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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Manafort going to jail after witness tampering charges | Trump won't sign compromise immigration bill | Comments send GOP scrambling | Trump approves $50B in Chinese tariffs | Trump slams IG report as wrong, says 'scum on top' at FBI | Dems blow out GOP in baseball game

 

BREAKING

Mr. Manafort going to prison:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGates sentencing set for next month Yovanovitch says John Solomon's columns were used to push false allegations Trump bemoans 'double standard' in Stone conviction MORE has been sent to jail until his trial on charges of witness tampering. This morning: Manafort had to appear in court to decide whether he can remain on house arrest or go to jail. Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE had filed a superseding indictment against Manafort accusing him of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. http://bit.ly/2LQJGhk 

Livestream outside the hearing: https://usat.ly/2LTcgid

Video of Manafort entering the courthouse: There are a few “Lock him up!” chants. Watch: http://bit.ly/2JDzwUA

 

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.

 

NEWS THIS A.M.

Trump: Deal with it, China: 

President Trump announced that the United States would impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese products. This sound familiar?: It should. Trump has been threatening this for months. Keep in mind: This move is expected to ramp up tensions with China, and China is a key partner in denuclearizing North Korea. http://bit.ly/2tbn1ot

What the tariffs include: Products in "industries such as aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics, industrial machinery, new materials and automobiles."

What the tariffs don't include: Popular goods purchased by U.S. consumers such as cellphones or televisions, he said. 

When the tariffs will start: The first round of tariffs -- on 818 products -- will start on July 6.

What to expect from China: Chinese officials had threatened tariffs on U.S. products if President Trump followed through with the tariffs.

LATE THIS MORNING -- CHINA FIGHTS BACK: The China's Ministry of Commerce released a highly critical statement. "This move is not only damaging bilateral interests but also undermining the world trade order," the statement said. "China firmly opposes this." China's next steps: "We will immediately introduce taxation measures of the same scale and strength. All the economic and trade achievements previously reached by the two parties will no longer be valid at the same time." http://bit.ly/2LUlQkK

 

 

TALK OF THE MORNING -- TRUMP ON "FOX & FRIENDS"

President Trump appeared on Fox & Friends this morning for an impromptu interview on the White House lawn.

 

'Scum' really is an underappreciated insult:

President Trump slammed the conclusion of the IG report as "wrong." Trump insists: Top FBI officials acted with political bias against him. He said on "Fox & Friends": "If you took a poll at the FBI, [I would win]," Trump said. "I mean the real FBI, not the scum on top." http://bit.ly/2MuKoC8

 

Did anyone else hear that? Was that Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE groaning from the other side of the city?:

President Trump said that he would not sign the House GOP's compromise immigration bill, delivering a major blow to Republican leadership's plans. Trump said: "I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one. I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security. I have to have that." http://bit.ly/2JVSDsp

WHY THIS IS A BLOW TO REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP: "GOP leaders reached an agreement to hold two votes next week on a pair of immigration bills including a compromise immigration bill, which is the product of weeks of negotiations between moderate Republicans and conservatives." http://bit.ly/2JVSDsp

BREAKING -- GOP IN CHAOS: Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Melanie Zanona, "House GOP leaders decided at the last-minute on Friday morning to scrap a planned whip check on a compromise immigration bill after President Trump said he "certainly" would not sign the legislation." What's next: "Leadership said it will try to whip the bill next week after they seek clarity about what exactly Trump meant in his Friday morning interview..." But: Several top House conservatives declared the 293-page compromise bill "dead on arrival" following Trump's comments Friday. http://bit.ly/2l9Sbss 

FULL BREAKDOWN OF TRUMP’S INTERVIEW: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian: http://bit.ly/2Mv7GrF

 

IN OTHER NEWS

It's 2016 all over again: 

The Department of Justice's inspector general released a scathing assessment of the FBI and DOJ's conduct during the 2016 presidential race. 

Here are five takeaways:

  1. It's a tough day for the FBI.
  2. The report contains serious -- and damning -- findings
  3. There's plenty for both sides to chew on
  4. The report could damage reputations
  5. There's probably more to come

Details for each: http://bit.ly/2l9Zalh

Op-ed on the IG report: http://bit.ly/2LUAYPk

KEY LINES: Here are the five important lines from the report: https://cnn.it/2sVnRpZ

 

 

IN LOCAL NEWS

The most D.C. baseball crowd of D.C. baseball crowds: 

Last night's Congressional Baseball Game was a blowout for Democrats -- they beat Republicans 21-5. Some context: The last biggest game differential was in 2013, when Dems won 22-0. http://bit.ly/2JM1FF1

SPOTTED: At the Anheuser-Busch & Buffalo Wild Wings watch party -- with the most beautiful mountain of buffalo wings I've ever seen: Reps. David JoyceDavid Patrick JoyceKeeping your national parks accessible even during a government shutdown Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump issues Taliban warning at Sept. 11 memorial MORE (R-Ohio), Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy Elijah Cummings, native son of Baltimore, gets emotional send-off from Democratic luminaries Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE (R-Calif.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerBottom Line On The Money: Tax, loan documents for Trump properties reportedly showed inconsistencies | Tensions flare as Dems hammer Trump consumer chief | Critics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Tensions flare as Democrats urge consumer bureau to boost penalties MORE (R-Mo.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersShimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering Bipartisan group reveals agricultural worker immigration bill DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wash.), Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellYovanovitch: It's been a 'very, very difficult time' House to take up voting rights, government funding this month Democrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive MORE (D-Ala.), Juan VargasJuan C. VargasOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation Tensions flare as Democrats urge consumer bureau to boost penalties MORE (D-Calif.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoCalifornia Republican ousted in 2018 announces rematch for House seat The 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — The political currents that will drive the shutdown showdown MORE (R-Calif.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloRepublicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign The Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP MORE (R-Fla.), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTexas GOP congressman calls on governor to postpone execution of Rodney Reed House Republicans add Hunter Biden, whistleblower to impeachment hearing witness wish list Trump: Whistleblower 'must come forward' MORE (R-Texas), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Jason Smith (R-Mo.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.); Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski; Daily Mail's Francesca Chambers; Anheuser-Busch's Doug Bailey, Caitlin Hird and Stef Webb; PSW's Colton Hotary. In the VIP section: White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayNBC signs Mueller 'pit bull' prosecutor Andrew Weissman as legal analyst George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing Conway: Trump reacted 'pretty well' to impeachment hearing because 'there was nothing new' MORE. Behind home plate: House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.).

THROWBACK TO MY FAVORITE / LEAST FAVORITE QUOTE FROM LAST YEAR'S GAME: 
Overheard in the concourse: "Oh my god! There's beer and hotdogs here! It's a real American ball park!" 
Me: ... (http://bit.ly/2sxLHIM)

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Republicans could have used your skills, Sen. Hatch!:

 

*Tightens fist*:

 

 

ON TAP

The House had votes this morning. The Senate is out.

This morning: President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court on allegations of witness tampering. Details: https://lat.ms/2JUrmqg

Today: Facebook executives are meeting with Republican leaders over concerns about anti-conservative bias. Which Republicans: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscalehttp://bit.ly/2JXIzz 

Noon: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

Noon: Vice President Pence participates in an event for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (R), who is running for governor, in Birmingham, Mich.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits Frank Rewold and Son, Inc. a local-construction company in Rochester, Mich., to tout tax cuts and then heads to Columbus, Ohio.

6 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns for Ohio state Sen. Troy Balderson (R), who is running for U.S. Congress.

8:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

Sunday: Father's Day

 

WHAT TO WATCH

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at Frank Rewold and Son, Inc. in Rochester, Mich. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2yfiW8d

4:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about tax cuts at an event in Columbus, Ohio. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2JDZ9VA

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Lobster Day!

 

Wow, this is an insane photo:

Astronomers captured a photo of a black hole violently destroying a star. Photo — it looks like a Macbook wallpaper: https://usat.ly/2yhbLww

 

There were technical difficulties yesterday but this is one of the best videos I've seen in a while -- here's a bear and a little boy literally jumping for joy to see each other: http://bit.ly/2JUphdS

Annnnnd now to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a little boy who challenged a firefighter to a firefighter competition -- and won! This kid's going places: http://bit.ly/2HSEw22