The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Pelosi looks to play hardball on timing of impeachment trial

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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Pelosi plays hardball on timing of impeachment trial | Plans to delay articles to pressure GOP | Dems rally behind Speaker | Trump, McConnell blast move | What's next in impeachment drama | Sights, sounds from historic vote | Why Dems fear Trump could still win | Trump takes heat for attack on Dingell | White House defends Trump as 'counter-puncher' | Meadows to retire from Congress | 2020 Dem debate tonight | What to watch as candidates take the stage



Knock-knock-knockin' on Senate’s door:

The House impeached President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE last night on two articles related to his dealings with Ukraine. http://bit.ly/34C4JNC

What’s next: The articles of impeachment would normally head straight to the Senate for a trial. But right after the House impeached Trump, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (D-Calif.) refused to say when — or even if (!) — Democrats will send the articles to the Senate. http://bit.ly/2PA84Zg

Why Pelosi might ~not~ immediately send the impeachment articles to the Senate: Democrats are worried that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) won’t conduct a fair trial. Even McConnell said he will not be an impartial juror. “I’m not impartial about this at all,” McConnell told reporters a few days ago. http://bit.ly/34zDV0n

The sticking point in the Senate: Whether to call witnesses to testify. 

What Pelosi will require before formally sending the articles over: She said she needs to "see what the process is on the Senate side" first. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi saidl http://bit.ly/2PA84Zg

What House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerTop Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Md.) said earlier this week on a possible delay: "I don't think that that's the path we'll follow. But that does not mean that we will immediately deliver. There are considerations related to other legislation. As I understand the rules of the Senate, once they receive the articles, they have to act. They have to go into trial. They can't do any other work."  

Democrats are rallying behind Pelosi’s delay: http://bit.ly/2Z70Hfi

What would happen if there was never a trialPresident Trump would never formally be acquitted of the charges. But impeachment without having a trial could also look purely political and backfire on Democrats.



On next steps: "The next thing for us will be when we see the process that is set forth in the Senate, then we'll know the number of managers that we may have to go forward, and who we would choose," Pelosi said. http://bit.ly/2tzPckK

On McConnell: "Our founders, when they wrote the Constitution, they suspected that there could be a rogue president," she said. "I don't think they suspected that we could have a rogue president, and a rogue leader in the Senate at the same time."



Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Trump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference MORE (D-N.Y.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are meeting after lunch today to discuss the rules for the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2Q4Oljl


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Via The Associated Press’s Andrew Taylor, “The only thing you really need to know about Capitol Hill today is that everybody wants to go home. Therefore the things that have to happen (USMCA, Omni and a ton of Mitch McConnell’s judges) will happen, possibly by dusk. Anything on the Senate trial is not one of those things” http://bit.ly/34CsZ28



Pelosi held a press conference: “It seems like people have a spring in their step because the president has been held accountable for his reckless behavior. No one is above the law... I have a spring in my step because of the moral courage of our caucus.” Livestream of Pelosi’s remarks: https://cs.pn/2PBP1hm

What McConnell said from the Senate floor this morning: “Let's be clear: the House's vote yesterday was not some neutral judgment. ... It was the predetermined end of a partisan crusade ... Now, their slapdash process has concluded in the first purely partisan presidential impeachment since the wake of the civil war.” http://bit.ly/2Z3wQEc

‘How TV Covered the Moment of Impeachment’: Via The New York Times’s Jim Windolf, “Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTrump when asked if he'd be kinder in his second term: 'Yes, I think so' Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox The Memo: Trump searches for path to comeback MORE was grim. Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityBiden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name Trafalgar chief pollster predicts Trump victory: Polls 'predominantly missing the hidden vote' Trump, Biden dial up efforts to boost early voter turnout in Florida MORE was angry. Two networks seemed reluctant to leave their scheduled prime-time shows.” Full breakdown of TV coverage: https://nyti.ms/34GP8MF

Democrats think Trump could still win in November despite impeachment: The gist of why: A robust economy and strong support in swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Full reasoning, via The Hill’s Amie Parnes: http://bit.ly/35DZy0X

Today’s newspapers:

Here’s a full thread of local newspaper covers this morning: Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson: http://bit.ly/2Sff3bI



Mama Nancy is not putting up with ANY nonsense: After Pelosi gaveled the first impeachment vote, she motioned to shut down any cheers from her caucus. Video — that LOOK on her face: http://bit.ly/2Sj895F

Pelosi chatting with Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE (D-N.Y.) after the vote: She is so expressive in this! Watch: http://bit.ly/2r6o8bP      

Why voting took longer than usual: “LOTS of lawmakers are voting by hand — a way to preserve their vote in the House archives. This will take exponentially longer than voting by electronic device, which they are also permitted to do” (Via Politico’s Jake Sherman) http://bit.ly/2sKvm5C

Getting traction — staffers appeared to have a little wine party in a California Democrat’s office: Here’s a photo from Free Beacon’s Brent Scher: http://bit.ly/2sHrGlq

That was a beautiful sunset last night: Here’s a photo taken from the Capitol: http://bit.ly/2ED5v2d 

Tidbit — some lawmakers usually wear red on Wednesdays: “Many female House Dems usually wear red on Wednesdays to show solidarity with issues like human trafficking. But Rep. Dingell (who's wearing dark grey coat) explained, 'We said, 'We can't do that today,' so many of the women are in darker colors because it is a somber day.’" (Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcoshttp://bit.ly/2sCSqUb

If you’re wondering about who was presiding over the House floor debate: It is Rep. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGette20 years later, the FDA must lift restrictions on medication abortion care Overnight Energy: Trump officials finalize plan to open up protected areas of Tongass to logging | Feds say offshore testing for oil can proceed despite drilling moratorium | Dems question EPA's postponement of inequality training Democrats question EPA postponement of environmental inequality training MORE (D-Colo.) https://cnn.it/2MaxASL

Spotted in the Capitol: Michael Moore. Photo of Moore after the impeachment vote: http://bit.ly/2Q0OTqt

Also spotted on the House floor:Steve CASTOR who is the omnipresent master of the GOP counterimpeachment strategy.” (Via Politico’s Kyle Cheney) http://bit.ly/35yRzSQ

Throwback: Check out the tickets for the last two presidential impeachments in the United States. Photos: http://bit.ly/2Q0ow4f

Republicans chanted during the vote on the second impeachment article: “Four more years! Four more years!” http://bit.ly/36RpFSe



The next firestorm — telling a widow that her recently deceased husband may be in hell:

During President Trump’s campaign rally in Michigan last night, he went after the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellRaces heat up for House leadership posts Democrats flubbed opportunity to capitalize on postal delays COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE (D-Mich.), saying, “maybe he’s looking up” instead of looking down. http://bit.ly/38TE9D8

How this came up: Trump said how he gave John Dingell “A-plus treatment” when he died and lowered the flags to half-staff. He then quotes Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellCedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins Pelosi, Mnuchin continue COVID-19 talks amid dwindling odds for deal Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair MORE: “She calls me up. ‘That’s the nicest thing that ever happened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down. He’d be so thrilled.’” Trump then added — ooof: “Maybe he’s looking up. I don’t know. ... But let’s assume he’s looking down.”

Keep in mind: Trump said this in Michigan. John Dingell, who died last February at 92 and was the longest-serving member of Congress, represented a district in Michigan. 

Watch the clip — notice the crowd’s reaction: http://bit.ly/36RUjLu



Dingell tweeted, “Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service. I’m preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love. You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.” http://bit.ly/2S9NAsi



From Rep. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensUS Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats Eric Esshaki wins Michigan GOP primary to challenge Haley Stevens The Hill's Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP MORE (D-Mich.): “This is shameful Mr. President. Insinuating that John Dingell, a loving catholic, WWII hero, now rests in hell. How dare you? I have no words for the pain you are causing my dear friend Debbie Dingell and the people of Michigan right now.” http://bit.ly/2Q148Ql

From Cindy McCain, the wife of late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' MORE (R-Ariz.): “I’m terribly sorry. Please know I am thinking about you.” http://bit.ly/2S5p2Ax

From Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellGOP lawmaker calls Trump-Biden debate 'an embarrassment' Overnight Defense: Congress recommends nuclear arms treaty be extended | Dems warn Turkey | Military's eighth COVID death identified Bipartisan congressional task force recommends extending nuclear treaty with Russia MORE (R-Mich.): “John Dingell was a well-respected man & I consider Debbie a close colleague and friend. To use his name in such a dishonorable manner at last night’s rally is unacceptable from anyone, let alone the President of the United States. An apology is due, Mr. President” http://bit.ly/2Z3TJrj



In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' The Memo: Trump grapples with credibility gap in crisis President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 MORE described the president as a “counter-puncher.”

Grisham said about the Dingells: “I am very, very sorry for her loss and I would thank her and I would thank her late husband for all of the service to our country.” 

Grisham on why Trump said what he said: "You’d have to talk to the president about that. He was at a political rally. He has been under attack and under impeachment attack for the last few months and then just under attack politically for the last two and a half years. We all know the president is a counter-puncher. It was a very, very supportive and wild crowd and he was just riffing on some of the things that had been happening the last few days.” 

Watch Grisham’s full remarks: http://bit.ly/38NsUMm



This is a pretty cool photo: Here is a photo captured by The New York Times’s Doug Mills of President Trump before he left for his rally. Photo: http://bit.ly/2SbIgV5

Wowza — check out this holiday sweater worn by a Trump supporter: http://bit.ly/2Z08cVa



Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSenate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to 'stop second guessing' FDA on vaccine efficacy Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Trump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says MORE is retiring:

Via The Hill’s Al Weaver, Trump ally Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) announced this morning that he is retiring from Congress at the end of this term. http://bit.ly/34xYFFW

Meadows said in a statement: “For everything there is a season. After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term. This was a decision I struggled with greatly.”



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It’s the holiday season (the holiday season!): 



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is at the White House. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

11 a.m. EST: The Senate held votes related to funding the government. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/34EX7tE

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2EB4JCW

4:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19 Documents show Trump campaign ignored coronavirus guidelines at Duluth rally: report Two Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 MORE speak at a closed press Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House.

8:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak at another White House Christmas reception.



11:30 a.m. EST: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-Calif.) held a press conference. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Z3W9WQ

8 p.m. EST: The next Democratic National Committee presidential primary debate. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2M8tzy7 Op-ed: http://bit.ly/34GchyW  



Today is National Hard Candy Day.


‘Washington Is the Most Exciting Food City in America’ — tell me more:

Via Bloomberg’s Kate Krader, “Despite the hype from such places as L.A., the nation’s capital is the town everyone should pay attention to.” Reasoning: https://bloom.bg/35MAEfy


And because this is pretty insane, here are two sea lions who have taken over a sailboat to have their own Yacht Week: http://bit.ly/2S7DHLu