WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are looking at bringing “significant” cases involving possible sedition and conspiracy charges in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. That’s according to acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, who provided an update on criminal charges at a Justice Department news conference on Tuesday. He says that some of the misdemeanor charges brought against the people who sieged the Capitol were intended as placeholder counts and that more serious charges including sedition are possible.
ALAMO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump says “be careful of what you wish for” as House lawmakers consider a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unable to serve. Pence is not expected to take any such action, regardless of the vote. Trump said Tuesday as he visited the southern border wall: “The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration.”
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government’s plans to carry out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades are on hold, and two other executions this week have been canceled because the inmates tested positive for COVID-19. The three executions were to be the last before President-elect Joe Biden, an opponent of the federal death penalty, is sworn-in next week. Lisa Montgomery faced execution Tuesday for killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in 2004. But a judge on Monday found Montgomery was likely mentally ill and couldn’t comprehend she would be put to death. A separate ruling Tuesday delays the executions of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs.
UNDATED (AP) — The IRS said that after initial problems, it is getting more of the second round of relief payments to taxpayers. A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue and have or are in the process of reissuing payments to affected taxpayers.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Republican Congresswoman has been removed from a panel at Harvard University for making comments that perpetuated President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Harvard officials say U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York was removed from a senior advisory committee at Harvard’s school of government after she declined to resign voluntarily. A statement from the school's dean said Stefanik “made public assertions about voter fraud in November’s presidential election that have no basis in evidence.” Stefanik responded that it’s a “rite of passage and badge of honor” to be boycotted by U.S. universities. Stefanik was among 147 Republicans who opposed certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election.