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"Good Morning I'm James Holman from the Washington Post and this is the daily to Oh two for Wednesday December four. A home in today's news phone records show frequent contact between Giuliani and the White House. Three foreign leaders are caught on camera laughing. The president trump behind his back and Kamala Harris dropping out of the race means that the next democratic debate link feature only white canes but first the big idea defenders of the president have taken to describing this impeachment inquiry as a circus. But after the partisan theatrics expected acted during. Today's I hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. They might need a stronger word. Some Capitol Hill's most aggressive and colorful characters in both parties will now now have a platform they're eager to inject new friction and hostility into the second phase of the inquiry. There could be disruptions from Matt Gaetz the Republican from Florida a Fox News favourite. Who led a revolt against impeachment in mid October. By storming the secure room where depositions were taking place there could be conspiracy see theories from Louie Gohmert the Republican from Texas who nearly named the intelligence community whistleblower during a recent speech on the House floor and there could be antics from Democratic Credit Congressman. Steve Cohen of Tennessee. Who brought a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken into a May hearing to highlight the absence of attorney. General Bill Barr who was scheduled all the testify but didn't appear add to these another thirty eight lawmakers many either trump loyalists or strongly outspokenly pro impeachment. Peach Mint and you have a potentially explosive mix of personalities. Andy Biggs a Republican from Arizona on the panel told Fox News that it's going to get hot under the collar because he put it. The committee has a bunch of brawlers on it. More than two months into this impeachment inquiry public opinion remains divided. Fresh polling shows that few voters were swayed in either direction by last month's televised hearings now with the Christmas holiday fast approaching and a possible floor vote looming Democrats face renewed pressure to make their case while avoiding delays or partisan provocations that could alienate alienate more moderate members of the party. The Judiciary Committee by its nature makes that task more difficult though it has the constitutional responsibility instability for impeachment. The panel hasn't had the clout of other committees in recent years it tends to attract instigators who desire platform for advocacy on hot button issues like abortion abortion and immigration lawmakers and aides from both parties predict a dramatic shift in tone from the earlier set of hearings run by the more sober intelligence committee whose members are handpicked by Nancy Pelosi. This is in part because the panels play different roles. The Intelligence Committee was focused. On Fact Act finding the Judiciary Committee needs to make the determination of whether trump's actions constituted high crimes and Misdemeanors Intelligence Committee chairman. Adam Schiff is. He's known for keeping his members on a tight leash while judiciary committee chairman. Jerry Nadler let's his members do what they want and operate freely. Now there's Republican counterpart is Doug Collins from Georgia. A fast talking veteran. WHO's come up with some inventive talking points to defend trump and his generally been much more effective than Devon Nunez his Republican counterpart on the Intelligence Committee? My Colleagues Elise v Beck Mike honest and Rachel Bait who covered the house say that Republicans believe these differences will will offer them a chance to derail the hearings over the next few weeks they've planned several procedural roadblocks starting today to throw off. Nadler has members and Republicans have found success with this approach before the reason shift took point over. The last few months is because trump's allies successfully disrupted a September hearing with former trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to such a degree that Pelosi felt. She had no choice but to sideline Nadler. Now this is squarely in Nadler's jurisdiction and Pelosi. Locie doesn't have a choice. And that's the big idea. Here are three other headlines that should be on your radar this Sunday number one subpoenaed phone records included in three hundred page report from the House Intelligence Committee that was released last night. Show extensive contact between regionally and the white eight house during key moments in the Ukraine. Saga the call. Logs provide powerful circumstantial. Evidence that Giuliani was coordinating closely with the White House on his Ukraine Gambit. Something Giuliani has previously knowledged. The phone records include calls with a number designated only as minus one often close in time to call between Giuliani and the White House switchboard. The clear implication of this is that minus one might be a private cell phone number belonging to trump the records also show several calls and text messages in early. August between Giuliani and phone numbers associated with the White House and the Office of Management and budget which was freezing freezing the Ukraine aid at that time. US diplomats were trying to arrange an Oval Office meeting between trump and his counterpart Vladimir's Alinsky Giuliani's calls and texts texts. Include a thirteen minute call on August eighth with an OEM be official end minus one. The records also show contact between Giuliani's Janis indicted associate left Paris and one of trump's key defenders in Congress Nunez on the Intelligence Committee Nunez appearing last night on Fox. News told Sean Hannity that it's possible awesome. He spoke with US although he claims he doesn't recall doing so shifts says they're continuing to investigate this and other leads number two as dignitaries and world leaders milled around. Buckingham Palace last night at a reception for the NATO Summit Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau British British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel macron were caught on camera chatting with each other. The three foreign leaders were seen mocking trump for his forty five minute impromptu press conference during that press conference the President lashed out at Democrats calling them unpatriotic and suggested that schiff should be jailed jailed because he's such a sick puppy Johnson asked if that's why everyone was late getting over to the palace. Trudeau said it was then. mccrone imitated trump's angry gesticulation. Just take the others all laughed. Trudeau said he could see. Trump's team was caught off guard. He said he saw their jaws dropped to the floor. This commiserating came after trump openly jousted with mccrone and also criticized Trudeau for not spending enough on defense trump also previewed likely confrontation with German Chancellor. Angela Merkel to watch trump perform alongside other world leaders was to witnesses use of disequilibrium as a political strategy deployed throughout his presidency to keep everyone everyone slightly off kilter at home and abroad number three comma. Harris dropped out of the twenty twenty presidential race. As yesterday the California senator hit invited reporters to spend Thanksgiving with her and her family in Iowa just a few days ago so she could show off her Turkey preparation skills. What she didn't show at the time was that she was also having intensive conversations with her husband? Her Sister Maya Harris and my family is the tight. Knit group grappled with whether there was any path forward for her campaign. Those talks extended into late Monday night as Kamala Harris stayed up until two. AM trying to find a way to push on but at one o'clock yesterday afternoon she called her. Staffers told them it was over. This marked a long painful fall. From her January kickoff when Harris came onstage to electrify a crowd of more than twenty two thousand in Oakland in a note to supporters Harris said her campaign's financial struggles. Were the driving force behind her departure. Ironically her dropping how came literally just hours after a super. PAC launched to support harasses candidacies. Some donors spent yesterday afternoon frantically trying to retrieve hundreds of thousands of dollars it just wired into the Super Pacs Bank Account Harris remains a potentially appealing running-mate for the eventual Democratic nominee. And unlike the senators still in the race. She'll we'll be free to spend January focused on trump's expected senate impeachment trial harasses exit indicates that a wants historically diverse democratic field may winnow down to only white candidates the six people qualified so far to appear in this month's democratic debate or all white. The party didn't WANNA have two dozen candidates crowding the debate debate stage with just two months to go until Iowa but the DNC's strict criteria has had the unintended effect of making it easier for an extremely rich white man with no no experience in elected office. Tom Steyer to gin up the contributions and poll numbers. He needs to get a spot on stage. While more experienced officials with more limited resources like cory booker and Julia on Castro appear to be coming up short. And that's the daily to two for Wednesday Wednesday December fourth. Thanks for listening. I'm James Hillman. Talk to you tomorrow. 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