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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lashes out after Comey interview | Accuses Comey, McCabe of 'many crimes' | What we learned from Comey's '20/20' sitdown | Trump lawyer Cohen expected in court today | Syria strikes revive war debate | GOP looks for path forward after Ryan | Senate panel to take up bill protecting Mueller | Bad weekend for DC sports | Flood phone alert wakes up Washington



Future story prediction: Trump demands royalties on Comey book:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE accused former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times MORE and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE of committing "many crimes." It was only the last salvo: Trump tweeted about Comey over the weekend, including calling him "Slippery James Comey" and blasting the forthcoming book.

It's a dreary Monday in April -- this is not the spring we signed up for! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and puppy videos to and on Facebook.



Comey: 'Just make sure you spell my name right' ;)

Fired FBI Director James Comey has begun his media blitz, gearing up for his memoir's release tomorrow. The kickoff: Comey pulled no punches in the highly anticipated ABC News "20/20" interview that aired last night, calling President Trump "morally unfit" to lead the nation.


  1. It's on -- Comey hit Trump full-force -- Comey threw big punches from start to finish.
  2. Did he go too far? -- Given how Comey holds himself out as a paragon of ethical leadership -- his book is titled "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" -- it seemed incongruous to hear him mock Trump's hairstyle and facial coloring.
  3. Fresh ammunition for both sides-- Those who like Comey and those who loathe him will both find enough in the ABC interview to reinforce their positions.
  4. No big regrets -- Comey was forthright about how he felt in the closing stretch of the 2016 election campaign.
  5. A shadow campaign is underway -- The White House clearly sees the threat Comey poses.

More from The Hill's Niall Stanage:

$$ LINES: 

Talking to Obama: Comey told former President Obama he dreaded prospect of working under Trump.

On Russia: "I think it's possible," Comey said when asked if the Russians "have something" on Trump.

On obstruction of justice: Comey said there's "certainly some evidence" that Trump obstructed justice. "It would depend and -- and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent," Comey said.

On reopening the Clinton probe right before the election: "I felt like I was totally alone, that everybody hated me," Comey said. "And that there wasn't a way out because it really was the right thing to do." Watch:

On Trump's morals: "I think he's morally unfit to be president. A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly."


Here are a few highlights on his upcoming media tour: 

Keep in mind: "Comey's DC book party is the same night [as] the first Trump administration State Dinner." (h/t CNN's Kate Bennett


If Bravo doesn't show up to this hearing with cameras, I will:

President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen will appear in court today to dispute a raid of his office and hotel room. Livestream of the courthouse in New York:

NEW -- In a court filing this morning: President Trump's lawyers said that the raids last week to gather evidence about Cohen's business dealings were "completely unprecedented."

What to expect during the hearing: "Cohen will continue his attempt to have a restraining order placed against the U.S. for materials taken from his office and residences following a court-authorized search a week ago."

Expected at the hearing -- wow: "[Michael Cohen], his attorneys, Trump's attorneys, federal prosecutors, and Stormy Daniels with her attorney are all expected to be in court Monday."

What to know about the case: Here's a breakdown of why this case matters.


The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Alexis Simendinger just launched The Hill's Morning Report for your a.m. commute. The inaugural newsletter:



Bring us your leader:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Burfke, House Republicans are grappling with the future of their caucus amid intense jockeying in the wake of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE's (R-Wis.) decision to retire at the end of the term. The likely replacement: House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote Steve King urges supporters to pray for his committee assignments to be restored: report Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse MORE (R-Calif.), but the House Freedom Caucus could complicate things.


Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE: The Senate Judiciary Committee has added legislation limiting Trump's ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller to its agenda for a Thursday business meeting.

Taxes: The House Rules Committee is expected to take up three bills aimed at modernizing and revamping the IRS.

Tribal sovereignty: The Senate will take up legislation making it harder for labor unions to organize workers at casinos owned and operated by Native American tribes and located on tribal land.

Details for each:

Op-eds: Here's an argument for the Syrian bombing campaign and an argument on why they were "a wasted opportunity."



Another day, another painful Washington sports loss: ^Now that's an evergreen headline if I've ever seen one.

Last night, the Washington Capitals once again blew a two-goal lead against the Columbus Blue Jackets, losing in overtime again. The situation: The Caps lost its first two home games and now head to Columbus for Games 3 and 4 in the first round of the playoffs. Whoever wins four games first advances.

The next game: Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. EDT.


Over the weekend, the Washington Wizards lost, 114-106, to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs.

The next game: Tomorrow at 7 p.m. EDT.



The opioids crisis gets pretty personal:

The Hill has talked to House and Senate lawmakers with a personal connection to the opioid crisis for a five-part series.


Via The Hill's Rachel Roubein, here's how the opioid crisis has taken a personal toll on Washington, D.C. The graphics are fascinating:


Angering the DMV this morning:



Same -- and I think we should both be concerned: 


The House is in. The Senate will meet later this afternoon. President Trump is in Florida and Vice President Pence is in Colorado for the day.

This morning: President Trump left the White House for Miami.

This morning: Vice President Pence leaves Washington, D.C., for Colorado Springs, Colo.

Today: The Boston Marathon.

12:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump hosts a roundtable on tax cuts with small business leaders in Hialeah, Fla. He then travels to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

1:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable with the Space Foundation Board of Directors in Colorado.

1:15 -- 6:30 p.m. EDT: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Transatlantic Business Works Summit in Washington, D.C. Schedule and speakers:

1:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the 34th annual Space Symposium in Colorado.

3 p.m. EDT: The House meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the Senate. Their schedule today:

6:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House.

Tuesday: Tax Day. 

Tuesday: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for meetings.

8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will speak at a Christian Science Monitor event.

100 days away -- July 25: "JAY-Z and Beyoncé begin the North American leg of their 'On The Run II' tour." (h/t AP Planner)



Tuesday night: Former FBI Director James Comey will appear on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." This is his first appearance on a late-night comedy program.

10 a.m. EDT Friday: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson speaks at an American Enterprise Institute event. Details and livestream:



Today is National Eggs Benedict Day.


Trending -- This little girl is all of us: 

At the Washington Capitals game last night, a little girl tried to catch a puck and failed. One of the players noticed and what then happened is hilarious and adorable:

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And because it's a dreary Monday and you deserve happy thoughts, here's one of my favorite videos: a beagle casually riding a scooter: