Impeachment proceedings against Trump begin in the second week of February – Biden reverses restrictive immigration policy

The US intelligence services are said to have died after the storm on the Capitol Risk of domestic terrorism take a look. president Joe Biden have intelligence coordinator April Haines, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security instructed to investigate the threat posed by domestic extremism, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. The National Security Council should review its policies and see how government agencies can be better informed about the problem.

Grove’s office was created after the September 11, 2001 attacks to combat international terrorism. The fact that it is now being switched on shows the importance the government attaches to the threat posed by extremists at home. “The rise in domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing threat to national security,” said Psaki.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said it was critical that the government address the issue Domestic terrorism tackle. “Right-wing extremism and extreme white racism are promoted on Internet platforms become the greatest threat to our country“, he said.

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Democrats announce the start of the impeachment process against Trump

The Democratic Party in the United States has a new chairman. The Democratic umbrella organization, DNC, voted on Thursday Jaime Harrison aus South Carolina to the post. US President Joe Biden had previously spoken out in favor of him – the party thus continued the tradition that the incumbent president may elect the chairman. There is a long way to go for the Democrats, but he wants to make sure they lead the country at better times, Harrison said after the virtual election.

Deputy chairmen were among others the Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, elected Senator Tammy Duckworth; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; and Rep. Filemon Vela Jr.

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Restart of transatlantic relations with question marks

Berlin, Düsseldorf Not only Donald Trump has left the Oval Office, Andrew Jackson has also been removed from his place of honor. Trump saw in the agitator Jackson, the seventh President of the USA, a role model for his populist politics.

Joe Biden, the new man in the White House, replaced the Jackson portrait to the left of his desk with a picture of Benjamin Franklin, the scientist and constitutional father. Other places in Biden’s office are now commemorating prominent statesmen. For example with a bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who steered America out of the Great Depression and then through World War II.

The message that Biden wants to send is clear: He wants to rule on the basis of scientific knowledge, the time of unpredictable gut decisions is over. He wants to fight against the economic hardships of the lower classes, who are particularly hard hit by the consequences of the pandemic.

“Let’s start over,” shouted Biden at his inauguration. And the 46th President immediately took action. Seldom has a new US administration got off to such an ambitious start. Biden had hardly taken a seat in the Oval Office in a black mask and blue tie when he signed the first decrees. Biden does not wait for the new congress to agree on laws; like his predecessor, he uses the presidential power of the “Executive Orders”.

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“We have no time to lose,” he says to the reporters who jostle around him in the Oval Office. Emergency governance: Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis. 400,000 Americans have fallen victim to the pandemic. Ten million lost their jobs.

Change of power in the USA

President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris were sworn in on Wednesday.

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And the political camps, Biden’s Democrats and Trump’s Republicans, are hostile to each other. The political rift that Trump created four years ago is deeper than it has been since the Civil War: a large proportion of Republican voters still believe in the myth of the “stolen election victory”.

Resolving these crises will absorb all the energy of the new president in the coming months. “The forces that divide us,” says Biden, “are deep and genuine”. Its foreign policy will initially be derived primarily from domestic policy goals.

Telephone calls with other heads of state and government are planned for the coming days. However, Biden does not want to present any concrete foreign policy plans until February.

Nowhere does the relief at the change of power in Washington seem to be greater than in Berlin. “There is a much wider area of ​​agreement with Biden,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. She in particular had to endure Trump’s unrest in the past four years, the ex-president saw Germany as a competitor, not a partner.

Biden looks ahead

Now there is a new tone in Washington: “We will repair our alliances and get involved in the world again,” said Biden in his inaugural address. “Not to master yesterday’s challenges, but those of today and tomorrow.”

Angela Merkel receives Joe Biden at the Chancellery in 2013

As Barack Obama’s Vice President, the 78-year-old has already worked closely with the Chancellor.

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From a European perspective, Biden’s presidency could not have started better. In fact, there are great hopes for a restart of the transatlantic relationship. Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus is now calling for “a new attempt at TTIP, ie a free trade agreement with the USA”. Brinkhaus told the Handelsblatt that we could only show strength against China if we united with the USA. “Such an agreement will determine the future prosperity of Germany and Europe,” said CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak.

Economists doubt whether a relaunch of TTIP is realistic for the foreseeable future. “Biden also stands for” buy american “, says Michael Hüther, director of the Institute for German Economics. And the areas of conflict are the same as when the TTIP failed.

But first the internal crisis will take center stage in the USA. Biden’s most important tool is his “American rescue plan”. With an additional $ 1.9 trillion, he wants to accelerate vaccination, alleviate the economic hardship of citizens and support businesses. Direct payments to citizens of $ 1,400 are planned again.

Adjusted for inflation, that is more than one and a half times the amount that President Barack Obama mobilized during the financial crisis. Last spring, Congress provided $ 2.3 trillion.

Biden also plans to raise the minimum wage from $ 7.25 today to $ 15. He wants to increase unemployment benefits from $ 300 to $ 400 a week and extend the benefit period until September this year. For the not too distant future, the new president is preparing an infrastructure program that will also cost a few trillion dollars.

The national debt – currently at around 130 percent of GDP – is apparently no problem for Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary-designate. “Without further action, we risk a longer, more painful recession and later a longer-term burden on the economy,” said the 74-year-old economist at her hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. “In the long run, I believe the benefits will far outweigh the costs.”

Together with the corona aid already passed by Trump, the state stimulus injections would, according to calculations by the independent Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, drive the US budget deficit by more than five trillion dollars. The deficit ratio had already headed towards a value of more than ten percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Deficit spending with an impact on foreign policy

And that’s part of the truth, too: Deficit spending is motivated domestically, but it will also have an impact on foreign policy – initially positive. America is fueling global demand. Countries such as Germany, whose business model is export, could also benefit from this. But that is exactly the division of labor that the Americans no longer wanted to get involved – that applies to both Trump and Biden.

“Biden will hardly be prepared to leave the USA in its role as a consumer of last resort, which finances huge trade deficits through foreign debt,” warns Jens Südekum, economist at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.

Biden will put Europe and especially Germany under pressure to do more for global demand – for example in the military sector, but not only there. He will also generally demand more imports and the reduction of the notorious current account surplus.

Merkel is also preparing for tough debates. She represents the interests of the Federal Republic, Biden those of the United States, she said. It is clear that Germany and Europe should take on “more responsibility”.

Long-term investment program

The Corona aid is not even the largest part of Biden’s ambitious plans. With his “Green New Deal” investment program, which comprises a further 2.2 trillion dollars, he wants to use the economic reconstruction after the pandemic to transform the US economy ecologically in order to make the country climate neutral by 2050.

The reference to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “New Deal” during the Great Depression in the 1930s is not only symbolic. Back then, too, it was not just about getting the economy going, but also about creating a better and fairer society.

This thought is part of Biden’s motto “Built back better”. He and the progressive wing of his party want to reduce social inequality in the United States. To this end, not only should minimum wages be significantly increased, more jobs created and social benefits expanded.

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Biden is also planning a tax redistribution and wants to put more of a burden on top earners with incomes of more than $ 400,000 a year. Corporate income tax for companies is also expected to rise from 21 to 28 percent.

Biden needs economic success, as quickly as possible. His political opponents are waiting for every misstep. At least since the storming of Trump supporters on the Capitol on January 6, it is clear how tense the situation in the USA is. Can 78-year-old Biden even face the daunting challenge of cementing together a torn, crisis-ridden country?

“It will remain dangerous for many years and there will be lies to fight,” said the philosopher Martha Nussbaum to the Handelsblatt. But she is cautiously optimistic: “January 6th made the Republican Party look seriously at the damage done to its own party, and that can only be good.”

The Capitol

Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis.

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Nussbaum also gives hope that Biden surrounded himself with scientists “who will base their political decisions on facts, not disinformation.” Biden, says the influential philosopher in the USA, is a man of empathy and utterly not out for revenge.

And so, of all people, Biden, who has already been written off as a political fossil, could succeed in overcoming the unprecedented crisis in the USA – and restore confidence in the country’s leadership.

More: Joe Biden was underestimated – and on many levels, says Handelsblatt correspondent Annett Meiritz

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Restart of transatlantic relations with question marks

Berlin, Düsseldorf Not only Donald Trump has left the Oval Office, Andrew Jackson has also been removed from his place of honor. Trump saw in the agitator Jackson, the seventh President of the USA, a role model for his populist politics.

Joe Biden, the new man in the White House, replaced the Jackson portrait to the left of his desk with a picture of Benjamin Franklin, the scientist and constitutional father. Other places in Biden’s office are now commemorating prominent statesmen. For example with a bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who steered America out of the Great Depression and then through World War II.

The message that Biden wants to send is clear: He wants to rule on the basis of scientific knowledge, the time of unpredictable gut decisions is over. He wants to fight against the economic hardships of the lower classes, who are particularly hard hit by the consequences of the pandemic.

“Let’s start over,” shouted Biden at his inauguration. And the 46th President immediately took action. Seldom has a new US administration got off to such an ambitious start. Biden had hardly taken a seat in the Oval Office in a black mask and blue tie when he signed the first decrees. Biden does not wait for the new congress to agree on laws; like his predecessor, he uses the presidential power of the “Executive Orders”.

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“We have no time to lose,” he says to the reporters who jostle around him in the Oval Office. Emergency governance: Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis. 400,000 Americans have fallen victim to the pandemic. Ten million lost their jobs.

Change of power in the USA

President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris were sworn in on Wednesday.

(Photo: AFP)

And the political camps, Biden’s Democrats and Trump’s Republicans, are hostile to each other. The political rift that Trump created four years ago is deeper than it has been since the Civil War: a large proportion of Republican voters still believe in the myth of the “stolen election victory”.

Resolving these crises will absorb all the energy of the new president in the coming months. “The forces that divide us,” says Biden, “are deep and genuine”. Its foreign policy will initially be derived primarily from domestic policy goals.

Telephone calls with other heads of state and government are planned for the coming days. However, Biden does not want to present any concrete foreign policy plans until February.

Nowhere does the relief at the change of power in Washington seem to be greater than in Berlin. “There is a much wider area of ​​agreement with Biden,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. She in particular had to endure Trump’s unrest in the past four years, the ex-president saw Germany as a competitor, not a partner.

Biden looks ahead

Now there is a new tone in Washington: “We will repair our alliances and get involved in the world again,” said Biden in his inaugural address. “Not to master yesterday’s challenges, but those of today and tomorrow.”

Angela Merkel receives Joe Biden at the Chancellery in 2013

As Barack Obama’s Vice President, the 78-year-old has already worked closely with the Chancellor.

(Photo: dpa)

From a European perspective, Biden’s presidency could not have started better. In fact, there are great hopes for a restart of the transatlantic relationship. Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus is now calling for “a new attempt at TTIP, ie a free trade agreement with the USA”. Brinkhaus told the Handelsblatt that we could only show strength against China if we united with the USA. “Such an agreement will determine the future prosperity of Germany and Europe,” said CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak.

Economists doubt whether a relaunch of TTIP is realistic for the foreseeable future. “Biden also stands for” buy american “, says Michael Hüther, director of the Institute for German Economics. And the areas of conflict are the same as when the TTIP failed.

But first the internal crisis will take center stage in the USA. Biden’s most important tool is his “American rescue plan”. With an additional $ 1.9 trillion, he wants to accelerate vaccination, alleviate the economic hardship of citizens and support businesses. Direct payments to citizens of $ 1,400 are planned again.

Adjusted for inflation, that is more than one and a half times the amount that President Barack Obama mobilized during the financial crisis. Last spring, Congress provided $ 2.3 trillion.

Biden also plans to raise the minimum wage from $ 7.25 today to $ 15. He wants to increase unemployment benefits from $ 300 to $ 400 a week and extend the benefit period until September this year. For the not too distant future, the new president is preparing an infrastructure program that will also cost a few trillion dollars.

The national debt – currently at around 130 percent of GDP – is apparently no problem for Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary-designate. “Without further action, we risk a longer, more painful recession and later a longer-term burden on the economy,” said the 74-year-old economist at her hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. “In the long run, I believe the benefits will far outweigh the costs.”

Together with the corona aid already passed by Trump, the state stimulus injections would, according to calculations by the independent Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, drive the US budget deficit by more than five trillion dollars. The deficit ratio had already headed towards a value of more than ten percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Deficit spending with an impact on foreign policy

And that’s part of the truth, too: Deficit spending is motivated domestically, but it will also have an impact on foreign policy – initially positive. America is fueling global demand. Countries such as Germany, whose business model is export, could also benefit from this. But that is exactly the division of labor that the Americans no longer wanted to get involved – that applies to both Trump and Biden.

“Biden will hardly be prepared to leave the USA in its role as a consumer of last resort, which finances huge trade deficits through foreign debt,” warns Jens Südekum, economist at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.

Biden will put Europe and especially Germany under pressure to do more for global demand – for example in the military sector, but not only there. He will also generally demand more imports and the reduction of the notorious current account surplus.

Merkel is also preparing for tough debates. She represents the interests of the Federal Republic, Biden those of the United States, she said. It is clear that Germany and Europe should take on “more responsibility”.

Long-term investment program

The Corona aid is not even the largest part of Biden’s ambitious plans. With his “Green New Deal” investment program, which comprises a further 2.2 trillion dollars, he wants to use the economic reconstruction after the pandemic to transform the US economy ecologically in order to make the country climate neutral by 2050.

The reference to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “New Deal” during the Great Depression in the 1930s is not only symbolic. Back then, too, it was not just about getting the economy going, but also about creating a better and fairer society.

This thought is part of Biden’s motto “Built back better”. He and the progressive wing of his party want to reduce social inequality in the United States. To this end, not only should minimum wages be significantly increased, more jobs created and social benefits expanded.

More on the subject:

Biden is also planning a tax redistribution and wants to put more of a burden on top earners with incomes of more than $ 400,000 a year. Corporate income tax for companies is also expected to rise from 21 to 28 percent.

Biden needs economic success, as quickly as possible. His political opponents are waiting for every misstep. At least since the storming of Trump supporters on the Capitol on January 6, it is clear how tense the situation in the USA is. Can 78-year-old Biden even face the daunting challenge of cementing together a torn, crisis-ridden country?

“It will remain dangerous for many years and there will be lies to fight,” said the philosopher Martha Nussbaum to the Handelsblatt. But she is cautiously optimistic: “January 6th made the Republican Party look seriously at the damage done to its own party, and that can only be good.”

The Capitol

Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis.

(Photo: dpa)

Nussbaum also gives hope that Biden surrounded himself with scientists “who will base their political decisions on facts, not disinformation.” Biden, says the influential philosopher in the USA, is a man of empathy and utterly not out for revenge.

And so, of all people, Biden, who has already been written off as a political fossil, could succeed in overcoming the unprecedented crisis in the USA – and restore confidence in the country’s leadership.

More: Joe Biden was underestimated – and on many levels, says Handelsblatt correspondent Annett Meiritz

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“We Americans have to prove that we are back”

Washington

March 2017: Chancellor Angela Merkel with the then US President Donald Trump – his successor wants to repair the disturbed relationship with Germany.

(Photo: AFP)

When Nicholas Burns rose to become one of America’s most influential diplomats, the US was at the zenith of its power. Washington strategists dreamed of democratizing the Muslim world at gunpoint. 20 years later, the US military has to defend democracy in its own country. Tens of thousands of soldiers secured Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The elected Donald Trump boycotted the ceremony, his supporters do not want to accept Biden. The peaceful transfer of power, a characteristic of democracy, has failed. Burns, who now teaches at Harvard University and was part of Biden’s foreign policy advisory team during the election campaign, warns: “We must try to unite our country and strengthen our democracy. That’s going to take time.”

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“Things will get worse before they get better” – Biden presents Covid strategy

Joe Biden wants to extend the last remaining nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia by five years. A US government representative announced that national security advisor Jake Sullivan would make a corresponding proposal on Thursday (local time) to the Russian ambassador to the USA, Anatoly Antonov. With Biden not calling for changes to the contract, chances are good that Moscow will agree to an extension as well. The Washington Post newspaper initially reported on the US offer for the New Start Agreement.

The pact expires in February. It was signed in 2010 by the then US President Barack Obama and the then Russian head of state Dmitri Medvedev. New Start imposes a limit on each of the countries to a total of 1550 nuclear warheads. Both sides are also allowed 700 active delivery systems, i.e. ICBMs and bombers. The contract provides for extensive on-site inspections to verify compliance. Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, was extremely critical of the New Start Agreement because, in his view, it put the United States at a disadvantage. The ex-president also urged China to be included in the pact. Beijing rejected this outright. The Trump administration waited until 2020 before entering into significant negotiations with Moscow over the future of New Start. During the election campaign, Biden had already indicated that he would campaign for the preservation of the agreement.

Shortly before the US offer became known, warned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the US and Russia to Extension of the pact. One should not get into a situation where there is no limit to the number of nuclear warheads. New Start expires within a few days, Stoltenberg warned reporters in Brussels. At the same time, he emphasized that efforts to achieve greater gun control should not end with the continuation of New Start. It is important to expand the pact to other weapon systems that are not covered in it. China should also be included, as it is currently massively modernizing its nuclear weapons and expanding its nuclear capabilities, said Stoltenberg. Arms control advocate warn that one End of the treaty would remove any reins placed on the nuclear powers of the US and Russia. The result would be a severe blow to global stability. Canada and European NATO partners are also generally concerned about a gradual departure from non-proliferation treaties.

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Democrats take over the Senate – Biden signs initial orders

The new US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House after being sworn in at the Capitol. Together with the new First Lady Jill Biden, he was brought to his residence and official residence in the center of the capital Washington with a presidential escort on Wednesday afternoon (local time). Joe and Jill Biden covered the last few meters walk back. The 78-year-old Democrat was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States at noon.

Biden’s immediate predecessor, the Republican Donald Trump, had left Washington that morning. As the first president since Andrew Johnson in 1869, Trump stayed away from his successor’s swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.

Biden’s convoy was accompanied by an inauguration parade on the final stretch outside the White House. The column drove at walking pace. In front of the vehicles, bands and participants marched in historical uniforms. They were followed by police motorcycles with sidecars. The President’s limo was escorted by Secret Service bodyguards.

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Joe Biden initiates US return to Paris climate agreement

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US President Joe Biden signs first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House.

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Washington New US President Joe Biden immediately issued a batch of orders on his first day at the White House – and dozen more actions are expected in the ten days following his inauguration. In the coming days, Biden plans to review all Trump decrees and regulations that could harm the environment or negatively affect health care. The previous arrangements at a glance:

Climate protection

The United States will once again become part of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The re-entry of Biden by executive order. To officially re-join the agreement takes 30 days.

UN Secretary General António Guterres was delighted: “I welcome the steps taken by President Biden to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” he said. In doing so, the United States joined the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, companies and people who were taking ambitious measures to deal with the climate crisis.

The move had been expected. Biden’s predecessor, ex-President Donald Trump, had the United States withdraw from the climate protection agreement, which is supposed to reduce global emissions.

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Biden also has a moratorium on plans to grant prospecting rights for oil and gas in an arctic conservation area in the United States. And he has canceled the building permit for the current Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Corona measures

The new president also signed a decree mandating the wearing of masks in federal buildings. “There is no better time to start than today,” he said.

The obligation to wear mouth and nose protection extends to all areas in which the federal government has jurisdiction. Examples include federal government buildings, planes and trains, and buses that travel between states. All employees of the federal government are also obliged to do so.

Biden also ordered safety clearances in all federal buildings, in the area of ​​federal properties and among its employees and contractual partners. As previously announced, he wants to swear US citizens to wear masks for 100 days. At the same time, he wants to push the country’s vaccination campaign so far that 100 million vaccine doses are to be administered in the first 100 days of his term in office.

The return to the World Health Organization (WHO) is not just a signal. As a representative of a US delegation, top virologist Anthony Fauci is expected to speak to the WHO on Thursday.

Relationship with Mexico

One of the first measures on Wednesday was the completion of the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico. At the same time, the president ended the national emergency declared by Trump in 2018, with which Trump diverted billions of dollars from the Department of Defense for the construction of the wall, which Trump had claimed that Mexico would pay for it, with immediate effect.

Immigration policy

With a view to moving away from entry bans from Muslim countries, the new government has announced that it will improve security screening, among other things by improving agreements with other governments.

At the same time, Biden wants to secure a program to protect young migrants that his predecessor wanted to abolish.

Iran

However, the topic of Iran is left out of the President’s first measures: Biden will not announce a re-entry into the international nuclear agreement, which is supposed to prevent Iran from using nuclear weapons. The previous government unilaterally terminated the 2015 agreement.

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First criticism of enactments

In the Senate there was immediate resistance to a return of the USA to the Paris Climate Agreement. A group of Republican senators tabled a resolution requiring Biden to obtain approval from two-thirds of the Congress Chamber, as with all international treaties. Biden’s Democrats hold half of the seats there. President Barack Obama did not submit the Paris Agreement to the Senate at the time. He argued that it was part of an already ratified 1992 UN treaty.

Canada’s US Ambassador Kirsten Hillman told CTV that her country was “very disappointed” with the pipeline decision. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy was indignant about the energy moratorium. The new president “seems to be delivering on his promise to turn Alaska into a large national park,” he said.

More: All current developments on Biden’s inauguration in the live blog.

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Biden arrives in Washington – Pence does not attend Trump’s farewell

White House officials go according to informed circles do not assume that US President Donald Trump will pardon himself, family members or close confidants. Penalties for a famous rapper and others are in preparation.

Trump is expected to announce an amnesty list on Tuesday – his last full day in office – and had discussed the possibility of a blanket self-pardon with confidants should he later be charged with federal crimes. Trump had previously claimed such authority, although it is legally controversial and has never been attempted by a president before.

White House legal advisor Pat Cipollone refused to prepare pardons for Trump or his family. He also tried to limit the pardons granted by the president in his last days in office, three of the people said. No documents have been prepared to secure Trump, his family or his confidante offense, it said.

One argument against a self-pardon: It could turn out to be a great political burden for Trump and prevent him from running again for the presidency. His opponents would certainly argue that the move amounts to an admission that he violated the law in office.

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Nord Stream 2: US government imposes sanctions for the first time

Laying ship “Fortuna” in the port of Mukran on Rügen

The American government wants to impose sanctions against the owner of the Russian ship.

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Berlin New setback for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline: The US government will impose sanctions on Tuesday against the Russian lay-ship “Fortuna” and its owner, the Russian company KVT-RUS. According to Handelsblatt information, the Americans informed the federal government and other European partners about this on Monday.

It is the first time that the US has not only threatened but actually imposed sanctions against Nord Stream 2. The basis for the decision is the Sanctions Act CAATSA, short for “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”.

“We will continue to take all necessary and appropriate steps to prevent Nord Stream 2,” said a spokesman for the US embassy. “We do not comment on future sanctions measures, but we remain in contact with allies and partners about potential sanctions issues.” The US government hopes “that Germany will reconsider its position on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline”. The project “endangers vital national security interests of our European partners and the United States”.

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