The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces as impeachment trial nears

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House voting Wednesday to send impeachment articles | What to watch as Senate preps for trial | Senators to be sworn in as jurors Thursday | Trump calls for 'outright dismissal' but GOP doesn't have the votes | Dem debate tonight in Iowa | Warren, Sanders fight unnerves progressives | Sanders closes in on Biden in Nevada | Trump to hold Milwaukee rally tonight | Gigi Hadid called as potential Weinstein juror | Free Chick-fil-A nuggets through Jan. 31

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Get ready to rumble:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Scott Wong, the House is voting on Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. http://bit.ly/2Rf5asK

How we know: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) told Democrats this morning, according to multiple Democrats.

What about impeachment managers?: Pelosi has not announced which lawmakers will serve as prosecutors. But the House resolution tomorrow will name the managers. 

 

AND SENATORS WILL BE SWORN IN ON THURSDAY:

On Thursday, Senators will be sworn in as jurors in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/38cfrNf

 

It's Tuesday. 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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LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT

Helpful read -- here is what to expect in the trial, logistically:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, "Senate GOP leaders say opening arguments in the impeachment trial for 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 will likely kick off early next week. But several procedural steps need to happen before the meat of the trial begins. Here's what to watch for in the coming days as the impeachment process finally shifts from the House to the Senate."

The play-by-play: http://bit.ly/38grjhh 
 

HOW AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL DIFFERS FROM COURT TRIALS:

  1. Senators are both jury and judge
  2. There is no standard of proof
  3. There are no rules of evidence
  4. The punishment is political
  5. The outcome can't be appealed

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2tU4hxD

  

Sending mixed signals:

President Trump has been sending mixed signals to Senate Republicans over what he wants in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2FQxgoU

What Trump is now calling for: Over the weekend, Trump called for an "outright dismissal" of the impeachment articles.

^ Compared to McConnell's strategy: Senate 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.) has been planning on holding a quick trial with no witnesses. 

Tidbit about timing -- from Sen. John CornynJohn CornynHillicon 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' Bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation to boost state cybersecurity leadership Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says MORE (R-Texas): Cornyn told reporters that he expects opening arguments to begin next Tuesday. I.e.: The Senate would have two weeks until Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 4. 

 

KEEP IN MIND -- REPUBLICANS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO DISMISS THE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES:

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff MORE (R-Mo.), the No. 4 Senate Republican, told reporters: "I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss. ... Certainly there aren't 51 votes for a motion to dismiss." http://bit.ly/2QSTTzm 

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Free idea: Comedy Central Roast, but for presidential candidates:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, "For the first time since launching his first insurgent bid for the Democratic presidential nomination almost five years ago, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (I-Vt.) finds himself under the harsh scrutiny of his leading rivals ahead of a critical debate Tuesday night in Des Moines." http://bit.ly/2Tpx3km

Timing: Two recent polls show Sanders performing well in Iowa, and he has secured key endorsements in New Hampshire. 

The Warren campaign's beef: "Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (D-Mass.), a friend and ally, sees Sanders as an impediment to her own pool of progressive voters. She expressed outrage over the weekend after Sanders volunteers were reportedly given scripts casting her as a candidate of the elite unable to grow beyond the Democratic base. The Warren campaign also confirmed a CNN report Monday that Sanders had told her he did not believe a woman could win the White House, a report Sanders vehemently denied." 

 

HOW THE SANDERS-WARREN FIGHT IS UNNERVING PROGRESSIVES: 

http://bit.ly/3877DMI

 

New Nevada poll:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 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 are neck in neck in a new Suffolk University–USA Today poll. http://bit.ly/2uObPCC

The full poll: http://bit.ly/2RfMzwr

 

THE NUMBERS: 

Biden: 19 percent

Sanders: 18 percent, within the margin of error.

Warren: 11 percent

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MORE (D): 8 percent

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerPoll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Buttigieg takes dig at Sanders working 'for years' in Washington The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats MORE: 8 percent

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.): 4 percent

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangDNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Panel: Obama breaks Andrew Yang's heart MORE: 4 percent

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Up to 10 Republican senators who may get on Trump's bad side:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "As many as 10 Republican senators are considering bucking President Trump on a resolution that would limit his ability to take military action against Iran." http://bit.ly/2NFKDwz

What this means: "The increasing number is the latest sign of growing GOP frustration over the Trump administration's justification for the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. [Qasem] Soleimani."

Which Republican senators may vote with Democrats: "GOP Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall MORE (Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' MORE (Ky.) have already voiced their support for the measure, and [Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHouse war powers sponsor expects to take up Senate version of resolution Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall MORE (D-Va.) says about eight more Republicans, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE (Alaska), Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungSenate GOP's campaign arm hauls in million in 2019 Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall MORE (Ind.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Bring on the brokered convention GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff MORE (Utah), are reviewing it."

  

Ha ha HA -- because this is just how news cycles work these days: 

Supermodel Gigi Hadid was called as a potential juror for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial. https://cnn.it/2RdSulT

Casual: "Hadid, sitting in the jury box, said she had met the former film producer. When asked by Judge James Burke if she could be fair and impartial, Hadid answered, 'Yes.' After reading a list of potential witnesses, Judge Burke asked the jury pool if they knew of anyone on the list. Hadid raised her hand and said, 'I have met Salma Hayek,' according to the pool reporter.

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

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ON TAP

The House and Senate are in.

11:30 a.m. EST: The Senate voted on Peter Gaynor's nomination to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

12:30 ­– 2:15 p.m. EST: The Senate meets for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2NpQYfs

1:30 ­– 2:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/385Tz5S

2:45 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

4:40 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Milwaukee.

8 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Milwaukee.

Midnight: President Trump gets back to the White House.

January 21: The Hill is hosting an event, "Mayors Matter: Deepening the Generational Compact in Communities" at The St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2NtlG7o

 

WHAT TO WATCH

9 p.m. EST: Six Democratic presidential candidates debate in Iowa. Details: https://n.pr/2Tmxegr

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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