The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump wants Bidens to testify | House GOP plans to subpoena whistleblower for public hearing | Trump knocks report he asked Barr to clear him over Ukraine | Trump calls Washington Post report 'totally untrue,' slams 'LameStream media' | Top Pence aide to testify | Senators hope for bipartisan deal on impeachment trial | GOP sees wake-up call from Election Day 2019 | Pence in NH to file primary paperwork |

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

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Via The Washington Post's Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey and Carol D. Leonnig, 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 had requested that his Attorney General William Barr hold a news conference to declare that Trump did nothing illegal on the infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Barr said no. https://wapo.st/36RGuNY

Read the full report: https://wapo.st/36RGuNY

  

This morning -- Trump reacted to that Washington Post report. You can guess what he said:

President Trump pushed back on the report that he asked his attorney general to clear him of any wrongdoing as "totally untrue." http://bit.ly/2WRC7h6

 

HIS TWEETS ON THE REPORT:

"The story in the Amazon Washington Post, of course picked up by Fake News CNN, saying 'President Trump asked for AG Barr to host a news conference clearing him on Ukraine,' is totally untrue and just another FAKE NEWS story with anonymous sources that don't exist.." http://bit.ly/33s9vxr

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"...The LameStream Media, which is The Enemy of the People, is working overtime with made up stories in order to drive dissension and distrust!" http://bit.ly/2WT3LKL

"Years ago, when Media was legitimate, people known as 'Fact Checkers' would always call to check and see if a story was accurate. Nowadays they don't use 'Fact Checkers' anymore, they just write whatever they want!" http://bit.ly/2Npf3TI

 

UNRELATED, BUT BECAUSE WE DESERVE NICE THINGS:

Here's a photo outside the White House this morning. Wow, this is stunning: http://bit.ly/2K0HC89

 

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Cough, cough, co-*Joe and Hunter*-ugh, cough:

President Trump called for 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 his son Hunter Biden to testify in the Ukraine controversy. http://bit.ly/36IwFBP

Trump tweeted: "'What did Hunter Biden do for the money?' @SenJohnKennedy  A very good question. He and Sleepy Joe must testify!" 

Keep in mind: Neither are the Bidens are likely to testify in the House impeachment inquiry. Why: "While Republicans have the power to request a subpoena of witnesses, those requests are subject to approval by Democrats leading the investigation." However: The Bidens could face more scrutiny in the GOP-controlled Senate.

  

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

GOP: Well, it is worth a shot:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWill Republicans continue to engage in willful blindness? How Democrats can avoid fatal flaws of their impeachment inquiry Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption MORE (R-Ohio) said Republicans are planning to subpoena the anonymous whistleblower for public testimony. http://bit.ly/2Q2q2nM

Yeahhh, but: "The effort is not likely to bear fruit, as Democrats have rejected the idea of outing the anonymous figure, citing safety concerns, and they have veto power over any GOP subpoena requests for witness testimony." 

 

Happening today -- a Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFive bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony 2019 Louisiana governor's race spells disaster for Trump in 2020 House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues MORE aide is up next:

Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer and top Pence advisor to Vice President Pence, is testifying in the House impeachment inquiry today. http://bit.ly/2WRIscj

Why she is testifying: Williams was on the July 25 call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine.

Why this is notable: She is a rare official to comply with Democrats' request to be interviewed. This week, a number of administration officials declined to testify.  

 

TIDBIT -- THE WHITE OFFICIAL WHO TESTIFIED IS BACK AT THE CAPITOL:

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council (NSC), was on Capitol Hill this morning to review the transcript of his impeachment deposition. Photo of Vindman -- note that he is not in uniform todayhttp://bit.ly/2CmO0T2

  

IN THE SENATE

Can't we all just get along?:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, senators are pushing for a bipartisan deal that would set up ground rules for an impeachment trial to avoid an ugly brawl over trial procedures. http://bit.ly/33oeGi4

Reasoning: "Any Senate trial is likely to be high-drama and politically charged but lawmakers want Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Fireworks on health care expected at Dem debate | Trump FDA pick dodges on vaping ban | Trump to host meeting on youth vaping Friday | AMA calls for immediate vaping ban GOP senator blocks vote on House-passed Violence Against Women Act On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (D-N.Y.) to strike an agreement on a resolution that would establish guardrails for the trial."

What to expect without a deal: "The debate over the rules for the impeachment trial could quickly devolve into partisan fighting, according to the lawmakers, with Republicans only needing a simple majority to force through a resolution setting up the process for the trial." 

   

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Happening today in New Hampster :

Vice President Mike Pence is in New Hampshire today filing for the President Trump-Mike Pence ticket to be on the state's primary ballot. http://bit.ly/34Fschw

It's a proud state: Here's a photo of New Hampshire's secretary of state Bill Gardner sharing the history of the primary as he waits for Pence. Photo: http://bit.ly/2PVdr5Z

Wow: Here's a photo of the crowds waiting for Pence: http://bit.ly/34DQmZx

Op-ed from Trump's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiKey takeaways from first public impeachment hearing Democrats face make-or-break moment on impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE, who is considering a run for Senate in N.H.: http://bit.ly/2pGRq0a

 

AND AFTER FILING TO BE ON THE BALLOT...:

Vice President Mike Pence is speaking at the New England Council's Politics & Eggs at 1:25 p.m. EST. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2oW0xtr

 

Yikes is right, Gov. Weld:

Back story to the texts: Buzzfeed's Ben Smith texted with Republican Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (Mass.) who is challenging President Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. 

Here's the full text conversation -- Weld's selfie game is strong!: http://bit.ly/2NtfXip

 

REPUBLICANS ARE HOPING TUESDAY'S ELECTION RESULTS ARE A WAKE-UP CALL TO TRUMP:

http://bit.ly/2pGwVRj

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Don't forget to take all metal out of your pockets, Mr. Vice President: 

 

Ready for takeoff!:

Oh mannnn, this video of the goatshttp://bit.ly/2qtekrM

  

ON TAP

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in New Hampshire.

9:50 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence landed in Manchester, N.H.

11 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence filed to be on the ballot in New Hampshire.

11:45 a.m. EST: The Senate votes on two judicial nominations. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Nn20Ci

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on a judicial nominee.

2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a greeting in recognition of the National Day for the Victims of Communism.

6:35 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

8 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at a fundraising committee reception at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 14: The Hill is hosting an event, "America's Veterans: The Next Mission." Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/36Ix47j

  

WHAT TO WATCH

1:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the New England Council's Politics & Eggs. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2oW0xtr

6 p.m. EST: President Trump presents the Presidential Citizens Medal in the East Room of the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/32py1ht

6:30 p.m. EST: NBC News's Harry Smith sits down with 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.) for a new series on "NBC Nightly News," "What Matters." 

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a dog who wanted to see what sand tastes like: http://bit.ly/34C2Gtm

 

This post was updated at 1:30 p.m.