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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: Trump calls impeachment efforts ‘ridiculous’ and cause of ‘tremendous anger’ | Trump holds first public event since Twitter ban | Visits Texas border wall | Capitol Police warn of 3 upcoming potentially violent plots | Senators to be briefed on inauguration security | Pelosi gives tour of ransacked office | Inside Pelosi’s push for impeachment | Hawley, Cruz face possible censure | Trump admin. releases more vaccine doses | Man has 2 password guesses left before losing $220M in Bitcoin

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

This is the first we’ve heard from Trump in days:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, Leaving for a trip to the Texas border this morning to tour the border wall, President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE stopped to speak with reporters, slamming House Democrats’ efforts to impeach him a second time. https://bit.ly/3id9RjJ

HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT TRUMP SAID:

What Trump thinks of the impeachment efforts: Trump called it “ridiculous” and the cause of “tremendous anger.” He also another impeachment would be a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.” 

Trump was asked, "What is your role in what happened at the Capitol? What is your personal responsibility?": “If you read my speech …  People thought that what I said what totally appropriate.” He continued about his rally before the Capitol siege: "They've analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody to the T thought it was totally appropriate.” https://bit.ly/3nF8Y4B

On tech companies that banned or restricted the president: “I think that big tech is doing a horrible thing for our country … and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them,” Trump said, calling the companies “divisive.” 

If you want to see the president’s demeanor, here’s a C-SPAN clip of Trump’s quick commentshttps://bit.ly/2MYuHYE 

Whaaaaaat?

 

 

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ON CAPITOL HILL

This is pretty alarming — Capitol Police warns Democrats about three more potential plots to overthrow the government:

Via The Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller, “Capitol Police briefed Democrats on Monday night about three more potentially gruesome demonstrations planned in the coming days, with one plot to encircle the U.S. Capitol and assassinate Democrats and some Republicans.” https://bit.ly/3i4aQmn

The first plot: “The first is a demonstration billed as the ‘largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil.’” 

The second plot: “Another is a protest in honor of Ashli Babbitt, the woman killed while trying to climb into the Speaker’s Lobby during Wednesday’s pro-Trump siege of the Capitol.” 

The third plot: “And another demonstration, which three members said was by far the most concerning plot, would involve insurrectionists forming a perimeter around the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court, and then blocking Democrats from entering the Capitol ― perhaps even killing them ― so that Republicans could take control of the government.”

Everything we know about the possible violencehttps://bit.ly/3i4aQmn

Senators will be briefed today:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Justice watchdog to probe whether officials sought to interfere with election Capitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? MORE (D-N.Y.) told senators that they will be briefed today on the security surrounding President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s inauguration on Jan. 20. https://bit.ly/38Aye7K

Who will brief senators: “The Secret Service, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will brief senators.”

Another way to help the FBI:

 

 

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LATEST WITH IMPEACHMENT

Don’t mess with Mama Nancy:

Via Politico’s Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris, “When [Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law MORE (D-Calif.)] was reunited with her staff hours after the deadly siege at the Capitol, the speaker didn’t even have to ask — she could see the terror reflected in their eyes.” https://politi.co/2Xzt060

“The speaker views the invasion of the Capitol as more than just an attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election by a pro-Trump mob. For Pelosi, it was also an attack on the people she calls her family — the lawmakers, support staffers and aides who are the lifeblood of the Capitol — and the building that she considers sacred and has called a second home since birth, when her father was a congressman.” 

Inside Pelosi's push to impeach Trump: https://politi.co/2Xzt060

TIDBIT — IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES WERE DRAFTED FROM THE SAFE ROOM:

Sarah Ferris tweeted, “Unlike in 2019, it's lightning fast. Omar drafted her article of impeachment *while* in the safe room Wednesday with Pelosi, Hoyer, McConnell, etc. Across the Capitol, Cicilline and Lieu of California wrote their article as they were barricaded inside an office together.” https://bit.ly/2K8raWH

HERE’S A TIMELINE OF THE IMPEACHMENT SCHEDULE:

Via New York Magazine: https://nym.ag/3oDFQvW

THIS FOOTAGE IS CHILLING — NANCY PELOSI GAVE ’60 MINUTES’ A TOUR OF HER RANSACKED OFFICE:

Pelosi’s tour begins around the 2-minute mark. Watch:  https://cbsn.ws/2XBakTg

HOW IMPEACHMENT IS “THROWING A CURVEBALL INTO BIDEN’S PLAN TO ‘HIT THE GROUND RUNNING”:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “[President-elect Biden], speaking to reporters, said his aides were in talks with the Senate parliamentarian staff about whether it would be possible to divide the Senate’s day between confirmation votes for nominees and taking up legislation and holding an impeachment trial.” https://bit.ly/39ttWOG

Fingers are pointed at Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTo 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial Beto O'Rourke: Ted Cruz 'guilty of sedition' in Capitol insurrection MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick To 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial MORE:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are facing a possible vote on a censure resolution in the Senate as Democrats and some Republicans blame them for the mob that attacked the Capitol last week.” What colleagues are saying about Hawley and Cruzhttps://bit.ly/35xkb11

MEANWHILE — DEMOCRATS ARE MOCKING REPUBLICAN OBJECTIONS TO IMPEACHMENT OVER DEEPENING DIVISIONS:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2LjrRNw

IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE

Oh to be a fly on that wall:

Via CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Kaitlan Collins, President Trump and Vice President Pence met in the Oval Office yesterday, speaking for the first time since the siege on the U.S. Capitol. https://cnn.it/39nkJYl

How the meeting went: Well, according to sources

What went down: "They reiterated that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the America First movement backed by 75 million Americans, and pledged to continue the work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term.”

Tidbit — how Trump spent last weekend: “Trump had spent the weekend largely in isolation, as aides either distanced themselves from him or limited their time in his presence. Trump canceled a planned trip to Camp David, where his closest aides were hoping he would get into a good mindset ahead of his final stretch in office. Instead, he spent the weekend stewing to his deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino, and entered his final full week angrier than ever.”

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

New year. New plan. New you.:

The Trump administration has decided to release all coronavirus vaccine doses, instead of reserving second doses. https://bit.ly/35wKwfm

Why: To hopefully speed up the pace of COVID-19 vaccine doses

Why the Trump administration was holding back half of all available doses: “The Trump administration has been holding back half of the available doses to ensure there is enough supply for everyone who is getting a first dose to later get a second dose as well.” 

Where does President-elect Biden stand on the issue?: This new plan is in line with the incoming Biden administration’s plan.

THE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 22,626,106

U.S. death toll: 376,695

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Spotted at bus stops in Washington, D.C.:

 

 

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Getting traction:

 

 

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The full story from ABC 15 Arizonahttps://bit.ly/35ztVrw

ON TAP:

The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump is visiting Texas today. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires MORE are in Wilmington, Del. 

President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.”

TodayPresident-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris receive the President’s Daily Brief and meet with transition advisers. 

10 a.m. EST: President Trump left for Alamo, Texas. 

2 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leads a video conference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response.

Today — Jan. 22: DC Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserDC resumes indoor dining at 25 percent capacity Inauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 Biden's inauguration unprecedented in US history MORE extended a pause on outdoor dining and other activities through the inauguration. Details from Popvillehttps://bit.ly/3i2vaVa

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoChina: US military presence in South China Sea a threat to peace, stability White House installs new leadership at federally-funded international broadcasters US carrier group enters South China Sea amid tensions between China, Taiwan MORE spoke at the National Press Club. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3i2vEus

3 p.m. EST: President Trump visits the border wall in Texas. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3oGRmXw

IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Curried Chicken Day.

A man may lose about $220 million in Bitcoin because he lost the password:

Via The New York Times’s Nathaniel Popper, “Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has two guesses left to figure out a password that is worth, as of this week, about $220 million.” https://nyti.ms/3bKckBd

What happened — omg: “The password will let him unlock a small hard drive, known as an IronKey, which contains the private keys to a digital wallet that holds 7,002 Bitcoin … The problem is that Mr. Thomas years ago lost the paper where he wrote down the password for his IronKey, which gives users 10 guesses before it seizes up and encrypts its contents forever. He has since tried eight of his most commonly used password formulations — to no avail.” The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/3bKckBd

And to make you smile, here’s a dog patiently waiting for his treat delivery service: https://bit.ly/3oDOSJn