The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House Dems charge Trump with abuse, obstruction of Congress in impeachment articles

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It's official. Here are the articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE:

House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump in his dealings with Ukraine.

Livestream of the announcement:



  1. Abuse of the power of the office
  2. Obstruction of Congress in the impeachment inquiry

Read the articles:



From House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThe House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Democrats call on DHS to allow free calls at ICE detention centers Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar MORE (D-N.Y.): "Today, in the service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Judiciary Committee is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the President of the United States of committing high crimes and misdemeanors." 

From House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts Democrats call for probe into ouster of State Dept. watchdog GOP lawmakers say they don't want to put Steve King back on committees MORE (D-Calif.): "The framers of the Constitution recognized that someday a president might come to office who would abuse that office, betray the public trust and undermine national security to seek foreign help in an election ... They prescribed a remedy and that remedy is impeachment."

Keep in mind: Democrats took no questions after the announcement.

And after the announcement: The Democratic chairs went into Pelosi's office. (Via CNN's Manu Raju)

Photo of the room before the announcement:

Leading the announcement (!): House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy MORE (D-Calif.)  

Pelosi's tone: Pretty somber.  

From Pelosi: "On this solemn day, I recall that the first order of business for members of Congress is the solemn act to take an oath to defend the Constitution," the speaker said.


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90 minutes before the announcement, Trump tweeted: "To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country's history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election"

From Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel: "First they promised 'collusion.' There was none. After 'quid pro quo' failed, focus groups told them to try 'bribery.' There was none. Pelosi can invent any false charge she wants, but Americans know this is yet another partisan attempt to overthrow a duly-elected President."

Trump tweeted at 9:56 a.m. EST: "WITCH HUNT!"

And he tweeted shortly after: "Shifty Schiff, a totally corrupt politician, made up a horrible and fraudulent statement, read it to Congress, and said those words came from me. He got caught, was very embarrassed, yet nothing happened to him for committing this fraud. He'll eventually have to answer for this!"

Full reactions from the White House:



On the articles: "It's a very sad day, actually, a solemn day ... something no one comes to Congress to do, impeach a president. I wish it were not necessary. I wish the president's actions did not make it necessary."

On why there was no obstruction of justice charge: “Everyone just concluded that this was it. It’s no use focusing on what isn’t (in it).”

If Democrats don’t act: "We are saying goodbye to a president, and hello to a president-king."

Tidbit — when Pelosi walked on stage at the event: She got a standing ovation by the audience. “Well, good morning,” Pelosi started before saying, “it’s a sad day, a solemn day.” 

On Pelosi yelling at James Rosen, a reporter who asked her if she ‘hates’ Trump: “Is that his name?” Pelosi responded to Politico’s Anna Palmer. “I didn’t even know who he was.”

On whether there will be a government shutdown: "We're not going to have a shutdown." Pelosi said she’s meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinFive questions about the next COVID-19 relief package Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans MORE (D-N.Y.) this afternoon.

Lol — on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies MORE (R-Ky.): "Whatever his name is on the Senate side ... Mitch McConnell"

Livestream of Pelosi’s remarks:



Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThis week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting House conservatives voice concerns over minority rights during remote hearings House slated to vote on FISA before end of the month MORE (D-Md.) just predicted that the House will impeach President Trump before Christmas.

Hoyer just told reporters: "Assuming that they ... report out articles, my presumption is that we will be considering them before we leave.” 



Cuing Mr. Wonderful, we have a deal!:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced this morning that House Democrats have agreed to a historic trade deal with the White House to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

What's next: The deal is expected to easily pass in both chambers of Congress.

Why this is important: The deal was struck amid the impeachment inquiry. "Trade represented a rare area of agreement between Trump and progressive Democrats, who have long criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement approved by Congress during the Clinton administration."



Shortly after Pelosi's announcement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced the powerful labor confederation's support for the trade deal.



The president tweeted, "Looking like very good Democrat support for USMCA. That would be great for our Country!"



'Current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray' -- that has a reassuring tone to it:

President Trump rebuked his FBI Director Christopher Wray over the newly released Justice Department inspector general report.

Trump tweeted: "I don't know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn't the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!" See his full tweet:



Yesterday, the Justice Department released a highly anticipated report that found FBI agents who opened the investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016 were ~not~ politically motivated.  

See for yourself -- read the 500-page report:



Sorry, I have better plans:

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic Biden wins all-mail Kansas primary MORE (D-Hawaii) said she won't participate in December's presidential primary debate even if she qualifies.

She tweeted: "For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th 'debate' -- regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls. I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina." See her full tweet:



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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is headed to Hershey, Pennsylvania, tonight for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence is in Pittsburgh.

9:45 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence landed in Pittsburgh.

10:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at a Veterans for Trump event.

12:30 ­– 2:15 p.m. EST: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. Tidbit: Jonathan Turley, who testified during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, will attend the Republican luncheon. Details:

2 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

2:15 p.m. EST: Three roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today:

2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office.

5 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Hershey, Pennsylvania.

6 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

8:50 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

10:05 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.

Today: Politico's 2019 Women Rule summit in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Lara TrumpLara Lea TrumpObama's Trump attacks electrify Democrats, anger GOP McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Obama tweets 'vote' after Trump promotes 'Obamagate' MORE, senior advisor to President Trump's reelection campaign. Details:



7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Vice President Pence also delivers remarks. Livestream:



Today is National Lager Day.


Double take:

Via The Daily Mail, "A group of cowboy hat-wearing pigeons have been spotted in Las Vegas leading to concerns that someone may be gluing the accessories onto the birds." Photo of the birds wearing hats:


And because you made it this far, here's a child racing a fish: