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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem calls for impeachment grow | John LewisJohn LewisWarnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter Texans receiver Kenny Stills shows off 'Black Lives Matter' tattoo honoring protesters Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary MORE backs impeachment proceedings in floor speech | Pressure on Pelosi | Speaker to meet with caucus this afternoon | Trump calls impeachment talk 'nonsense' | Trump confirms he held up Ukraine aid | What to know about whistleblower complaint | Latest on spending fight | Senate GOP bill offers $5B for Trump wall | Warren tops Biden in new Iowa poll | Senate panel advances Labor pick Scalia



Like a kindergarten relationship, if they're mean to you that means they like you:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE scoffed at House Democrats calling for the president's impeachment.

Trump told reporters as he arrived at the United Nations: "I think it's ridiculous. It's a witch hunt. I'm leading in the polls. They have no idea how they stop me, the only way they can try is through impeachment. ... It's nonsense, and when you see the call, when you see the readout of the call, which I assume you'll see at some point, you'll understand. That call was perfect."

Livestream of Trump's remarks:



On China: "The American people are absolutely committed to restoring balance to our relationship with China. ... But as I have made very clear, I will not accept a bad deal for the American people."

Watching from the audience: The president's adult children attended the address. Photos:

Omg, is Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' probe report Research finds Uighurs targeted by Chinese spyware as part of surveillance campaign MORE sleeping?: Here is video of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in the audience. Watch: 

To immigrants: "If you make it here you will not be allowed in ... you will not be released into our country."


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New detail -- withholding the check:

Via The Washington Post's Karoun Demirjian, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Carol D. Leonnig, a week before President Trump's call with the president of Ukraine, he instructed acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneySupreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau Bottom line White House goes through dizzying change in staff MORE to withhold the $400 million in military aid for Ukraine.

Details: "Administration officials were instructed to tell lawmakers that the delays were part of an 'interagency process' but to give them no additional information -- a pattern that continued for nearly two months, until the White House released the funds on the night of Sept. 11." 



President Trump confirmed that he withheld funds from Ukraine, arguing he wanted Europe to contribute more aid. "I want other countries to put up money. I think it’s unfair that we put up the money. Then people called me and said, 'oh let it go,' and I let it go," Trump told reporters. "Those funds were paid. They were fully paid but my complaint has always been – and I’ll withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine, because they're not doing it.”



  1. The whistleblower statute is supposed to protect classified information.
  2. Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence (DNI), found a loophole to keep the whistleblower complaint from Congress.
  3. Legal experts warn this episode could subvert the process for handling whistleblower complaints.
  4. The politicization of the case is putting whistleblowers in a tough spot.
  5. Congress has several tools to compel the DNI to hand over the complaint.

Context and details for each:



Breaking — John Lewis now backs impeachment: 

Longtime Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) just called for impeachment proceedings to begin against President Trump

Lewis just said on the House floor: “I truly believe the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”

He also said: “We cannot delay. We must not wait. Now is the time to act. I have been patient while we tried every other path and used every other tool. We will never find the truth unless we use the power given to the House of Representatives and the House alone.” 

Keep in mind: Lewis is one of the most powerful House Democrats to support impeachment.

Politico’s Sarah Ferris pointed out: “Lewis gets applause from the few members and aides in the chamber -- Annie Kuster, Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes victory lap after strong jobs report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE, Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTrump administration ending support for 7 Texas testing sites as coronavirus cases spike The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Miami mayor worries about suicide and domestic violence rise; Trump-governor debate intensifies Overnight Energy: Iconic national parks close over coronavirus concerns | New EPA order limits telework post-pandemic | Lawmakers urge help for oil and gas workers MORE.”


Floodgates open - More Democrats threatening impeachment: 

Connecticut Reps. John Larson John Barry LarsonEncouraging research and development can drive America's recovery House pays tribute to late Congressman Sam Johnson on the floor Donald Trump is proposing attacks on Social Security and seniors; here is what we should do instead MORE (D) and Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump, GOP on defense as nationwide protests continue The coronavirus crisis has cut the child care sector COVID-19 workplace complaints surge; unions rip administration MORE (D) announced they will back impeachment proceedings if the Trump administration blocks the investigation into whether President Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to find dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage The Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE

What to know about the lawmakers: "Both DeLauro, a close ally of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMilitary bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' Women must continue to persist to rise as political leaders of America MORE (D-Calif.), and Larson, the former head of the Democratic Caucus, have previously rejected impeachment in favor of the investigative strategy favored by Pelosi and other top Democratic leaders.

Why their shift matters: "By sounding a warning that they're on the cusp of supporting the liberal impeachment push, they've sent a signal that the allegations of Trump recruiting a foreign power to help his 2020 bid could be a tipping point in the impeachment debate." 



This morning, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called on the House to start an impeachment committee. From his statement: "I am calling today for a House Select Committee to investigate and move forward with impeachment proceedings against the President. I reached this decision with sadness, but also anger. ... Congress must demand accountability. ... At this moment, the threat to the rule of law and our democracy has reached a new height and requires all of us to step forward."


Let’s put this into context — 154 (!) House Democrats back impeachment:

More than half of the Democratic caucus is calling for an impeachment inquiry for President Trump

What it would take to impeach Trump: It would take 218 votes in the House to impeach Trump.

Then what: It would then take 67 votes in the Senate to convict him. 

Here’s the whip list of which Democrats support impeachment:


How Republicans are reacting:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Republicans are scrambling to contain the political fallout from reports that President Trump pressured a foreign leader to investigate his leading Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden."

Give us the deets: Several Republican senators are calling on President Trump to release more details on the Ukraine call.

What about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Carville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race MORE (R-Ky.)?: On the Senate floor yesterday, McConnell said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is working to get the inspector general who received the whistleblower complaint to speak. McConnell urged lawmakers to keep the matter bipartisan.



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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee advanced President Trump's Labor secretary nominee, Eugene Scalia

The vote: "The panel approved his nomination 12-11 with no Republican senators voting against the nominee. Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.), two presidential candidates who sit on the panel, were not present at the markup but voted against Scalia by proxy."

What's next: Scalia's nomination will advance to the Senate floor, where Republicans hold a 53-47 majority. It does not appear that any Republicans will vote against Scalia. 


$5 billion for you:

This morning, Senate Republicans unveiled a new spending proposal that includes $5 billion for President Trump's border wall.

Why this could be sticky: Democrats are likely to oppose the funding. I.e.: One step closer to another government shutdown.  



Shake it up, shake it up:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes and Niall Stanage, "A new poll showing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) leading former Vice President Joe Biden in Iowa has shaken up the Democratic nomination battle -- and insiders across the party are gaming out what it all means."

The new poll: According to the well-respected Des Moines Register–CNN–Mediacom poll, Warren has 22 percent support while Biden has 20 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came in third with 11 percent support. 

How this could play out:



In local news -- whooops:

Watch -- that is a lot of smoke!:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in New York City.

11:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

11:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate held a cloture vote on nominations. The Senate's full schedule today:

Noon: The House meets.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump is meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

12:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence is meeting with the deputy prime minister of Japan.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets for weekly caucus luncheons.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the secretary-general of the United Nations and attends a luncheon.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of Iraq.

5:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:



10:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Livestream:



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