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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
Mr. Manafort going to prison:
President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Yellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying 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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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
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 RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' 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:
- It's a tough day for the FBI.
- The report contains serious -- and damning -- findings
- There's plenty for both sides to chew on
- The report could damage reputations
- 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 JoyceThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens The Memo: Gosar censured, but toxic culture grows House votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees MORE (R-Ohio), Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Bipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation MORE (R-Calif.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerConsumer bureau chief bashes FTC and pledges focus on tech giants, big firms House Democrats scramble to save housing as Biden eyes cuts Conservative women's group endorses Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Arkansas governor MORE (R-Mo.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersDemocrats to target Section 230 in Haugen hearing Washington redistricting panel reaches late agreement on new lines McMorris Rodgers worried broadband funding will miss mark without new maps MORE (R-Wash.), Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellIt's time for Congress to guarantee Medigap Health Insurance for vulnerable Americans with kidney disease It's time to make access to quality kidney care accessible and equitable for all Pressure builds on Democratic leadership over HBCU funding MORE (D-Ala.), Juan VargasJuan C. VargasDemocrats see Friday vote as likely for Biden bill House Democrats aim for Thursday vote on social spending package Progressives see infrastructure vote next week MORE (D-Calif.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoJarring GOP divisions come back into spotlight Trump allies target Katko over infrastructure vote Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE (R-Calif.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloProtecting the freedom to vote should be a bipartisan issue Former lawmakers sign brief countering Trump's claims of executive privilege in Jan. 6 investigation A conservative's faith argument for supporting LGBTQ rights MORE (R-Fla.), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulWTA suspends tournaments in China pending investigation into star Peng Shuai's allegations Biden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai 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 ConwayChristie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act before 2020 election Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE. Behind home plate: House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown 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)
Republicans could have used your skills, Sen. Hatch!:
Senator Hatch regrets not being able to participate in the #CongressionalBaseballGame.— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) June 15, 2018
While he enjoys sport, he runs too fast, hits too hard, and throws too well and it simply wasn’t fair to the other athletes. pic.twitter.com/ySVE2oSj4g
Capitol Hill interns at happy hour:— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) June 14, 2018
Girl 1: "..then we were hit on by really old people"
Girl 2: "They weren't that old"
Girl 1: "31!"
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 Parscale. http://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