Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 500 words, a 2-minute read.
Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images
Despite the Bolton hullabaloo, the floodgates still aren't open on the Trump impeachment trial.
Why it matters: There won't be a witness vote for at least another few days, putting an edge on the proceedings but hardly shutting them down.
The big picture: There’s a growing sense on the Hill that the White House has a lot of cleanup to do to keep Republicans in line on witnesses, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
Speaking of John Bolton: The former national security adviser denied that he, his publisher or his literary agent coordinated with the N.Y. Times.
Between the lines: Trump's team is working to portray Democrats' arguments on the Senate floor as a slanted picture of reality and not the whole truth, Alayna notes.
Inside the chamber: Sen. Bernie Sanders looked particularly frustrated that he's stuck in the Senate rather than on the trail, just a week before the Iowa caucuses.
Ken Starr in 1999 and today. Photos: Karin Cooper/Getty Images; Senate TV via AP
Kenneth Starr, who served as independent counsel during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, kicked off today with a history-filled speech about the dangers of normalizing impeachment.
Photo: Riggs Washington D.C.
Fancy new hotel for the D.C. crowd: The Riggs Hotel, opening Feb. 3 in the old Riggs National Bank building at 9th and F NW.