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 |




Via The Washington Post's Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey and Carol D. Leonnig, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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.

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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."



"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.."


"...The LameStream Media, which is The Enemy of the People, is working overtime with made up stories in order to drive dissension and distrust!"

"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!"



Here's a photo outside the White House this morning. Wow, this is stunning:


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

President Trump called for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE and his son Hunter Biden to testify in the Ukraine controversy.

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.



GOP: Well, it is worth a shot:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial Five lingering questions as impeachment heads to Senate Graham: Not 'wise' for House Republicans to serve on Trump trial team MORE (R-Ohio) said Republicans are planning to subpoena the anonymous whistleblower for public testimony.

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 PenceTrump called top military brass 'a bunch of dopes and babies' in 2017: book Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' White House pushes back on Parnas allegations 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.

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.  



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 today



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.

Reasoning: "Any Senate trial is likely to be high-drama and politically charged but lawmakers want Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications Senators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it 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." 



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.

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:

Wow: Here's a photo of the crowds waiting for Pence:

Op-ed from Trump's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski decides against Senate bid Georgia ready for unpredictable Senate race Trump on Harris dropping out of race: 'We will miss you Kamala!' MORE, who is considering a run for Senate in N.H.:



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


Yikes is right, Gov. Weld:

Back story to the texts: Buzzfeed's Ben Smith texted with Republican Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldWeld says Trump wants reporters to 'roam free' in Iran, but not US Trump primary challengers left off Wisconsin ballot Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump MORE (Mass.) who is challenging President Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. 

Here's the full text conversation -- Weld's selfie game is strong!:





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


Ready for takeoff!:

Oh mannnn, this video of the goats



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:

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:



1:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the New England Council's Politics & Eggs. Livestream:

6 p.m. EST: President Trump presents the Presidential Citizens Medal in the East Room of the White House. Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EST: NBC News's Harry Smith sits down with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-N.J.) for a new series on "NBC Nightly News," "What Matters." 



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:


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