The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment trial moves to senators' questions

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment trial moves to senators' questions | Roberts to read questions to managers, lawyers | GOP looks to avoid fight over witnesses | Trump hits Bolton over 'nasty' and 'untrue' book | 'Let Bolton Testify' cakes sent to Republican senators | Sights and sounds from NH | Biden looks to pull off Granite State upset | 'Lesser-known' candidates debate in Manchester | Trump takes victory lap as he signs USMCA deal | Bloomberg shakes dog's snout in awkward viral video

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Biden pulls an 'But that's not all, folks!' in the Granite State:

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 campaigns in Salem, N.H. 

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes and me from Salem, N.H., several months ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and his aides had mostly written off New Hampshire to neighboring state candidates Sens. 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.) and 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.) -- but with a string of polls showing Biden in second, he and his campaign are showing a renewed interest in the state. http://bit.ly/38Pwvca

Interesting perspective from The University of New Hampshire's Dante Scala -- if Biden does well in Iowa, it could change the game: "I don't think he has a lot of ride-or-die-with-Joe support up here the way that Bernie does," Scala said. "But I think there's a reservoir of good will toward Biden among New Hampshire Democrats, especially older ones, that could help him."

What to expect in New Hampshire: http://bit.ly/38Pwvca

  

Meet your 2020 presidential primary ballot -- that you've likely never heard of: 

Thirteen presidential candidates -- seven Democrats and six Republicans -- debated last night at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics event, "Lesser-Known Candidates Forum." 

Video of the event: http://bit.ly/312ykzw

Here's a list of the 13 candidates who participated: http://bit.ly/2UcP59M

Photo of the seven Democratic candidates: http://bit.ly/3aUFVEO

Photo of the six Republican candidates: http://bit.ly/2vps6hs

A few more quotes from the forum, via Politico's Trent Spiner: http://bit.ly/2uK7ccw

 

HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS: 

One candidate on the top tier: "One of the candidates running is a communist … another one's a square, another one belongs in an old folks' home..." He was then cut off for going over on his time, so we didn't get to hear where he was going with that. :/

Another candidate on marijuana: "I've never seen anyone OD smoking on joint. They just eat my Doritos," a candidate said, raising his voice on "Doritos" for emphasis.

Another on why he is running for president: "I'm not here to challenge 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. I love him and I respect him ... I'm only running for president because the spirit of the living God has ordered me to do so on Jan. 28, 2020." 

Another on how opioids can be helpful but also misused: "I'm not sure what brand of water is here, but I could drown somebody with it if I misused it." 

Another candidate's message to Trump: "Mr. Trump, one thing to you because I'm sure you're watching. Do not play with me." 

I appreciate the specific ask: A candidate asked for 40 seconds to respond to another candidate. 

 

It's Wednesday -- 5 days until Iowa and 13 until New Hampshire! Filing from the campaign trail in New Hampshire, I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and any political anecdotes to keep me entertained to cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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HAPPENING TODAY ON CAPITOL HILL

I CANNOT WAIT to hear John Roberts earnestly read some of these questions aloud:

Now that the House impeachment managers and President Trump's lawyers have finished opening statements, senators are taking over for two days of asking questions. What to watch today: http://bit.ly/2O6WGCY

Logistics for this portion of the trial: Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, will read senators' prewritten questions out loud and then allow the lawyers to respond.

When the trial starts today: 1 p.m. EST, lol like it's ever started at another time. Here's today's livestream link: https://cs.pn/2U5Qzmn

  

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

Spotted -- 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 scrambling to teach everyone "High School Musical" choreography 

'Together, together, together, everyone!':

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Senate Republicans are scrambling to avoid a messy fight over calling additional witnesses in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2S2BeAx

 

How calling witnesses would give GOP leadership trouble: 

First: It could cause "a free-for-all on the Senate floor with conservatives vowing to subpoena figures like former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower." 

Second: The fight over witnesses could spark a lengthy court battle

Where Republicans stand on the impeachment vote: "GOP senators said there were 'no deals,' or significant decisions made during Tuesday's meeting, and leadership does not yet have a lock on the 51 votes to block witnesses. But some, including Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), argued it was time to move on, while stressing discussions would continue."

 

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE CLOSED-DOOR REPUBLICAN MEETING YESTERDAY: 

Republicans seem confident about having enough votes to block additional witnesses in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2GzqjJ2

 

TIDBIT -- HERE'S A SKETCH FROM THE TRIAL:

http://bit.ly/37DBeNS

 

SooOoo, not to be picky or anything -- because cake is cake -- but are we talking chocolate or vanilla?:

 

Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOrange County declaring local health emergency in response to coronavirus Why Bernie Sanders won the debate Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response MORE is the man of the hour:

 

SPOTTED -- LEV PARNAS IS LEANING INTO IT:

Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani: Bloomberg 'jeopardized' stop and frisk by 'overusing it' Giuliani asked for post-9/11 mayoral election to be canceled so he could stay in office: book House panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance MORE, stopped outside of the Russell Senate Office Building to pose for selfies. Photo: http://bit.ly/2GAgquC

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

We did it! We did it! We did it! Yay! Lo hicimos!:

Throwback --> http://bit.ly/2RZfLZ5 ;)

President Trump just took a victory lap by signing the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the South Lawn of the White House. http://bit.ly/2RYWEOH

In Trump's words: "Today, we are finally ending the NAFTA nightmare and signing into law the brand new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement ... The USMCA is the largest, fairest, most balanced and modern trade agreement ever achieved. There's never been anything like it."

Some controversy: "[T]here was a notable absence of some of the key House Democrats who were instrumental in negotiating with the Trump administration on the final agreement on the deal and securing its passage on the House floor with broad bipartisan support."

Video of this morning's event: http://bit.ly/38M0UIe

 

Don't expect any sponsored posts for Bolton's book on Trump's Instagram anytime soon:

President Trump lashed out at 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 this morning, slamming his new book as "nasty" and untrue." http://bit.ly/2RCtiXG

Trump tweeted: "For a guy who couldn't get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn't get approved for anything since, 'begged' me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying 'Don't do it, sir,' takes the job, mistakenly says 'Libyan Model'on T.V., and ... many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security. Who would do this?" See Trump's tweets -- the dumpster fire of his Twitter users' replies are always entertaining: http://bit.ly/2O8ls5S

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2GvEBdK

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Um, did 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 just shake hands with a dog's mouth…?

You must watch this video: http://bit.ly/2tbocIw

  

ON TAP

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

4 – 5 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/38PDguw

8 a.m. EST Thursday: The Hill is hosting an event, "A More Perfect Union?" Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2NX2miT

  

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EST: President Trump participated in a signing ceremony for the U.S-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Vice President Pence attended. Livestream: http://bit.ly/38M0UIe

1 p.m. EST: The Senate continues the impeachment trial against President Trump. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2O5Gge3

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Corn Chip Day.

 

And because you made it this far, here are dogs having a jumping contest: http://bit.ly/314hNer