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



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.

How we know: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAs families deal with coronavirus, new federal dollars should follow the student Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates Hypocrisy rules on both sides over replacing Justice Ginsburg 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. 



On Thursday, Senators will be sworn in as jurors in the impeachment trial.


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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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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 TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards 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: 


  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:


Sending mixed signals:

President Trump has been sending mixed signals to Senate Republicans over what he wants in the impeachment trial.

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 McConnellOcasio-Cortez to voters: Tell McConnell 'he is playing with fire' with Ginsburg's seat McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Video shows NYC subway station renamed after Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE (R-Ky.) has been planning on holding a quick trial with no witnesses. 

Tidbit about timing -- from Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCalls grow for Biden to expand election map in final sprint Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Chamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection 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. 



Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Murkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight 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." 



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 SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) finds himself under the harsh scrutiny of his leading rivals ahead of a critical debate Tuesday night in Des Moines."

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 WarrenGOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt 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." 




New Nevada poll:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? MORE are neck in neck in a new Suffolk University–USA Today poll.

The full poll:



Biden: 19 percent

Sanders: 18 percent, within the margin of error.

Warren: 11 percent

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE (D): 8 percent

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment MORE: 8 percent

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBattle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates Klobuchar: GOP can't use 'raw political power right in middle of an election' MORE (D-Minn.): 4 percent

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE: 4 percent



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."

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 LeeMcConnell shores up GOP support for coronavirus package McConnell tries to unify GOP Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill MORE (Ky.) have already voiced their support for the measure, and [Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineNames to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court Barrett seen as a front-runner for Trump Supreme Court pick Biden promises Democratic senators help in battleground states MORE (D-Va.) says about eight more Republicans, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Most Americans think winner of election should pick next Supreme Court justice: poll Murkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Most Americans think winner of election should pick next Supreme Court justice: poll Murkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election MORE (Alaska), Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungSenate GOP eyes early exit Why the US should rely more on strategy, not sanctions Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (Ind.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP set to release controversial Biden report McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Will Republicans' rank hypocrisy hinder their rush to replace Ginsburg? 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.

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.



It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood




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:

1:30 ­– 2:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

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.

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9 p.m. EST: Six Democratic presidential candidates debate in Iowa. Details:



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