QUESTIONS: Have you ever since Publication of the first two minutes of the impeachment investigation on Monday seen a single sting of information that will help the president? DONALD TRUMP? Did you find any information that relieves him? Can you name a single fact that has changed the basic idea of this story?
FACTICAL As highlighted by WaPo's RACHAEL BADE and KAROUN DEMIRJIAN in today's newspaper: The Republicans have used their time to complain that Statements have become public by following up on their colleagues, who have been cited in testimonies in media reports, and have even interviewed witnesses as to how their statements were published. " WaPo Story
OTHER CRITICAL ELEMENTS THAT MUST KEEP AN EYE …
– TRANSCRIPTS statements of the US Ambassador to the EU GORDON SONDLAND and KURT VOLKER appear today. On Monday they came out just before noon.
– LEV PARNAS, an employee of Rudy Giuliani, signals that he could cooperate in the impeachment investigation. NYT: "An associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was involved in a campaign to persuade Ukraine to support President Trump's political perspectives, has broken the rankings relationship. …
"The lawyers also signaled on Monday that Mr. Parnas, was arrested last month on charges of campaign funding, ready to comply with a summons from the Congress for his documents and testimony. … Mr. Bondy said that his client could claim his right not to incriminate himself in the face of federal criminal charges. "NYT
– BUT, BUT, BUT … JOSH GERSTEIN: " It is unclear whether the complexity associated with possible Parnas statements can be balanced with a timetable that would allow him to legislate with them speak when the Democrats plan to hold hearings later this month and possibly vote on impeachment soon thereafter.
"Granting of immunity For a witness, a two-thirds vote of a congressional committee is required, which must be deferred by the Ministry of Justice. Legislators were extremely reluctant to grant immunity to witnesses since charges against Lt. Col. Oliver North and John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair were dismissed following court rulings citing their congressional statements. "POLITICO
THE NYT SAYS THE STATE DEPARTMENT is in chaos … ED WONG and DAVID SANGER: " It was Mr. Pompeo who helped Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani to oust the respected American ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch in April. Both Michael McKinley, a senior adviser to Mr Pompeo and a four-time ambassador, and Philip T. Reeker, deputy secretary for Europe, said that they had asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to defend Ms. Yovanovitch from false accusations.
"Mr. McKinley said he personally asked Mr. Pompeo three times to file a defense; The unveiling of this detail in a memorandum published on Monday undermined a statement Mr. Pompeo made in an interview last month that he "never heard" that Mr. McKinley was "one single thing" about Ms. Yovanovitch's fall said. "NYT
– – By the way: If Pompeo leaves Foggy Bottom to run the Senate – which is widely expected – who would TRUMP run the state?
WHAT DOJ MADE … "Ministry of Justice asks for identification of details on anonymous Op-Ed author, " by Maggie Haberman of NYT: "The Ministry of Justice is calling for the identification of details of the Trump administration's senior official who chaired the president last year a New York Times Op-Ed under the leadership of Anonymous denounced, according to a letter from a senior prosecutor on Monday before an upcoming book by the unnamed writer.
"Deputy Attorney General Joseph H. Hunt asked the publisher of the book and the author's book agents to prove that the officer had never signed a non-disclosure agreement and had no access to classified information. In the absence of this evidence, Mr. Hunt asked them to share information about where and when the person worked in government.
"If the author is actually a current or former high-ranking official in the Trump Administration, Publication of the book may violate one or more non-disclosure clauses of this officer's legal obligations. Hunt wrote to Carol Ross of the Hachette Book Group, who published the book by Anonymous, as well as to Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, the agents for the former self-described senior official. NYT
WSJ about the shutdown threat, by Andrew Duehren and Lindsay Wise: "House spokesperson Nancy Pelosi (d., Calif.) Spoke last Monday with the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) And agreed to adopt by 31 December each of the 12 spending measures that will be used to fund the government for the year. Conversation. The staff of the Budget Committee and the Senate met last week with the staff of the Budget Committee and the Legislative Committee of the White House, two people familiar with the meeting said. How long the next extension of the financing would take, remains however open.
"Mr. McConnell has also spoken with the House House majority leader, Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), who told the House Committee chairman that he would prefer that the next stopgap not be at the end of this year goes out, so a known person The reason. Mr. McConnell does not want the next funding extension – known as a rolling resolution or CR – to take place after December, according to one of the individuals familiar with the discussion between Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. McConnell.
"But the chairman of the Department of Budget, Nita Lowey (D., NY) and the chairman of the Department of Budget, Richard Shelby (R., Ala.), Said that the negotiations could last until 2020 , "It would be a wonderful thing to do this," Mr. Shelby said at the end of the year to finalize spending legislation. Could it be done? It could be done. The question is: will it be? & # 39; "WSJ
Good Tuesday morning. Key Elections are held today in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. Republicans and Democrats are watching the results as a barometer of the impact of Parliament's impeachment on the races and the status of Trump's declining popularity in suburban areas. Steven Shepard on the 7 Things to See on Election Day
ON THE LAST NIGHT … "Trump campaigned for the Governor of Kentucky, but the impeachment was in his head" by Steven Shepard at Lexington, Ky. And Matthew Choi: "President Donald Trump came here on Monday evening to assemble for Kentucky's vulnerable Republican governor, but the impeachment inquiry in Washington was the most important to him.
"In a sprawling speech that lasted one and a half hours, the President railed against his political rivals and stoked the invective. Democrats "are trying to tear our country apart," he said in a crowd, "trying to void the ballots" of the 63 million Americans who voted for him in the 2016 elections.
"Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Trump's erstwhile rival for the Republican nomination, who has become a close ally, defended the president furiously from the stage Pressure campaign focused with Ukraine's involvement, said Paul, "we now know the identity of the whistleblower," and urged the media to raise the individuals and the Congress, despite the law a summons Legal protection for whistleblowers. "I say today Evening the media, do your job and print his name, "Paul said." POLITICO
– TRUMP ON EDGE: "He's a bit different, it's alright."
TRADE WARS – "USA, China Are Considering Resetting Tariffs as Part of the First Trade Agreement", by William Mauldin and Alex Leary of WSJ: "US and Chinese officials are actively considering resetting some tariffs in order to negotiate according to the persons familiar with the talks. "If there is a deal, [removing] customs duties will be included," a high-ranking government official said late Monday. "WSJ
FOR KEVIN MCCARTHY AND THE GOP FROM CALIFORNIA … LA TIMES:" Conservatives from California are leaving the state to redden. "Weiden" by Sarah Parvini: "Slightly more than half of California-registered voters have considered leaving the state, according to a survey by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, which was run for the Los Angeles Times
"Republicans and conservative voters were so likely that their democratic or liberal counterparts were seriously considering moving about three times – 40% versus 14%, according to the poll." Conservatives called taxes and California's political culture as a reason for their emigration more often than the rising housing costs of the state. …
"Between 2007 and 2016, California lost 1 million inhabitants due to internal migration – according to a report by the State Legislative Analyst's Office from 2018 approximately 2.5% of its total population, Texas was the most popular destination, and a Texas Realtors relocation study from 2019 was completed b) that in 2017, 63,175 Californians moved to Texas, while California was the main destination for Texans – nearly 41,000 moved here. "LAT
FOR YOUR RADAR -" The Iranian President Announces Another Break From Nuclear Agreements " by APs Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell in Tehran, Iran:" The Iranian President announced on Tuesday that Tehran will begin To inject uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges. This is the last step away from its nuclear deal with the world powers since President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement over a year ago.
"The development is significant as the centrifuges were previously empty without gas injection as part of the seminal 2015 nuclear deal. It also increases the pressure on the European nations that remain in the deal, which has almost collapsed at the time.
In his announcement, President Hassan Rouhani did not say whether the centrifuges located in his nuclear facility in Fordo would be used to produce enriched uranium. The centrifuges would be fed with uranium gas from Wednesday, Rouhani said. AP
2020 WATCH …
– IOWA'S GOT BUTTIGIEG FEVER … "Pete Buttigieg is a leader in Iowa. Does that help him somewhere else? by Astead Herndon of NYT: "Mr. Buttigieg's critics say he offers voters feel-good platitudes with no proven electoral success. But his advocates say that his vision and identity as an openly gay candidate make him a transforming character by nature.
"He has successfully built a sustainable ground game throughout the state, causing a sensation among voters and causing crowds of several hundred people in cities of only a few thousand. For a growing number of likely Caucusgoers, he is the moderate frontrunner in the race, even ahead of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and he's obviously worried about some of his top rivals in the state, such as Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is ahead has recently begun to throw implicit shots at Mr. Buttigieg by tapping candidates with advisory teams and centrist ideas.
"In national polls, Mr. Buttigieg remains firmly behind Mr. Biden, woman. Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and questions about Mr Buttigieg's ability to cobble together a coalition so diverse that it wins the Democratic primary. The goal of the bus tour, which was to take place after the same dinner in Iowa that was known to produce Barack Obama's presidential Mojo in 2007, was to project Mr. Buttigieg as the closest analog to Mr. Obama currently in the running. "NYT  – BUT, BUT … DAVID SIDERS at Des Moines: " Iowa regains its dominance in 2020 "
– NEXT BELOW? … "Julián Castro Dismisses Teams in New Hampshire, South Carolina" by Alex Thompson and Nolan McCaskill: "Julián Castro's campaign will dismiss its employees in New Hampshire and South Carolina, a source familiar with the campaign, said POLITICO. The campaign notified the state teams on Monday and their last day is next week.
"The source said the campaign will continue and will focus on Iowa and Nevada with a purchase of $ 50,000 worth of television advertising in Iowa from Tuesday morning. The steps represent a long-term attempt to stay in the presidential race, hoping to catch fire before the first competitions begin next February. POLITICO
– "How Kamala Harris came in fifth place from the Obama woman," by Christopher Cadelago
TRUMPS TUESDAY – The president has nothing on his public plan.
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION – WAPO: "DC Legislator Jack Evans used the office to help private individuals find finds from probes. by Fenit Nirappil: "D.C. Councilor Jack Evans used his office repeatedly for residential customers who paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars, did not recognize conflicts, and never disclosed payments properly. This was the result of an investigation by a law firm mandated by the Council.
"The confidential report from O & # 39; Melveny & Myers distributed to lawmakers on Monday and reviewed by the Washington Post has since 2014 identified eleven cases where Evans violated the Council's Code of Ethics.
The DC Council has detailed ethical omissions from Evans, the Ward 2 Democrat and the city's longest-serving legislator. His business interests and public policy were the subject of a federal investigation and investigation by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. "WaPo
AFTER PARIS -" USA begins to exit the climate pact – what now? " by Zack Colman:" The move of the Trump administration on Monday to initiate the turnaround for the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is once again bringing the US into conflict with the rest of the world – when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions goes.
"The move has little practical impact on energy policy in the United States, where President Donald Trump has already dismantled the regulations of the Obama era on major sources of heat dissipation emissions such as power plants and automobiles.
"But there is an important point of discussion for the Democrats who run in his place . All have committed to rejoin the agreement if Trump withdraws. And Trump's approach to international climate diplomacy is symbolically remarkable, just weeks before nations gather for another climate conference in Madrid. "POLITICO
– NYT'S LISA FRIEDMAN: " Around the world, a shift in diplomatic strategy has already begun. For the agreement to work without the United States, other major polluters such as China and India need to be strengthened. China, today the largest emitter of pollutants that warm the planet, has made significant promises, but Beijing's ability to deliver is still questionable. "NYT
HAPPENED TODAY … ROGER STONE TRIAL SPEAKS OUT – Roger Stone Process", by Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Gerstein … Sharon LaFreniere from NYT: "Trial lawsuit against Roger Stone and Revive Russian Intervention " … Byron Tau and Shelby Holliday of WSJ: " Roger Stone Trial Will Probably Be a Spectacle "