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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump calls into ‘Fox & Friends’ | Says he wants a trial | Repeats debunked Ukraine claim | Hill, Holmes give damaging testimony | Five takeaways | New poll: Independents now oppose impeachment | Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskElon Musk wins lawsuit brought by British cave diver he called a 'pedo guy' Hillicon Valley: Dueling bills set stage for privacy debate | Google co-founders step down from parent company | Advocates rally for self-driving car bill | Elon Musk defamation trial begins | Lawsuit accuses TikTok of sharing data with China Elon Musk begins trial in defamation lawsuit over 'pedo guy' tweet MORE botches Cybertruck demo, shatters ‘Armor Glass’ windows twice

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Everyone, please welcome our co-host, Donald Trump:

 

 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE called into “Fox & Friends” this morning for a nearly hourlong interview. 

Watch Trump’s full interviewhttp://bit.ly/2QH7SbG

TRUMP REPEATED HIS DEBUNKED CLAIM THAT UKRAINE IS CONNECTED TO A HACKED 2016 DEMOCRATIC SERVER:

Trump said on “Fox & Friends”: "They gave the server to CrowdStrike or whatever it’s called, which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian, and I still want to see that server. ... A lot of it had to do, they say, with Ukraine. Why did they give it to a Ukrainian company?"

Co-host Steve Doocey asked: "Are you sure they did that?" 

Trump: "That’s what the word is. That’s what I asked actually on my phone call you know. I asked it very point-blank because we’re looking for corruption. There’s tremendous corruption. Why should we be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to countries when there’s this kind of corruption?"

Keep in mind: “Trump made the claim a day after a former White House official with expertise on Russia, Fiona Hill, chastised Republicans for giving air in the impeachment hearings to conspiracy theories that Ukraine, and not Russia, was a driver of electoral interference in the 2016 election.” http://bit.ly/2rkjI0Y

TRUMP SAID HE WANTS A TRIAL:

“I want a trial,” Trump said. “There’s nothing there.” http://bit.ly/35n8h7l

ON KELLYANNE CONWAY’S HUSBAND, GEORGE:

"Kellyanne is great but she’s married to a total whack job,” Trump said on the show. “I think, she must have done some number on him ... I don’t know what Kellyanne did to that guy because I don’t even know him ... he’s got to be some kind of a nut job. She must have done some bad things to him because that guy’s crazy." http://bit.ly/2KLFh11

ON THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS:

Trump says people went easy on Yovanovitch because she's a woman: "I said, ‘Why are you being so kind?’ ‘Well, sir, she’s a woman. We have to be nice,' " Trump said. "She’s very tough. I heard bad things." http://bit.ly/2KIQi36 

And on U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandTop Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony Mulvaney: 'Politics can and should influence foreign policy' Controversy on phone records intensifies amid impeachment MORE: Trump called Sondland’s claim about a quid pro quo with Ukraine “total nonsense.” http://bit.ly/37wdBXE 

 

 

Happy Friday! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

It’s me, Prince Charming:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President Trump stepped up his charm offensive with Senate Republicans, who will handle any House impeachment charges, by meeting Thursday with a group of GOP lawmakers that included two of his biggest critics: Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyNCAA president wants a federal athlete compensation bill Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' MORE (Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats spend big to put Senate in play Senate confirms Trump's 50th circuit judge, despite 'not qualified' rating Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial MORE (Maine).” http://bit.ly/2D3ZLOx

What they discussed, besides impeachment of course: “Legislation to lower prescription drug costs, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal and proposals to curb vaping products.”

REACTIONS FROM REPUBLICANS INVOLVED:

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah): He called the meeting “delightful.” And via NBC News, Romney also said, "[Trump] had made some initial comments that related to the impeachment process, but it's nothing that I haven't heard on TV from him.” https://nbcnews.to/2XHhm8u 

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine): Collins said “the vast majority of the discussion was on prescription drugs and vaping.” And she said Trump’s comments on impeachment were “brief.”

Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoManchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements ICE emerges as stumbling block in government funding talks MORE (R-W.Va.): “It was good.” She also said she got to pitch the president on her bill to protect minors from sale for financial gain. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynLive coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill Hillicon Valley: Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling | Tech legal shield makes it into trade deal | Impeachment controversy over phone records heats up | TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling MORE (R-Texas): “We work together necessarily to pass legislation, so I don’t think getting together and having conversations about issues is anything wrong. I think senators will do their duty as they see it, regardless of a free lunch.”

TIDBIT FROM John BoltonJohn BoltonDemocrats seek leverage for trial USA Today editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial MORE THIS MORNING:

Former national security adviser John Bolton tweeted this morning, “Glad to be back on Twitter after more than two months. For the backstory, stay tuned........” http://bit.ly/2reOl7O

He then followed up two hours later: “We have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation as National Security Advisor. More to come.....” http://bit.ly/2XAsFza

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Interesting poll — independents aren’t keen on impeachment:

45 percent of independent voters oppose impeaching President Trump, while 43 percent support impeachment, according to a new national Emerson College poll. http://bit.ly/37vOvbG 

For context: That’s a 6-point swing since October, when 48 percent supported impeachment and 44 percent opposed it.

I.e.: More independents now oppose impeachment than support it. 

See the full Emerson College pollhttp://bit.ly/2QHfdIh

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM YESTERDAY’S HEARING:

  1. Hill shuts down GOP conspiracy theory
  2. Holmes gives details, color about Trump-Sondland call
  3. Redundancy is part of the strategy
  4. Schiff, Democrats not waiting for the courts
  5. Where do we go from here? 

Here’s a breakdown of context and what’s next in the process: http://bit.ly/2QIazJW

 

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GETTING TRACTION

I can barely watch this clip. The secondhand embarrassment.:

 

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s new pickup truck, the Tesla Cybertruck. On stage, Musk demonstrated the truck’s indestructible windows by throwing a metal ball at the truck. But it shattered the window. So Musk did it again. It shattered again. https://cnn.it/2OAiS87 

Watchhttp://bit.ly/2OHadku

INSIDE THE CYBERTRUCK:

Via The Verge, here are photos of the new vehicle: http://bit.ly/2QSuarh 

Here is video of the truck demo: http://bit.ly/35sgG9z

IF YOU’RE ALREADY SOLD ON IT (LOL), HOW TO ORDER THE TESLA CYBERTRUCK:

Via CNET: https://cnet.co/2Owd1Re

NOTABLE TWEETS:

If you watch one thing today — I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard:

 

 

The Hill’s Olivia Beavers had a cold while covering the impeachment hearings this week. Her appearance with Anderson Cooper on CNN is incredible.

Hyperlink http://bit.ly/2O8imz4

Watch Olivia talk about it on CNNhttp://bit.ly/2OalXN0

ON TAP:

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

11 a.m. EST: President Trump participated in the NCAA Collegiate National Champions Day at the White House. 

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a listening session on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic. 

3 p.m. EST on Dec. 3: The Senate returns. The Senate’s full schedulehttp://bit.ly/2rlXQSz

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EST: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe MORE (D-Minn.) holds a town hall in Henniker, N.H. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2ObNnCk

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Cranberry Relish Day.

D.C. plans this weekend:

Via Washingtonian’s Madeline Rundlett, here’s a list of food events in the D.C. area this weekend. The listhttp://bit.ly/2QOtOBA

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here is an adorable — and patient —“unicorn”: http://bit.ly/34bXo83