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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pelosi names seven impeachment managers | Schiff tapped to lead team | What impeachment managers do | House managers to walk articles over to Senate at 5 p.m. | Trump slams impeachment as ‘Con Job’ | Senate to move trade pact before trial | Sights and sounds from Dem debate in Des Moines | Key takeaways | Tense moment between Sanders, Warren | Steyer’s red tie trends | National Bagel Day
BREAKING THIS MORNING
Start your engines:
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.)
What happens next: http://bit.ly/2NpXwuk
Keep in mind about the managers: “The group could hardly look more different from the 13 white men who prosecuted former President Bill Clinton in 1999. Pelosi’s team includes three women and four men, as well as two members of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.” (Via Politico’s Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris) https://politi.co/2QZrmYZ
Livestream of Pelosi’s announcement: http://bit.ly/2QUdXBa
PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED SHORTLY AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT:
“Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!” http://bit.ly/3ac9phk
HELPFUL READ — WHAT AN IMPEACHMENT MANAGER ACTUALLY DOES:
Via USA Today’s Nicholas Wu: http://bit.ly/35WbQkw
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Transmitting impeachment articles like it’s 1999:
Via The New York Times’s Nicholas Fandos, “Ms. Pelosi plans to convene her newly appointed managers at 5 p.m. Wednesday to complete necessary paperwork to transmit the articles. Immediately after, the House managers will ceremonially walk the articles of impeachment from the House, through the Rotunda, to the Senate. When they do, they will formally present the articles.” https://nyti.ms/30mHFSF
I.e.: The House managers will physically walk the impeachment articles over to the Senate later today.
HOW THE SENATE IS BRACING FOR THE TRIAL:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: http://bit.ly/2snYfou
TRUMP’S TEAM OF LAWYERS HAS BEEN READY FOR THIS SINCE DECEMBER:
Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, the president’s legal team has been tight-lipped about its legal strategy, but here is what we know: http://bit.ly/2TmGBNb
THE CAPITOL PRESS CORPS WILL HAVE VERY LIMITED ACCESS:
Via Roll Call’s Katherine Tully-McManus, “The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are launching an unprecedented crackdown on the Capitol press corps for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, following a standoff between the Capitol’s chief security officials, Senate Rules Chairman Roy Blunt and the standing committees of correspondents.” http://bit.ly/2QTlkJ8
Architect of the Capitol workers in Statuary Hall sort stanchions in according to height in advance of the procession to deliver articles of impeachment to the Senate pic.twitter.com/VWZpdNJWPh
— Bill Clark (@billclarkphotos) January 14, 2020
Meanwhile — surprise!:
The chairs of the four House committees at the center of the impeachment inquiry released more evidence against President Trump. http://bit.ly/3aawJvP
The new evidence: “Among the pieces of evidence from [Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani] are phone records, documents and other materials regarding his role in efforts to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s chief political rivals.”
Read the House documents: http://bit.ly/2RnMXsQ
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS
Housekeeping before the impeachment trial starts:
The Senate is considering moving forward with President Trump’s trade deal with Mexico and Canada before the upper chamber moves to the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2tY4PTk
How we know: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor: “Before the Senate shifts into the trial, we hope to complete an enormous accomplishment for this administration, and most importantly for American families.”
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
To your corners, everyone!:
Six Democratic candidates sparred in Des Moines,Iowa, last night for the last debate before the Iowa caucuses.
- A strong night for Sen. Elizabeth Warren(D-Mass.)
- No disaster for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
- Former Vice President Joe Bidenpresses his case for electability
- Pete Buttigiegfades into the background
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar(D-Minn.) fails to find a game-changer
Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2QZ83yZ
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
Steyer’s tie became a trending Google search: http://bit.ly/2RdbLne
The moderators posed for a photo: http://bit.ly/2u2Kig6
I am so confused about this: Michael Bloomberg’s campaign tweeted a few interesting nuggets during the debate. For example: “Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE.” The meatball photo: http://bit.ly/389LrkO
^ Um…: More tweets from @TeamBloomberg: http://bit.ly/2Tta342
Lol — Bernie’s reaction to Klobuchar. Watch: http://bit.ly/3aczRre
THE TALK OF THE NIGHT HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER THE DEBATE — HANDSHAKES WERE DENIED:
Sens. Warren and Sanders had a tense exchange as candidates shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. http://bit.ly/2tjLsnD
Watch the interaction: http://bit.ly/2G464mN
“This is not warm and cuddly.”
CNN’s @DavidAxelrod reacts to a seemingly chilly interaction between Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders just moments after the conclusion of the #DemDebate. https://t.co/E1MSK5ItS7 pic.twitter.com/4XQZHbHLj9
— CNN (@CNN) January 15, 2020
My favorite caption: “Tom Steyer is the waiter walking over with mozzarella sticks 30 seconds after the couple starts the breakup convo.” (Tweet from NBC’s Ben Collins) http://bit.ly/2u5qI2N
YES! This!: CBA’s Michael Schwab turned the post-debate Warren, Sanders, Steyer interaction into a scene from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Amazing — watch: http://bit.ly/35RFJ5P
Come on, Tom! Give us the tea!: Steyer, who was in the crosshairs of the exchange, said he didn’t hear what Sanders and Warren said.
Steyer said on CNN: “I didn’t really hear anything. I just said my good nights as fast as I could.”
MEANWHILE ON AIR FORCE ONE LAST NIGHT:
Back on AF1 where the TVs are preset to CNN and the Dem debate…. LOL just kidding. pic.twitter.com/FfDhJllM8d
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) January 15, 2020
IN OTHER NEWS
Exclusive — Uber’s new hire:
Uber has hired Leah Harrelson Graham as a senior manager of federal affairs in the Washington, D.C. office.
“Prior to her work at Yahoo [on the public policy team], Leah served in the White House Legislative Affairs office and the Department of Commerce during the George W. Bush administration. She is also an alumna of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay‘s office and a graduate of Baylor University.”
Getting traction — Ohhh myyyy:
I tuned in to Canada’s new version of Family Feud and may have witnessed one of the most iconic game show moments I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/QsTIjEzoM7
— Mike Morrison ️ (@mikesbloggity) January 10, 2020
A few of the reactions: http://bit.ly/2uQLtzV
The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.
11:15 a.m. EST: President Trump met with the Vice Premier of China.
12:15 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with the Vice Premier of China. Vice President Pence also attends.
2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Vice President Pence.
January 21: The Hill is hosting an event, “Mayors Matter: Deepening the Generational Compact in Communities” at The St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2NtlG7o
WHAT TO WATCH
11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump held a signing ceremony for “phase one” of a trade deal with China. Livestream: http://bit.ly/30po4B2
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Bagel Day!!
And to lighten your afternoon a bit, I bet you didn’t know how tornadoes ~actually~ start 😉 http://bit.ly/38fyMNz