FBI warns of armed protests ahead of inauguration | Reuters

FBI warns of armed protests ahead of inauguration | Reuters 1(Reuters) – The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington and all 50 U.S. state capitals in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday.

Threatened with more violence from outgoing President Donald Trump’s supporters following last Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol, the FBI issued warnings for next weekend that run at least until Inauguration Day, the source said.

In other steps to safeguard the U.S. capital, the National Guard was authorized to send up to 15,000 troops to Washington, and tourists were barred from visiting the Washington Monument until Jan. 24.

Source: FBI warns of armed protests ahead of inauguration | Reuters

Several Capitol police officers suspended, more than a dozen under investigation over actions related to rally, riot – The Washington Post

Several Capitol police officers suspended, more than a dozen under investigation over actions related to rally, riot - The Washington Post 2Several U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended and more than a dozen others are under investigation for suspected involvement with or inappropriate support for the demonstration last week that turned into a deadly riot at the Capitol, according to members of Congress, police officials and staff members briefed on the developments.

Eight separate investigations have been launched into the actions of Capitol officers, according to one congressional aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the status of the internal review.

In one of the cases, officers had posted what Capitol Police investigators found to be messages showing support for the rally on Wednesday that preceded the attack on the complex, including touting President Trump’s baseless contention that the election had been stolen through voter fraud, the aide said.

Source: Several Capitol police officers suspended, more than a dozen under investigation over actions related to rally, riot – The Washington Post

Parler sues Amazon, asks court to reinstate platform | TheHill

Parler sues Amazon, asks court to reinstate platform | TheHill 3Social media company Parler sued Amazon on Monday, alleging that its suspension from Amazon’s hosting service violated antitrust law and breached the companies’ contractual arrangement.

In its lawsuit, Parler, which is especially popular among conservatives, asked a federal judge to order that the platform be reinstated online.

The 18-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, accuses Amazon Web Services (AWS) of applying a politically motivated double standard to Parler in contrast to its treatment of the more mainstream social media giant Twitter.

“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the lawsuit reads. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”

Multiple legal experts told The Hill that Parler’s antitrust claim was unlikely to succeed. The lawsuit does not establish that Parler’s suspension was part of an agreement between Amazon and Twitter, the rival social media company that Parler identified as the beneficiary of its shutdown.

“On the antitrust side, it’s pretty weak,” said Erik Hovenkamp, a law professor at the University of Southern California. “The biggest flaw in the complaint by far is really just that it doesn’t allege facts that would indicate a conspiracy between Amazon and Twitter.”

Source: Parler sues Amazon, asks court to reinstate platform | TheHill

Clyburn says Trump impeachment trial could be delayed until after Biden’s first 100 days

Clyburn says Trump impeachment trial could be delayed until after Biden's first 100 days 4House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said Sunday that the House could take up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump early this week but that it may delay sending them to the Senate until after President-elect Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office.

Any Senate trial could slow Biden’s ability to pass Covid-19 relief legislation and have his Cabinet officials confirmed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a memo obtained by NBC News that the soonest the Senate could receive the articles of impeachment would be Jan. 19, the eve of Biden’s inauguration, unless a unanimous consent agreement from all 100 senators is passed.

“Yes, I do have concerns,” Clyburn said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about whether impeachment could slow Biden’s agenda. “And so does Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi.”

He added: “Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we will send the articles some time after that.”

Source: Clyburn says Trump impeachment trial could be delayed until after Biden’s first 100 days

Capitol mob dragged cop down stairs, beat him with American flag pole, video shows – The Washington Post

Capitol mob dragged cop down stairs, beat him with American flag pole, video shows - The Washington Post 5As a mob of pro-Trump rioters attacked the Capitol on Wednesday, one man in a white hat and backpack grabbed a police officer by the helmet, dragging the officer down the stairs. Soon, other rioters kicked and punched the officer, and one man even bashed the prone figure repeatedly with a pole flying an American flag.

The shocking violence against an outnumbered officer is shown in a video first aired by CNN on Sunday. It swiftly went viral, garnering more than 1.6 million views on Twitter by early Monday.

The officer seen in the video, as well as in other photos and videos of the moment that later surfaced on social media, has not been officially identified. The extent of the injuries the officer suffered in the attack is not clear. D.C. Metropolitan Police and U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the video late Sunday.

Source: Capitol mob dragged cop down stairs, beat him with American flag pole, video shows – The Washington Post