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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 TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer 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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 RyanUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Soaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington 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 JoyceEx-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz House panel votes to boost Interior, EPA budget by .7B The STATES Act will expose flawed marijuana legacy MORE (R-Ohio), Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaThe Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back Darrell Issa eyes return to Congress Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (R-Calif.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow A true believer in diversity, inclusion GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates MORE (R-Mo.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersLawmakers deride FTC settlement as weak on Facebook Overnight Energy: Fight over fuel standards intensifies | Democrats grill Trump officials over rule rollback | California official blasts EPA chief over broken talks | Former EPA official says Wheeler lied to Congress EPA head clashes with California over how car emissions negotiations broke down MORE (R-Wash.), Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea Sewell'Raise the Wage Act' would drop the hammer on the most vulnerable workers Ocasio-Cortez distances herself from ex-staffer's controversial tweet Mueller says political campaigns should report offers of foreign assistance MORE (D-Ala.), Juan VargasJuan C. VargasHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment ICE does not know how many veterans it has deported, watchdog says Pelosi employs committee chairs to tamp down calls for Trump impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoThe 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 Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race MORE (R-Calif.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloOvernight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument Carbon tax shows new signs of life in Congress Democratic lawmaker pushes back on Castro's call to repeal law making illegal border crossings a crime MORE (R-Fla.), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTrump moves forward with billion F-16 sale to Taiwan Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China 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 ConwayTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China The White House and schools have this in common: Asbestos George Conway: 'I hereby order White House staff' to admit Trump to 'Walter Reed' MORE. Behind home plate: House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 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