The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching'

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sparks backlash for comparing impeachment to a 'lynching' | Dems slam Trump remarks | McCarthy: 'Not the language I would use' | Graham defends Trump: Impeachment 'a lynching in every sense' | Diplomat William Taylor testifies on Ukraine |  Support for impeachment at new high in CNN poll | Warren, Buttigieg shift in 'Medicare for All' fight | Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterMichelle Obama receives Grammy nomination for audio version of memoir Does Trump have a bunch of 'losers' to thank for a growing economy? Jimmy Carter 'up and walking' after brain surgery MORE suffers fall | Texas lawmaker sports Astros jersey in DC



Trump compares impeachment to a lynching: 

This morning, 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 equated the ongoing impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine to a "lynching."

Full context -- he tweeted: "So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"



Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHillicon 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 Minority lawmakers call out Google for hiring former Trump DHS official Hillicon Valley: Google buying Fitbit for .1B | US launches national security review of TikTok | Twitter shakes up fight over political ads | Dems push committee on 'revenge porn' law MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted, "You are comparing a constitutional process to the PREVALENT and SYSTEMATIC brutal torture of people in THIS COUNTRY that looked like me?" Her full response on Twitter:



From 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.): "Lynching is a reprehensible stain on this nation's history, as is this President. We'll never erase the pain and trauma of lynching, and to invoke that torture to whitewash your own corruption is disgraceful." 


From 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.): "Lynching is an act of terror used to uphold white supremacy. Try again."

From Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro: "It's beyond shameful to use the word 'lynching' to describe being held accountable for your actions."

Full list of 2020 reactions:


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 DEFENDED TRUMP:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters, "This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American." He then said: "I've never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody is accused of a major misconduct who cannot confront the accuser, call witnesses on her behalf and have the discussion in the light of day so the public can judge."


BUT GOP SEN. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenators grill safety regulator over self-driving cars Tensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE DID NOT: 

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) called President Trump's comparison "inappropriate." In Thune's words: "That's not appropriate in any context … It's just inappropriate."


Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySaagar Enjeti expresses concern over MSNBC hosting debate after Weinstein scandal Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Saagar Enjeti blasts alleged Epstein cover-up by media MORE DISAGREED WITH TRUMP'S WORDING: 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters, "That's not the language I would use … I don't agree with that language, pretty simple." But he also added: "It's very clear what the Democrats are doing here does not have due process. It's not fair, the process is not something that this House is done ever in the past." Watch McCarthy's full reaction:



Support for impeaching President Trump and removing him from office is at an all-time high, according to a new CNN poll.

The numbers: Fifty percent of respondents said they want Trump to be impeached and removed from office. Forty-three percent said they do not want the president to be impeached. Seven percent had no opinion.

The full poll results:


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Happening today -- this diplomat definitely won't be receiving a White House holiday card this year:

William Taylor, a top U.S. diplomat who raised concerns about the White House withholding aid to Ukraine, is testifying behind closed doors today.

Taylor's role: He has worked as chargé d'affaires for Ukraine since June. 

Why William Taylor is an important witness: "Taylor is considered a high-value witness because he appeared to threaten to quit his post after describing a 'nightmare' scenario in text messages with two other U.S. diplomats -- Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerSondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Impeachment viewership drops for Day 3 of hearings as 11.4M tune in Five bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony MORE, then Trump's special envoy to Ukraine, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland." 

Full back story on the text messages:




Where Taylor is testifying: "Taylor entered the Capitol just before 9:30 a.m. and was escorted to the secure meeting room, three floors below ground, where the House Intelligence Committee -- joined by the Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs panels -- is leading the investigation into allegations that Trump enlisted foreign help to boost his reelection chances." 





The House voted against a Republican measure to formally censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffNunes's facial expression right before lawmakers took break from Sondland testimony goes viral Sondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Maloney wins House Oversight gavel MORE (D-Calif.).

The vote: 218-185, along party lines. 

Why Republicans want to censure Schiff: For his handling of the impeachment inquiry. Republicans accuse Schiff of exaggerating details of Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine and question his handling of the complaint after The New York Times reported that his committee was in contact with the whistleblower.



Find your spot in the wing:

Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, "Democratic presidential candidates are shifting their positions on 'Medicare for All' as they battle for different wings of the party."

For example -- 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: "South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg praised Medicare for All earlier this year, but now is attacking 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.) for supporting the plan as he tries to become the favorite of more moderate voters who have mostly flocked to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE." 

And meanwhile -- Elizabeth Warren: "Warren … previously expressed openness to 'different pathways' toward Medicare for All, including optional 'buy-ins.' She has since pivoted to a full-throated defense of a single-payer system, a move that could help her avoid being outflanked from the left by 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.)."

Where the candidates stand 



Jimmy Carter's had another fall:

Former President Carter is in the hospital after another fall in his home.

The injury: He suffered a minor pelvic fracture, according to the communications director for The Carter Center, but "he is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at home." 

Keep in mind: "Carter, who turned 95 earlier this month, fell in his home two weeks ago. While getting ready for church, Carter fell and hit his head, requiring 14 stitches above his brow." 



Bold, congressman. Bold.:


Now THIS is 2019:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:30 – 2:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule today:

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony Five bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony MORE

1 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in the Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life Leaders Summit in the Indian Treaty Room.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence swears in the CEO of the International Development Finance Corporation.

7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at The Heritage Foundation Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.



2 p.m. EDT: Senate Republicans hold a press briefing. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the Trump administration pulling troops out of northern Syria. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: Senate Democrats hold a press briefing. Livestream:



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