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Supporters of US President Donald Trump in the US Capitol Rotunda during the attack on 6 January 2021.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump in the US Capitol Rotunda during the attack on 6 January 2021.
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It was a difficult Friday for White House staff, who had to start preparing for a likely second impeachment hearing for Donald Trump, starting as soon as Monday, following events at US Capitol and finding another communication channel for the US President after Twitter banned him, writes John Matisonn.

US President Donald Trump's world is closing in on him as long-time political allies in Congress, his Cabinet and the media reacted with dismay to his role in inciting Wednesday's violent attack on the Capitol.

Demoralised and reduced White House staff spent Friday grappling with two problems – preparing for a likely second impeachment hearing – starting as soon as Monday – and seeking a new primary communication channel to replace Twitter, which has now permanently banned Trump.

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