The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi names impeachment managers as focus shifts to Senate

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi names seven impeachment managers | Schiff tapped to lead team | What impeachment managers do | House managers to walk articles over to Senate at 5 p.m. | Trump slams impeachment as 'Con Job' | Senate to move trade pact before trial | Sights and sounds from Dem debate in Des Moines | Key takeaways | Tense moment between Sanders, Warren | Steyer's red tie trends | National Bagel Day

 

BREAKING THIS MORNING

Start your engines:


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.) announced seven impeachment managers who will be in the spotlight of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE’s impeachment trial in the Senate. http://bit.ly/2ToaBIi

 

The seven:

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty MORE (D-Calif.) — Schiff will serve as the “lead” manager

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump defense team signals focus on Schiff Impeachment has been a dud for Democrats Nadler calls Trump a 'dictator' on Senate floor MORE (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesJeffries, Nadler showcase different NY styles in Trump trial Hakeem Jeffries tells Senate in impeachment proceedings they should subpoena Baseball Hall of Fame after Jeter vote Video becomes vital part of Democrats' case against Trump MORE (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial GOP warns of 'drawn out' executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony  Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one MORE (D-Calif.)

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocrats worry Trump team will cherry-pick withheld documents during defense Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one White House says Trump wasn't boasting about withholding material from Congress MORE (D-Fla.)

Rep. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one Schiff tells Senate Ukraine interference conspiracy was 'brought to you by the Kremlin' MORE (D-Texas)

Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on MORE (D-Colo.)

What happens next: http://bit.ly/2NpXwuk

Keep in mind about the managers: “The group could hardly look more different from the 13 white men who prosecuted former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonGeorge Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump Is Donald Trump one of the smartest presidents in US history? Trump impeachment and trial: All parties should feel ashamed MORE in 1999. Pelosi’s team includes three women and four men, as well as two members of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.” (Via Politico’s Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferrishttps://politi.co/2QZrmYZ 

Livestream of Pelosi’s announcement: http://bit.ly/2QUdXBa

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED SHORTLY AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT:

“Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!” http://bit.ly/3ac9phk

 

HELPFUL READ — WHAT AN IMPEACHMENT MANAGER ACTUALLY DOES: 

Via USA Today’s Nicholas Wu: http://bit.ly/35WbQkw

  

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HAPPENING TODAY

Transmitting impeachment articles like it’s 1999:

Via The New York Times’s Nicholas Fandos, “Ms. Pelosi plans to convene her newly appointed managers at 5 p.m. Wednesday to complete necessary paperwork to transmit the articles. Immediately after, the House managers will ceremonially walk the articles of impeachment from the House, through the Rotunda, to the Senate. When they do, they will formally present the articles.” https://nyti.ms/30mHFSF

I.e.: The House managers will physically walk the impeachment articles over to the Senate later today.

  

HOW THE SENATE IS BRACING FOR THE TRIAL:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: http://bit.ly/2snYfou

 

TRUMP’S TEAM OF LAWYERS HAS BEEN READY FOR THIS SINCE DECEMBER:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, the president’s legal team has been tight-lipped about its legal strategy, but here is what we know: http://bit.ly/2TmGBNb

 

THE CAPITOL PRESS CORPS WILL HAVE VERY LIMITED ACCESS: 

Via Roll Call’s Katherine Tully-McManus, “The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are launching an unprecedented crackdown on the Capitol press corps for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, following a standoff between the Capitol’s chief security officials, Senate Rules Chairman Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMeadows says Trump told him he didn't threaten senators on impeachment vote Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Trump team to present case for about two hours on Saturday MORE and the standing committees of correspondents.” http://bit.ly/2QTlkJ8

  

Meanwhile — surprise!:

The chairs of the four House committees at the center of the impeachment inquiry released more evidence against President Trumphttp://bit.ly/3aawJvP

The new evidence: “Among the pieces of evidence from [Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense MORE] are phone records, documents and other materials regarding his role in efforts to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE, one of Trump's chief political rivals.” 

Read the House documents: http://bit.ly/2RnMXsQ

  

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS

Housekeeping before the impeachment trial starts:

The Senate is considering moving forward with President Trump’s trade deal with Mexico and Canada before the upper chamber moves to the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2tY4PTk

How we know: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer: Trump's team made case for new witnesses 'even stronger' Trump, Democrats risk unintended consequences with impeachment arguments CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor: "Before the Senate shifts into the trial, we hope to complete an enormous accomplishment for this administration, and most importantly for American families.”  

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

To your corners, everyone!:

Six Democratic candidates sparred in Des Moines,Iowa, last night for the last debate before the Iowa caucuses.

 

FIVE TAKEAWAYS:

  1. A strong night for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial MORE(D-Mass.)
  2. No disaster for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters MORE (I-Vt.) 
  3. Former Vice President Joe Bidenpresses his case for electability
  4. Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Candidates weighing using private jets to get to Iowa Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district MOREfades into the background
  5. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Moore defends Sanders's reputation: 'We don't want the fake, and the phony and the fraudulent' MORE(D-Minn.) fails to find a game-changer

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2QZ83yZ

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Lapel pins for all!: Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire CNN to host two straight nights of Democratic town halls before NH primary Steyer's advice from son after overhearing Warren-Sanders hot mic dust-up: 'Don't be a snitch' MORE’s signature plaid tie has inspired a new lapel pin. Photo from Steyer’s press secretary: http://bit.ly/387xGTS   

Steyer’s tie became a trending Google search: http://bit.ly/2RdbLne

The moderators posed for a photo: http://bit.ly/2u2Kig6

I am so confused about this: Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire Chicago mayor weighing possible Bloomberg endorsement Judge Judy's verdict: Ignoring Bloomberg's record to endorse others made no sense MORE’s campaign tweeted a few interesting nuggets during the debate. For example: “Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE.” The meatball photo: http://bit.ly/389LrkO

^ Um…: More tweets from @TeamBloomberg: http://bit.ly/2Tta342

Lol — Bernie’s reaction to Klobuchar. Watch: http://bit.ly/3aczRre  

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/3afq3fO

  

THE TALK OF THE NIGHT HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER THE DEBATE — HANDSHAKES WERE DENIED:

Sens. Warren and Sanders had a tense exchange as candidates shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. http://bit.ly/2tjLsnD

Watch the interaction: http://bit.ly/2G464mN  

My favorite caption: “Tom Steyer is the waiter walking over with mozzarella sticks 30 seconds after the couple starts the breakup convo.” (Tweet from NBC’s Ben Collins) http://bit.ly/2u5qI2N

YES! This!: CBA’s Michael Schwab turned the post-debate Warren, Sanders, Steyer interaction into a scene from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Amazing — watch: http://bit.ly/35RFJ5P

Come on, Tom! Give us the tea!: Steyer, who was in the crosshairs of the exchange, said he didn’t hear what Sanders and Warren said. 

Steyer said on CNN: “I didn't really hear anything. I just said my good nights as fast as I could.”

  

MEANWHILE ON AIR FORCE ONE LAST NIGHT:

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Exclusive -- Uber's new hire:

Uber has hired Leah Harrelson Graham as a senior manager of federal affairs in the Washington, D.C. office.

"Prior to her work at Yahoo [on the public policy team], Leah served in the White House Legislative Affairs office and the Department of Commerce during the George W. Bush administration. She is also an alumna of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay's office and a graduate of Baylor University."

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Getting traction — Ohhh myyyy:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2t8rLPL

A few of the reactions: http://bit.ly/2uQLtzV

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11:15 a.m. EST: President Trump met with the Vice Premier of China.

12:15 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with the Vice Premier of China. Vice President Pence also attends.

2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Veterans group seeks Trump apology for comments on brain injuries | Pentagon says dozens of troops suffered traumatic injuries after attack | Trump unveils Space Force logo Commerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports  Dozens of US troops suffered traumatic brain injuries after Iran missile strikes MORE and Vice President Pence.

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

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump held a signing ceremony for "phase one" of a trade deal with China. Livestream: http://bit.ly/30po4B2

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Bagel Day!!

 

And to lighten your afternoon a bit, I bet you didn’t know how tornadoes ~actually~ start ;) http://bit.ly/38fyMNz