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Far-right extremists call for the execution of 'coward' Trump after he asks for calm following riot: report
According to a report from the HuffPost, far-right extremists who are hoping to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday are furious with the president after he issued a video urging calm and no more violence following the storming of the Capitol that left five dead.
With the president reeling from blowback after he encouraged rallygoers to match on Congress, thereby sending lawmakers to flee for their loves, he was pressed by close aides to ask for calm -- particularly with the transfer of power scheduled to occur on Jan 20th.
Off-duty cops who participated in Capitol riot are being handed over to the FBI by fellow officers: report
On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that police departments around the country are opening probes into officers accused of attending the pro-Trump "Save America" rally that devolved into a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol — a remarkable crack in the infamous "blue wall of silence" in police culture where brother officers act to defend their own.
"At least 13 off-duty law enforcement officials are suspected of taking part in the riot, a tally that could grow as investigators continue to pore over footage and records to identify participants. Police leaders are turning in their own to the FBI and taking the striking step of reminding officers in their departments that criminal misconduct could push them off the force and behind bars," reported Kimberly Kindy, Kim Bellware, and Mark Berman. "The reckoning within police departments comes as plans for new demonstrations this weekend and on Inauguration Day are solidifying, with authorities warning of the potential for violence in state capitals. Participants are expected to protest election results that made Joe Biden president-elect."
Donald Trump was impeached for obstruction of Congress in 2019 and now there are worries that the president's habit of destroying official records could hinder post-presidency investigations into misconduct while in office.
"The public won't see President Donald Trump's White House records for years, but there's growing concern the collection won't be complete, leaving a hole in the history of one of America's most tumultuous presidencies," the Associated Press reported on Saturday.