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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump’s last 24 hours as president

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Breaking: McConnell accuses Trump of provoking mobTrump’s last day in office | Expected pardons | Plans a.m. send off | Confirmation hearings begin | Biden’s Wilmington sendoff | Sights and sounds around fortified DC | Armored vehicles block streets | Lit flags cover National Mall | 25k National Guard troops deployed | Viewers’ guide to inauguration | How to watch | Biden prepares for sea of upcoming challenges | Plans to tackle immigration Wednesday | New video footage inside the Capitol siege

 

IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE

19.5 hours left with President Trump in Washington, DC:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “President Trump will depart the White House Wednesday after four tumultuous years that will be defined by a mob riot and bipartisan impeachment vote in his final weeks in office.” https://bit.ly/35USD5Q 

To put a bookend on his term: “There has been no public victory lap for Trump, whose last days in the White House have instead been defined by silence — in no small part because of a Twitter ban on his favorite form of social media imposed after the riot at the Capitol.” 

When Trump is expected to leave DC: 8 a.m. EST tomorrow from Joint Base Andrews. https://bit.ly/3qramJY

Pardonnez-moi??:

President Trump is preparing to issue dozens of pardons before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in at noon on Wednesday, with the big question being whether Trump will preemptively pardon himself before he leaves office.” https://bit.ly/39Py2AS

Reportedly on that list: “The rapper Lil Wayne, who has pleaded guilty to possession of an illegal firearm, and former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D), who was found guilty on public corruption charges and is imprisoned in New York” 

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/39Py2AS

Interesting read — behind-the-scenes as a White House press corps photographer:

” ‘We’ve had more access to Donald Trump than any president I’ve covered,’ said Doug Mills, a photographer for The New York Times who has covered every administration since Ronald Reagan‘s.” 

“The access has enabled photographers to produce what is possibly the most comprehensive portrait of any presidency. Whereas a photographer might have had a few minutes at the top of a Cabinet meeting in a previous administration, it wasn’t unusual to be in a dimly lit room with Trump and others for nearly two hours. Mills has found that Trump prefers low lighting.” 

The full story from NBC’s Julius Constantine Motalhttps://nbcnews.to/2M1YiA3 

^ What a cool photo of the presidenthttps://bit.ly/2LMekOz

It’s Tuesday — we are in the last 24 hours of President Trump’s term as president. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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BREAKING

Mitch McConnell is pointing his finger directly at Trump:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday accused President Trump of provoking the violent crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.” https://bit.ly/3sz96X7 

McConnell just said on the Senate floor: “The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”  

Watch McConnell’s remarkshttps://bit.ly/3syjOwS

HAPPENING TOMORROW

24 hours from now, a new president will be in office:

Via PBS, “The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States is going to look vastly different than those of his predecessors, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and heightened security concerns after a mob of pro-Trump extremists violently breached the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.” https://n.pr/38VDiDO

What time everything starts: 11 a.m. EST when President-elect Biden arrives at the U.S. Capitol. Biden is sworn in at noon. Here’s the full schedule with timinghttps://to.pbs.org/2KshgPF 

C-SPAN’s livestream for tomorrowhttps://bit.ly/2KwFsAA

‘VIEWERS’ GUIDE TO BIDEN’S INAUGURATION DAY: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW’:

Via NBC’s Dareh Gregorianhttps://nbcnews.to/3iu17pm

THE LATEST MAP OF STREET CLOSURES, RESTRICTED AREAS AND VEHICLE CHECKPOINTS:

Via The Washington Post: https://wapo.st/3szyc8l

‘AN INAUGURAL LOCKDOWN COMES AT A PRICE FOR WASHINGTONIANS:

Via The New York Times’s Dionne Searcey and Matthew Rosenberghttps://nyti.ms/2NiS6Em

An extra layer of caution:

All 25,000 National Guard members are being vetted by law enforcement ahead of Wednesday’s inauguration. https://cnn.it/39KuIab

Why: To prevent inside threats 

Keep in mind — from acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller: “While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital. This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events. However, in this case the scope of military participation is unique.”

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS AROUND THE CITY:

Context to all the security around the Capitol: The Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller tweeted, “I’ve been in the Capitol for two previous Inaugurations, nearly 10 State of the Unions, and a Papal visit. I’ve never seen security here like this.” https://bit.ly/3sFMZhK 

Wow: 

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2M5nBRK

^What the mall looks like during the dayhttps://bit.ly/2XUUvqY

NYPD is on its way: “200 NYPD officers board buses heading to DC to assist in security for inauguration. All volunteered.” (Via NY1’s Lindsay TuchmanWatchhttps://bit.ly/36bvn3N 

Wow, the Capitol looked like the ‘House of Cards’ intro last night: Check out this shot of the Capitol building last night. Photohttps://bit.ly/39JgYwp

A one-stop shop: “The Senate Visitors Center has everything— Daily Mass for the National Guard Units stationed in the Capitol, Covid testing…” (Via CNN’s DJ JuddPhotoshttps://bit.ly/3qFdyBX

The gist of what the city looks like now: Here’s a big group of National Guard members stationed in Logan Circle (Via Al Jazeera English’s Chris SheridanPhoto: https://bit.ly/3sAHkcG 

A few shots of the wild military presence in D.C.https://bit.ly/3bSnrrD 

A military marching band rehearsing over the weekend: Here’s a video: https://bit.ly/3sFPdxq 

Love this!: 

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/39IH8Q1 

What’s it like inside the security perimeter: CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan tweeted a photo of K Street on Sunday night: https://bit.ly/35TPjYq

IN THE INCOMING BIDEN ADMINISTRATION

Up first — immigration:

Via The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim, “President-elect Joe Biden will roll out a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws the day he is inaugurated, including an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status and an expansion of refugee admissions, along with an enforcement plan that deploys technology to patrol the border.” Detailshttps://wapo.st/2M1YYp4

HOW BIDEN IS PREPARING FOR A SEA OF CHALLENGES:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2XUXm3a

GETTING TRACTION

New footage of what went on inside the Capitol on 1/6 — this is chilling and sickening:

Luke Mogelson, “a veteran war correspondent and a contributing writer at The New Yorker,” captured footage of rioters storming into the Capitol and plotting once they pushed through law enforcement and reached the floor. 

Watch — it’s a totally new perspective: And it’s very scary. https://bit.ly/2LZ8WHD

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 24,087,284 

U.S. death toll: 399,111 

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

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Meanwhile in Tennessee:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35Rt2e8 

As a resident of DC, we really appreciate you!:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3qA1xxC

ON TAP:

The House meets for a pro forma session. The Senate is in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris 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.” 

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris attend a send-off in Wilmington, Del. 

2 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.

This eveningPresident-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris speak at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to honor COVID-19 victims. 

WHAT TO WATCH:

10 a.m. EST: A confirmation hearing for Biden’s nominee for Director of National Intelligence, Avril HainesLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/38ZoYdq

10 a.m. EST: A confirmation hearing for Janet Yellen to serve as Treasury Secretary. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3nZPaca 

2 p.m. EST: A confirmation hearing for Antony Blinken to serve as secretary of State. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2M5BDCE

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:

Today is National Popcorn Day.

^Which reminds me of an amazing applicable tweet I saw last week. “Eating popcorn happens in two distinct phases- phase one is eating the kernels one at a time in a civilized manner and phase two is ramming fistfuls of popcorn into your mouth like you’re stuffing a sleeping bag. Nobody knows how or when the transition occurs.” (Via @ronnui_) https://bit.ly/2NiYZWd

An official note regarding a lost tooth:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35UAB3B

And to make you smile, here’s a dog looking for its squeaky toy. It’s gotta be close, I can just hear it!: https://bit.ly/2XQwJMy

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