Fallout intensifies over Trump's response to Capitol riot

By Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 1235 GMT (2035 HKT) January 9, 2021
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1:56 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Man seen in viral photograph at Nancy Pelosi's desk arrested

From CNN’s Kara Scannell

Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protest inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.
Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protest inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been arrested and charged with three federal counts including theft of public property, federal officials said Friday.

Federal officials said Richard Barnett of Arkansas was taken into custody Friday morning in Little Rock.

Barnett was charged with knowingly entering and remaining in restricted building ground without authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and the theft of public property, officials said. 

A resident of Alabama was also charged in connection with the pipe bomb found on the south side of the Capitol building, 11 Molotov cocktails and military-style weapon found in his pickup truck. 

“Just because you’ve left the DC region, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol,” said Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in Charge Washington field office.

“The FBI is not sparing any resources in this investigation,” he said. 

1:36 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Top House Republican calls Biden "President-elect" for first time and warns against impeachment

From CNN's Manu Raju

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Susan Walsh/AP

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned in a statement against the impeachment efforts being discussed in the chamber and for the first time called Joe Biden "President-elect."

“Impeaching the President with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more," he said in the statement.

"I have reached out to President-elect Biden today and plan to speak to him about how we must work together to lower the temperature and unite the country to solve America’s challenges," he continued.

1:19 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Trump has no intention of resigning, White House advisers say

From CNN's Jim Acosta

Three White House advisers tell CNN that President Trump has no intention of resigning. 

“None,” one adviser said of the chances of a resignation. 

“Zero,” said another, adding: “He doesn’t think he did anything wrong.”

1:18 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Pompeo meeting with Biden's pick for Secretary of State Tony Blinken for first time today

From CNN's Kylie Atwood

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, today. 

This will be their first meeting since Biden named Blinken to be his chief diplomat in late November.

The meeting comes two days after Biden said President Trump needed to step up and demand an end to “the insurrection,” as he described it, on Capitol Hill earlier this week.

Pompeo condemned the violence protests as unacceptable, but the notoriously loyal secretary of state has not blamed Trump for what happened.

He was scheduled to meet his expected successor in December, but the meeting was canceled when Pompeo went into quarantine after being exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

Blinken, wearing a mask, arrived at the State Department just before 1 p.m. ET and was greeted by Pompeo’s executive secretary. 

It’s unclear how long Pompeo and Blinken will meet. CNN reported that the last meeting, which had to be canceled, was only scheduled for 15 minutes. 

1:18 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

GOP senator says Trump "wanted chaos on television" and was "excited" watching rioters enter the Capitol

From CNN's Sarah Fortinsky

US President Donald Trump speaking to supporters near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
US President Donald Trump speaking to supporters near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, citing conversations with senior White House officials, said on Hugh Hewitt's radio show that President Trump "wanted chaos on television" on Wednesday and was "confused about why other people on his team weren’t as excited as he was as you had rioters pushing against Capitol Police trying to get into the building."

In an interview Friday morning with Hugh Hewitt, Sasse also said Trump was talking about "a path by which he was going to stay in office after January 20."

On impeachment, Sasse signaled he was seriously considering whether he would vote to remove the President from office, but that "there are a lot of questions that we need to get to the bottom of," specifically citing delays with deploying the National Guard. 

"But I think that the question of was the President derelict in his duty, that’s not an open question. He was," Sasse added.

1:10 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Pence arrives at White House for first time since Capitol riot

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived at the White House for the first time since the insurrection at the US Capitol incited by President Trump and since he certified the 2020 election results for President-elect Joe Biden.

He emerged from his SUV and walked into the West Wing.

Pence did not come to the White House on Thursday.

12:56 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Hope Hicks discussing resigning, sources say

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing Township, New Jersey, on October 31, 2020.
Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing Township, New Jersey, on October 31, 2020. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

One of President Trump's closest confidants and top aides, Hope Hicks, is discussing resigning from her role before he leaves office, according to two people familiar with her thinking.

She has told people if she does resign, she would leave within the next 48 hours. It's not clear she has made a final decision.

12:54 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Pelosi says she has received assurances that safeguards in place if Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon

From CNN's Dana Bash and Manu Raju

Samuel Corum/Getty Images
Samuel Corum/Getty Images

After speaking with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her caucus that she has gotten assurances there are safeguards in place in the event President Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon, according to multiple sources on the caucus call.

What we know: Pelosi told members in a letter that she spoke to Milley about Trump and the nuclear codes.

"This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike," Pelosi wrote. "The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy."

12:37 p.m. ET, January 8, 2021

Pelosi tells colleagues there is more Democratic support for impeachment this time than last time

From CNN's Manu Raju

U.S. Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks in a hallway at the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. 
U.S. Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks in a hallway at the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells her caucus she prefers Trump resigning or the 25th Amendment before impeaching him. But she made clear that there is more backing within the House Democratic Caucus for impeaching Trump now than there was in 2019. 

She has not yet given a sense of timing or detailed the articles they are pursuing, but the call is ongoing.

“The President chose to be an insurrectionist," Pelosi said, according to a source on the call. “Impeachment encourages conversation on the 25th Amendment. That’s picked up a lot of steam.”  

According to this person, she also said, “How we go forward is a subject for this caucus.”

Some background: A source tells CNN that the current draft of the impeachment resolution now includes 131 members, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern, a further sign of the growing momentum.