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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Trump floats idea of testifying in impeachment inquiry | Says he will 'strongly consider' it | Washington braces for busy week of hearings | High stakes for Sondland testimony | What to watch for | Congress expected to pass short-term funding bill | New poll shows Buttigieg leading in Iowa | Dems prep for Wednesday debate | National Apple Cider Day

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Trump could actually testify in the impeachment inquiry

It would be the perfect, most eloquent, beautiful, terrific testimony you’ve ever heard on Capitol Hill:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE tweeted that he will “strongly consider” testifying in the House impeachment inquiry, despite refusing to cooperate in the investigation. http://bit.ly/2rVJOHQ

How he would testify: Either through written or in-person testimony. 

He tweeted: “Our Crazy, Do Nothing (where’s USMCA, infrastructure, lower drug pricing & much more?) Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike MORE, who is petrified by her Radical Left knowing she will soon be gone (they & Fake News Media are her BOSS), suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION ... that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!” http://bit.ly/2QB6QOe

Keep in mind: The White House has been instructing officials not to comply with the probe.

 

OVER THE WEEKEND — RUDY GIULIANI WEIGHS INTO THE PROCEEDINGS: 

The president’s lawyer tweeted, “After 3 witnesses no evidence has been presented of any offense. The first two permanent diplomats had no direct knowledge just overhearing things. The third one had no knowledge not even hearsay. This is a travesty.” http://bit.ly/32Yl1j8 

 

TODAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE:

President Trump met with Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Trump signs T coronavirus relief package Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing MOREhttp://bit.ly/2r3qCHA

He tweeted: “Just finished a very good & cordial meeting at the White House with Jay Powell of the Federal Reserve. Everything was discussed including interest rates, negative interest, low inflation, easing, Dollar strength & its effect on manufacturing, trade with China, E.U. & others, etc.” http://bit.ly/2NVpgrn

  

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THIS WEEK IN THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Prepping Thanksgiving menus … and impeachment hearing questioning: 

The House Intelligence Committee is gearing up for its second week of impeachment inquiry hearings against President Trump

 

THE EIGHT WITNESSES TESTIFYING THIS WEEK:

 On Tuesday morning:

–      ­Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the leading Ukraine expert on the national security council

–      ­Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence, 

 

On Tuesday afternoon: 

–      Former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE

–      ­Timothy Morrison, a Ukraine and Russia expert on the national security council 

 

On Wednesday:

–      ­Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandWhite House withdraws nomination for Pentagon budget chief who questioned Ukraine aid hold Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? House wants documents on McEntee's security clearances MORE, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union

–      Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs

–      Diplomat David Hale

 

On Thursday: 

–      ­Fiona Hill, a former top NSC staffer who covered Europe and Russia

  

THE HEARING TO WATCH:

Gordon Sondland’s testimony. Republicans have been arguing that witnesses have only had secondhand information. “That argument may not work much longer, because lawmakers are about to hear from crucial witnesses who had direct contact with the president, including Gordon D. Sondland, a donor to and an ally of Mr. Trump who served as his liaison to Ukrainian officials while the president withheld — but later released — $391 million in military aid to Ukraine.” https://nyti.ms/2qs76EC

Republicans’ new Trump defense: Trump did nothing wrong because while he tried to have Ukraine dig up dirt on the Bidens, nothing came out of it.  Via The New York Times’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg, here is how Republicans are shifting their defense:: https://nyti.ms/2qs76EC

Why the stakes are so high for Sondland’s testimony: Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos: http://bit.ly/33Y3nNT

 

WHERE SENATE REPUBLICANS STAND AFTER WEEK 1 OF TESTIMONY: 

“Although it is becoming increasingly clear that President Trump attempted to use military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE, the bottom line for Republicans is that it doesn’t reach the threshold to remove President Trump from office.” How so, via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: http://bit.ly/33YRQ0G

 

This morning from Schumer:

“Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing COVID-19, Bill Barr and the American authoritarian tradition MORE (D-N.Y.) is pushing the Pentagon for details on how its protecting officials from retaliation after they testify as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.” http://bit.ly/2XpKcd5

How so: “Schumer sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperDefense industrial base workers belong at home during this public health crisis An insecure America and an assertive China Overnight Defense: Pentagon grapples with coronavirus outbreak | Aircraft carrier docks in Guam after more sailors test positive | Army hospitals to reach NY on Friday MORE on Monday asking for details on how the department is protecting two officials set to testify this week, as well as requesting the Pentagon formally notify personnel about their ability to share information with Congress.” http://bit.ly/2XpKcd5

Read the letter: http://bit.ly/2r2TtvP 

 

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK

So close to Thanksgiving, I can almost smell the stuffing:

Government funding extension: “Lawmakers are expected to pass a short-term spending bill this week ahead of Thursday’s deadline to prevent the second shutdown of the year ... The short-term spending bill, which as of Sunday evening had not been released by appropriators, is expected to go through the House first, before being sent to the Senate before Thursday’s deadline.”

Addressing workplace violence: “The House is slated to take up legislation that would require the Department of Labor to ‘address workplace violence in the health care and social service sectors.’” 

Nominations: The Senate will vote on three nominations before leaving for Thanksgiving. Who: Robert Luck’s and Barbara Lagoa to be judges on the Eleventh Circuit — plus Adrian Zuckerman to be the U.S. ambassador to Romania. 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke: http://bit.ly/2Xn7wIH

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Started from the bottom, now we’re here:

Via The Des Moines Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel, “Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE has rocketed to the top of the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll in the latest reshuffling of the top tier of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.” http://bit.ly/33Zyt7N

The numbers: 25 percent of likely caucusgoers in Iowa said they support Buttigieg. Sixteen percent support Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.) and 15 percent back former Vice President Joe Biden

For context: That is a 16-point increase for Buttigieg since the CNN/DMR September poll. 

The full poll: https://cnn.it/2CVCiio

What this means for the 2020 presidential race: https://nyti.ms/2CQHpQW

 

HAPPENING ON WEDNESDAY:

10 presidential candidates will debate on stage. What to know: http://bit.ly/2qYSE77 

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS

Lol, the coordination isn’t bad!: 

Watch: http://bit.ly/2CWoEM0

 

ON TAP

The House is in. The Senate is meeting this afternoon. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

Noon: The House meets.

2 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

4:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike COVID-19 intensifies the case for blacklisting Khalifa Haftar  House Republican urges Pompeo to take steps to limit misinformation from China on coronavirus MORE

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/356yWFj

6:30 p.m. EST: The House votes. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Kv35q4

  

WHAT TO WATCH

Tuesday morning: The House Intelligence Committee is holding the next public impeachment hearing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2NWhU6Y

9 p.m. EST Wednesday: The next Democratic presidential debate. Details: http://bit.ly/2qYSE77 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Apple Cider Day.

 

And because you made it to the end, here’s a turtle who is exhausted from the weekend: http://bit.ly/2CWChdS