News Round-Up: January 7, 2021

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Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: My buddy, the ever-handsome Russell Todd (above), has been sharing photos lately and I couldn’t be happier. Sometimes, we just want to look at nice things, no? p.s. Russell is totally the nice guy you’d hope he’d be…

Politico: Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration later this month. But Donald Trump has declined to say whether he plans to attend the swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol. Trump reportedly told staff he doesn’t expect to be there, according to a former Trump aide who remains close to the White House.

AP: The top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia said Thursday that “all options are on the table” for charging members of the violent pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol — including sedition charges. More than 90 people have been arrested by police in Washington and more arrests are likely.


Washington Post: U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced his resignation effective Jan. 16, a decision that came hours after Pelosi publicly called on him to step down over the department’s handling of the violent pro-Trump siege of the Capitol. Sund confided to colleagues he felt responsible for letting down his troops.

NY Times: Donald Trump has suggested to aides he wants to pardon himself in the final days of his presidency, a move that would mark one of the most extraordinary and untested uses of presidential power in American history. No president has ever pardoned himself.

NPR: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he plans to fire the Senate sergeant-at-arms, Michael Stenger, the highest-ranked law enforcement officer in the Senate, once Democrats regain control of the upper chamber.

Twitter: The rats are jumping ship as Donald Trump’s presidency burns to the ground. In the past 24 hours, numerous high-level officials in the Trump administration – from Cabinet members to the White House social secretary – have resigned (profiles in courage, I tell you) after Trump incited violence on the U.S. Capitol.