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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Impeachment day edition: House prepares for historic vote | Sights and sounds from Capitol Hill | Trump seethes ahead of vote | Urges supporters to ‘Say a PRAYER!’ | Today’s timeline | GOP tries tactics to slow down vote | Protesters on Capitol Hill | Pelosi, Dem women wear black to mark ‘solemn’ day | Trump to hold Michigan rally tonight
BREAKING NEWS OF THE MORNING
Wait, is something happening today?:
The House is debating two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel didn’t take lead on Trump letter to Pelosi: reports Trump endorses Riggleman in Virginia House race Lisa Page responds to ‘vile’ Trump attacks: ‘Being quiet isn’t making this go away’ MORE today, setting up a historic final impeachment vote this evening. http://bit.ly/2sJbOi1
Livestream of today’s proceedings: https://cs.pn/2sEy9gO
LOGISTICS FOR TODAY:
What is happening now: The House is debating the articles of impeachment for six hours, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans.
What time is the actual impeachment vote: The vote is expected this evening around 7 or 8 p.m. EST.
How many votes are needed to impeach Trump — 216 votes: Because there are four vacancies in the House, 216 is the magic number for House Democrats.
Which Democrats are expected to vote ~against~ impeachment: Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonNearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment Maine Democrat announces he’ll vote for only one article of impeachment against Trump Vulnerable Oklahoma Democrat to vote for impeachment MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeffrey (Jeff) Van DrewNearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment Maine Democrat announces he’ll vote for only one article of impeachment against Trump Van Drew refuses to talk party switch MORE (D-N.J.) — Van Drew is reportedly switching parties. Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) is splitting his votes and is voting for one of the two impeachment articles.
FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR:
A ticket to get into the House chamber — ‘I’ve got the golden ticket!’: Via The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim, here is the press gallery ticket for today. It literally is gold. Photo: http://bit.ly/2r3w79y
Speaker Pelosi is wearing black today: “One of her colleagues told me several of the female Democrats did that intentionally to signal it is a somber day” (Via CNN’s Dana BashDana BashKrystal Ball questions Biden’s durability in 2020 field The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary Democrats approve articles of impeachment setting up House vote next week Meadows says Republican colleagues ‘wrong’ for suggesting Trump’s phone call was inappropriate MORE): http://bit.ly/2sGN0Hu
Photo of Pelosi arriving on Capitol Hill this morning: http://bit.ly/2r1iSGm
Republicans kicked off the morning with a fight: Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) offered a motion to adjourn soon after the House gaveled in this morning. The motion failed but forced a time-consuming vote. http://bit.ly/36LgliQ
Two women in bright red costumes are sitting in the gallery: “This will be fun to watch: Two people dressed in bright red costumes are sitting [in] the public gallery seats. Capitol police and House staff are watching very closely.” From Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsDemocrat unveils bill requiring banks to identify suspicious activity related to guns Ethics panel investigating Rep. Hastings over relationship with staffer The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh’s impeachment MORE (D-Fla.): “They’re not pink ladies, are they?” (Via Politico’s Sarah Ferris) http://bit.ly/2PCrOvD
Here’s a photo of the women in red: http://bit.ly/2M5gOEv
^ More commentary about what those outfits may be: Via Politico’s Sarah Ferris:
“They look like extras from a Dr. Who episode.”
“Looks like the Red Guard from Star Wars”
“Is it a Christmas suit?” http://bit.ly/2PCrOvD
It’s a historic day on Capitol Hill. And Christmas is one week from today! 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@example.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ON CAPITOL HILL TODAY:
No big deal. Nothing to see here. Carry on: “Outside the Capitol , Santa giving interviews about why Trump should be impeached” Photo: http://bit.ly/2Pxv1wc
Pro-impeachment demonstrators: Here’s a photo of impeachment supporters on the Senate side of the Capitol: http://bit.ly/2YZDnzQ
Protesters carrying signs to the Capitol: Here’s a photo of a few protesters walking up to the Capitol: http://bit.ly/2Z2khZY
What a day to be a student group on a tour: Here’s a photo of one of the usual Capitol Hill tours today: http://bit.ly/2Z5hKyi
Here’s another photo of a Capitol tour: http://bit.ly/2Z2pAbQ
Lol: “big day for people who like to carry around pocket sized constitutions everywhere” (Via Bullpen Strategy Group’s Joe Perticone) http://bit.ly/2sC2P2i
Protests aren’t just in Washington, D.C.: Here are protests around the country: https://cnn.it/38V16Ga
REACTIONS FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THROUGHOUT THE DAY:
At 7:34 a.m. EST — Trump asked for prayers: “Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!” http://bit.ly/2YZm1D6
At 8:18 a.m. EST — Trump tweeted a quote from Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsTrump’s GOP allies huddle at White House on eve of impeachment vote House panel sets guidelines for historic impeachment vote Overnight Defense: Senate sends 8B defense bill to Trump | Bill establishes Space Force, federal paid parental leave | House approves .4T spending package MORE (R-Ga.): “It’s sad. Here’s a gentleman who came to the White House and all they had was never to let him have an easy breath. All they wanted to do is impeach him. They started the day after he was elected, even the day after he was sworn in. But this President came to Washington and….” Read the full quote: http://bit.ly/2Z5kxrg
^ An interesting Doug Collins quote that Trump tweeted: “They couldn’t find any crimes so they did a vague abuse of power and abuse of Congress, which every administration from the beginning has done.” http://bit.ly/34sujEQ
At 10:49 a.m. EST– Trump slammed Pelosi: “Will go down in history as worst Speaker. Already thrown out once!” http://bit.ly/2ErVUeP
Keep in mind — Trump broke his tweets-per-day record last week: Last Thursday, Trump tweeted and retweeted 123 messages, breaking his record of 105 tweets just a few days earlier. http://bit.ly/2qNWhNr
The president has a pretty quiet schedule today until he leaves for his Michigan rally at 4:25 p.m. Let’s see if he breaks the record again today.
Throwback — what Trump said about impeachment in 2014: Via CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, “Here’s video of Trump in 2014 saying what being impeached would do to Obama: ‘He would be a mess. He would be thinking about nothing but. It would be a horror show for him. It would be an absolute embarrassment. It would go down on his record permanently.'” http://bit.ly/35BtASW
THROWBACK TO 1998:
Here is The New York Times article from former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonToxic McConnell-Schumer relationship strains impeachment talks Trump expected to attend World Economic Forum in January: reports McConnell: Senate trial should not include witnesses MORE‘s impeachment in 1998: https://nyti.ms/2PxFiso
Wow, people could park in front of the Capitol then: Here’s a photo of the U.S. Capitol from the day Clinton was impeached: http://bit.ly/34E3wWl
Meanwhile on the Senate side:
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9 a.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/38R46TE
9:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for Saginaw, Mich.
10:30 a.m. EST: The Senate holds a roll call vote. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2S59HA3
11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.
4:25 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves the White House and flies to Battle Creek, Mich.
9:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.
10:35 p.m. EST: President Trump arrives at the White House.
WHAT TO WATCH
11:45 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at a Workers for Trump event in Saginaw, Mich. Livestream: https://cs.pn/34z5w1V
1:45 p.m. EST: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS diplomat William Taylor to leave Ukraine post at the beginning of January Giuliani: Trump remains ‘very supportive’ of my efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine Giuliani says he told Trump ‘a couple times’ that ambassador to Ukraine was blocking investigations MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperThe Hill’s Morning Report – Busy week: Impeachment, Dem debate and USMCA Pentagon brushes aside bombshell ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Washington braces as North Korea deadline looms MORE hold a joint press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2PzAEdy
7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich. Vice President Pence also speaks. Trump could be on stage when Democrats wrap up their impeachment vote. Livestream: https://cs.pn/34y3Jdm
7 p.m. EST: The House is expected to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2sEy9gO
8 p.m. EST Thursday: The next Democratic National Committee presidential primary debate. Logistical details for tomorrow: https://politi.co/38P5upW
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Roast Suckling Pig Day. And more importantly, today is Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day!
This man is my hero:
A man ate Chick-fil-A for 114 days in a row to break the record. Details: http://bit.ly/2PyuhXF
And because it’s a weird day for the country, here’s a puppy who really, really wants it to be the weekend: http://bit.ly/2PY4189