The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking — Day two of Trump trial to begin | What to watch | Dems to begin opening arguments | Sights and sounds from Capitol Hill | Tempers flare during late-night session | Roberts admonishes lawyers, House managers | GOP muscles through trial rules | Trump praises White House lawyers: ‘Really good’ | Clinton, Sanders fight has Dems on edge | Trump returning from Davos |  National Blonde Brownie Day



I hope you enjoy watching lots of bickering and squabbling:

After a late night of arguing over trial rules in the impeachment trial against President Trumpthe Senate is about to begin the second day of trial proceedings.

When the trial begins today: 1 p.m. EST, just like yesterday. Livestream for today:



Day two of the impeachment trial will focus on the substance of the allegations against President Trump, not the procedure that has defined the trial so far.

But first — there is always ~some~ procedure: “But before Democrats can make the case for the articles accusing Trump of abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress, both sides will have to get through the first round of motions that may come up now that the Senate has set its rules for the trial.” 

Keep in mind as you watch: Some important terms via PBS’s Lisa Desjardins: “Unanimous consent: When every senator silently agrees to something.  (It fails if anyone ‘objects’) Same effect as passing by roll call vote but is lightning fast and easy to miss. Table: This is a motion to KILL an idea. (To set aside, as in put on a table.)”



“I did get to see some of it. It’s a hoax. It’s a total hoax,” President Trump said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “I think the team was really good. The facts are all on our side.”


Happy Wednesday! 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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Republicans muscled through a resolution to play the game their way: Senate Republicans pushed through the rules for the trial and rejected Democrats’ demands for more witnesses and documents. The vote: 53-47.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) vs. White House lawyers: Nadler accused Republicans of being “afraid” to let former national security adviser John Bolton testify because “they know he knows too much.” White House legal counsel Pat Cipollone shot back, “the only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you.” This sparked applause in the chamber.

Roberts: I will turn this car around!: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts admonished both sides after a heated clash.

GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) broke with her party: Collins became the only senator to break with party in the debate over the trial rules.

Tidbit — here is how the trial compares to former President Bill Clinton‘s 1999 impeachment trial:



A loophole to the electronics rule: Via Roll Call’s Katherine Tully-McManus, at least eight senators were wearing Apple Watches, even though they are prohibited from using electronic devices:

Watching the trial: Actress Alyssa Milano “with a great seat, front and center, on the balcony.”

Also spotted: Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

It was a long day for everyone — a few senators may have dozed off: The Hill’s Jordain Carney tweeted at 11:06 p.m. EST last night: “Got to say senators looking VERY TIRED out there. Open debate among reporters about if McConnell was drifting at moments (his glasses make it hard to tell). Cantwell was spotted with eyes closed and arms crossed for several seconds; Warner briefly had his hands over his eyes”


Haha, this is sooo relatable: 

The press is confined to a small pen: Here’s a photo:

This makes my neck hurt: Everyone is looking down at their phones. This makes me want to adjust my posture. Photo:

The vibe in the chamber: “The atmosphere in the chamber is extremely focused, almost tense. Many senators are sitting up in their seats and taking extensive notes.” (Via CBS’s Grace Segers) The vibe throughout the day:

Lol: “And the award for pinkest fuzzy impeachment coat goes to…” Photo




Schiff used this phrase on the House floor: “Pardon the expression, ‘ass backwards.'”

^By the way, this isn’t the first time ‘ass backwards’ has been said on the Senate floor:

Photo of Chief Justice Roberts arriving at the Capitol:

Throwback: Here’s a photo of one of White House impeachment trial lawyer Jay Sekulows first C-SPAN appearances in 1991: (Via C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman



The headlines in the news are about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump — it really will be 2016 for ever:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes, “Hillary Clinton has torn open old wounds from her divisive 2016 battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), putting Democrats on edge about whether the party will be able to unite after a 2020 primary that has produced new fault lines between the center and the left.”

Why this worries progressives: “Clinton’s attacks on Sanders — and her refusal to commit to endorsing him or campaigning for him if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination — infuriated progressives and raised new fears among Democrats about whether supporters for the losing candidates will turn out for the nominee against President Trump in November.: 



Hahahah, I appreciate this:


I had watched this clip several times, but hadn’t noticed the mascot!:




The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is returning from Davos, Switzerland. Vice President Pence is leaving for Israel this afternoon.

1 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence leave Washington, D.C. and head to Tel Aviv, Israel.

5:10 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House. 

90 days from now: President Trump says he will unveil a new tax-cut proposal within the next three months. Details:



1 p.m. EST: Day 2 of the impeachment trial against President TrumpLivestream:

3:45 p.m. EST: Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a 2020 contender, speaks at the U.S Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Livestream:



Today is National Blonde Brownie Day.


And to break up your Wednesday afternoon, here are pet shop birds having a turf war:

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