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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
HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL
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 Trump, the 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: https://cs.pn/38rIWdZ
WHAT TO WATCH ON DAY TWO OF THE TRIAL:
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. http://bit.ly/2NQmTps
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.)” http://bit.ly/37hoGvd
PRESIDENT TRUMP WEIGHED IN ON THE TRIAL SO FAR:
“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.” http://bit.ly/37kex0V
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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HIGHLIGHTS FROM YESTERDAY’S TRIAL:
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. http://bit.ly/3ay4Ldv
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. http://bit.ly/2RglgDq
Roberts: I will turn this car around!: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts admonished both sides after a heated clash. http://bit.ly/2RfZC2k
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ON CAPITOL HILL:
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: http://bit.ly/30HLiCJ
Watching the trial: Actress Alyssa Milano “with a great seat, front and center, on the balcony.” http://bit.ly/36jhjlD
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” http://bit.ly/2RisvuT
Haha, this is sooo relatable:
— Josh Jamerson (@joshjame) January 21, 2020
The press is confined to a small pen: Here’s a photo: http://bit.ly/2ujNQeb
This makes my neck hurt: Everyone is looking down at their phones. This makes me want to adjust my posture. Photo: http://bit.ly/2RQmgxt
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: http://bit.ly/3avta3B
Lol: “And the award for pinkest fuzzy impeachment coat goes to…” Photo: http://bit.ly/2REuhoN
Senator Leahy, retrieving his cell phone during the recess break, just did an impression of Gollum in order to convey what it’s been like when senators get back their phones: “Ohhhh my precious!”
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) January 21, 2020
Schiff used this phrase on the House floor: “Pardon the expression, ‘ass backwards.'” http://bit.ly/2tDMFX1
^By the way, this isn’t the first time ‘ass backwards’ has been said on the Senate floor: http://bit.ly/38kRK5k
Photo of Chief Justice Roberts arriving at the Capitol: http://bit.ly/30IcaCG
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
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.” http://bit.ly/36gqZgQ
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:
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A little behind-the-scenes humor amidst the drama of the first day of the impeachment trial. No electronic devices are allowed on the floor during the trial, so cubbies have been installed in each cloakroom, complete with charging cables. Last night, Cory Booker decided to rib us iPhone folks with his own real-life Apple. But does it stream CNN? #corybooker #iphone #adamandeve #impeachmentbehindthescenes
I had watched this clip several times, but hadn’t noticed the mascot!:
There’s so much to unpack in the Kansas K-State brawl but we should take a moment to appreciate the Jayhawk staying in character to solemnly cover his mascot eyes and look away because he can’t bear to watch pic.twitter.com/1Z4RFDI7KH
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) January 22, 2020
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: http://bit.ly/37hbqqH
WHAT TO WATCH
1 p.m. EST: Day 2 of the impeachment trial against President Trump. Livestream: https://cs.pn/38rIWdZ
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: https://cs.pn/2NPWIPP
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Blonde Brownie Day.
And to break up your Wednesday afternoon, here are pet shop birds having a turf war: http://bit.ly/2NN4jyA