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Acting homeland security secretary Wolf to step down, nine days ahead of Biden inauguration

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Acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf is stepping down, nine days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and amid widespread fears about security in the aftermath of the mob attack on the Capitol last week.

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In Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that the House will move forward with impeaching President Trump for a second time if Vice President Pence does not seek to remove him under the 25th Amendment by Wednesday.

Her threat came shortly after House Democrats formally introduced an article of impeachment against Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the takeover of the U.S. Capitol by a violent pro-Trump mob on Wednesday. Democrats say that measure already has 218 co-sponsors, enough to guarantee passage.

Here’s what to know:

  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), a 75-year-old cancer survivor, has tested positive for the coronavirus after sheltering in place during the Capitol riot with lawmakers who refused to wear masks.
  • Biden announced that he will nominate William J. Burns as the next director of the CIA. A seasoned diplomat, Burns has served as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan and was most recently deputy secretary of state.
  • Biden expressed hope that the Senate could work on Trump’s impeachment trial while confirming the new president’s Cabinet and working on his agenda. If the House impeaches Trump this week, it is unlikely that the Republican-led Senate would hold a trial before Trump leaves office Jan. 20.
  • The campaign finance system has been rocked, with American Express, FedEx, Dow, Facebook and other major companies pausing or halting political donations in the wake of the violent assault on the Capitol.
  • At least two U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended and more than a dozen others are under investigation for suspected involvement with or inappropriate support for the Wednesday demonstration that turned into a deadly riot at the Capitol, according to two congressional officials briefed on the developments.