democrats of utilizing the 25th Modification as “a political weapon.”
“Let’s be clear: Democrats have been eager to take away President Trump from workplace since he gained the election in 2016. They failed with the Russia investigation, they failed with the Mueller investigation they usually failed with their first impeachment investigation,” Jordan continued.
“So right here we’re once more, contemplating one other divisive effort to go after President Trump.”
On his solution to Texas on Tuesday afternoon, Trump advised reporters on the White Home that the push to question him twice was creating “great anger” and that he’s to not blame for the violence.
Trump says he was not watching reside TV protection of Capital Hill riot
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday night time denied that he was watching reside tv protection of the lethal Capitol Hill riot.
Trump was responding to a Washington Publish story that claimed he was “watching all of it unfold” on Jan. 6 within the White Home as chaos erupted on the Capitol.
“That’s incorrect reporting,” Trump advised Fox Information’ Steve Hilton.
“Initially, I wasn’t watching TV. I turned it on in a while after I heard about it, and did a whole lot of strikes.”
A former Trump adviser had advised The Washington Publish that the ex-commander-in-chief was glued to the tube as his supporters stormed the Capitol constructing, interrupting a vote to certify the election outcomes.
“He was arduous to succeed in, and you realize why? As a result of it was reside TV,” the ex-adviser advised the newspaper. “If it’s TiVo, he simply hits pause and takes the calls. If it’s reside TV, he watches it, and he was simply watching all of it unfold.”
In Sunday’s interview, Trump condemned the siege, however referred to as the outrage surrounding it a “double normal.”
“Whenever you see Washington burning and whenever you see Seattle burning and Portland burning and all these different locations burning with Antifa, and the novel left, nothing appears to occur,” Trump stated.
He additionally advised Hilton that his administration had alerted the Division of Protection to the rally close to the White Home that he spoke at earlier than the assault.
As for the rally previous the loss of life and destruction within the Capitol constructing, Trump stated it was one thing to be celebrated.
“It was a love fest. It was a lovely factor,” he stated.
Teen lady dies, one other is partially paralyzed after sledding crashes
Two sledding accidents on the identical Ohio hill left one teen lady useless and one other partially paralyzed, a report stated.
Eirelyn Zuercher, 14, crashed whereas sledding at Hinckley Reservation within the township of Hinckley on Feb. 20, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
She died Wednesday at MetroHealth Medical Heart, the report stated.
In one other tragic flip of occasions, Zuercher’s father, Jared Zuercher, 40, died of coronary heart assault the night time he accompanied his daughter to the hospital, the newspaper reported.
A day after Zuercher’s accident, 17-year-old Natalie Wilson crashed on the identical hill.
Wilson broke her again and ribs, leaving her partially paralyzed, her father, Jim Wilson, informed the newspaper.
“She’s screaming and hollering she will be able to’t really feel her legs, she will be able to’t really feel her legs,” the daddy stated, recounting his daughter’s name to him after the accident.
“She was laying on the bottom on the backside of the hill … she simply cruised off the trail and most definitely hit a tree,” he stated.
Jim Wilson famous the risks concerned with sledding that individual slope.
“There’s all the time the potential with the sled to type of veer to the correct as you head down the hill to veer towards the treeline.
“If you happen to make it down, it’s one of many funnest rides on the earth, but when one thing goes fallacious, it might probably go dangerous actual fast.”
The daddy recommended limitations might assist deter such tragedies.
Argument over face masks led to killing of Tulane officer
A person arrested for killing a Tulane College police officer allegedly fired the deadly photographs after an argument over sporting a masks at a highschool basketball sport, a report stated.
John Shallerhorn was busted for fatally capturing Tulane Police Officer Martinus Mitchum on Friday evening outdoors George Washington Carver Excessive Faculty in New Orleans, the place the officer had been moonlighting as a safety guard.
The officer had been ushering Shallerhorn out of the college after the suspect bought right into a combat with a college worker for not sporting a masks, WVUE reported on Sunday, citing police.
Shallerhorn allegedly shot Mitchum twice.
The suspect was arrested on the scene and later charged with homicide of a policeman and theft.
Earlier than getting into the college, Shallerhorn allegedly robbed a person of his chain within the car parking zone, the report stated.
“We’re deeply saddened by the mindless and tragic dying of TUPD Corporal Martinus Mitchum,” Tulane Police Chief Kirk Bouyelas stated in an announcement obtained by WVUE.
“Corporal Mitchum was a devoted police skilled who had a coronary heart of service for the Tulane neighborhood,” Bouyelas stated.