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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House voting Wednesday to send impeachment articles | What to watch as Senate preps for trial | Senators to be sworn in as jurors Thursday | Trump calls for ‘outright dismissal’ but GOP doesn’t have the votes | Dem debate tonight in Iowa | Warren, Sanders fight unnerves progressives | Sanders closes in on Biden in Nevada | Trump to hold Milwaukee rally tonight | Gigi Hadid called as potential Weinstein juror | Free Chick-fil-A nuggets through Jan. 31
NEWS OF THE MORNING
Get ready to rumble:
Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Scott Wong, the House is voting on Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. http://bit.ly/2Rf5asK
How we know: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democrats this morning, according to multiple Democrats.
What about impeachment managers?: Pelosi has not announced which lawmakers will serve as prosecutors. But the House resolution tomorrow will name the managers.
AND SENATORS WILL BE SWORN IN ON THURSDAY:
On Thursday, Senators will be sworn in as jurors in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/38cfrNf
It’s Tuesday. 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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LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT
Helpful read — here is what to expect in the trial, logistically:
Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, “Senate GOP leaders say opening arguments in the impeachment trial for President Trump will likely kick off early next week. But several procedural steps need to happen before the meat of the trial begins. Here’s what to watch for in the coming days as the impeachment process finally shifts from the House to the Senate.”
The play-by-play: http://bit.ly/38grjhh
HOW AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL DIFFERS FROM COURT TRIALS:
- Senators are both jury and judge
- There is no standard of proof
- There are no rules of evidence
- The punishment is political
- The outcome can’t be appealed
Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2tU4hxD
Sending mixed signals:
President Trump has been sending mixed signals to Senate Republicans over what he wants in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2FQxgoU
What Trump is now calling for: Over the weekend, Trump called for an “outright dismissal” of the impeachment articles.
^ Compared to McConnell’s strategy: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been planning on holding a quick trial with no witnesses.
Tidbit about timing — from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas): Cornyn told reporters that he expects opening arguments to begin next Tuesday. I.e.: The Senate would have two weeks until Trump’s State of the Union address on Feb. 4.
KEEP IN MIND — REPUBLICANS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO DISMISS THE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES:
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the No. 4 Senate Republican, told reporters: “I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss. … Certainly there aren’t 51 votes for a motion to dismiss.” http://bit.ly/2QSTTzm
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Free idea: Comedy Central Roast, but for presidential candidates:
Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “For the first time since launching his first insurgent bid for the Democratic presidential nomination almost five years ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) finds himself under the harsh scrutiny of his leading rivals ahead of a critical debate Tuesday night in Des Moines.” http://bit.ly/2Tpx3km
Timing: Two recent polls show Sanders performing well in Iowa, and he has secured key endorsements in New Hampshire.
The Warren campaign’s beef: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a friend and ally, sees Sanders as an impediment to her own pool of progressive voters. She expressed outrage over the weekend after Sanders volunteers were reportedly given scripts casting her as a candidate of the elite unable to grow beyond the Democratic base. The Warren campaign also confirmed a CNN report Monday that Sanders had told her he did not believe a woman could win the White House, a report Sanders vehemently denied.”
HOW THE SANDERS-WARREN FIGHT IS UNNERVING PROGRESSIVES:
New Nevada poll:
The full poll: http://bit.ly/2RfMzwr
Biden: 19 percent
Sanders: 18 percent, within the margin of error.
Warren: 11 percent
Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D): 8 percent
Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer: 8 percent
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.): 4 percent
Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang: 4 percent
IN OTHER NEWS
Up to 10 Republican senators who may get on Trump’s bad side:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “As many as 10 Republican senators are considering bucking President Trump on a resolution that would limit his ability to take military action against Iran.” http://bit.ly/2NFKDwz
What this means: “The increasing number is the latest sign of growing GOP frustration over the Trump administration’s justification for the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. [Qasem] Soleimani.”
Which Republican senators may vote with Democrats: “GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) have already voiced their support for the measure, and [Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says about eight more Republicans, including Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Todd Young (Ind.) and Mitt Romney (Utah), are reviewing it.”
Ha ha HA — because this is just how news cycles work these days:
Supermodel Gigi Hadid was called as a potential juror for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial. https://cnn.it/2RdSulT
Casual: “Hadid, sitting in the jury box, said she had met the former film producer. When asked by Judge James Burke if she could be fair and impartial, Hadid answered, ‘Yes.’ After reading a list of potential witnesses, Judge Burke asked the jury pool if they knew of anyone on the list. Hadid raised her hand and said, ‘I have met Salma Hayek,’ according to the pool reporter.”
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood:
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) January 13, 2020
The House and Senate are in.
11:30 a.m. EST: The Senate voted on Peter Gaynor’s nomination to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
12:30 – 2:15 p.m. EST: The Senate meets for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2NpQYfs
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/385Tz5S
2:45 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.
4:40 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Milwaukee.
8 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Milwaukee.
Midnight: President Trump gets back to the White House.
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
9 p.m. EST: Six Democratic presidential candidates debate in Iowa. Details: https://n.pr/2Tmxegr
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day.
*Quietly starts chanting ‘Chick-fil-A’*:
Chick-fil-A is giving out a free eight-count of chicken nuggets through Jan. 31 for anyone who creates an account on the chain’s app. What to know: http://bit.ly/2Tu9pTI
And because you made it this far, here’s a snail munching on a tomato: http://bit.ly/2RjZY6Z