US Capitol Attacked

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Senator Chuck Schumer made his first public remarks about former President Trump’s impeachment trial during a visit to Central New York Monday, while also sharing his personal experience the day of the insurrection at the Capitol.  He says he stayed up all night watching the results of the January 5th Georgia special elections. 

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Central New Yorkers will be watching with interest starting Tuesday as the impeachment trial of former President Trump gets underway in the Senate.  He’s being tried in connection to last month’s insurrection at the US Capitol building that resulted in five deaths.  New York Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and minority leader Mitch McConnell reached agreement on the rules Monday. 

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The New York State Capitol is bracing for potential violence and armed protesters in the coming days, after FBI warnings about significant threats in online chatter from white supremacy and other far right groups. New York State Police say there are no specific credible threats against the building in downtown Albany, but are nevertheless stepping up patrols and taking precautions to harden security.

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Congress member John Katko from Upstate New York is the first republican to say he’ll back the impeachment effort against Donald Trump by the House.  The attack on the Capitol led the former federal prosecutor to reverse support for the President.

Katko said in a release that as a prosecutor, he looked at the facts and couldn’t ignore President Trump’s role in the January 6th attack. 

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Reactions to the storming of the U.S. Capitol building by a large number of President Trump supporters Wednesday sparked some strong reactions from New York's Congressional delegation and political experts in Central New York. Among them was Rep. John Katko who issued this statement just after 5:00 p.m:

"I am grateful to all of those who have reached out regarding my safety today.  The support and concern expressed is humbling. I am in a safe location.