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

 

BREAKING

Michael Cohen is sentenced to 3 years in prison:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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." http://bit.ly/2QQfMzU

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.  http://bit.ly/2GdwULQ

Keep in mind: This is the longest sentence so far in the probes by the special counsel and the Southern District of New York. http://bit.ly/2zSC3n6

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." https://cnb.cx/2BbrRG8

 

FROM THE COURTROOM:

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." http://bit.ly/2QMo8Zy

Cohen on working for Trump: "It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds." https://bloom.bg/2EjdKBX

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."  http://bit.ly/2EgcSxH

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) http://bit.ly/2EgcSxH

Reaction from his daughter: Cohen reportedly handed a tissue to his daughter during his remarks, according to Bloomberg. http://bit.ly/2EgcSxH

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) https://bloom.bg/2EjdKBX

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) http://bit.ly/2RUX7jZ

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Photo of Cohen going through security -- we're all too familiar with those bins: http://bit.ly/2QMepm0

Michael Cohen arrives with his family: http://bit.ly/2C6GbBs

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) http://bit.ly/2QxqT1C

Spotted at Cohen's sentencing: Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for ex-porn star Stormy Daniels. https://nyti.ms/2QQa7Ka

Livestream outside the courthouse: http://bit.ly/2C8t0jC

 

REACTION FROM TRUMP…: http://bit.ly/2S03uCE

 

 

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TALK OF THE MORNING

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 SchumerGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Why we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHistory teaches that Nancy Pelosi is right about impeachment The politics and practicalities of impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE (Calif.) ended with Trump throwing papers across the room and storming out. http://bit.ly/2B9gONE

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: http://bit.ly/2UD0vSk

LOL -- Pelosi leaving the meeting as a meme: "Me leaving your Holiday Party after starting major drama" Photo: http://bit.ly/2Era6GL

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." http://bit.ly/2RUxAaD

 

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. http://bit.ly/2rAezP7

KEEP IN MIND: Republicans are far from the 218 votes needed to pass the legislation. http://bit.ly/2rAezP7

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?" http://bit.ly/2SGrt9G

 

ON CAPITOL HILL

Happening this afternoon -- Saudi Arabia vote:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left 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." http://bit.ly/2Gc8baJ

 

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: http://bit.ly/2SL8Rpd

THIS A.M. FROM POMPEO: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoState Department blocks reporters from Pompeo briefing with faith-based media: report The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Pompeo jokes he'll be secretary of State until Trump 'tweets me out of office' 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." http://bit.ly/2zY4q38

 

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 ManafortHill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides New York prosecutors throw out Constitution to charge Manafort Another prosecutor leaves Mueller investigation in latest sign probe may be winding down MORE, talks are ramping up again. http://bit.ly/2zU5pl0  

 

IN OTHER NEWS

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: http://bit.ly/2G9ElDJ

LOL:

 

Ain't no party like an Ambani party:

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Dem strategist says Donna Brazile is joining Fox News 'for the money' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina MORE and John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBeto is the poor man's Obama — Dems can do better Joe Biden could be a great president, but can he win? Overly aggressive response to Omar's comments reflects distorted priorities in America 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 ;) https://dailym.ai/2PwJFAE

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: http://bit.ly/2Es4xrS

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

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

 

No big deal:

 

ON TAP

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 BridenstineApollo 11: How millennials can grasp the greatest event ever — for now Hillicon Valley: Doctors press tech to crack down on anti-vax content | Facebook, Instagram suffer widespread outages | Spotify hits Apple with antitrust complaint | FCC rejects calls to delay 5G auction NASA: Plan to send US back to the moon may be delayed without private rockets MORE.

12:15 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2rvWkKq

1:30 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2jYhqPv

2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump signs an executive order to help economically stressed communities. Details: http://bit.ly/2QQYJh2 

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: http://bit.ly/2GrkjFh

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. http://bit.ly/2G9ElDJ

  

WHAT TO WATCH

12:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in a meet and greet with NASA employees. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2C87Ba8

9 p.m. EST: Fox News's Sean Hannity interviews first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain White House announces spring garden tour dates Trump heard sermon on calling out hate speech at St. Patrick's day church service MOREhttp://bit.ly/2B9pyTY

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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: http://bit.ly/2rzFevw 

 

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: http://bit.ly/2BniEuD

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a bunny enjoying a nutritious snack. Great manners, btw: http://bit.ly/2Lazscs

 

 

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