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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 | Senators prep for question time | Latest Bolton fallout | McConnell struggles to unify GOP | Republican says Senate should get Bolton manuscript | Trump to unveil Mideast peace plan | Bloomberg passes Buttigieg in national poll | UK bucks Trump to allow Huawei in 5G network | Trump asks ‘what the hell has happened’ to Fox News | Trump rally in New Jersey tonight
LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT
McConnell trying to keep his party united like…:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book’s claims GOP confident of win on witnesses Collins Senate bid threatens to spark GOP rift in Georgia MORE (R-Ky.) is struggling to keep Republicans united following the New York Times report of former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book’s claims GOP confident of win on witnesses Giuliani calls Bolton a ‘backstabber’ over Ukraine allegations MORE‘s manuscript. http://bit.ly/2RUsxbb
Why: There are growing calls for Bolton and other witnesses to testify, which would prolong the trial.
Back story: Here’s the New York Times bombshell report that threw the debate over witnesses into disarray. “Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says” https://nyti.ms/38F9kRJ
HOW THE BOLTON MANUSCRIPT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO UPEND THE TRIAL:
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage: http://bit.ly/2U2zfi1
THIS IS THE MOST DIPLOMATIC ANALYSIS — EVERYONE’S A WINNER!:
Via Politico’s Jake Sherman, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 Senators ready for question time in impeachment trial The Hill’s Morning Report – Report of Bolton tell-all manuscript roils Trump defense MORE (D-W.Va.) commented on the trial: “I think everyone’s done a good job so far. On both sides.” http://bit.ly/2t8HQ7W
This a.m. — a GOP senator wants to see Bolton’s manuscript:
Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP confident of win on witnesses Democratic senator on proposal to read Bolton manuscript in classified setting: ‘Total bulls—t’ Senate Republicans to meet Tuesday afternoon on witness question MORE (R-Okla.) said the White House should give a copy of former national security adviser Bolton‘s memoir to senators. http://bit.ly/2vu0rMx
Lankford said in a Facebook video: “I am encouraging the White House, anybody that I can talk to, to say: That manuscript is pertinent, and we should get access to that manuscript to see what they’re actually saying.”
Watch the Facebook video: http://bit.ly/3aPgmVI
I keep misreading ‘witness swap’ as ‘prisoner swap’:
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawyer says Parnas can’t attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet Senate Democrats’ super PAC raised million in 2019 As the mental health crisis grows, Puerto Ricans need long-term care MORE (D-N.Y.) dismissed a proposal from moderate Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump’s ‘due process’ remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.) to allow both former national security adviser John Bolton and Hunter Biden testify as witnesses in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/37BchCL
In Schumer’s words: “There’s always a diversion. Hunter Biden has nothing to do with the facts of this trial.”
It’s Tuesday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to [email protected] – and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL
Day 7 — ding, ding:
The Senate impeachment trial is about to begin for the last day of arguments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN’s Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don’t interview government officials to score ‘political points’ Lawyer says Parnas can’t attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE‘s defense team.
When the trial begins: 1 p.m. EST, as per usual. Livestream: https://cs.pn/37A44Pc
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY:
Today is the last day for President Trump’s lawyers to present their defense. Here’s a preview: http://bit.ly/2Rz0SO8
WHEN THE TRUMP TEAM FINISHES — WE MOVE TO THE QUESTIONNING PORTION OF THE PROGRAM:
Senators will have 16 hours to question the House impeachment managers and President Trump’s defense team. http://bit.ly/310C9W5
For context: “Senators filed more than 150 questions during the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial, using two days to work through the pile. Only one question in that trial came from a bipartisan pair of senators: Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP confident of win on witnesses Republicans signal renewed confidence they’ll avoid witness fight Trump’s team rests, calls for quick end to trial MORE (R-Maine) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.).”
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
But that’s MY channel. MY CHANNEL.:
This morning, President Trump slammed Fox News after an interview with Democratic Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump’s Mideast peace plan Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 MORE (Md.) and predicted it would be “the beginning of the end” for the network. http://bit.ly/36xF7T5
He tweeted: “Really pathetic how @FoxNews is trying to be so politically correct by loading the airwaves with Democrats like Chris Van Hollen, the no name Senator from Maryland. He has been on forever playing up the Impeachment Hoax. Dems wouldn’t even give Fox their low ratings debates…” http://bit.ly/37BhY3l
He then added: “So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know! Chris Wallace and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC. How’s Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great!” http://bit.ly/36ySMt9
I have a plan for that!:
On Jerusalem: “Under this vision, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided, [that’s] very important, undivided capital.”
From Trump: “We will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so that recognition can be immediately achieved.”
Unrelated, but — Trump also called out Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don’t interview government officials to score ‘political points’ NPR sends letter to State Dept. demanding answers for reporter’s removal from trip Trump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book’s claims MORE: “That’s impressive. That was very impressive. That reporter couldn’t have done too good of a job on you yesterday. Think you did a good job on her, actually,” Trump said of Pompeo’s clash with an NPR reporter. Back story: https://politi.co/2TZoVr
Livestream of the announcement: http://bit.ly/38NLPpo
Photo from the room: http://bit.ly/2RzvqQ0
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Bloomberg surpassed Buttigieg in a new national poll — say what now?:
Twelve percent of Democratic presidential primary voters support former New York City mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergPoll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll Tim Gunn endorses Bloomberg, joins his LGBTQ+ leadership council MORE, according to a new Morning Consult poll. http://bit.ly/2RPzREU
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with ‘corruption’ GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE: 29 percent support
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: ‘It depends’ Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE (I-Vt.): 23 percent
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: ‘It depends’ Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.): 14 percent
Michael Bloomberg: 12 percent
Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: ‘It depends’ Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would ‘destroy’ Democratic Party MORE: 7 percent
Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangPoll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 MORE: 5 percent
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders opens up 15-point lead in New Hampshire: Poll Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll MORE (D-Minn.): 3 percent
The full poll: http://bit.ly/2TYQVey
Interesting read — show me… Iowa!:
Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson and Ashley Perks, here’s a look at the Iowa Caucuses, mapped out: http://bit.ly/2uIFUDj
IN OTHER NEWS
Latest with the coronavirus — the death toll exceeds 100:
Via The New York Times, “The outbreak of the mysterious new coronavirus is rapidly spreading, the Chinese authorities said on Tuesday, as the official account of known cases jumped nearly 60 percent overnight and the death toll exceeded 100 for the first time.” https://nyti.ms/2Gu5Ntx
Via The Hill’s Maggie Miller, the United Kingdom decided to allow Chinese telecommunications group Huawei to be a part of its 5G network, ignoring President Trump‘s calls for Huawei to be banned. http://bit.ly/2GxgEme
Details: “The [United Kingdom’s National Security Council (NSC)] said it would allow a presence of ‘no more than 35 percent’ of equipment from high risk vendors like Huawei, which is one of the largest telecom equipment providers in the world, in peripheral networks.”
Why the U.S. wants Huawei to be banned: Fears of Chinese spying.
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— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 28, 2020
The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is heading to Wildwood, N.J. for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence is in Madison, Wis.
10:05 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left Washington, D.C. for Madison, Wis.
1 p.m. EST: The Senate meets to continue the impeachment trial. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/30Zt5AE
2 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.
2 – 3:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Gxd7Es
4:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.
4:40 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Wildwood, N.J.
10:30 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.
WHAT TO WATCH
Noon: President Trump delivered remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Livestream: http://bit.ly/38NLPpo
1 p.m. EST: Day 7 of the Senate impeachment trial. Livestream: https://cs.pn/37A44Pc
1:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2tNzS4A
7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Wildwood, N.J. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3aRICaa
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day.
For the “Schitt’s Creek” fans in the room:Watch — I’m loling: http://bit.ly/2O6HTIN
And because you made it this far, here’s a dog and a cat who have the best friendship: http://bit.ly/37B8BRg
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