Jan 8, 2021

Axios PM

Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 417 words, a 2-minute read.

  • ⚡️ Articles of impeachment coming: Sources familiar say they could be introduced as soon as Monday, report Alayna Treene, Alexi McCammond and Kadia Goba.

🚨Breaking: Twitter is banning former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for violating their "Coordinated Harmful Activity" rules.

1 big thing: Capitol mob arrests "far from done"

Richard Barnett in the office of House Speaker Pelosi. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

At least five people have been arrested on federal charges after this week's Capitol siege, said the head of the FBI's D.C. field office.

  • “We are far from done,” added Steven D’Antuono.

Why it matters: The history books will record that a mob stormed the seat of Congress and looted the offices of its political opponents, all while live-streaming its self-described revolution.

  • Five people died, including a police officer.

Among those charged:

  1. Richard Barnett of Arkansas, who was photographed sitting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, faces three felony counts, including theft of public property, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
  2. Derrick Evans of West Virginia, a state delegate who filmed himself in the mob, has been charged with entering a restricted area.
  3. Lonnie Coffman of Alabama was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license. The Justice Department said the man’s vehicle allegedly contained 11 explosive devices known as Molotov cocktails and firearms.
  4. Christopher Alberts of Maryland was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition on Capitol grounds.
  5. Mark Leffingwell was charged with assault on a federal law enforcement officer, among other charges.
  6. Cleveland Meredith was charged with making interstate threats to Speaker Pelosi.
  7. Six others face charges including unlawful entry, intent to impede government business, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
2. RIP Officer Sicknick
Photo: United States Capitol Police via AP

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died yesterday from injuries sustained during the riot at the Capitol.

  • A native of South River, N.J., Sicknick served in the New Jersey Air National Guard and went on to a law enforcement career, which his family said was his lifelong dream.
  • He joined the Capitol Police in 2008.
3. Catch up quick
  1. President-elect Joe Biden plans to release nearly all available coronavirus vaccine doses when he takes office. The Trump administration is withholding half of U.S. vaccine production to ensure recipients receive their second dose. Go deeper.
  2. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is urging Democrats not to impeach President Trump for a second time, saying it would deepen the national divisions. Go deeper.
  3. President Trump will skip Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20th. Go deeper.
  4. Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $1.3 billion in damages against Sidney Powell. Go deeper.
  5. Axios Re:Cap focused on America's weakening labor market, based on the latest monthly jobs report, which showed a loss of 140,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. Listen here.
4. 1 hopeful thing
Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Thank you letters posted on the wall in the lobby area of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif.