BANK OF AMERICA IS LEADING THE CHARGE TO DEFUND NC GOP CANDIDATES: Bank of America is halting all political action committee donations for the immediate future, according to a memo to contributors to the Charlotte-based bank’s PAC. “For upcoming elections, we will take into account the appalling events of January 6 before making any PAC decisions regarding those members,” the memo said. The bank’s PAC donated $9,000 to Budd and $3,500 to Rouzer in the 2020 election cycle. Tom Montag, the chief operating officer of Bank of America, is a GOP megadonor. Montag gave $641,889 to conservative political causes in the 2020 election cycle, including to Republican members of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College on Jan. 6. Additionally, Bank of America was the top donor to the 2020 Republican National Convention, part of which was held in Charlotte. The bank gave $5.3 million to the host committee for the event.
LOSING REPUBLICAN JUDGE CANDIDATE SUES COOPER TO BLOCK REPLACEMENT OF WINNER: A Republican who lost a race for a Wake County judgeship in November has filed suit to prevent Gov. Roy Cooper from appointing someone to fill the seat after the winner of the election was disqualified. Democrat Tim Gunther defeated Republican Beth Tanner in the race for the Wake County District Court seat, but the Wake County Board of Elections later disqualified Gunther because he doesn't live in the Fuquay-Varina district the seat represents. State law doesn't allow the elections board to name Tanner, the only candidate left in the race, as the winner. Rather, it allows the governor to fill vacancies on the District Court bench from a slate of candidates submitted by the local bar. Tanner's federal lawsuit seeks to prevent Cooper from appointing someone else to the open seat and is requesting that a new election be held in District 10F. The Wake County Republican Party is assisting Tanner with the lawsuit.
NC DEMOCRATIC HOUSE REPS UNITED ON REMOVING TRUMP: “The immediate objective is to protect the country. We don’t know what this president is capable of in the coming days,” Price said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “It’s dangerous to leave him in office.” The House vote Tuesday night on a resolution asking Pence to mobilize Cabinet officials to declare Trump “incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president.” “You can’t do what he did and then be trusted to keep the county together until you get the new president. Anything could happen,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, a Wake County Democrat, in a telephone interview. The vote was along party lines with all five North Carolina Democrats supporting it and all seven Republicans that voted voting against it. Rep. Greg Murphy did not vote. He is in North Carolina caring for his wife, who underwent extensive back surgery. On Wednesday, the House plans to vote to impeach Trump for the second time in his four-year term. The House previously impeached him in late 2019, but the Senate voted not to convict him in early 2020.
3 REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN CONSPIRED WITH "STOP THE STEAL" ORGANIZER: Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he hatched the plan — coinciding with Congress’s vote to certify the electoral college votes — alongside three GOP lawmakers: Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Paul A. Gosar (Ariz.), all hard-line Trump supporters. “We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said in a since-deleted video on Periscope highlighted by the Project on Government Oversight, an investigative nonprofit. The plan, he said, was to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.” In a statement to The Washington Post, a spokesman for Biggs said the congressman had never been in contact with Alexander or other protesters and denied that he had helped organize a rally on Jan. 6. Neither Brooks nor Gosar responded to requests for comment from The Washington Post. But in a lengthy, defiant statement on Wednesday, the Alabama lawmaker insisted he also bore no responsibility for the riot.
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DEM CONGRESSWOMAN SAW REPUBLICANS GIVING "RECON" TOURS JANUARY 5TH: One day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, a Democratic lawmaker says she saw colleagues leading groups on “reconnaissance” tours of the building. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) made the startling claim in a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday night as she took aim at Republicans for inciting the pro-Trump mob that vandalized the Capitol and attacked police officers. Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, described seeing “members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day.” Sherrill aired her claims the same night that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said she feared GOP colleagues who were sympathetic to the rioters might give her up to the mob. Critics have also taken aim at one freshman GOP representative who tweeted out the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during the chaos. Sherrill, a second-term lawmaker who represents northern New Jersey, spent nearly 10 years on active duty as a helicopter pilot flying missions across Europe and the Middle East.
DAN BISHOP SAYS IMPEACHMENT VOTE (FOR INCITING VIOLENCE) DOES VIOLENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION?: The House proceeded even after Mr. Pence rejected the call in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday. “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution,” he wrote. “I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation.” Almost all Republicans lined up in opposition. They did little to defend Mr. Trump’s behavior but argued that Congress had no role telling the vice president what to do. “The vice president has given you your answer, before you asked the question,” said Representative Dan Bishop, Republican of North Carolina. “Your ultimatum does violence to a core feature of the architecture of the Constitution.” Democrats planned to reconvene on Wednesday to vote on a single article of impeachment charging Mr. Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, had told associates that he was fine with the House moving forward with impeachment and that Mr. Trump had committed impeachable offenses, according to people familiar with his thinking. The vote after the debate is expected to pass, with a small but significant number of Republicans joining Democrats to impeach Mr. Trump for the second time, which would make him the first president to be impeached twice.