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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Breaking: Mueller indicts 12 Russian intel officers in DNC hack | Trump walks back criticism of UK's Brexit strategy | Trump warns Europe on immigration | Takeaways from FBI agent's wild hearing | GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation for Kavanaugh | Baby Trump blimp flies over London | DC water contamination warning

 

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Video of the protests http://bit.ly/2NKSJlE

 

BREAKING

Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE indicts 12 Russians:

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. http://bit.ly/2zI6RJM

Timing: The indictments come just two days before President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE’s highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

How we know: Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon MORE just held a press conference about the indictments.

The announcement: “The announcement Friday followed much the same form as the one five months ago in which Rosenstein revealed that Mueller had indicted 13 Russians on fraud charges who allegedly engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in the presidential election.”

Read the actual indictment: http://bit.ly/2JpE8su

Livestream of the press conference: http://bit.ly/2L3zFRp

Tidbit — well this is awkward: The Hill’s Ben Kamisar tweeted before the announcement: “An embargo is only good if people aren't live-streaming the press room as reporters read aloud what's about to go down with the Rosenstein presser......” Then a few minutes later, he added: “THE EMBARGO IS LIFTED, DOJ says after realizing what happened. Whups...” http://bit.ly/2uv3Gix

 

Happy Friday the 13th! 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.

 

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

What fun is having a grievance if you don't publicly air it?:

President Trump gave a bombshell interview to the British newspaper The Sun where he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May on her Brexit strategy. The line that's getting traction: "I would have done it much differently," Trump said of May's Brexit strategy. "I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn't listen to me. ... She should negotiate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what is going on." The full interview in The Sun: http://bit.ly/2KQOKWW

THEN AFTER THE INTERVIEW:

Trump said he's still tight with May: When asked about his interview with The Sun, President Trump said his relationship with British Prime Minister Theresa May is strong. "The relationship is very, very strong ... very, very good," Trump said, according to pool reports. http://bit.ly/2LfDcJ9

And he says he apologized to her: "President Trump says he apologized for The Sun coverage at the beginning of his meeting today with PM May: 'I said, I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you.' Her response, he says: 'Don't worry, it's just the press.' " Just the press :( :( http://bit.ly/2Ne2DeI

Aaand he even said he likes her Brexit strategy: During a joint press conference with May, Trump said he supports May on her Brexit strategy. "Whatever you're going to do is OK with us," Trump said. http://bit.ly/2JiHwFK

Watch: http://bit.ly/2KSpNuv

ALSO DURING THE PRESS CONFERENCE:

Trump vs. CNN, scene 398: President Trump lashed out at CNN correspondent Jim Acosta when he tried to ask a question. In Trump's words: "CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN," Trump said. Watch: http://bit.ly/2KUc1Ht

Trump warns Europe: Trump warned Europe about the influx of immigrants. In Trump's words: "I think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things, you're changing security. It's a very sad situation. It's very unfortunate, but I do not think it's good for Europe and I don't think it's good for our country." http://bit.ly/2uDsc1d

 

HAPPENING MONDAY

President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin -- what could possibly go wrong here?!:
Via The Hill's Niall StanagePresident Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is causing new levels of anxiety after the rocky NATO summit in Brussels. http://bit.ly/2JlBHqP

Meeting details: Trump will meet Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

What happened at NATO summit:

-- Trump blasted U.S. allies for not spending enough on defense.

-- He criticized Germany for a deal it made for Russian natural gas

-- He reportedly suggested the United States could "go it alone" if other countries did not boost their financial commitments. http://bit.ly/2JlBHqP

REACTION TO TRUMP'S NATO COMMENTS -- DAMAGE CONTROL FROM THE PENTAGON: Via NBC's Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube and Geoff Bennett, U.S. military leaders have been calling European countries to reassure the United States' commitment to the NATO alliance. Why: "Damage control" after the president's comments. https://nbcnews.to/2KTcM3G

 

IN LOCAL NEWS

Do not drink tap water in D.C. I repeat: Do. Not. Drink. The. Water.:

Via NBC Washington, D.C. Water has warned thousands of D.C. residents to boil tap water because of a possible contamination near Howard University. How long it will last: The advisory is expected to last 24–48 hours.  Keep in mind: Showering is OK, but avoid swallowing any water. Map of the affected areas -- wow that is extensive: http://bit.ly/2JlgltP

WAIT, SO WHAT HAPPENED?: "The problem happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when an open valve at the Bryant Street pumping station caused a loss of pressure in parts of the distribution system for about an hour, D.C. Water said in a statement." The loss of pressure may have allowed contaminants into the water. https://wapo.st/2uikpGy

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Just released -- *scans Obama's reading list eagerly hoping to see a trashy beach read*: 

Former President Obama posted his summer reading list on Facebook. The list: http://bit.ly/2JpOwRi

 

New report -- Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceDemocrats constantly overlook conservative solutions to fix our broken health care Democrats constantly overlook conservative solutions to fix our broken health care Overnight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit MORE's hefty tab:

Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's use of private planes wasted $341,000, according to a new inspector general report. Details: http://bit.ly/2zCcXv5

 

I fully expect this hearing to re-air on Bravo:

FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok had a wild congressional hearing yesterday about the Russia investigation. Via The Hill's Katie Bo Williams, Morgan Chalfant and Olivia Beavers, here are five takeaways: 

  1. It was one of the wildest hearings in recent memory.
  2. The questioning turned personal, prompting outrage.
  3. Strzok hit back at Republicans.
  4. There are some things Strzok won't talk about.
  5. There's more to come with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page's testimony.

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2zBXif3

 

A hint to how Kavanaugh's confirmation process will go:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, moderate Republican Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate confirms Trump judicial nominee criticized for being hostile to LGBT community Senate confirms Trump judicial nominee criticized for being hostile to LGBT community GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiInterior spending bill holds Trump administration accountable for 2017 promises Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data MORE (Alaska) have signaled they will support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaughhttp://bit.ly/2NOzNmk 

 

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I would have made the same facial expression tbh:

  

ON TAP

The House voted this morning, the Senate is out, President Trump is in the United Kingdom and Vice President Pence is spending the day in Chicago.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE have tea with the queen of England. Oh I wish I could be a fly on that wall

Before the meeting: Trump praised Queen Elizabeth II as "an incredible woman." http://bit.ly/2KWXgnm

12:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — All eyes on Trump as 2020 bid begins MORE campaign for Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamBlue states angry over SALT cap should give fiscal sobriety a try Illinois Dems offer bill to raise SALT deduction cap Illinois New Members 2019 MORE (R-Ill.) at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O'Hare.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave England and travel to Scotland.

Monday: President Trump's highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Op-ed from former Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizBiden under pressure from environmentalists on climate plan Pelosi, Clinton among attendees at memorial reception for Ellen Tauscher 2020 is the Democrats' to lose — and they very well may MORE and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.): http://bit.ly/2L7uBet

 

WHAT TO WATCH

2:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about tax cuts at an event in Chicago. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ux0hzJ

Monday: Fox News's Chris Wallace has an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Where: From Helsinki, Finland. http://bit.ly/2ugp7ob

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National French Fry Day! Here's a list of where to get free fries today: https://ti.me/2NdmMS5

 

Who knew police officers were such good dancers?:
The Fairfax County Police Department accepted a lip sync challenge. The music video is incredible. Watch: http://bit.ly/2uuua3G

 

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s an extremely fluffy bunny. Enjoy.: http://bit.ly/2zHQJbc