The Hill's 12:30 Report — Cohen gets three years in prison | Fallout from Oval Office clash | House GOP eyes vote on $5B for wall

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking — Cohen gets three years in prison | Fallout from Oval Office clash | House GOP eyes vote on $5B for wall | Reporter says Trump 'stormed out' after meeting | Why Dems are talking more about impeachment | McConnell urges no vote on Yemen bill | Clinton, Kerry attend $100M Indian wedding | CIA chief briefing House on Khashoggi | Julián Castro exploring 2020 run | NASA's Mars probe snaps selfie



Michael Cohen is sentenced to 3 years in prison:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's former lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to serve 36 months in federal prison for a series of crimes he committed while working for TrumpI.e.: Cohen was Trump's personal "fixer."

What about Cohen allegedly lying to Congress?: "Judge sentenced him to 2 months for lying to Congress, to be served concurrently to 36-month sentence." I.e.: No additional time.

Keep in mind: This is the longest sentence so far in the probes by the special counsel and the Southern District of New York.

When Michael Cohen will have to surrender to prison: March 6 

His charges: "Cohen pleaded guilty in August to tax evasion, lying to banks and violating campaign finance laws ... The campaign finance charges relate to his facilitation of two hush-money payments to [ex-porn star Stormy Daniels] and Playboy model Karen McDougal shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Both women say they had sex with Trump in the prior decade. The White House has denied Trump had sex with either woman."



Cohen on Trump in recent months: Cohen said during remarks in the courtroom: "For months now, the president of the United States, publicly mocks me, calling me a rat and a liar and insisting that the court sentence me to the maximum time in prison."

Cohen on working for Trump: "It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."

Cohen on his family: "There is no sentence that can supersede the suffering I live with on a daily basis knowing that my actions have brought undeserved pain and shame upon my family. I deserve that shame, they do not."

Cohen on today: "This may seem hard to believe but today is one of the most meaningful days of my life. The irony is today is the day I get my freedom back. I have been leading a personal and mental incarceration ever since the fateful day that I accepted the offer to work for a famous real estate mogul whose business acumen I greatly admired." (Via Bloomberg)

Reaction from his daughter: Cohen reportedly handed a tissue to his daughter during his remarks, according to Bloomberg.

How Cohen reacted as his sentence was read: "As the fines were read out, Cohen shut his eyes, shook his head and put his left hand to his face and pinched his brow. He looked shaken and hung his head." (Via Bloomberg's Patricia Hurtado)

From the judge: "Mr. Cohen should receive some credit for providing assistance to the special counsel's office ... [but he] should have known better." (Via Newsday's Nicole Fuller)



Photo of Cohen going through security -- we're all too familiar with those bins:

Michael Cohen arrives with his family:

Some perspective on Cohen's past few years: "Two years ago, Michael Cohen had visions of being chief of staff. He then began soaking up mega contracts from major companies to influence the president. Trump winning was going to be a gold mine for him. And now... he's going to jail for three years." (From The Daily Beast's Sam Stein)

Spotted at Cohen's sentencing: Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for ex-porn star Stormy Daniels.

Livestream outside the courthouse:





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How Trump's meeting with Schumer and Pelosi ended -- with papers thrown into the air:

The Los Angeles Times's Eli Stokols reports that President Trump's contentious meeting with Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (Calif.) ended with Trump throwing papers across the room and storming out.

Stokols said on MSNBC's "Hardball": "He stormed out of the Oval, walked into an anteroom just off the Oval Office and had in his hand a folder of briefing papers. And he just scattered them out of frustration -- threw them across the room." Watch Stokols explain what happened:

LOL -- Pelosi leaving the meeting as a meme: "Me leaving your Holiday Party after starting major drama" Photo:

THIS A.M. FROM SCHUMER: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said this morning on the Senate floor: "President Trump will soon realize that his position will not result in a wall, but will result in a Trump shutdown."


To the floor! -- (really, to the floor?):

Via The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke, House Republican leaders are considering bringing a bill to allocate $5 billion for border wall funding to the floor for a vote.

KEEP IN MIND: Republicans are far from the 218 votes needed to pass the legislation.

OK SO IF LIGHTNING STRIKES AND IT PASSES IN THE HOUSE -- WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SENATE?: That won't be a fun fight in the Senate. Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski tweeted, "So let's say the House Republicans get the votes for the $5 billion for to the wall. Then what? Trump tweets hammering McConnell about using the nuclear option, just before the House goes Democratic?"



Happening this afternoon -- Saudi Arabia vote:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (R-Ky.) urged senators to vote against the measure to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. What McConnell wants instead: A resolution to name Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "responsible" for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Why: While there are "grave concerns" about Khashoggi's death, "we also want to preserve the 70-year partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and we want to ensure it continues to serve American interests and stabilizes a dangerous and critical region."


Haspel in the House:

CIA Director Gina Haspel is on Capitol Hill today to brief House leadership on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal KhashoggiDidn't this happen last week?: Last week, Haspel briefed senators. 

Photo of Haspel arriving:

THIS A.M. FROM POMPEO: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Dems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report MORE said the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is still under investigation. In Pompeo's words: "We all know they're still working on this, this is still a developing set of facts with respect to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The intelligence community is still working on that."


The question we're all wondering for 2019 -- the I-word:

Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, House Democrats are discussing whether they should start impeachment proceedings for President Trump, but agree the timing is not right -- yet. Before the midterms: Democratic leaders tamped down talk of impeachment for fear of energizing Trump's base. But now: Since last week's court documents about President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortUkrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud Feds ask judge to postpone ex-Trump campaign aide's sentencing Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine to press Biden investigation MORE, talks are ramping up again.  



It's presidential exploratory committee SZN: 

Via The Associated Press's Paul J. WeberJulián Castro, who served as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Obama, has formed a presidential exploratory committee and will make his decision on Jan. 12. What to know about Castro:



Ain't no party like an Ambani party:

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE and John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRubio asks Barr to investigate Kerry over Iran meetings Harris demands Barr clarify if Trump has asked him to investigate anyone Kerry fires back after Trump accuses him of violating the Logan Act: 'He's wrong' MORE were seen partying at wedding festivities for the daughter of India's richest man. As part of the pre-wedding festivities: Beyoncé performed. When's the actual wedding: Today. Photos of the celebrations -- I know that's why you've read this far ;)

Video of Clinton and Kerry dancing: "You will never be able to unsee Hillary Clinton and John Kerry awkwardly dancing to Bollywood music in India." Watch:



It's ugly sweater day at The New York Times:


No big deal:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineNASA chief: Budget boost good first step for return to moon This is not the time to abandon NASA's Space Launch System Can America return to the moon by 2024? MORE.

12:15 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. The Senate's full schedule today:

1:30 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump signs an executive order to help economically stressed communities. Details: 

4 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House.

Tomorrow -- Dec. 22: Rent the Runway is hosting a sample sale in Washington, D.C. Details:

Jan. 12: Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, will announce whether he will run for president. The news today: Castro launched a presidential exploratory committee to help make his decision.



12:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in a meet and greet with NASA employees. Livestream:

9 p.m. EST: Fox News's Sean Hannity interviews first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpAlec Baldwin leads Trump Oval Office sing-along on 'Saturday Night Live' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate MORE



Today is National Cocoa Day.


For good vibes and Christmas cheer:

Here's a livestream at 30 Rock in New York City. The Christmas tree! Is! So! Pretty! Tune out of work briefly and watch: 


Selfies from Mars:

NASA tweeted a photo from the InSight mission on Mars. "I'm feeling healthy, energized and whole. This is me on Mars." Photo:


And because you made it to the end, here's a bunny enjoying a nutritious snack. Great manners, btw:



This post was updated at 11:13 a.m. EST Thursday.