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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: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEric Holder: Trump releasing docs on Russia probe is 'dangerous abuse of power' Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Legal expert says Manafort deal could help Trump in short term 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms 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 JoyceThe Hill's 12:30 Report Bipartisan lawmakers agree — marijuana prohibition has failed and it’s time to change the law Cannabis advocates urge lawmakers to tackle tax provision MORE (R-Ohio), Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaGreen group targets California GOP House candidates in new ads House Republican pushes medical examinations for Supreme Court justices Congress and Trump are out of step on intellectual property MORE (R-Calif.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerCongress should provide parents an opportunity to care for newborn and adopted children Paid family leave could give new parents a much-needed lifeline Vulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders MORE (R-Mo.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersGOP: The economy will shield us from blue wave Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker Conservatives blame McCarthy for Twitter getting before favorable committee MORE (R-Wash.), Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellDemocrats unite to expand Social Security Senate panel postpones election security bill markup over lack of GOP support Hillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down MORE (D-Ala.), Juan VargasJuan C. VargasLargest US pedestrian border crossing opens in California Trump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Calif.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoDems make big play for House in California Immigration overhaul on life support in the House The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Calif.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless Bipartisan trio asks US intelligence to investigate ‘deepfakes’ MORE (R-Fla.), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulHillicon Valley: Manafort to cooperate with Mueller probe | North Korea blasts US over cyber complaint | Lawmakers grill Google over China censorship | Bezos to reveal HQ2 location by year's end Overnight Defense: Details on defense spending bill | NATO chief dismisses talk of renaming HQ for McCain | North Korea warns US over cyber allegations Bipartisan House group presses Google over China censorship 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 ConwayThe Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Conway: Kavanaugh accuser 'should not be ignored’ George Conway rips Trump over tweet about Obama's '57 states' gaffe MORE. Behind home plate: House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Pelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor 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