The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump fires back at new Dem probe

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump fires back at new Dem probe | Says Nadler trying to 'harass' his inner circle | Spicer to cooperate with investigation | Trump, GOP headed for clash over border emergency | Dems deal with new anti-Semitism controversy | Ex-Trump lawyer calls Mueller an 'American hero' | A tribute to Luke Perry | 'Game of Thrones' season eight trailer out

  

TALK OF THE MORNING

Trump says it's witch hunt SZN:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE accused House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) of trying to "harass" his inner circle. http://bit.ly/2NIXZ9X

He tweeted: "Now that they realize the only Collusion with Russia was done by Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE & the Democrats, Nadler, Schiff and the Dem heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY. 81 letter sent to innocent people to harass them. They won't get ANYTHING done for our Country!"

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WHAT SPARKED THIS TWEET: Nadler issued requests for information from 81 Trump associates or companies related to Trump. Including: Trump's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Arrests at southern border drop to 64K in August MORE, his son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats introduce bill to block taxpayer-funded spending at Trump properties Trump dismisses NYT explanation on Kavanaugh correction The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE and Vice President Pence. Breakdown of the 81 targets: http://bit.ly/2XEaVlZ

THIS MAY BE THE NEW NORM: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "Democrats are sinking their teeth into the Trump administration, using their control of the House to barrage the White House with inquiries into the president and his associates." How this may play out: http://bit.ly/2Eyw5cG

 

Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'Those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted' Spicer makes debut on 'Dancing With the Stars' to Spice Girls song Merriam-Webster: A 200-year-old dictionary offers hot political takes on Twitter MORE! It's been a while!:

During an interview on Fox News, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he will cooperate with House Democrats' investigation. http://bit.ly/2TxXRiR

  

It's Mardi Gras -- get out your beads and king cake! 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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LATEST WITH THE BORDER EMERGENCY FIGHT

When the family drama is completely public:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Congress is on a collision course with President Trump over his national emergency declaration, setting the stage for the first veto of his administration. A showdown appears all but inevitable with momentum building behind a resolution of disapproval, which clinched the votes needed to pass over the weekend and could pick up several additional Republican supporters ahead of a vote expected to take place in a matter of days." http://bit.ly/2EE2heH

  

McConnell looks to his left and looks to his right:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Democrats press for action on election security Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill MORE (R-Ky.) needs the support of President Trump and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans wary of US action on Iran EXCLUSIVE: Swing-state voters oppose 'surprise' medical bill legislation, Trump pollster warns Rand Paul: Almost every mass shooter 'is sending off signals' MORE (R-Ky.) to win reelection next year, meaning he must rely on two men at opposite sides of the debate over the use of an emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border." Keep in mind: McConnell routinely has low approval ratings in his home state. http://bit.ly/2XBtPtH

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2UliBHL

  

GETTING TRACTION

Dems plan floor vote to condemn anti-Semitism:

"Democrats are dealing with a new storm of controversy surrounding freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally Omar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE (D-Minn.), who for a second time in less than a month has made critical remarks about Israel." Happening tomorrow: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Democrats will 'certainly' beat Trump in 2020 Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing MORE (D-Calif.) and Democratic leadership have drafted a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism. http://bit.ly/2VF3hpx

What Omar said last week to reignite the firestorm: "Omar said at a Washington bookstore that she worries that everything she says about Israel would be construed as anti-Semitic. She used language that, to many ears, evoked a longtime trope about American Jews having divided loyalties. Israel's supporters, she suggested, are pushing members of Congress to pledge 'allegiance to a foreign country.'" http://bit.ly/2H2GJMy

REACTION FROM AOC: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGreta Thunberg scolds Congress on climate action: 'I know you are trying but just not hard enough' Ocasio-Cortez endorses challenger to Democrat Lipinski in Illinois race The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted: "One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled 'Go back to Puerto Rico!' on the floor) ... It's not my position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid. But incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? For a member saying he'll 'send Obama home to Kenya?'" http://bit.ly/2C4qxpC

REACTION FROM TRUMP: The president tweeted, "Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!" http://bit.ly/2UnyAF8

 

Muddying the waters:

Via Politico's Eli Okun, "Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MORE received money from Donald Trump as recently as six years ago. Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 2020 is not a family affair, for a change MORE and Jared Kushner hosted a Park Avenue fundraiser for Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerMark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MOREKirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions MORE took in Trump family donations three times across a seven-year period -- and then gave a similar amount of money to a nonprofit years later after the president mocked her in a tweet." Breakdown of Trump donations to 2020 Democrats: https://politi.co/2TlQDz9

   

IN OTHER NEWS

Finding the cracks in the Democratic Party:

Via The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke and Mike Lillis, "House GOP leaders are looking to capitalize on tensions between centrist and liberal Democrats following a pair of high-profile procedural victories on the chamber floor that have highlighted divisions in the Democratic Party." How so: http://bit.ly/2Um9G8U

 

*head pops up* -- Did someone say Chick-fil-A?: 

President Trump once again served fast food in the White House dining room, this time to the champion North Dakota State Bison football team. The spread: McDonald's and Chick-fil-A. https://cnn.it/2EC20sz

Trump joked with the team: "We could've had chefs, we could have, but we had fast food -- because I know you people." 

So relatable: "Chick-Fil-A, they say? Chick-Fil-A," Trump said.

  

A former Trump lawyer sang Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's praises:

In a recent interview, former Trump lawyer Ty Cobb called special counsel Robert Mueller an "American hero." http://bit.ly/2IR73L6

Cobb said on the ABC News podcast "The Investigation": "I think Bob Mueller's an American hero. ... Even though he came from an arguably privileged background, he has a backbone of steel. ... He walked into a firefight in Vietnam to pull out one of his injured colleagues and was appropriately honored for that. ... I've known him for 30 years as a prosecutor and a friend. And I think the world of Bob Mueller. He is a very deliberate guy. But he's also a class act and a very justice-oriented person." 

Keep in mind: Cobb represented the White House in the Mueller probe.

  

Leaving Capitol Hill:

Don Stewart, a top communications adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is leaving his post after more than two decades working on Capitol Hill. 

From McConnell's former chief of staff Josh Holmes: "I'm thrilled for my friend @StewSays who is leaving the Hill after a legendary career. Anybody who put pen to paper about the senate for the past two decades had to know Stew. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me and so many others to learn from him." http://bit.ly/2HfwqUw

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Feeling bold, my friend:

^Yes, I'm quoting "Elf" in March.

Back story: https://nyti.ms/2NNgBFW

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Phoenix for the day.

1:10 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence lands in Phoenix, Ariz.

1:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the National Association of Manufacturers' spring 2019 board of directors meeting.

2:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and the National Association of Manufacturers Executive Council.

4 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on a nomination.

4:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence tours a drug enforcement agency in Phoenix. He then heads back to Washington, D.C.

6:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House.

9:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

March 6: The Hill is hosting an event, "Overcoming Obstacles: Patient Access to Innovation." Featured speakers: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Moderated by: The Hill's Bob CusackDetails and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2tNeVDf

March 7: The Hill is hosting an event, "History Makers: Women & the 116th Congress." Featured speakers: Reps. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarGun epidemic is personal for lawmakers touched by violence House holds moment of silence for El Paso victims House Republicans want details on Democrats' trips to Mexico MORE (D-Texas), Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann Foxx58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House When disaster relief hurts MORE (R-N.C.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerGOP women's super PAC blasts 'out of touch' candidate in NC runoff GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill MORE (R-W.Va.), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillDemocrats ramp up calls to investigate NOAA Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe The Hill's Morning Report - US coastline readies for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall MORE (D-N.J.) and Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Centrist House Democrats press for committees to follow pay-go rule Gun debate to shape 2020 races MORE (D-Va.) and Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico). Moderated by: The Hill's Bob Cusack and Cate Martel. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2NEZJkI

  

WHAT TO WATCH

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump signs an executive order, the "National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veteran Suicide." Livestream: https://cs.pn/2IStBuQ

2:30 p.m. EST: State Department Deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2C3gWQc

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cheese Doodle Day!

 

Just released -- *starts humming the 'Game of Thrones' intro song*:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2SKPL1M

When 'Game of Thrones' returns for its final season: April 14. http://bit.ly/2Hh5Lqd

  

What a great tribute to Luke Perry:

Actor Colin Hanks posted a sweet story about the time he met actor Luke Perry on a flight from Mexico. http://bit.ly/2XFifOk

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"I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given today's sad events. My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of each other. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying..." Read the full post -- the story is pretty great: http://bit.ly/2XFifOk

Other tributes to Luke Perry, who passed away yesterday: https://cnn.it/2tRcRtW

 

 

And because these dogs deserve justice, here are two puppies who are upset they were replaced by knockoffs: http://bit.ly/2VEFTZh