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Riots: Trump Warns Governors To Deploy National Guard Or He Will Dispatch U.S. Military

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President Donald Trump warned governors across the United States Monday evening to deploy the National Guard to control the ongoing rioting throughout the country that has escalated into violence over the past three days, and if they won’t he will dispatch the U.S. military in its stead.

The unprecedented action was announced during a short Rose Garden press conference at the White House, and Trump stated that “we are putting everybody on warning on 7 p.m. curfew.” He took no questions.

The announcement has led to speculation that Trump’s decision verges on Martial Law, where the “U.S. military is in control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed, or in an occupied territory.”

White House officials could not be immediately reached and the White House switch board said there was no one in the communications department to immediately take the call.

“Where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty. Where there is no safety, there is no future,” said Trump. “I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country.”

He warned organizers the protests that they “will face sever criminal penalty” including arrest and those will stay in place until law and order is “fully restored.”

“We must never give in to anger or hatred,” said Trump. “I take these actions today with firm resolve.”

Ohio’s National Guard Takes Over Columbus 

National Guard troops have lined the streets of Columbus, Ohio since Saturday, and in Washington D.C. a military police battalion consisting of 200 to 250 military personnel is expected to be in the nation’s capital as soon as evening, according to reports.

In Columbus, some residents who spoke to SaraACarter.com by phone said “it looks like Marshall Law” as law enforcement officials prepare for the worst but hope for the best since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

In Columbus Monday, most businesses remained closed amid concerns that the riots and protests would escalate into violence later tonight. The past three days protesters have gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse but the protests escalated into violence, with looting and robberies in the downtown Columbus and surrounding areas.

A resident shared a video with SaraACarter.com of downtown Columbus Monday, describing it as appearing more like a war zone than an American city, with armed National Guard troops lining the empty city and businesses boarded up to protect from the rioters.

 

National Guard Arrives In Washington D.C. 

In Washington D.C. several trucks of National Guard troops arrived near Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue. The area was filled with large groups of protesters the past three nights and some instigated fires leading to the destruction.

According to CNN two defense officials said the troops being deployed to Washington D.C. will be coming from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Jennie S. Taer contributed to this story.
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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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