Jan 6, 2020

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 498 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness: Former national security adviser John Bolton said he would testify in President Trump's impeachment trial if the Senate issues a subpoena. Go deeper.

1 big thing: Weinstein charged again

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Harvey Weinstein now faces grave legal peril on both coasts, as Los Angeles prosecutors indicted him ahead of his New York trial.

  • His charges could bring a maximum of 25 years in New York and 28 years in LA.

Why it matters: Less than three years ago, the producer numbered among the most powerful men in Hollywood.

  • In LA, Weinstein is charged with raping a woman at a Los Angeles hotel in 2013, then sexually assaulting a woman in a Beverly Hills hotel suite the next night, the AP reports.
  • In New York, "Weinstein is charged with raping one woman ... in March 2013 and forcing a second woman ... to allow him to perform oral sex on her at his apartment in Manhattan in 2006," the N.Y. Times reports.
  • Lawyers for Weinstein had no immediate response to the new charges, though Weinstein has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, the AP notes.

Outside the courthouse in New York, actress and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan called the trial “a moment of justice," per the Times.

Between the lines: The Manhattan DA will utilize a similar strategy as was used against Bill Cosby, the Times notes.

  • It "has also won permission to call three other women, who have yet to be identified, to testify about their allegations of sexual assault by the producer. Prosecutors hope those witnesses will help convince a jury that Mr. Weinstein has long been a sexual predator, supporting the claims of the two main accusers."
Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

The coffin of Qasem Soleimani is carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran.

  • The procession marks the first time Iran has honored a single man with a multi-city ceremony since the funeral of Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989.
2. What you missed
  1. The U.S. will begin sending Mexican asylum-seekers to Guatemala. Go deeper.
  2. Julián Castro has endorsed Elizabeth Warren. Go deeper.
  3. The California State Senate proposed a ban on all flavored vaping products. Go deeper.
  4. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told New York Magazine that "in any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party." Go deeper.
  5. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wants open hearings on Trump's decision to target Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and its ensuing aftermath. Go deeper.
  6. 🎧On the Pro Rata Podcast, Axios' Dan Primack discusses whether the Australian bushfires could lead to a political tipping point on climate change. Listen here.
3. What's new at CES 2020

A robot car from Qualcomm. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images

Today's debuts at CES in Las Vegas, where Ina Fried and Joann Muller are on the ground:

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