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 SchumerRon Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-N.Y.) said this morning that the House-passed impeachment article against former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE will be delivered to the Senate on Monday. https://bit.ly/3iBP1L6 

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 McConnellRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Klain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' How to pass legislation in the Senate without eliminating the filibuster 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.” https://bit.ly/3paU2g2

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.” Photohttps://bit.ly/3iDLfkd

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: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE to make history as the nation’s first Black Secretary of Defense.” https://bit.ly/2KE5HVH 

The vote: 93-2; GOP Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyCrenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (Mo.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks Biden reignites war powers fight with Syria strike Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers 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 cmartel@thehill.com — 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.”  https://bit.ly/366o90R

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: https://bit.ly/39U5PZU


Here are photos and the full story: https://wapo.st/3caAmoO

Oh! You wanted that done … quickly?:

President Biden is already facing big challenges in moving his legislative priorities through Congress. https://bit.ly/3bWQsT8 

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 expecthttps://bit.ly/3bWQsT8


This hurts to hear:

In an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci: 'Very nice' that Trump told people to get vaccinated at CPAC Neanderthal museum weighs in on Biden mask comments Abbott defends scrapping mask mandate: It 'isn't going to make that big of a change' MORE was asked whether a “lack of candor or facts” in the coronavirus pandemic led to lives lost. https://bit.ly/2Y2xjH0 

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 responsehttps://bit.ly/2KE9ORL


Details from WTOPhttps://bit.ly/3c0klll


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

U.S. death toll: 410,637 

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

How many Americans have been given at least one dose of the vaccine: 15,053,257, according to the CDC. https://bit.ly/3c4exrk


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: https://lat.ms/3qB7UAG


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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 DeeseBiden makes inroads with progressives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Republicans squeeze Biden with 0 billion COVID-19 relief alternative Biden's push for stimulus checks sparks income eligibility debate MORE and small business owners affected by the pandemic. 

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1 p.m. EST Tuesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Modern Credit Systems, Alternative Data & the American Dream.” Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/39UeTho 

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


12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director 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. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3c99So1 


Today is National Blonde Brownie Day.

Ah hahaha, well played:

By the way, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package 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.



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^ If you enjoyed that — here’s another one: How many Bernies can you spot?  https://bit.ly/2LVTKvd

And to get your weekend off to a relaxing start, here are puppies getting a sip of water. The sound is so calming: https://bit.ly/39ZbkGy