The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment
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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House to send impeachment article on Monday | Only 5-6 Senate Republicans to possibly vote to convict Trump | Senate confirms Austin for defense secretary | Biden already faces obstacles in passing legislative priorities | Executive order to feed hungry Americans affected by pandemic | Fauci says lack of facts ‘likely did’ cost lives in COVID fight | DC resumes indoor dining at 25 percent | Joe Exotic on why he didn’t get pardoned



The impeachment article will be sent to the Senate on Monday:



Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) said this morning that the House-passed impeachment article against former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE will be delivered to the Senate on Monday. 

Schumer said from the Senate floor: "Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate and there will be a vote whether to convict the president. I've spoken to Speaker Pelosi, who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday.” 

What that means for timing: “The article moving to the Senate triggers the start of the trial at 1 p.m. the following day, except for Sundays. But Schumer, in his floor speech, said he is having discussions with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to act on debt ceiling next week White House warns GOP of serious consequences on debt ceiling Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-Ky.) about the timing and length of the trial.”

It’s highly unlikely there are enough Republican votes to convict:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Republicans say the chances that former President Trump will be convicted in an impeachment trial are plummeting, despite lingering anger among some Republicans over his actions.”

How many Republican senators seem likely to vote to convict: “Only five or six Republican senators at the most seem likely to vote for impeachment, far fewer than the number needed, GOP sources say.” 

For context: “A two-thirds majority vote would be necessary for a conviction, something that would require at least 17 GOP votes if every Democrat votes to convict Trump.”


The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim tweeted a photo of the Capitol this morning captioned, “She’s more beautiful than ever.” Photo

The Senate just confirmed our nation’s first Black defense secretary:

Via The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel, “The Senate has approved President Biden’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, paving the way for retired Gen. Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal Pentagon admits 'tragic mistake' in strike that killed 10 civilians MORE to make history as the nation’s first Black Secretary of Defense.” 

The vote: 93-2; GOP Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (Mo.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeEconomy adds just 235K jobs in August as delta hammers growth Lawmakers flooded with calls for help on Afghanistan exit Afghanistan fiasco proves we didn't leave soon enough MORE (Utah) were the only two to vote against Austin 

For context: “Presidents typically have key national security nominees confirmed on Inauguration Day, but a combination of factors — including the Trump administration delaying the transition, control of the Senate being up in the air until the Georgia runoffs in early January and the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol — meant Biden only got one confirmed on his first day: Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.”

Happy Friday!  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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Next up — expanding food benefits for those affected by the pandemic:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “President Biden on Friday is set to sign an executive order expanding the scope of nutrition assistance programs, an effort to address a growing hunger crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and boosting worker protections.”

For context: “The latest census Pulse Survey found 13.7 percent of adults said they did not have enough to eat in the previous week, a figure that's higher among Latino and Black households.” 


Here’s a photo of the pens President Biden used to sign executive orders:


Here are photos and the full story:

Oh! You wanted that done … quickly?:

President Biden is already facing big challenges in moving his legislative priorities through Congress. 

The elephant in the room: “There’s a looming second impeachment trial for former President Trump and, in the meantime, a chaotic Senate that is stuck in limbo amid a standoff on a power-sharing agreement with Republicans.”  

Biden’s problems are two-fold: His Cabinet nominees appear poised to move at a sluggish pace and two of his legislative priorities — coronavirus relief and immigration reform — are already being panned by top Republicans.”

What to expect


This hurts to hear:

In an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWatch live: White House COVID-19 response team holds briefing Intercept reporters discuss gain-of-function research The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE was asked whether a “lack of candor or facts” in the coronavirus pandemic led to lives lost. 

Fauci’s response: “You know it very likely did. You know I don’t want that ... to be a sound bite, but I think if you just look at that, you can see that when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all, that is not helpful at all, and particularly when you’re in a situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have."

He also added: “When you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically, that clearly is not helpful.”

Watch Fauci’s full response


Details from WTOP


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 24,643,586 

U.S. death toll: 410,637 

Breakdown of the numbers

How many Americans have been given at least one dose of the vaccine: 15,053,257, according to the CDC.


Joe Exotic thinks he knows why Trump didn’t pardon him:

He tweeted: “I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump. I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first.” Full story from the Los Angeles Times’s Nardine Saad:


Love this!:









The House meets for a pro forma session today. The Senate is in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.

9:30 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.

Noon: President Biden and Vice President Harris have lunch together in the Private Dining Room. 

2 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris receive a briefing on the economy.

This eveningVice President Harris holds a virtual meeting with National Economic Council director Brian DeeseBrian DeeseOn The Money — Yellen sounds alarm on national default Biden officials raise concerns about rising meat prices The Hill's 12:30 Report - Supreme Court resumes in-person oral arguments MORE and small business owners affected by the pandemic. 

1:30 p.m. EST Monday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Rebuilding the Federal Workforce.” Details and how to RSVP 

1 p.m. EST Tuesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Modern Credit Systems, Alternative Data & the American Dream.” Details and how to RSVP 

3:30 p.m. EST Tuesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Listening to America.” Details and how to RSVP


12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — FDA panel backs boosters for some, but not all White House to host global COVID-19 summit next week Overnight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France MORE and National Economic Council director Brian Deese hold a press briefing.  

2:45 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the economic crisis and response. Livestream 


Today is National Blonde Brownie Day.

Ah hahaha, well played:

By the way, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) really is in this photo. It’s not a gimmick. I KNOW because I spent a little too much time this morning looking for him.




^ If you enjoyed that — here’s another one: How many Bernies can you spot?

And to get your weekend off to a relaxing start, here are puppies getting a sip of water. The sound is so calming: