January 15, 2021

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Latest Updates: Facebook, Instagram Blocking Trump ‘Indefinitely’; FBI Seeking Help to ID Rioters – NBC Connecticut

Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Congress returned later Wednesday to resume their proceedings after the Capitol was cleared by law enforcement and confirmed Biden as the presidential election winner.

Schumer Urges Cabinet to Invoke 25th Amendment and Oust Trump

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling on President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to remove him from office following Wednesday’s violent assault on the Capitol by the president’s supporters.

In a statement Thursday, Schumer said the attack on the Capitol “was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president.” He added, “This president should not hold office one day longer.”

Schumer said Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment and immediately remove Trump from office. He added, “If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”

Facebook, Instagram Extend Block on Trump’s Accounts ‘Indefinitely’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg announced Thursday the social media platform would be extending a block on President Donald Trump’s account “indefinitely” after he repeatedly posted false accusations about the integrity of the election. The lockout also includes the company’s other platform, Instagram.

Zuckerberg said the risk of allowing Trump to use the platform is “too great,” following his incitement of a mob that later touched off a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Trump’s account will be locked “for at least the next two weeks” but could remain locked indefinitely.

“We believe the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great, so we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks.”

Source: Latest Updates: Facebook, Instagram Blocking Trump ‘Indefinitely’; FBI Seeking Help to ID Rioters – NBC Connecticut