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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the FBI on Tuesday to bar all rioters identified in the pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol from boarding commercial flights, the AP first reported and the agency confirmed in a statement.

Why it matters: Placing people on the FBI's federal no-fly list means the government believes they pose "a threat of committing terrorism," since the list is a subset of the agency's Terrorist Watchlist created after 9/11.

What they're saying: Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) president Sara Nelson called on Friday for participants in the lethal attack to be disqualified "from the freedom of flight," saying that the "mob mentality behavior" seen on flights into D.C. "threatened the safety and security of every single person on board. "

  • An FBI spokesperson confirmed that the agency had received Schumer's letter, but did not comment on if the agency is considering further action.
  • A TSA spokesperson referred Axios to the agency's statement on Monday, which says that extra law enforcement and canine units have been stationed at the three airports serving D.C. Enhanced security will remain through Biden's inauguration, the agency said.
  • Schumer's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Flashback: Pro-Trump supporters flying to Washington, D.C. from Dallas the night before the Capitol siege were filmed shouting obscenities at a fellow traveler while a large Trump logo was projected on the plane's ceiling.

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Biden appoints swath of acting agency leaders

Joe Biden in the White House on Jan. 20. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday appointed acting leaders to federal agencies to temporarily hold the posts until the Senate can confirm his nominees.

Why it matters: The impeachment trial for former President Trump will prevent the chamber from confirming Biden's nominees and may inhibit his efforts to heal the country and its economy.

Pelosi: Trump could be "accessory" to murder over deadly insurrection

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President Trump could be an "accessory" to murder in regards to the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Trump faced intense criticism after a crowd of his supporters breached the Capitol and broke into chambers, including Pelosi’s office. Five people died as a result of the insurrection.

Chuck Schumer is now majority leader as 3 new Democratic senators are sworn in

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is officially Senate majority leader after the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the swearing-in of new Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

Why it matters: With a 50-50 Senate, Schumer will control a narrow majority with Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democratic control of the Senate is crucial to President Biden's agenda, from getting his coronavirus relief proposal passed to forgiving student debt.