Trump impeachment, Capitol riots and Biden shift: Live updates

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Trump impeachment, Capitol riots and Biden transition: Live updates

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Trump to award Medal of Freedom to Jim Jordan, Bill Belichick

Rep. Jim Jordan concerns Postmaster General Louis DeJoy throughout the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Washington, August 24, 2020.

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President Donald Trump is set to start the week by granting his conservative ally Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the country’s greatest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, on Monday.

Later in the week he will bestow the reward on New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a White House main informed NBC News. The Associated Press reported that Belichick is anticipated to get the medal on Thursday.

Belichick has actually not validated he will accept the medal, and there have actually been some require him to decline to do so. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., stated on CNN previously in the day that Belichick “should do the right thing and say, ‘No, thanks.'”

Trump is handing off the medals in the last complete week of his presidency as Democrats in the House of Representatives prepare to progress with his impeachment.

Jordan, who has actually supported Trump throughout his presidency, has actually stated he opposes impeachment. He was among the Republicans to challenge accrediting President-choose Joe Biden’s Electoral College wins recently.

Trump has actually not been seen in public because speaking with fans at a rally on Wednesday prior to they assaulted the U.S. Capitol throughout the official accreditation procedure. He is anticipated to take a trip to Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday.

According to the White House, the Medal of Freedom is granted to those “who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Tucker Higgins

Biden selects long time diplomat William Burns for CIA director

File image of Deputy Secretary of State William Burns affirms on the present scenario in Syria and the Ukraine to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 6, 2014.

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President-choose Joe Biden revealed Monday that he has actually chosen long time diplomat William Burns to lead the CIA.

Burns, 64, invested more than 30 years at the State Department under Republican and Democratic presidents up until he retired as deputy secretary of state in 2014.

Though he limited himself for much of the Trump administration, Burns started to openly excoriate the present president in 2015 and has actually required restoring and reorganizing U.S. diplomacy.

“Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure,” Biden stated in a declaration Monday. “He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect.”

If validated by the Senate, Burns would change Gina Haspel, the very first female CIA director.

Thomas Franck

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