The Hill's 12:30 Report: Rules fight sets stage for first day of Trump trial

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Trump trial begins in Senate | Rules fight sets stage for first day | Impeachment managers accuse McConnell of 'rigged' trial | Dems call White House lawyer a 'fact witness' | What to watch on day one | Clinton rips Sanders: 'Nobody likes him' | Trump in Davos dismisses Thunberg as 'very angry' | Trump joins effort to plant 1 trillion trees | Supreme Court won't fast-track ObamaCare Case | National Granola Bar Day



The impeachment trial is about to begin:

The Senate is gearing up to begin the impeachment trial against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE this afternoon.

When it starts: 1 p.m. EST. Livestream



Expect a long fight over rules and procedure today as the trial begins. Here's a guide of what to watch for, via The Hill's Alexander Bolton:



Here's a breakdown, via The Hill's Jordain Carney:



Wow, there are a lot of police cars around the Capitol: Photo:

Photo of protesters outside the Capitol:

There is now extra security to get into the press gallery:

That's a lot of water bottles:

Doing the Lord's work: "[Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE's (R-Pa.) Senate 'candy desk' may prevent hangry lawmakers during impeachment" (Via The Morning Call's Laura Olson

Photo of the House impeachment managers speaking to the press:

Ew, milk? Really?: Journalist Matt Laslo tweeted, “Sen. Rick Scott tells me the rules only allow senators to drink water and milk on the Senate floor during the impeachment trial”

Do not mess this up, anyone: 


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Democratic impeachment managers: 'It is rigged. RIGGED, I tell you':

The group of House Democrats chosen to argue the impeachment case are accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case MORE (R-Ky.) of a "rigged process" to "further conceal the President's misconduct." The criticism comes after McConnell put forward a proposal to compress the trial schedule.

McConnell's move that ticked off Democrats: Yesterday, McConnell circulated a resolution that proposed giving House Democrats 24 hours over the course of two days to argue their case for President Trump's removal from office. The White House team defending Trump would then also have 24 hours.

How impeachment managers responded in a statement: "A White House-driven and rigged process, with a truncated schedule designed to go late into the night and further conceal the President's misconduct, is not what the American people expect or deserve." 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump DOJ lawyers resign en masse over Roger Stone sentencing George Conway: We might have to impeach Trump again MORE (D-Calif.) on whether Democrats will use the full 24 hours: Schiff did not say. But what he did say: "That will be a decision that the House should make, not that the senators should prescribe to go late into the evening. Look there is a wealth of evidence to present here, and we should have the opportunity to present the case as the House chooses to present its case. Not to go late into evening."



"House Democrats are charging that a lawyer on President Trump's defense team is a 'fact witness,' arguing that he must disclose all his first-hand involvement to the Senate and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in order to prevent any conflicts of interest ahead of the Senate impeachment trial." The House managers say White House counsel Pat Cipollone is directly involved in events at the center of their impeachment case. 




Uh oh. Trump and Greta Thunberg are both in Davos: 

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Trump called Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who spoke at Davos, “very angry.”

“I don’t really know anything about her,” Trump said when asked about Thunberg. He then called her “very angry.” 

More from The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Restuccia:

Keep in mind: Trump has criticized the 17-year-old activist in the past.


One Trillion Trees.:

This morning, President Trump pledged that the United States will join the One Trillion Trees initiative launched at the World Economic Forum.

From Trump: "We're committed to conserving he majesty of God's creation and the natural beauty of our world." Trump also said the U.S. "will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing and better managing our trees and our forests." 



I bet that felt therapeutic:

Former secretary of state Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe 'Palmetto Promise': South Carolina will decide the race Alabama Senate contender hits Sessions in new ad: 'Hillary still ain't in jail' Worries grow as moderates split Democratic vote MORE slammed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (I-Vt.) in an upcoming Hulu documentary.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, reporter Lacey Rose asked Clinton: "In the doc, you're brutally honest on Sanders: 'He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,'" Rose said, quoting Clinton. "That assessment still hold?"

Hillary Clinton responded: "Yes, it does." 

On whether she would endorse Sanders: "I'm not going to go there yet. We're still in a very vigorous primary season. I will say, however, that it's not only him, it's the culture around him. It's his leadership team. It's his prominent supporters. It's his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women."

Read the interview:



"My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history."


Just announced — Bernie canceled a campaign event:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) cancelled a presidential campaign rally in Iowa tomorrow because of the impeachment trial.

But AOC is jumping in: "Sen. Sanders will not be able to attend tomorrow’s rally due to the impeachment schedule in the U.S. Senate,” his campaign said in a statement. “However, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJulián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Intercept Bureau Chief: Culinary Union concerns over "Medicare for All" are faulty MORE (D-N.Y.) will host campaign events in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Ames on Friday and Saturday."



It shall go through the normal channels:

The Supreme Court rejected an effort by Democrats to expedite a challenge to ObamaCare. That makes it unlikely the court takes up the case this year before the 2020 election.

Details: "The House of Representatives and a group of blue states had asked the court to fast-track their appeal after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is unconstitutional." 


Also denied:

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case on Facebook using facial recognition on the platform's photos without proper consent.  



Book murderer!!!:


Ouch, this is awkward to watch

Video — watch the interaction:

From the same event: Check out Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Sunday shows - Spotlight shines on Bloomberg, stop and frisk Toward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates MORE's dance moves:



The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Davos, Switzerland. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump attends a dinner with global CEOs in Davos, Switzerland.

4 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence swears in the director general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service.



1 p.m. EST: The Senate impeachment trial begins. Livestream:



Today is National Granola Bar Day.


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