The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump campaign was reportedly offered WikiLeaks docs | Trump signs stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown | Conservatives ramp up Mueller attacks | Trump headed south to boost Moore | Lawmakers eye new reforms to combat sexual harassment | Strong November jobs report | National Brownie Day

 

Dangling the WikiLeaks fruit in front of a presidential campaign: Via CNN's Manu Raju and Jeremy HerbPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE, Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization were offered access to hacked WikiLeaks documents during the 2016 presidential race and were offered a decryption key and web address to view the hacked documents. "The email came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter. Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the September email." Keep in mind: Trump Jr. was asked about this email when talking to the House Intelligence Committee this week. http://cnn.it/2yOZo9c

Happy Friday! 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

JUST NOW 

They just successfully bought themselves two more weeks: President Trump just signed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown. Trump signed the measure without fanfare, one day after Congress sent it to his desk. How long it will fund the government: Until Dec. 22. http://bit.ly/2y7XsF4

 

ANNOUNCED THIS A.M.

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Employers added 228,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent, the lowest level since December 2000. What this means: The U.S. labor market maintained steady growth in November, which is better than expectations with Congress on the cusp of passing the first massive tax package in decades. http://bit.ly/2k9ZYWo

 

LATEST WITH THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDALS

Congressional 'Burn Book' --> http://bit.ly/2AEHUvk: Via The Washington Examiner's Susan Ferrechio, the chairman of the House Administration Committee plans to move a bill through the panel that would reverse a law concealing the identities of lawmakers accused of harassment. What would be reformed: The 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, which requires settlements to be kept under wraps and allows lawmakers' offices to use taxpayer money to settle claims. http://washex.am/2A4avck

Anddddd another investigation: The House Ethics Committee is establishing an investigative subcommittee to look into sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdAP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups Republican wins right to replace Farenthold in Congress MORE (R-Texas). The issue: Farenthold is facing scrutiny over his use of taxpayer funds to settle a 2014 lawsuit with his former communications director. http://bit.ly/2y85dLk

Anddddd another one bites the dust: Yesterday, Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksAP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Jordan weathering political storm, but headwinds remain Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights MORE (R-Ariz.) resigned after revealing he discussed the option of surrogacy with female staffers. "Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others," Franks said in a statement. Franks emphasized that he did not engage in physical sexual misconduct toward his aides. http://bit.ly/2kE5Smw

'Morning Joe' reaction to an Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE accuser: MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski referred to an accuser of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) as a "Playboy model who goes on Hannity [and] voted for Trump" during a discussion on Franken's resignation announcement. Full quote: "I would think a dress owned by Monica Lewinsky would bring down a president. But it didn't," Brzezinski said in reference to a dress containing then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDon't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice Why did it take so long for Trump to drain the swamp of Pruitt? An orthodox legal life and the case for Judge Kavanaugh MORE's DNA from a sexual encounter in the Oval Office while Lewinsky was an intern. "So I'm surprised that a comedian's picture of a performer, playboy model who goes on Hannity who voted for Trump. I see some politics there but I haven't brought that up every step of the way because of course, in this 'Me Too' environment, you must always believe the women." http://bit.ly/2yP2ppZ

Roy Moore could win because of one policy issue: Via NPR's Jessica Taylor, Alabama's Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones is walking a fine line on abortion in a deeply religious electorate. His liberal stance on abortion and social issues could hand the special election over to Roy Moore, even with his sexual assault allegations. Fascinating read: http://n.pr/2nJ31Kj

LATE THIS A.M. -- TRUMP'S RALLYING THE TROOPS: The president tweeted, "LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already. The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He's bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!" http://bit.ly/2B134GE

HAPPENING AT 8 P.M. -- IT'S NOT A ROY MOORE RALLY *WINK* REALLY. *WINK*: President Trump is headed this afternoon for a rally that appears aimed at boosting Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's chances in a special election next week. The rally will be in Pensacola, Fla., which is 20 miles from the Alabama border. http://bit.ly/2BX2aZl

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, political analyst Mark Plotkin argues that in the Alabama race it's really Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon who are on the ballot. http://bit.ly/2A3lJhw

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Next up in the Shark Tank -- Robert Mueller: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, conservatives are ramping up their attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. How so: Republicans on Capitol Hill are increasingly frustrated by what they view as a partisan exercise that's rife with conflicts of interest. A half-dozen GOP lawmakers held a press conference on Wednesday to demand new investigations into Mueller's team. Also on Wednesday, a conservative watchdog group filed a lawsuit to pry loose information about special counsel investigators. The lawsuit came a day after they blasted out emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request that the group claimed indicated prosecutorial bias. http://bit.ly/2j8fYf2

New best buds: Via The Washington Post's Helena Andrews-Dyer, first daughter Ivanka Trump was spotted at House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhy the rush to condemn a carbon tax? House votes to go to conference on farm bill House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE's (R-Wis.) holiday party this week. http://wapo.st/2kbHHIf

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Oh wow:

It could be our time soon! D.C. could be getting its first snow flurries this weekend. Latest forecast from Fox5 DC: http://bit.ly/2yOSYXm

 

*Face palm*:

 

Hahahaha:

 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out for the week.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

1 p.m. EST: The Hill's Editor in Chief ​Bob Cusack is holding an "Ask Me Anything" session on​ /r/Politics of​ Reddit. How to ask a question: http://bit.ly/2iIqw0P

1:30 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisCourt rules against Trump administration on transgender military ban George Will calls Trump ‘sad, embarrassing wreck of a man’ Trump meeting with Putin is the right thing for America MORE.

4:30 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Pensacola, Fla.

11 p.m. EST: President Trump arrives in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dec. 16: Nog Fest at the new D.C. Wharf. Details: http://bit.ly/2BSUcAo

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

8 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a rally in Pensacola, Fla. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2kF3oEn

9 p.m. EST: MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" is airing a special on the Trump dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

Sunday morning: Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan interviewed in OSU investigation into alleged doctor's sex abuse Former OSU wrestlers sue university over sex abuse allegations Freedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations MORE (R-Ohio), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, will appear on "Fox News Sunday."

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Brownie Day.

It's shoe-shi. Get it? Shoe-shi: A new trend is making sushi look like a variety of shoes. I'm not kidding. Photos: http://bit.ly/2jaunax

And because you deserve a happy start to your weekend, here's a dog that is really good at waving: http://bit.ly/2kCnoaW

 

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