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‘We’re Not There Yet’: Fauci Warns on Opening Country Too Early as Trump Plows Forward – ‘There Will Be Infections’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the immunologist who has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for decades, is warning against re-opening the nation too early, in direct contradiction to where the President apparently is headed.

“We have to have something in place that is efficient and that we can rely on, and we’re not there yet,” Dr. Fauci, referring to testing, told the AP Tuesday.

President Donald Trump has teased a May 1 opening date, and reports say he wants a big opening, not a gradual one. Trump falsely believes the economy will come roaring back immediately due to “pent up demand.” Others say Americans right now are too afraid, and rightly so, to go out in public until there is a vaccine or until antibody therapies are widely available.

“Fauci said a May 1 target is ‘a bit overly optimistic’ for many areas of the country,” the AP adds. “Any easing off the strict social-distancing rules in place in much of the country would have to occur on a ‘rolling’ basis, not all at once, he said, reflecting the ways COVID-19 struck different parts of the country at different times.”

But Trump’s trusted top economics expert Larry Kudlow late Tuesday morning told reporters the President would make a “very important” announcement in the next day or two about opening the country back up. He also claimed, “the country is ready to go back to work,”

President Trump had Fauci speak at the beginning of Monday’s off-the-rails press conference to walk back remarks he made that apparently irritated the President. Trump earlier had retweeted a post that called for the 79-year old to be fired.

Fauci also warns that relaxing current stay at home guidelines will lead to new infections.

“I’ll guarantee you, once you start pulling back there will be infections. It’s how you deal with the infections that’s going count,” Fauci said, adding, “getting people out of circulation if they get infected, because once you start getting clusters, then you’re really in trouble.”

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Mark Your Calendar: Schumer Releases Trump Impeachment Schedule

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has just released the schedule for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

The Article of Impeachment will be transmitted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday. That week will focus on the administrative elements of the trial.

The following week, starting February 8, the actual impeachment trial will begin.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had requested a two-week delay, but Schumer and Pelosi did not grant his wish.

CNN’s Jeremy Herb posted the document:

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Other GOPers Over Capitol Coup

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An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.

Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College,” by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.

If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.

Cawthorn spoke at President Trump’s January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.

“This crowd has some fight in it,” Cawthorn told Trump’s MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard.”

North Carolina’s WLOS reports that “despite his tweets urging ‘millions of patriotic Americans stand for their country,’ Cawthorn said he felt no culpability in what unfolded” the day of the attempted coup.

“I don’t feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol,” Cawthorn said.

Two days before the domestic terror attack he posted this:

Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.

“Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump’s supporters ahead of Congress’ electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs,” The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.

 

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Pelosi to Transmit Impeachment Article to Senate Monday – Triggering Trial of Trump to Start Next Week

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi will transmit the House’s Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump for the incitement of the January 6 insurrection to the Senate on Monday. Once the Senate has received the Article it is constitutionally bound to take it up immediately.

On Thursday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his conference would be comfortable with waiting two weeks before beginning the trial of the former president, Donald J. Trump. Speaker Pelosi’s answer to McConnell, in action if not words, was no.

Axios adds that the “Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1 p.m. the day after the article is transmitted.”

Those “ceremonial aspects” of the trial would begin Tuesday, CNN’s Manu Raju reports. “The train is in motion,” he says.

 

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