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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on Mueller probe - Manafort indicted on 12 counts, surrenders to FBI | Trump says allegations happened 'years ago,' insists no collusion | Former Trump team adviser pleads guilty to lying to FBI | Ryan says indictments won't derail tax reform | Trump to lunch with Pence, Sessions



Has anyone noticed that Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFormer Trump lawyer: Mueller probe is not a witch hunt Manafort appears in wheelchair at court hearing Manafort to be sentenced in Virginia in February MORE looks strangely similar to Shooter McGavin from 'Happy Gilmore?' --> http://bit.ly/2yWWtfiPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is being charged with 12 counts and has surrendered to the FBI. What Mueller is accusing Manafort of: Laundering more than $18 million. Live blog of updates: http://bit.ly/2gXxqC7

The 12 charges: The counts include conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, misleading the government about the nature of their foreign lobbying efforts and making false statements, as well as seven counts of failure to file the appropriate government documents for foreign financial accounts. Read the document with the official charges: http://bit.ly/2A1ByWo

What's next: Manafort is scheduled to appear before a federal judge at 1:30 p.m. today. http://bit.ly/2iOWb40

Interesting tidbit on where some of the money went: "Indictment depicts lifestyle of populist campaign chief: $849,000 to one clothing store, $520,000 to another, $934,000 to antique rug store." (From The New York Times's Peter Bakerhttp://bit.ly/2A0JNld

Video of Manafort walking into the FBI office this morning: http://bit.ly/2lsB4oM

Because the details can get confusing: Via CNN, here's a web of Manafort's ties to Russia and Russian interests. Graphic: http://bit.ly/2z4nxZZ

Did Manafort see this coming?: Yes. In September, a Trump adviser said Manafort expected to be indicted. "[Roger] Stone said he had heard about the possible indictment from his lawyers, who had heard it from Mr. Manafort's lawyers." http://nyti.ms/2ziSdYj

Indictment vs. arrest -- so you have the context: An indictment is the formal statement of charges -- i.e. the accusation.  An arrest is the physical act of taking a suspect into custody. Manafort voluntarily surrendered. http://bit.ly/2gNH46q

The traction this story is getting: According to Google Trends, Paul Manafort is the top story (h/t CNN's Hunter SchwarzGraph of peoples' interest -- wow: http://bit.ly/2xy8Jiv

Happening today: President Trump invited Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsConservatives fume over format of upcoming Rosenstein interview Support for legal marijuana hits all-time high: Gallup Beto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' MORE to join his weekly lunch with Vice President Pence. But via CNN's Kevin Liptak, the lunch "was previously scheduled [and] isn't related to Russia investigation." http://bit.ly/2xysLJC

Throwback -- oh how time flies: "Throwback to Manafort kicking off the RNC, with Spicer snapping a pic in the corner." (From Politico's Kyle CheneyPhoto: http://bit.ly/2ziYAe1


It's Monday -- Halloween is tomorrow! Please, please keep sending me pictures of your children and pets in funny costumes. You know I live for this stuff. 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.



Manafort isn't going at it alone -- Rick Gates also surrenders: Via The New York Times's Matt Apuzzo, Paul Manafort's longtime junior business partner Rick Gates also surrendered to the FBI today. Gates is often referred to as Manafort's protégé. What he's accused of: Transferring at least $3 million from offshore accounts and making false statements. http://nyti.ms/2xzaM5M

If you don't know much about Gates: Here's a profile of him from The New York Times from June titled, "How the Russia Investigation Entangled a Manafort Protégé." http://nyti.ms/2iNgnmt

Keep in mind about Gates: He was ousted from the pro-Trump group America First Policies in April.

BREAKING -- a third Trump associate has also been charged: One of President Trump's former campaign advisers has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents in the Russia investigation. Who: George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosPapadopoulos set to testify before House lawmakers Mueller assembles team of cooperators in Russian probe Calif. man ensnared in Mueller probe sentenced to 6 months in prison MORE, a 30-year-old foreign policy adviser. When this happened: He pleaded guilty earlier this month. Why we didn't know until now: The court filings were unsealed today. http://bit.ly/2gVLKLa

Filling in some of the details: Here's how Papadopoulos's charges relate to the campaign: http://bit.ly/2yWIlD5

What happened after his arrest: "Following his arrest, defendant PAPADOPOULOS met with the Government on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions." (From Politico's Josh Dawseyhttp://bit.ly/2gNgNVL

Ouch: From The Hill's Will Sommer, "Papadopoulos got played" Screenshots that explain: http://bit.ly/2hnFb19

Context on the date: "The FBI interview where Papadopolous lied about his Russia contacts came on the same day, Jan. 27, Trump asked Comey for a loyalty pledge." (From Vianovo's Matthew Millerhttp://bit.ly/2zigU77



THE REACTION WE WERE ALL WAITING FOR -- PRESIDENT TRUMP: At 10:25 a.m. EDT, right around the time the charges were announced against the third campaign associate, the president tweeted, "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????" He then added: "....Also, there is NO COLLUSION!" http://bit.ly/2gNN7rx

FROM Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Will the Federal Reserve make a mistake by shifting to inflation? Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  MOREHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was asked about Manafort on a Wisconsin radio station. His response: "I really don't have anything to add, other than nothing's going to derail what we're doing in Congress." http://bit.ly/2ye7g5b 

FROM SCHUMER: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement: "The President must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel's work in any way. If he does so, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues." http://bit.ly/2ifSjoB

FROM A GOP LAWMAKER: Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) tweeted that Republicans need to continue to support special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in his investigation into Russian election interference. Tweets: "Months ago I & many other Republicans vowed to support Mueller investigation & allow it to work its way through process to get the facts ... In light of today's indictments we must continue to support and allow the integrity of the process to work." http://bit.ly/2yYsfGw

FROM A DEM SENATOR: During an interview on "CBS This Morning," Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDem holds single-digit lead in race to replace Franken Is there a difference between good and bad online election targeting? Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas MORE (D-Minn.) said the surrender of President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort could just be the start in the ongoing probe into ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

"The issue is even if he is charged with something unrelated to Russia, it could just be the beginning." http://bit.ly/2ifD8Mi

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, Brent Budowsky gives his opinion on the blockbuster move by special counsel Robert Mueller. http://bit.ly/2yg1VKJ



This BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouston Chronicle endorses Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — House postpones Rosenstein meeting | Trump hits Dems over Medicare for all | Hurricane Michael nears landfall Kavanaugh becomes new flashpoint in midterms defined by anger MORE profile has really ruffled some feathers: Politico's Tim Alberta published an extensive interview with former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouston Chronicle endorses Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — House postpones Rosenstein meeting | Trump hits Dems over Medicare for all | Hurricane Michael nears landfall Kavanaugh becomes new flashpoint in midterms defined by anger MORE. It's worth reading. http://politi.co/2iM7RUQ

Some of the highlights:

Wow, he used a literal knife: Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungAlaska lawmakers must get serious about Jones Act repeal How the Trump tax law passed: GOP adds sweeteners Election handicapper moves 10 races toward Dems MORE (R-Alaska) once pinned former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) against a wall and held a 10-inch knife to his throat during a heated debate about earmarks. Boehner responded by staring Young in the eyes and saying, "F--- you." http://bit.ly/2ltRwFu

On whether Obama ever snuck a smoke: Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said former President Obama is "scared to death" of his wife, Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaDem holds single-digit lead in race to replace Franken Trump rebukes Holder, Clinton with 'jobs not mobs' refrain Nikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump MORE. Boehner was asked whether he's ever seen the former president sneak a cigarette. "Oh no. No no no," he said. "He's scared to death of his wife. Scared. To. Death." http://bit.ly/2zj0viP

Hahaha, this excerpt: "On several occasions, Debbie [his wife] warned him to stop telling me things; when he ignored her, she would put a couch cushion over my recording device. The highlight was Boehner telling me a story about George W. Bush--and prefacing it by saying, 'I shouldn't tell you this.' [Boehner's wife] Debbie, opening a bottle of red in the kitchen, barked: 'Then don't!'" Boehner then continued his story.

This week in Congress -- Wednesday's the big day: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, House Republicans plan to unveil their long-awaited tax overhaul legislation to the public this week, setting the wheels in motion to get it through the chamber in the coming weeks. Key days: The bill is expected to be released Wednesday. A panel markup is expected next Monday. Republicans have an ambitious timeline of passing this by Thanksgiving and enacting it by the end of the year. What else is happening in Congress this week: http://bit.ly/2zjWVoJ



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Keep reading for an amazing video of President Trump meeting the children after the press briefing.



The Senate meets later today. The House is back tomorrow.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Pentagon insists Mattis, Trump 'completely aligned' on leaving arms treaty | Trump 'not satisfied' with Saudi explanation on Khashoggi | Kushner says US still 'fact-finding' A solid budget requires tradeoffs Pentagon: Trump, Mattis 'completely aligned' on Russia arms treaty withdrawal MORE.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate has roll call votes on judicial nominees.

This week: President Trump plans to announce his pick for chair of the Federal Reserve. http://bit.ly/2zZXMIl

Wednesday: House Republicans are expected to release their highly anticipated tax bill.

November 7: The Hill is hosting an event on the opioid epidemic and strategies for prevention. Featured speakers: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen Senators demand answers on Trump administration backing of Saudi coalition in Yemen MORE (D-N.H.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2gVUl0n



1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2yYv2Q7

5:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump to host screening of 'Wonder' for National Bullying Prevention Month Jake Tapper to Trump after tweet about Florida governor debate: ‘Thanks for watching CNN!’ The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis MORE participate in Halloween at the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2gOsNqh

2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday: The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a subcommittee hearing on extremist content and Russian disinformation online. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2iE5Ytv



Today is Candy Corn Day. And tomorrow is National Caramel Apple Day!

I like Southwest, but this sounds terrible: Southwest Airlines announced it plans to start having live concerts (!) in the air during some of its flights. http://fxn.ws/2ifuQ74

I know I reference this a lot, but it feels just like Adam Sandler in this 'Wedding Singer' scene --> http://bit.ly/2yXpxn1

I laughed out loud at this: President Trump invited children of reporters who were dressed in their Halloween costumes into the Oval Office. My favorite line: "I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children." Well played, Mr. President... The video is pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2iNtCDH

And because it's been a chaotic day and we need something light, here's a cow who was rejected by his herd and now thinks he's a dog: http://bit.ly/2yfLJco


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