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The acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, said in a video released overnight that violence, threats of violence and other criminal behavior would not be tolerated and that the peaceful transition of power to the Biden administration would proceed, in his first public appearance since the attack on the Capitol a week earlier.

Mr. Rosen asked the public to share information about the attack with the F.B.I. and vowed to hold the attackers accountable for what he called an “intolerable, shocking and tragic episode in our nation’s history.”

He did not address the preparation of law enforcement leading up to the attack, nor did he provide new details about its response after rioters breached the Capitol.

Mr. Rosen has kept a conspicuously low profile in the days after the attack, issuing only written statements and the prerecorded video statement, published around midnight. Similarly, the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, has not held news briefings on the attack.

The public faces of the Justice Department response have been the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, Michael R. Sherwin, and the assistant director of the F.B.I.’s Washington field office, Steven D’Antuono, who gave a news conference on Tuesday and have held phone briefings with reporters.

Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco.Credit…Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters

Airbnb, likely the biggest player in the short-term rental market, will cancel all reservations made in the Washington area next week and block new rentals, the company announced in a statement Wednesday.

The decision came after the police and elected officials warned Americans not to travel to Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., citing the risk of the spread of the coronavirus and the threat of another attack similar to last week’s violent siege at the Capitol.

Law enforcement authorities have warned of threats of violence ahead of the inauguration on Jan. 20, and National Guard troops have flooded Washington in response. On Monday, the leaders of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland issued a joint statement telling potential visitors not to travel to the area, citing both the coronavirus pandemic and the riot.

Already, 16 groups — some of them armed and most of them supporters of President Trump — have registered to stage protests in Washington, though Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked federal officials to cancel any public gathering permits issued.

Earlier in the week, Airbnb said it would review reservations in the Washington area and cancel those it determined were made by members associated with extremist or hate groups. On Wednesday, it said it would take the broader step of canceling all reservations in response to pleas for people not to attend.

Ms. Bowser and the governors of Virginia and Maryland “have been clear that visitors should not travel to the D.C. Metro area for the Inauguration,” the company said in a statement. “Additionally, we are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration.”

Airbnb said it would refund guests for their reservations and reimburse hosts at its own expense.

The company also said it had banned “numerous individuals” associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved with the mob at the Capitol. Airbnb, through a spokesman, declined to provide more details.

National Guard members resting in the Capitol on Wednesday near a plaque commemorating troops quartered there during the Civil War.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

A week after the violent siege at the U.S. Capitol and a week ahead of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, officials are bracing for uncertainty and preparing for the potential of violence in the days ahead.

On Tuesday night, Defense Department officials said that the Army secretary, Ryan McCarthy, had decided to arm National Guard members who will be deployed to protect the Capitol building complex as Mr. Biden is sworn into office.

About 15,000 National Guard members will arrive in Washington for the inauguration, though it remains unclear exactly how many will carry weapons.

The decision illuminates the gnawing uncertainty of the past week. Members of Congress expressed worry about their return to the Capitol after they were briefed on several active threats against them, and the F.B.I. has warned of possible violence at all 50 state capitol buildings.

As federal officials worked to meet the security threat in Washington, the number of people who have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assault on the Capitol continued to climb.

Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said at a news conference on Tuesday that he expected hundreds of people would eventually be charged with crimes ranging from trespassing to seditious conspiracy and murder. He called the investigation into the attack on the Capitol “unmatched” in scope.

Pentagon officials said they were deeply worried about Inauguration Day next week. About 16 groups have registered to stage protests, and officials said that law enforcement agencies were preparing for the possibility of armed conflict.

For President Trump, the past week has included a flurry of rebukes from businesses and once-loyal politicians. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who stood by the president during lesser controversies, told his associates that he believed Mr. Trump had committed impeachable offenses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business lobbying group, also admonished the president’s conduct.

The House is expected to impeach Mr. Trump, for the second time, on Wednesday.

One of the rioters, at left, who broke into the Capitol was wearing a hoodie emblazoned with “Camp Auschwitz.”Credit…ITV

A man who was photographed wearing a sweatshirt that read “Camp Auschwitz” while inside the Capitol last week was arrested in Newport News, Va., on Wednesday morning in connection to the Capitol riot, according to two law enforcement officials.

The man, Robert Keith Packer, had been seen on the Capitol grounds in several photographs and his black sweatshirt, with its reference to the Nazi death camp and a skull, had drawn widespread outrage. News outlets had previously identified Mr. Packer based on the accounts of people who knew him.

Mr. Packer’s sweatshirt also included the phrase “Work Brings Freedom,” which is a rough translation of, “Arbeit macht frei.” The German words were welded onto an iron arch that stood over one of the gates of the death camp, where more than 1.1 million people were killed during World War II.

The top federal prosecutor in Washington said this week that more than 70 people tied to the mayhem at the Capitol had already been charged with crimes and that he expected that “hundreds” would eventually be charged. Prosecutors were considering bringing a range of charges against the rioters, including seditious conspiracy, murder and trespassing. Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said that investigators had already identified at least 170 people who are believed to have committed crimes.

The inauguration stage taking shape at the Capitol this week.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

After President Trump incited a mob of his supporters who violently stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, Congress is once again weighing whether to impeach him, this time with only days remaining in his term.

It is an extraordinary circumstance raising political, constitutional and logistical questions rarely contemplated in American history. No president has ever been impeached twice or in his waning days in office, and none have ever been convicted.

Given the brevity of his time left in the White House and the gravity of his conduct, lawmakers are also looking at a provision in the Constitution’s impeachment clauses that could allow them to bar Mr. Trump from ever holding federal office again.

Democrats are driving the process so far, but some Republicans have indicated they would be open to hearing a case. Here is what we know about how the process might work.

The House, controlled by Democrats, holds a floor vote on one

or more articles of impeachment.

Less than a majority of the

House votes to impeach.

A majority of House

members vote to impeach.

Trump remains in office

for the duration of his

term, unless his cabinet

acts to remove him or

he resigns.

The House determines if

and when when to send the

article to the Senate. It

could do nothing further,

effectively holding out the

charges in perpetuity.

IF ARTICLE

SENT IMMEDIATELY

IF ARTICLE WITHHELD UNTIL

AFTER CHANGE IN CONTROL

Republican-led trial unlikely:

Mitch McConnell has said

the Senate will not return until

Jan. 19, the last full day of

Trump’s term, making

a trial unlikely before the

inauguration.

Democratic-led trial:

Later this month, control of

the Senate will flip to

Democrats. Upon receipt of

the article, the Senate must

soon begin a trial, but there

is discretion in the schedule

and pace of the process.

Afterward, the Senate holds

a vote to convict or acquit

the former president.

Fewer than two-thirds of

members present vote to

convict.

Two-thirds or more of

members present vote to

convict.

Trump is guilty.

 

Separate votes would

be needed to prohibit

Trump from receiving

benefits given to

ex-presidents and to

bar him from future

political office.

The House, controlled by Democrats, holds a floor vote on one

or more articles of impeachment.

Less than a majority of the

House votes to impeach.

A majority of House

members vote to impeach.

Trump remains in office

for the duration of his

term, unless his cabinet

acts to remove him or

he resigns.

The House determines if

and when when to send the

article to the Senate. It

could do nothing further,

effectively holding out the

charges in perpetuity.

IF ARTICLE

SENT IMMEDIATELY

IF ARTICLE WITHHELD UNTIL

AFTER CHANGE IN CONTROL

Republican-led trial unlikely:

Mitch McConnell has said

the Senate will not return until

Jan. 19, the last full day of

Trump’s term, making

a trial unlikely before the

inauguration.

Democratic-led trial:

Later this month, control of

the Senate will flip to

Democrats. Upon receipt of

the article, the Senate must

soon begin a trial, but there

is discretion in the schedule

and pace of the process.

Afterward, the Senate holds

a vote to convict or acquit

the former president.

Fewer than two-thirds of

members present vote to

convict.

Two-thirds or more of

members present vote to

convict.

Trump is guilty.

 

Separate votes would

be needed to prohibit

Trump from receiving

benefits given to

ex-presidents and to

bar him from future

political office.

The House, controlled by Democrats, holds a floor vote on one or more articles of impeachment.

A majority of House members

vote to impeach.

Less than a majority of the House

votes to impeach.

Trump remains in office

for the duration of his term, unless his

cabinet acts to remove him or

he resigns.

The House determines if and when to

send the article to the Senate. It could

do nothing further, effectively holding

out the charges in perpetuity.

IF ARTICLE SENT IMMEDIATELY

IF ARTICLE WITHHELD UNTIL

AFTER CHANGE IN CONTROL

Republican-led trial unlikely:

Mitch McConnell has said the Senate

will not return until Jan. 19, the last full

day of Trump’s term, making a trial

unlikely before the inauguration.

Democratic-led trial:

Later this month, control of the Senate will

flip to Democrats. Upon receipt of the article,

the Senate must soon begin a trial, but there

is discretion in the schedule and pace of the

process. Afterward, the Senate holds a vote

to convict or acquit the former president.

Fewer than two-thirds of members

present vote to convict.

Two-thirds or more of members

present vote to convict.

Trump is guilty.

 

Separate votes would be needed

to prohibit Trump from receiving

benefits given to ex-presidents

and to bar him from future

political office.

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‘Goodbye’: N.Y.C. Terminates Contracts with Trump Organization

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is ending its contracts with the Trump Organization after the deadly riot incited by President Trump at the U.S. Capitol.

The president of the United States directed a mob against the United States Capitol, against the Congress while it was engaging in a constitutional, lawful Electoral College vote count. In light of this criminal act, the city of New York has determined that it is within our power to terminate all contracts with the Trump Organization. So we will no longer be doing any business at all. By the contract language, we have the right to terminate contracts, obviously, if a criminal act has been committed and a criminal act has been committed. So goodbye to the Trump Organization. We’re not doing any business with you. By the way, a lot of other people are not doing any business with you any longer. One of the contracts Trump Organization has had up to now is for a golf course in the Bronx, and in that contract, obligated to have championship golf tournaments there. Well, guess what? The P.G.A. just said they won’t allow any of their tournaments at Trump Organization golf courses. This criminal act has led a lot of companies, a lot of people to determine that things need to be different, that we cannot accept a status quo where a criminal gets away with this. So we are acting. I want to emphasize that we’re working immediately to find new vendors to take over these facilities. So we can continue to provide service to their customers. But it’s just really clear this president has committed an unlawful act. He has disgraced himself. He will no longer profit from his relationship with New York City. We will not allow it.

Video player loadingMayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is ending its contracts with the Trump Organization after the deadly riot incited by President Trump at the U.S. Capitol.CreditCredit…Christina Horsten/Associated Press

New York City is terminating its contracts with the Trump Organization because of the mob riot at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.

The contracts are for two ice-skating rinks at Central Park, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a city-owned golf course in the Bronx.

Though Mr. de Blasio’s administration has looked at the issue several times since 2015, the mayor said that the city was ending the contracts because President Trump had incited violence.

“Inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC. “The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization.”

While the city has considered canceling the Trump Organization’s contracts before, Mr. de Blasio said the violence in Washington qualified as criminal activity under which New York City had the right to sever ties with a company.

Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat with roughly a year left in office, said he expected the Trump Organization to challenge the city’s decision in court.

“We’re on strong legal ground,” the mayor said.

Many tech companies have moved to curtail President Trump online since he urged on a violent mob of his supporters at the Capitol last week.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

YouTube said on Tuesday that it had suspended President Trump’s channel over concern about “ongoing potential for violence,” in the latest move by one of the large tech companies to limit the president online.

In a tweet on YouTube’s official account, the Google-owned video site said it had suspended Mr. Trump’s account after one of his recent videos violated its policy banning content that spreads misinformation about widespread election fraud. YouTube said Mr. Trump would not be able to upload new content for at least seven days to his channel, which had about 2.8 million subscribers. YouTube also said it was indefinitely disabling comments on the video in question.

It was not immediately clear which video resulted in the suspension of the president’s account.

1/ After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies. It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days.

— YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 13, 2021

Many tech companies have moved to curtail Mr. Trump online since he urged on a violent mob of his supporters, who stormed the Capitol last week. In the aftermath, Facebook suspended the president from its core social network as well as on Instagram, at least until the end of his term. Twitter followed suit by permanently barring Mr. Trump’s account on its service, depriving him of his favorite social media platform, where he had 88 million followers. Other sites such as Snapchat, Reddit and Twitch also curtailed Mr. Trump.

Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, has not confirmed that he will seek a third term in 2022.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

The first television advertisements of the 2022 campaign cycle are on the air in Wisconsin, targeting a Republican senator and connecting him to last week’s violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Wednesday morning began a week’s worth of ads criticizing Senator Ron Johnson for his role in fomenting doubts about President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the presidential election and linking him to the siege at the Capitol.

With gruesome images of a Capitol Police officer being crushed by rioters supporting President Trump, the ad’s narrator cites an editorial published last week in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that called Mr. Johnson “a leading member of the Senate’s Sedition Caucus” and called for his resignation.

The state party is spending more than $100,000 to air the ad in five Wisconsin TV markets and Washington, D.C., according to Ben Wikler, the Wisconsin Democratic chairman. It plans to keep the spot on television through Mr. Biden’s inauguration next week.

Mr. Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate’s homeland security committee, did not vote to overturn the results of the presidential election last week. But in the wake of the election, he and his committee amplified false claims of voter fraud that were repeatedly rejected by courts across the United States.

Mr. Johnson, first elected in 2010, has not confirmed that he will seek a third term in 2022. He initially said he would retire after two terms, but in the final days before the Nov. 3 election told The New York Times that “things have changed.”

“Ron Johnson shouldn’t wait 21 months to lose an election, he should resign now,” Mr. Wikler said. “Wisconsinites should never forget the image of marauding violent mob smashing its way into the United States Capitol to overturn the results of the election. That moment will be a stain on Ron Johnson’s career for the rest of his life.”

At least three Wisconsin Democrats are actively planning to run in a primary to face Mr. Johnson in 2022. Thomas Nelson, the Outagamie County executive, launched his campaign in October. Sarah Godlewski, the state treasurer, and Alex Lasry, the Milwaukee Bucks executive, are also putting together campaign infrastructures but have not yet announced their bids.

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Militiamen showed up proudly bearing the emblems of their groups — American flags with the stars replaced by the Roman numeral III, patches that read “Oath Keepers.” Alt-right types wore Pepe the Frog masks, and QAnon adherents could be seen in T-shirts urging people to “Trust the Plan.” White supremacists brought their variant of the Crusader cross.

And then there were thousands of Trump supporters with MAGA gear — flags, hats, T-shirts, thermoses, socks. One flag portrayed President Trump as Rambo; another featured him riding a Tyrannosaurus rex and carrying the kind of rocket-propelled grenade launcher seen on the streets of Mogadishu or Kandahar.

The iconography of the American far right was on display during the violence at the Capitol last week. The dizzying array of symbols, slogans and images was, to many Americans, a striking aspect of the unrest, revealing an alternate political universe where violent extremists, racists and conspiracy theorists march side by side with evangelical Christians, suburban Trump supporters and young men who revel in making memes to “own the libs.”

Uniting them is a loyalty to Mr. Trump and a firm belief in his false and discredited insistence that the election was stolen. The absurdity of many images only masked a devotion that inspired a mob to mount a deadly attack on Congress.

“It’s often all a caricature — it looks like military fan fiction — until it’s not and it crosses a very dangerous line,” said Joan Donovan, the research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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