5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Senate impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8

  • Police reportedly detain thousands of pro-Navalny protesters across Russia

  • Report: Trump considered firing acting attorney general for rejecting election fraud claims

  • Pfizer to ship fewer COVID-19 vaccine vials, citing extra dose

  • Larry King dies at 87

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday night set the timeline for former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. The House will send the article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement of insurrection to the Senate on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET. Senators will then be sworn in as members of the impeachment court on Tuesday, and House impeachment managers and Trump's defense team will spend several days drafting their legal briefs before beginning their presentations the week of Feb. 8. The GOP seems pleased with the scheduling agreement. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who seems open to voting to convict Trump, called it a "win for due process ... especially given the fast and minimal process in the House."

Source: CBS News, Axios

More than 1,000 people have reportedly been detained Saturday in Russia amid nationwide protests in support of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, a top rival of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was detained last week when he returned to Moscow from Berlin, where he had spent months recovering from a poisoning allegedly carried out by Russia's FSB spy agency. Among those reportedly detained at Saturday's rallies was Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya. She posted a picture of herself inside a police van to her Instagram account, while CNN reports a video on social media shows her being stopped by officers at the entrance to a metro station in Moscow and led to the van. The demonstrations began in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok and spread west throughout the day. Reuters estimates 40,000 people gathered in central Moscow.

Source: Deutsche Welle, CNN

Former President Donald Trump worked with a Justice Department lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, on a plan to oust former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and have Clark replace him, The New York Times reports. The strategy reportedly stemmed from the fact that Rosen had rebuffed Trump's pleas to use the Justice Department's power to cast doubt on and ultimately overturn Georgia's presidential election results. Trump reportedly held a meeting that two officials compared to an episode of The Apprentice because he had Rosen and Clark make their cases to him. Rosen eventually won out, the Times reports, largely due to an informal pact among other Justice Department officials who unanimously decided to resign should Rosen get dismissed. Clark denies devising any plan to get rid of Rosen.

Source: The New York Times

Going forward, Pfizer will deliver fewer vials of the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with BioNTech after the Trump administration approved its request to update the vaccine label to clarify that each vial contains six doses rather than five earlier this month. Per The New York Times, Pfizer will count the sixth dose toward its previous commitment to deliver 200 million doses by the end of July. While the hope is that utilizing the extra dose will minimize the amount of vaccine going to waste, some pharmacists are reportedly struggling to extract the extra doses, which require special syringes that aren't in use at every site yet.

Source: The New York Times, Politico

Larry King, the longtime radio and television broadcaster, died Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his production studio and television network, Ora Media, announced. He was 87. No cause of death was given, but CNN reported that King had been hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. King is perhaps best-known for his 25-year run hosting CNN's nightly Larry King Live, which ran from 1985 to 2010, though he continued working after that. The Associated Press estimates King conducted somewhere around 50,000 on-air interviews, which included guests from all walks of life. Per AP, he claimed he never prepared for his interviews, delivering them in a non-confrontational style that "relaxed his guests," many of whom reportedly sought out his show because of his "middle-of-the-road" stance.

Source: NBC News, Larry King