The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 | Senators prep for question time | Latest Bolton fallout | McConnell struggles to unify GOP | Republican says Senate should get Bolton manuscript | Trump to unveil Mideast peace plan | Bloomberg passes Buttigieg in national poll | UK bucks Trump to allow Huawei in 5G network | Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News | Trump rally in New Jersey tonight

 

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT

McConnell trying to keep his party united like...:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) is struggling to keep Republicans united following the New York Times report of former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Bolton's lost leverage Azar downplays chance Trump will appoint coronavirus czar MORE's manuscript. http://bit.ly/2RUsxbb

Why: There are growing calls for Bolton and other witnesses to testify, which would prolong the trial.  

Back story: Here's the New York Times bombshell report that threw the debate over witnesses into disarray. "Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says" https://nyti.ms/38F9kRJ

 

HOW THE BOLTON MANUSCRIPT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO UPEND THE TRIAL: 

Via The Hill's Niall Stanagehttp://bit.ly/2U2zfi1

 

THIS IS THE MOST DIPLOMATIC ANALYSIS -- EVERYONE'S A WINNER!:

Via Politico's Jake Sherman, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Republicans root for Sanders nomination in battle for House Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (D-W.Va.) commented on the trial: "I think everyone's done a good job so far. On both sides." http://bit.ly/2t8HQ7W

  

This a.m. -- a GOP senator wants to see Bolton's manuscript:

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordThe Hill's Morning Report - Can Sanders be stopped? Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle The Hill's Morning Report - Trump defense rests, GOP struggles to bar witnesses MORE (R-Okla.) said the White House should give a copy of former national security adviser Bolton's memoir to senators. http://bit.ly/2vu0rMx

Lankford said in a Facebook video: "I am encouraging the White House, anybody that I can talk to, to say: That manuscript is pertinent, and we should get access to that manuscript to see what they're actually saying." 

Watch the Facebook video: http://bit.ly/3aPgmVI

 

I keep misreading 'witness swap' as 'prisoner swap':

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report Trump administration freezes funding for study of hurricane barriers: report MORE (D-N.Y.) dismissed a proposal from moderate 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 (R-Pa.) to allow both former national security adviser John Bolton and Hunter Biden testify as witnesses in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/37BchCL

In Schumer's words: "There's always a diversion. Hunter Biden has nothing to do with the facts of this trial." 

 

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HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL

Day 7 -- ding, ding:

The Senate impeachment trial is about to begin for the last day of arguments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's defense team.

When the trial begins: 1 p.m. EST, as per usual. Livestream: https://cs.pn/37A44Pc

  

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY:

Today is the last day for President Trump's lawyers to present their defense. Here's a preview: http://bit.ly/2Rz0SO8

 

WHEN THE TRUMP TEAM FINISHES -- WE MOVE TO THE QUESTIONNING PORTION OF THE PROGRAM:

Senators will have 16 hours to question the House impeachment managers and President Trump's defense team. http://bit.ly/310C9W5

For context: "Senators filed more than 150 questions during the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial, using two days to work through the pile. Only one question in that trial came from a bipartisan pair of senators: Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (R-Maine) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)."

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

But that's MY channel. MY CHANNEL.:

This morning, President Trump slammed Fox News after an interview with Democratic Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign MORE (Md.) and predicted it would be "the beginning of the end" for the network. http://bit.ly/36xF7T5

He tweeted: "Really pathetic how @FoxNews is trying to be so politically correct by loading the airwaves with Democrats like Chris Van Hollen, the no name Senator from Maryland. He has been on forever playing up the Impeachment Hoax. Dems wouldn't even give Fox their low ratings debates..." http://bit.ly/37BhY3l

He then added: "So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know! Chris Wallace and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC. How's Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great!" http://bit.ly/36ySMt9

  

I have a plan for that!:

Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, President Trump just announced a Mideast peace plan. 

On Jerusalem: "Under this vision, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided, [that’s] very important, undivided capital." 

From Trump: “We will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so that recognition can be immediately achieved.”

Unrelated, but — Trump also called out Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Former Laura Bush staffer decries Taliban's treatment of women amid peace deal Bipartisan Senate resolution would urge UN to renew Iran arms embargo, travel restrictions MORE: “That’s impressive. That was very impressive. That reporter couldn’t have done too good of a job on you yesterday. Think you did a good job on her, actually,” Trump said of Pompeo's clash with an NPR reporter. Back storyhttps://politi.co/2TZoVr

Livestream of the announcement: http://bit.ly/38NLPpo

Photo from the room: http://bit.ly/2RzvqQ0

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Bloomberg surpassed Buttigieg in a new national poll -- say what now?:

Twelve percent of Democratic presidential primary voters support former New York City mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergGiuliani: Bloomberg 'jeopardized' stop and frisk by 'overusing it' Bloomberg calls on Trump to implement firearm background checks The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE, according to a new Morning Consult poll. http://bit.ly/2RPzREU

 

The numbers:

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE: 29 percent support

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.): 23 percent 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.): 14 percent 

Michael Bloomberg: 12 percent

Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE: 7 percent

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew Yang6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Yang calls on someone to 'pull an Andrew Yang' and bow out of 2020 race MORE: 5 percent

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE (D-Minn.): 3 percent

The full poll: http://bit.ly/2TYQVey

  

Interesting read -- show me... Iowa!:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson and Ashley Perks, here's a look at the Iowa Caucuses, mapped out: http://bit.ly/2uIFUDj 

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Latest with the coronavirus -- the death toll exceeds 100:

Via The New York Times, "The outbreak of the mysterious new coronavirus is rapidly spreading, the Chinese authorities said on Tuesday, as the official account of known cases jumped nearly 60 percent overnight and the death toll exceeded 100 for the first time." https://nyti.ms/2Gu5Ntx

 

Welpppp:

Via The Hill's Maggie Miller, the United Kingdom decided to allow Chinese telecommunications group Huawei to be a part of its 5G network, ignoring President Trump's calls for Huawei to be banned. http://bit.ly/2GxgEme

Details: "The [United Kingdom's National Security Council (NSC)] said it would allow a presence of 'no more than 35 percent' of equipment from high risk vendors like Huawei, which is one of the largest telecom equipment providers in the world, in peripheral networks."

Why the U.S. wants Huawei to be banned: Fears of Chinese spying.

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Oh no.:

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is heading to Wildwood, N.J. for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence is in Madison, Wis.

10:05 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left Washington, D.C. for Madison, Wis.

1 p.m. EST: The Senate meets to continue the impeachment trial. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/30Zt5AE

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

2 – 3:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Gxd7Es

4:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

4:40 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Wildwood, N.J.

10:30 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

Noon: President Trump delivered remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuLivestream: http://bit.ly/38NLPpo

1 p.m. EST: Day 7 of the Senate impeachment trial. Livestream: https://cs.pn/37A44Pc

1:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2tNzS4A

7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Wildwood, N.J. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3aRICaa

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day.

 

For the "Schitt's Creek" fans in the room:

Here's a montage of 'Schitt's Creek' character Alexis saying "David." Watch -- I'm loling: http://bit.ly/2O6HTIN

 

And because you made it this far, here's a dog and a cat who have the best friendship: http://bit.ly/37B8BRg