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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings | GOP unveils defense strategy | Dems sharpen message | White House looks to get in sync | Mulvaney drops subpoena lawsuit | Latest from Roger Stone trial | Trump to deliver economic speech in NYC | Sanford drops out of presidential race | Jimmy Carter recovering from brain surgery | Disney Plus hit with tech issues as it goes live
DEMOCRATS PREP FOR TOMORROW’S IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS
Don’t expect to hear ‘quid pro quo’ anymore:
Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, “In a last-minute move, Democrats are shifting their impeachment rhetoric and talking points just days before the first public hearings into President Trump‘s handling of foreign policy in Ukraine.” http://bit.ly/2KfvW1o
The phrase Democrats are dropping: The Latin phrase “quid pro quo,” a phrase the party has been using for nearly seven weeks.
And instead: Democrats are using legal terms such as “extortion” and “bribery” to make it easier for the public to digest in a short period of time.
Reasoning from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee: “When you are trying to persuade the American people of something really pretty simple, which is that the president acted criminally and extorted in the way a mob boss would extort somebody, a vulnerable foreign country, it’s probably best not to use Latin words to explain it.”
LIVESTREAM OF TOMORROW’S PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS:
It’s a dreary Tuesday in Washington. 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 [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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MEANWHILE FROM REPUBLICANS
Republicans, here are your talking points:
Republicans on the House committees that are conducting the impeachment inquiry are circulating a memo about how to defend President Trump. http://bit.ly/2QbmJLe
The gist: “[E]vidence gathered does not establish an impeachable offense.”
Republicans’ stance: “President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call; The Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call; and President Trump met with President Zelensky and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 — both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating President Trump’s political rivals.”
Read the memo that Republicans are circulating: http://bit.ly/2Ku9AJN
HOW SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) IS BASKING IN THE IMPEACHMENT SPOTLIGHT:
This a.m. from Mick Mulvaney — jk about that lawsuit:
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney reversed his plans to file a lawsuit about his congressional subpoena. http://bit.ly/2X6Aaxs
Instead: Mulvaney will ignore the subpoena, per instructions from President Trump.
Yesterday, “Mulvaney … told a federal judge that he is withdrawing from his effort to join a former White House aide’s lawsuit against House Democrats and intends to file his own case in an effort to fight a subpoena as part of the impeachment inquiry.” http://bit.ly/32M0r5C
Meet me on the same page:
A day before the public impeachment hearings are set to begin, the White House is still struggling to get in sync on messaging. http://bit.ly/2NDjiv7
For example: “Trump’s use of his own megaphone to drive the message against impeachment has at times undermined arguments coming from his White House and Republican allies on Capitol Hill.”
Why this is especially important now: “[T]hings don’t appear to be improving in the hours before House committees prepare to receive public testimony from officials who are expected to offer damaging accounts of efforts by the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to press for investigations by Ukraine. The hearings are likely to receive wall-to-wall coverage on cable news.”
No Stone left unturned:
^Man, the Mueller investigation was a gold mine for puns…:
Via The Washington Post’s Rachel Weiner, “The federal trial of self-described dirty trickster Roger Stone is set to resume Tuesday as former Trump campaign staffer Rick Gates is expected to testify for the prosecution and the focus returns to calls Stone made to members of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s election operation.” https://wapo.st/2Qd6wFA
Photos outside the courthouse: http://bit.ly/34V2gi2
FROM Rick Gates‘S TESTIMONY:
President Trump’s former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates testified that Roger Stone gave the Trump campaign updates on the WikiLeaks email dumps. Details: http://bit.ly/2X6a6m2
INTERESTING READ ON THE TRIAL — ‘WHAT’S LEFT OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION’:
Via Law Fare Blog’s Mikhaila Fogel: http://bit.ly/2rvwYQa
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Just now — Mark Sanford dropped out:
Via The Post and Courier’s Caitlin Byrd, Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) just announced that he dropping out of the presidential race, just two months after he announced his candidacy. http://bit.ly/2q5ZY0D
Why: “The move came after Sanford failed to collect much of a following, especially as President Donald Trump remains the favorite of most Republican voters nationally and while Washington is gearing up for impeachment hearings. Sanford said the impeachment inquiry surrounding the president had sucked the proverbial oxygen out of the 2020 debate.”
IN OTHER NEWS
Jimmy Carter had brain surgery:
Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from brain surgery to relieve pressure caused by bleeding. http://bit.ly/34S6VRG
How he is doing: According to the Carter Center, he is recovering “with no complications” and will remain in the hospital for observation.
Read the full statement from the Carter Center: http://bit.ly/2QiAdVo
Wow, this came from the Tidal Basin:
31-pounder from the Tidal Basin. The five-year old gives you a sense of the scale. It was like hauling a tire from the water—an angry one. pic.twitter.com/hGJph6hewi
— Kevin R Kosar (@kevinrkosar) November 11, 2019
The House and Senate return this afternoon. President Trump is in New York today. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.
1:55 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in New York, N.Y.
2 p.m. EST: The House meets.
2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at a fundraising committee reception in New York City.
2:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with the U.S. ambassador to France, Jamie McCourt.
3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.
5:25 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump get back to the White House.
5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate has one roll call vote. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2paBnHw
6:30 p.m. EST: Postponed votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2X4tn7y
7:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence attend the Kuwait-America Foundation 2019 Gala Dinner.
8 a.m. EST Wednesday: The Hill is hosting an event, “Aspirations: Arab Youth & the Modern Dream.” Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2pbd9gi
WHAT TO WATCH
Noon: President Trump speaks at the Economic Club of New York. Livestream: http://bit.ly/36S0wb7
Noon: Vice President Pence speaks at the 2019 National Adoption Month Celebration at the Department of Health and Human Services. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2O0i8Ja
2:30 p.m. EST: Democratic leaders hold a press conference on the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program following the Supreme Court’s oral arguments. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2NIjsBv
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day. That is oddly specific.
Would one say the app is … ‘Frozen?’
I’ll see myself out now:
Via The New York Times’s Nancy Coleman, the highly anticipated Disney Plus streaming service is live today, but users are reporting technical difficulties. https://nyti.ms/2Kg2V5F
The extent of the glitch: “More than 8,000 Disney Plus subscribers appeared to be affected by the outage around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, according to downdetector.com. For others, the platform appeared to be working just fine.”
From a Disney Plus spokeswoman: “The consumer demand for Disney Plus has exceeded our high expectations. We are pleased by this incredible response and are working to quickly resolve the current user issue. We appreciate your patience.”
By the way, here is what is on the streaming service: Nearly 500 movies and 7,500 episodes of TV shows.
And to break up your Tuesday afternoon, meet Cinderblock, a 25 lb. cat who is trying to lose weight. His workout routine has gone viral: http://bit.ly/2NYtMnG