The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden regrets opening father to attacks | Trump knocks him over 'really bad' interview | What to know for tonight's Democratic debate | Five things to watch | Top State official testifies | How Trump's impeachment firewall is holding up | Bolton called Giuliani a 'hand grenade' | Giuliani got $500K for work for indicted associate's firm | Disney+ touts streaming lineup

 

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Next up in the tank:

George Kent, a top State Department official, is testifying on Capitol Hill today in the inquiry about President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE's dealings with Ukraine. http://bit.ly/35Derkw

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What to know about Kent: "George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, oversees administrative policy in a bloc of Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, which has emerged as the focal point of the growing investigation." 

Video of Kent arriving: http://bit.ly/33wngL7

And here is George Kent walking down another hallway with his entourage: http://bit.ly/33yXQfS

Photo of Republicans walking to the hearing: http://bit.ly/2ITF6Qr

 

HOW TRUMP'S REPUBLICAN FIREWALL IN THE SENATE IS HOLDING STRONG:

http://bit.ly/2OQSQPC

 

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LATEST WITH THE UKRAINE CONTROVERSY

Hunter Biden speaks (!):
Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MOREgave a rare interview this morning on ABC News. http://bit.ly/33q4mWm

 

THE HIGHLIGHTS:

Hunter Biden on what he regrets -- hurting his dad: "I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That's where I made the mistake. So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever."

He slammed President Trump and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBiden: Impeachment hearings show 'Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee' Sondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep FBI sought interview with whistleblower at heart of impeachment probe MORE: "What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this ridiculous conspiracy idea." 

On his relationship with his dad: "My dad doesn't have to defend me. My dad only has to love me and my dad loves me unequivocally." http://bit.ly/2ozJwoP

On serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company: Watch Hunter Biden's full explanation. http://bit.ly/2ITBYUB

 

LATE THIS MORNING -- PRESIDENT TRUMP REACTED TO HUNTER BIDEN'S INTERVIEW:

The president tweeted, "Hunter Biden was really bad on @GMA. Now Sleepy Joe has real problems! Reminds me of Crooked Hillary and her 33,000 deleted Emails, not recoverable!" So name nicknames in that one. http://bit.ly/33AnGAh

 

THROWBACK ON THE BIDENS:

Via C-SPAN's Howard Mortman, here's video of former Vice President Joe Biden introducing his children and grandchildren during a town hall in 2008. Watch: http://bit.ly/31ibXEI

 

Today in 'if this were a TV plotline, you'd think it was unrealistic':

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he was paid $500,000 for his work at Fraud Guarantee, the company co-founded by an associate who was recently arrested on campaign charges. http://bit.ly/2VJHqP3

  

New report -- John BoltonJohn BoltonFive bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony Chris Wallace: Sondland testimony 'took out the bus and ran over' Trump, top aides Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption MORE had thoughts about it all:

Via The New York Times's Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos, "The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday." 

What Bolton reportedly said about Rudy Giuliani: "'Giuliani's a hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up,' [Fiona Hill] quoted Mr. Bolton as saying during an earlier conversation." 

Read the full report: https://nyti.ms/2VNvqvZ

  

NEW DETAIL ON FIONA HILL'S TESTIMONY:

Via NBC's Josh Lederman, Geoff Bennett and Phil Helsel, "The White House tried to limit what Fiona Hill, who until August served as President Donald Trump's top Russia analyst, could say to Congress in its impeachment inquiry, correspondence between her lawyers and a White House deputy counsel shows." https://nbcnews.to/2OMnxFL

 

HAPPENING TONIGHT

Throwdown, part four: 

Twelve Democratic presidential candidates are debating tonight in Ohio.

 

WHO IS DEBATING:

In order of where they will stand on stage:

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE (D-Hawaii)

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate MORE

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-N.J.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Calif.)

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.)

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Mass.)

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE (D)

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang says white supremacist violence should be designated domestic terrorism Yang jokes first thing he'd say to Putin as president is 'Sorry I beat your guy' Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate MORE 

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas)

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Minn.)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

  

LOGISTICS:

When: 8–11 p.m. EDT tonight

Where: Westerville, Ohio

Who is hosting: CNN and The New York Times

Who didn't make the cut: Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum Fox News anchor apologizes for saying Booker dropped out of 2020 race Klobuchar unveils plan to secure elections as president MORE (D-Colo.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Biden, Buttigieg condemn rocket attacks on Israel MORE (D), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Md.), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamWayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum The Memo: What the leading 2020 Dems need to do MORE (D), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDebate crowd erupts in laughs as Sanders chimes in 'I wrote the damn bill' on Medicare for All The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Ohio), former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting Williamson announces poverty plan with support for universal basic income, minimum wage MORE.

How to watch: On CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español. It will also livestream on CNN.com and NYTimes.com.

 

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

  1. Will rivals go after Warren?
  2. Can Bernie reassure voters after his heart attack?
  3. How do Democrats handle Trump's attacks on Biden?
  4. Do Democrats give more momentum to impeachment push?
  5. Twelve candidates are on stage. Will some of them come back?

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2oIQqYN

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Congress is back and not happy about the Syria situation:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Rebecca Kheel, "Democrats in Congress are vowing to quickly slap new sanctions on Ankara and formally oppose President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria following Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish forces loyal to the United States." http://bit.ly/2IQANWc

What to expect in the Senate: "[Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Report on alleged surveillance abuse in 2016 to be released Dec. 9 McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (R-S.C.)] and Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenHillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Democrats raise privacy concerns over Amazon home security system Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (D-Md.) are expected to introduce a sanctions bill this week that would target Turkey's military and energy sector. It would also restrict any assets Turkish leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have within U.S. jurisdiction and limit their ability to travel to the United States."

What to expect in the House: "Meanwhile, at least two groups of lawmakers -- one led by Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (R-Wyo.) and another by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelMaloney wins House Oversight gavel Maloney wins vote for Oversight chairwoman Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite MORE (D-N.Y.) and the committee's top Republican, Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTexas GOP congressman calls on governor to postpone execution of Rodney Reed House Republicans add Hunter Biden, whistleblower to impeachment hearing witness wish list Trump: Whistleblower 'must come forward' MORE (Texas) -- are preparing their own sanctions legislation." 

Oh and: "In addition to sanctions legislation, lawmakers are working on a joint resolution that would oppose Trump's strategy, urge Turkey to stop its military operations, and support military and humanitarian efforts for the Kurds." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Always a good decision:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE had ice cream yesterday at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.  
 

Not again!!!:

Here is Lizzo's tweet about the shoes: http://bit.ly/2MMDQjn

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate return from recess today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with the prime minister of Egypt. 

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: The House meets. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2ozF6OM

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2oIEDcZn

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the 2019 Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues. Vice President Pence also attends.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a vote on a nomination.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Postponed votes in the House.

28 years ago today: The Senate confirmed Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasKavanaugh to deliver major speech to conservative Federalist Society Five landmark moments of testimony to Congress Katie Hill calls out a 'double standard' in final floor speech MORE as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2BbFOUL

  

WHAT TO WATCH

8­­–11 p.m. EDT: The next Democratic presidential primary debate. Details: http://bit.ly/2IQbXFX

Wednesday night: Fox News's Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonFox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage CBS employee fired for allegedly leaking Robach hot mic clip denies she leaked the tape Megyn Kelly teases interview with woman reportedly fired after leak of hot mic Epstein video MORE will interview Megyn Kelly, who left the network in 2017. Details and what to expect: http://bit.ly/2MisfJO

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cheese Curd Day.

  

What a list:

Disney Plus has released a list of hundreds of movies and TV shows that will be on its new video streaming service. Here are the highlights: http://bit.ly/2ITb535

 

And because you made it this far, here's a cat who has seen some things: https://thedo.do/2q8ZZ3s