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Democrats will today force vote asking Mike Pence to remove president

Jonathan Swan at Axios has what they are labelling a scoop, that Donald Trump on a phone call falsely blamed “Antifa” for the riot at the Capitol last week. Swan reports in their email newsletter that House minority leader Kevin McCarthy pushed back on it:

Despite facing an impeachment vote for an assault he helped incite, the outgoing president is still sticking with his tried-and-true playbook of deflecting and reaching for conspiracies

In a tense, 30-minute-plus phone call with House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Trump trotted out the Antifa line. McCarthy would have none of it, telling the president: “It’s not Antifa, it’s MAGA. I know. I was there,” according to a White House official and another source familiar with the call.

President Trump acknowledged that he bears some blame for the Capitol riot last week during a conversation with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, a source familiar told Fox News.

Two sources say McCarthy, relayed the president’s sentiment on a call Monday with the House GOP Conference. McCarthy, on the call Monday with Republicans, agreed that Trump bore blame for the unrest which sent Congress into lockdown as they tried to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election last week.

Helen Sullivan reports for us on a very different picture of police behaviour during last week’s insurrection – an officer who is being hailed as a hero.

A police officer is being hailed for his role steering an angry mob away from the Senate chambers during Wednesday’s deadly storming of the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

Related: Capitol police officer who steered mob away from Senate chambers hailed a hero

As you can imagine there is still plenty of fall-out from last week’s storming of the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. This morning the Washington Post have been reporting on some consequences within the Capitol police force:

Several US 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.

Here’s a reminder that president-elect Joe Biden yesterday was asked, while taking his second dose of the Covid vaccine, if he was worried about taking his presidential oath in the open at the inauguration. He said no.

Biden also said:

I think it’s critically important that there be a real serious focus on holding those folks who engaged in sedition and threatened people’s lives and caused great damage that they be held accountable, and I think that is a view held by the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in the Congress.

Welcome to our live coverage of US politics for Tuesday. Here’s a catch-up on where we are, and a little of what we can expect to see today…

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