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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Backlash over video depicting Trump killing media, critics | WHCA, Cindy McCain condemn video | Ex-Trump aide testifies over Ukraine ambassador's removal | Trump demands whistleblower testify | Trump threatens 'big sanctions' on Turkey | Republicans prep to rebuke Trump on Syria | What to know for Tuesday's debate | Bears swim in pool | National Dessert Day

 

HAPPENING THIS MORNING

Fiona's tell-all:

Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president, is testifying on Capitol Hill this morning in the Ukraine probe. http://bit.ly/31bp6Qc

What Hill is expected to say: That U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMichigan voter fraud hearing goes viral for alleged flatulence, unruly witness Trump hits Barr over voter fraud remarks: 'He hasn't looked' Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign MORE went around the National Security Council and official White House protocol to speak directly with Trump about Ukraine.

What we know about Hill's testimony: Via NBC's Josh Lederman, Carol E. Lee and Kristen Welkerhttps://nbcnews.to/33rNtdV

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Keep in mind: Fiona Hill is the first former White House official to agree to cooperate with the House's impeachment inquiry. 

Video of Fiona Hill arriving: http://bit.ly/33qNej2

Photo of Republicans arriving for the deposition: http://bit.ly/2IOTdGI

'He doesn't even go here!' -- Kicked out of the deposition: "Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGiuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report Hannity urges Trump to pardon himself Gaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' MORE says Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE kicked him out of the Fiona Hill deposition. Gaetz is not on the three [committees] conducting the impeachment inquiry, but he argued that as a member of Judiciary he should be allowed to attend, and [because] there 'are no rules' for the impeachment probe." http://bit.ly/33vE5Gc

^Reaction from Gaetz: "Gaetz sharply criticized [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff, saying it's a 'sham process.'" http://bit.ly/35DuP4P

 

HOW THE GOP IS BRACING FOR AN IMPEACHMENT BRAWL:
http://bit.ly/2OLABes

  

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LATEST ON SYRIA

Sanctions are coming:

This morning, President Trump warned of "big sanctions" on Turkey after its military launched an offensive in northern Syria. http://bit.ly/2qdrmtl

He tweeted: "Big sanctions on Turkey coming! Do people really think we should go to war with NATO Member Turkey? Never ending wars will end!" 

Trump also said: "Brian Kilmeade over at ['Fox & Friends'] got it all wrong. We are not going into another war between people who have been fighting with each other for 200 years. Europe had a chance to get their ISIS prisoners, but didn't want the cost. 'Let the USA pay,' they said ... Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved. Easily recaptured by Turkey or European Nations from where many came, but they should move quickly." 

Read Trump's full tweets: http://bit.ly/2qf53nf

  

What to expect from furious Republicans:

Congressional Republicans are expected to rebuke President Trump with legislation that would force the administration to impose sanctions on Turkey. http://bit.ly/35zPBSP 

 

What to expect from Democrats:

Congressional Democrats will offer a resolution urging President Trump to reverse his decision to remove troops from Syria. http://bit.ly/2IM2AqA

From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms Trump supporters could hand Senate control to Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.): "We will be putting on the floor of the Senate and the House ... a joint resolution that urges the president to undo his decision to do everything he can to protect the Kurds, to do everything that we must do to prevent ISIS terrorists from escaping, and make sure that Turkey respects existing agreements related to Syria and with the United States." http://bit.ly/2IM2AqA

  

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Trump wants the Ukraine whistleblower outed:

President Trump called for the whistleblower who helped spark an impeachment inquiry, to testify and "explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong." http://bit.ly/2VDVr0G

Trump tweeted: "Adam Schiff now doesn't seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close. Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower's identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA. Democrat's game was foiled when we caught Schiff fraudulently making up my Ukraine conversation, when I released the exact conversation Transcript, and when Ukrainian President and the Foreign Minister said there was NO PRESSURE, very normal talk! A total Impeachment Scam!" http://bit.ly/2Be8Vqs

 

WHAT SPARKED THIS TWEET: 

Over the weekend, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that testimony from the whistleblower may no longer be necessary. http://bit.ly/2nIPBi3

Schiff explained on CBS's "Face the Nation": "Given that we already have the call record, we don't need the whistleblower who wasn't on the call to tell us what took place during the call." 

And Schiff pointed at Trump: "Before the president started threatening the whistleblower ... we were interested in having the whistleblower come forward. Our primary interest right now is making sure that that person is protected." 

Watch Schiff on "Face the Nation": http://bit.ly/2nIPBi3

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Welp, this is not particularly comforting:
Via The New York Times's Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Giuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE, "A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times." https://nyti.ms/35xvpAJ

Media outlets mentioned in the video: Politico, The Washington Post, NPR and The Hill. 

Others mentioned in the video: Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersSweeping financial crimes bill to hitch a ride on defense measure Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' Emergency housing assistance for older adults needed now MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainChoking — not cheating — was Trump's undoing Gabby Giffords congratulates Mark Kelly with throwback photo of her own swearing-in McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rosie O'Donnell.

 

REACTION FROM WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY STEPHANIE GRISHAM:

Grisham tweeted, "Re: the video played over the weekend: [President Trump] has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video." http://bit.ly/2MIEOgb

 

BACKLASH TO THE VIDEO: 

From Cindy McCain, the widow of former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): "Reports describing a violent video played at a Trump Campaign event in which images of reporters & @JohnMcCain are being slain by Pres Trump violate every norm our society expects from its leaders & the institutions that bare their names. I stand w/ @whca [White House Correspondents' Association] in registering my outrage." http://bit.ly/2MEsoWW

From Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE: "At a conference of Trump supporters, they played a video of our president murdering journalists in a church. Last year, a Trump supporter sent bombs to CNN--and a shooter entered a church yesterday. This video isn't funny. It will get people killed." http://bit.ly/2MBTy0u

More reactions: http://bit.ly/2MBTy0u

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Smart bears:

 

Andrew YangAndrew YangGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' MORE's debate prep:

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

President Trump has no public events on his schedule. 

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

8 p.m. EDT Tuesday: The next Democratic presidential primary debate. Debate details:

http://bit.ly/2IQbXFX

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Dessert Day.

 

And because you made it this far, here's a kitten who is having a hard time staying awake today: http://bit.ly/2IPazn0