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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pelosi says House will move to impeach Trump | Trump demands ‘fast’ and ‘fair’ trial | House hearing set for Monday to look at evidence | Pelosi lashes out at reporter who asks if she ‘hates’ Trump | Pelosi: ‘Don’t mess with me’ | Dems frustrated at plight of black, Hispanic presidential candidates | Trump to light National Christmas Tree tonight | Pantone says 2020 color of the year ‘Classic Blue’ isn’t political | D.C. to cut number of scooter operators next year
NEWS THIS MORNING
Ready, set, go:
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During a televised address this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that Congress will move forward with impeaching President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine. http://bit.ly/38b8xbC
In her words: “The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution. Our democracy is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act.”
Watch Pelosi’s announcement this morning: https://cs.pn/2qkocEq
Interesting to note: Via Politico’s Sarah Ferris, “Dems are working very hard to prove they’re operating in a split-screen mentality on impeachment. Pelosi opens her press conference with a lengthy explanation of HR3, her signature drug pricing bill, coming to the floor next week. House is also voting on HR4- voting rights.” http://bit.ly/34V2jL1
HOW DEMOCRATS ARE DEBATING THE SCOPE OF THE IMPEACHMENT CHARGES:
Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Scott Wong: http://bit.ly/2DN2iwC
This is quite the exchange:
Q: “Do you hate the president?”@SpeakerPelosi: “I don’t hate anybody…As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone…So, don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 5, 2019
REACTION FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP:
The president tweeted, “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records. She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close. Help the homeless in your district Nancy. USMCA?” http://bit.ly/2Pd9kAe
The next impeachment hearing has been announced:
The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Monday to receive presentations of evidence as the committee moves forward with crafting articles of impeachment. http://bit.ly/34T9TG5
When the hearing will happen: Monday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m.
It’s Thursday. 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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IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Trump’s demands for impeachment:
This morning, President Trump demanded a “fast” impeachment process so he can have a “fair trial in the Senate.” http://bit.ly/2rl42e7
Timing of Trump’s demands: Trump tweeted an hour before House Speaker Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) address on impeachment.
Who Trump wants to see testify: The president also said he wants House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the Bidens to testify in the Senate trial.
Trump’s full tweets: “The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair … trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!” Read Trump’s posts on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2s1SIDq
WHAT AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IN THE SENATE WILL LOOK LIKE:
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
So much for the diverse 2016 field:
Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “Democrats are searching for answers as their largest and most diverse field of presidential contenders ever has been whittled down to a top tier of white candidates.” http://bit.ly/2YiOkw2
What highlighted this feeling: Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-Calif.) exit from the race on Tuesday.
All 6 of the candidates who have qualified for December’s debate are all white: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.
But more candidates could still qualify: “It’s still possible that one or more candidates of color could qualify for the December debate. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have seven days to reach the polling thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee.”
Why Democrats are frustrated: http://bit.ly/2YiOkw2
IN OTHER NEWS
Ooh la la:
Via The New York Times’s Jessica Testa, Pantone announced its color of the year for 2020, “Classic Blue.” https://nyti.ms/2s1QILq
From The Pantone Color Institute’s vice president Laurie Pressman: “We’re living in this time now where things seem to be, around the world, a little bit, I don’t want to use the word unstable, but let’s just say a little shaky. Nothing is absolutely certain from one moment to the next.”
That sounds like it could be political, right?: “We weren’t looking at this as a political message,” said Pressman.
What “Classic Blue” looks like, according to Pantone: http://bit.ly/2Yj11He
This is not an #ad or #sponsored:
This was right before staff made me put tape on my Dunkin Donuts coffee cup because they’re now enforcing a rule against displaying corporate logos in the hearing room.
No news on whether our Apple laptops are exempted. pic.twitter.com/pBLa1HDJKY
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 4, 2019
The House and Senate are in. President Trump is at the White House today. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.
1 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a luncheon with the permanent representatives of the U.N. Security Council.
1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate holds a roll call vote. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2RmF60k
2:30 — 3:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2LqmIA6
5 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse.
5:45 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at a Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer.
WHAT TO WATCH
This morning: A State Department briefing on Iran. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2RkYmv4
9 p.m. EST: House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) participates in a CNN town hall. https://cnn.it/33XSjj2
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Comfort Food Day.
Why you won’t see Bird, Lime, Razor and Bolt scooters in D.C. next year:
Via DCist, “The District Department of Transportation has cut the number of scooter operators in the District in half for next year, granting permits to just four dockless scooter companies: Jump, Lyft, Skip, and Spin.” http://bit.ly/2ORXHjj
Yeah, but: Up to 10,000 scooters will now be allowed to circulate in D.C., up 60 percent from the previous limit.
Via CNN’s Rory Sullivan, “A banana, duct-taped to a wall went on a sale at Art Basel Miami Beach this week — priced at $120,000. And, according to art market website Artnet, two of the three editions have already sold, with the last now going for $150,000.” Photo of the exquisite piece of art: https://cnn.it/2Yj4yoY
And because we’re 20 days away from Christmas (!), here’s a dog helping his owner put up their Christmas tree: http://bit.ly/2sOa8UK