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The source described it as a "good" conversation.A former White House official with close ties to Pence earlier told CBS News that the vice president is "discouraged, disheartened, hurt and stunned."The source said Pence never seriously considered using the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office. The source said that during conversations earlier in the administration, White House lawyers researched its applicability and found it really covered incapacity, due to things like a serious injury or undergoing anesthesia.Under the 25th Amendment, the vice president can assume power as acting president if a majority of the Cabinet determines the president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."House Republicans, meanwhile, blocked a resolution from Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin to call on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will vote on the measure on Tuesday, and could proceed with impeachment if Pence doesn't act.House Democrats unveiled an impeachment resolution accusing Mr. Trump of "incitement of an insurrection" tied to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, moving closer to impeaching the president for the second time — less than two weeks before he vacates the office.The impeachment resolution, spearheaded by Democratic Representatives David Cicilline, Ted Lieu and Raskin, has the backing of at least 210 Democrats. The bill states that the president "engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States."The resolution cites Mr. Trump's speech to supporters on January 6 near the White House, before the crowd moved to the Capitol.The Trump White House continued to be rocked by resignations, despite there only being nine days before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. Although he did not say there was a connection to Wednesday's assault, his departure follows the resignations of two other Cabinet officials who have since left: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.President Trump admitted Monday that he is at least partially to blame for what transpired at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.That's according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who spoke with the president on Monday and later conveyed Mr. Trump's feelings to fellow House Republicans.Multiple Republicans familiar with the exchanges confirmed the details to CBS News.In a letter sent to House Republicans and obtained by CBS News, McCarthy wrote that he remains opposed to impeachment, writing it would "have the opposite effect of bringing our country together when we need to get America back on a path towards unity and civility."He said members across the conference had recommended other avenues to address the riots in the Capitol on Wednesday, including creating a bipartisan commission to study the attack, reforming the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and crafting legislation to "promote voter confidence in future federal elections."The other option McCarthy mentioned was a resolution of censure, though he did not say who would be censured. Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations," Pittman said in a statement.Congressman Tim Ryan confirmed earlier Monday that two Capitol police officers had been suspended, one for allegedly taking selfies with rioters and the other allegedly put on Mr. Trump's signature red "Make America Great Again."CBS News has learned that there is investigative activity in more than 30 states across the country related to the Capitol attack and the Inauguration. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team."Belichick added that the conversations the team had in 2020 about social justice, equality and human rights were "one of the most rewarding things in my professional career."  "Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award," Belichick said.Read more here.The former Capitol Police chief, Steven Sund, described a "frustrating call" with a U.S. Army official as he tried desperately to get the Pentagon to send help to police outmanned in the Capitol by throngs of Trump supporters last Wednesday."I needed boots on the ground, immediate assistance right then and there, helping to form police lines to help secure the foundation of the United States Capitol building," Sund said in a brief interview outside his home his first on-camera comments. That's my hope and expectation," Mr. Biden said, referring to another coronavirus response bill.The president-elect said he has not yet received an answer from the Senate parliamentarian in whether that approach could be taken.Mr. Biden said he also is not afraid to take his oath of office outside given the continued threats of violence related to the inauguration."It's critically important that there be a real, serious focus on holding those folks who engaged in sedition and threatened people's lives, defaced public property, caused great damage, that they be held accountable," he said.In the wake of the Capitol Hill riots, morale among the rank-and-file in the Capitol Police Department is flagging, multiple sources have told CBS News. Public access to roadways, parking areas and other facilities within the National Mall and Memorial Parks may also close "if conditions warrant," and the closures may be extended.The House will take up through regular order the resolution calling on Pence to activate the 25th Amendment and remove Mr. Trump from office after Republicans blocked a request to approve the measure by unanimous consent, Pelosi said.Once the House approves the resolution, Pence will have 24 hours to respond."The House Republicans rejected this legislation to protect America, enabling the President's unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue," Pelosi said in a statement after the House convened for its pro forma session. "Their complicity endangers America, erodes our Democracy, and it must end."The House is also planning to move forward with bringing its article of impeachment charging Mr. Trump with incitement of insurrection to the floor, the California Democrat said."The President represents an imminent threat to our Constitution, our country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately," Pelosi said.House Democrats officially introduced their article of impeachment against Mr. Trump, which charges him with "incitement of insurrection" for encouraging a mob of his supporters to descend on the U.S. Capitol in an effort to block Congress from counting electoral votes and reaffirming Mr. Biden's victory."President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government," the resolution states. It is backed by at least 210 House Democrats.The measure details the events leading up to and on January 6, beginning with Mr. Trump's repeated false claims that the election results were rife with fraud and should be overturned, as well as his comments during a rally near the White House the morning of the assault, in which he told the thousands assembled "If you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore.""Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session's solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts," the article states.The Democrats also cited a phone call Mr. Trump had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, during which he pressured Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to reverse the state's election results.A vote on the article is expected later this week if Pence declines to convene the Cabinet and invoke the 25th Amendment.Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, gaveled in the House for a brief pro forma session, during which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer asked for unanimous consent on the resolution calling on Pence to convene the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment, declaring Mr. Trump "incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president."West Virginia Congressman Alex Mooney, a Republican, objected, and the request was blocked. Since 1789, the Senate has voted to expel just 15 senators, including 10 southern senators who were expelled in 1861 for their support of the Confederacy.The New York State Bar Association (NSYBA) has begun an inquiry to determine whether Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and Mr. Trump's personal attorney, should be stripped of his membership to the group, it announced.Citing comments Giuliani made just before the pro-Trump mob made their assault on the U.S. Capitol, the association said his "words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election's outcome to take matters into their own hands.""Their subsequent attack on the Capitol was nothing short of an attempted coup, intended to prevent the peaceful transition of power," the bar association said.Its bylaws bar membership to anyone "who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States, or of any state, territory or possession thereof, or of any political subdivision therein, by force or other illegal means."Expulsion from the bar association is not the same as disbarment, which is handled by the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court and discipline and grievance committees appointed by that court.Giuliani appeared at a rally near the White House before the attack on the Capitol and told the crowd of Mr. Trump's supporters, "Let's have a trial by combat."The NYSBA said that in recent months, it has received "hundreds of complaints" about Giuliani and his unsuccessful attempts to overturn the results of the election."Mr. Giuliani will be provided due process and have an opportunity — should he so choose — to explain and defend his words and actions," the association said.

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