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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Senate Republicans step up attacks on whistleblower | Trump suggests Schiff should be arrested for treason | Lawyers worry for whistleblower's safety | McConnell says Senate has 'no choice' but to take up impeachment | Pelosi game plans with Dems | Schiff intends to subpoena Giuliani | GOP Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsA Biden strategy for genuine global health security Former GOP lawmaker and Trump ally Chris Collins begins prison sentence Federal prosecutor opposes delaying prison time for former Rep. Chris Collins MORE to plead guilty to insider trading | Thornberry is sixth Texas House Republican to announce retirement | Forever 21 files for bankruptcy

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Trump called for the House Intelligence Committee chairman to be arrested for treason:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE suggested that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract MORE (D-Calif.) should be arrested for treason for exaggerating Trump's call with the president of Ukraine. http://bit.ly/2n55L57

Trump tweeted: "Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?" Read Trump's tweet: http://bit.ly/2n58BHj  

Watch Schiff's full opening statement: http://bit.ly/2mjjfK3

Just so we're clear: Treason is a crime punishable by death or prison time. 

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What Trump is talking about: During last week's hearing with the acting director of national intelligence, Schiff paraphrased Trump's call with Ukraine's president, including directing him to "make up dirt on my political opponent." 

Schiff then defended his remarks: "Of course, the president never said, 'If you don't understand me I'm going to say it seven more times,' my point is, that's the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words." http://bit.ly/2n55L57

  

AND TRUMP STEPPED UP HIS ATTACKS ON THE WHISTLEBLOWER:

The president tweeted, "The Fake Whistleblower complaint is not holding up. It is mostly about the call to the Ukrainian President which, in the name of transparency, I immediately released to Congress & the public. The Whistleblower knew almost nothing, its 2ND HAND description of the call is a fraud!" http://bit.ly/2oyA9oM

He then added: #FakeWhistleblower. http://bit.ly/2n5y1EH

 

OVER THE WEEKEND -- TRUMP ALLIES MADE THE ROUNDS TO DEFEND HIM:

Here's the gist: http://bit.ly/2oEz6Uv

 

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IN THE HOUSE

Adam Schiff plans to subpoena Rudy:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said he plans to subpoena President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiJake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election Pioneering New York City Mayor David Dinkins dies at 93 Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism MORE for documents related to Ukraine. http://bit.ly/2oFbgrJ

Schiff told Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes": "We're going to need evidence from Rudy Giuliani. And it's our intention as soon as first thing next week to subpoena him for documents. And there may very well come a time where we want to hear from him directly."

  

Ready and break!:

Via Politico's Sarah Ferris and Andrew Desiderio, during a private conference call over the weekend, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) and top House Democrats told members to focus on their constitutional duty ahead of politics. https://politi.co/2mjKhkF

Pelosi told Democrats: "I'm in Texas and they have a saying here: 'Don't Mess with Texas.' Well, I say, 'Don't Mess with the Constitution, Mr. President.' " 

 

OH, HELLO THERE, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? MORE:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted this morning, "The president is a corrupt human tornado." http://bit.ly/2oDfgce

  

New -- Rep. Chris Collins is pleading guilty to insider trading:

Via Bloomberg's Bob Van Voris and Chris Dolmetsch, Republican Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.) will plead guilty to insider trading. https://bloom.bg/2oFcp2s

Details: "The congressman was charged last year with trading on non-public information about Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd., an Australian biotechnology company. He was arrested in August 2019 along with his son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarky, the father of Cameron's fiancée."

Keep in mind: Collins was the first sitting representative to endorse President Trump in the 2016 presidential cycle. 

What we don't know: What charges he will plead to and whether Collins will resign from Congress.

  

Also this morning -- Another Texas Republican retires:

Texas Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryOvernight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses Defense bill moves to formal negotiations with Confederate name fight looming Overnight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' MORE (R), who serves as the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, announced his retirement at the end of the term. http://bit.ly/2ml0lmd

He said in a statement: "It has been a great honor to serve the people of the 13th District of Texas as their congressman for the last 25 years. They have given me opportunities to serve the nation in ways I could have never imagined, including as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee."

For context: Thornberry is the sixth Texas Republican to retire from Congress this year.  

 

IN THE SENATE

New development -- McConnell says the Senate would take up impeachment:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellImmigration, executive action top Biden preview of first 100 days Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight McConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report MORE (R-Ky.) said this morning that the Senate would have "no choice" but to take up President Trump's impeachment if it passes in the House. http://bit.ly/2oy0var

McConnell told CNBC: "Well under the Senate rules we're required to take it up if the House does go down that path and we'll follow the Senate rules." 

He also said: "I would have no choice but to take it up, based on a Senate rule on impeachment." 

 

How the GOP is planning to protect Trump:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Republican senators scrambling to protect President Trump from a formal impeachment inquiry are attacking the credibility of the whistleblower who filed a complaint." http://bit.ly/2oAvcvH

For example: Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results MORE (R-Iowa), who has a reputation for protecting whistleblowers, was not as supportive. "If they are not really a whistleblower, they don't get the protection," Grassley said.

From Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn says election outcome 'becoming increasingly clear': report Top GOP senator: Biden should be getting intel briefings GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results MORE (R-Texas): "It doesn't come from a person with personal knowledge. It's like I heard these people say this, and now I'm reporting it. I think that is pretty bizarre." 

From Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSpokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome Former Graham challenger Jaime Harrison launches political action committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE (R-S.C.): Graham said reading the whistleblower's complaint "makes me more suspicious about how all this happened."

  

Lawyers are worried for the whistleblower's safety: 

"Lawyers representing the whistleblower behind the explosive complaint involving President Trump's efforts to persuade Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE and his son Hunter Biden expressed concern for their client's safety in a letter to lawmakers released Sunday." http://bit.ly/2nXNiaw

Read the letter: http://bit.ly/2motZHg

Op-ed: Here's how to think about the impeachment process from a legal standpoint: http://bit.ly/2n5AjUj

  

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ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump swears in Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaWhat to know about Scalia: http://bit.ly/2mgcSqT

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the prime minister of Jamaica. 

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk Kissinger tells Biden to go easy on China Saudi-Israeli diplomacy progresses amid looming Middle East challenges MORE

Oct. 4: The intelligence community's inspector general testifies. Details: http://bit.ly/2mpADgs

 

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a ceremony for the new Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark MilleyLivestream: https://cs.pn/2oy9h8o

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chewing Gum Day. It's also National Hot Mulled Cider Day.

 

Just like that trendy top, nothing lasts Forever:
Fast fashion clothing chain Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy on Sunday. https://nyti.ms/2nXgHlb

What this means for the store: "Forever 21 said that it would continue to operate its website and hundreds of stores in the United States, where it is a major tenant for mall owners, as well as stores in Mexico and Latin America." 

From the chain's executive vice president Linda Chang: "What we're hoping to do with this process is just to simplify things so we can get back to doing what we do best," Chang told The New York Times. 

 

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here's a dog attempting to eat a leaf blower: http://bit.ly/2ozj4el