The Hill's 12:30 Report: McConnell pans House resolution on impeachment process

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This saga is becoming a Mad Libs board:

Via The New York Times's Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman, foreign service officer Catherine Croft, who was assigned to the White House, is planning to tell investigators today that former GOP Rep. Robert Livingston (La.) repeatedly pressured her to fire then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

What she did about it: "She plans to say she informed two other officials -- Fiona Hill, then the senior director for Europe and Russia at the [National Security Council], and George P. Kent, a Ukraine expert at the State Department -- about them at the time." 


Where Croft is testifying: Behind closed doors to three House panels running the impeachment inquiry. 

Read Croft's opening statement:


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The first impeachment-related vote:

House Democrats unveiled a resolution on impeachment proceedings that is expected to hit the House floor for a vote tomorrow.

The measure: "Sets up procedures for open hearings by the Intelligence Committee and releasing witness testimony. It also allows Republicans to request witness testimony and documents, similar to previous impeachment inquiries. But Democrats on the Intelligence panel still have the ability to block the requests. ... The procedures allow the president and his counsel to attend hearings, question witnesses and provide evidence." 


Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFlorida Democrat hits administration over small business loan rollout The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Schumer says nation will 'definitely' need new coronavirus relief bill MORE CRITICIZED THE RESOLUTION: 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) knocked the House resolution and signaled that it will not shut down Republicans' criticism of the impeachment process.

In McConnell's words: "They have denied President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE basic due process and are cutting his counsel out of the process in an unprecedented way. House Democrats new resolution does not change any of that ...  The draft resolution that has been released does nothing of the sort. It falls way short, way short."


Senate Republicans are in a bit of a pickle:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Republicans, with 22 seats up for reelection and their majority up for grabs in 2020, are in a bind over how to defend President Trump from the House impeachment push."

What they are debating: "They realize their political fortunes and policy goals are tied to the president, but they also know their best shot at keeping control of the Senate hinges on senators preserving their independent brands. That means they have to be careful in defending conduct they see as improper; several Senate Republicans say it would be wrong to hold up military aid to Ukraine to gain political leverage, the issue at the heart of the impeachment inquiry."

McConnell will take a win where he can get it: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed victory on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWe need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Florida Democrat hits administration over small business loan rollout The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update MORE's (D-Calif.) decision to hold an impeachment-related vote. 

In McConnell's words: "Obviously they've responded to the pressure that we put on them to try to handle this in a more transparent way that meets basic standards of due process that every American would be entitled to. ... We'll have to take a look at what the House produces later today and see if it passes the smell test of providing the kind of due process protections that the president and his team are certainly entitled to, just like President Nixon was and President Clinton was."


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President Trump has faced sharp criticism after attacking an active-duty member of the military and White House official who testified in the impeachment inquiry.

How Trump described the witness: "Trump described Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an active-duty member of the military who attended his deposition in uniform, as a 'Never Trumper,' while some allies questioned the Purple Heart recipient's patriotism given the fact that he emigrated from Ukraine as a child." 



From GOP Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOutgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (Utah): "It's absurd, disgusting, and way off the mark. This is a decorated American soldier and he should be given the respect that his service to our country demands."

From Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyScott Gottlieb becomes key voice warning Trump, GOP on coronavirus Self-quarantined New York lawmaker: 'We should be in total lockdown' On The Money: Trump hopes to reopen economy by Easter | GOP senators expect stimulus vote on Wednesday | Democratic leaders forecast at least two more relief bills MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House: "Their patriotism, their love of country -- we're talking about decorated veterans who have served this nation, who put their lives on the line, and it is shameful to question their patriotism, their loving this nation, and we should not be involved in that process."



U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, whom some Democrats have accused of lying to investigators. Some lawmakers want him to return to testify again over conflicting accounts of his role in the controversy.



A new fire broke out in California:

Via CBS Los Angeles, a massive fire has broke out in Simi Valley, Calif., prompting an evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Video of the fire, via CNN:


Rest in peace, John Witherspoon:

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon died yesterday at the age of 77.

From his family: "It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77. ... We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say 'I'm no big deal,' but he was huge deal to us."



Field trip!: 



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

12:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes. The Senate's full schedule today:

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

2 – 6 p.m. EDT: Free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos tacos at Taco Bell. Why: Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner stole a base during the World Series.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the Organization for International Investment CEOs.

4:30–5:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

7 p.m. EDT: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS to label white supremacist group as terrorist organization for first time Trump administration eyes Afghan security forces funding for aid cut: report Trump says 40,000 Americans have been repatriated who were stranded abroad MORE is honored at the Hudson Institute's Herman Kahn Award Gala. Details:



This morning: The House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on global terrorism. Livestream:

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Medal of Honor. Livestream

8:07 p.m. EDT: GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES! Game preview from And here is one way to watch the game in D.C.:



Today is National Candy Corn Day. Controversial. I like it.


Go, Captain! Go!:

The Washington Capitals's team dog, Captain, sported a few amazing Halloween costumes this year. Photos of Captain's costumes:

The NHL agreed, tweeting, "It's official. @CapsPup has won #HockeyHalloween."


If you miss the iPhone button, you're not alone:

Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted, "To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!" I.e.: He seems to have gotten a new iPhone without the home button.

Well: Via Business Insider's Dave Johnson, here's how to add a virtual home button if you miss it:

And because you really need to see this, here's a dog who dressed up as the Beast to dance with Belle: