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 TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates 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 KushnerOvernight Defense: Families sue over safety hazards at Army base | Lawmakers, NBA's Enes Kanter speak out ahead of Erdoğan visit | Washington braces for public impeachment hearings Bolton suggests Trump's Turkey policy motivated by personal, financial interest: NBC In new North Korea talks, 'achievable' is the watchword MORE, his son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months Sean Spicer eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars' Trump Jr.: How can Dems beat Trump if they can't boot Sean Spicer from DWTS? 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 SpicerThe Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony Sean Spicer eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars' Trump Jr.: How can Dems beat Trump if they can't boot Sean Spicer from DWTS? 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 McConnellMcConnell protege emerges as Kentucky's next rising star Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches McConnell, GOP leaders say they won't be watching House impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ky.) needs the support of President Trump and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFox News legal analyst says quid pro quo is 'clearly impeachable': Trump requested 'criminal' act Federal court rules baseless searches of travelers' devices unconstitutional Sunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates 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 OmarSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' MORE (D-Minn.), who for a second time in less than a month has made critical remarks about Israel." Happening tomorrow: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGiuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for Stephen Miller to resign over leaked emails Ocasio-Cortez meets Sasha Velour following DC performance Sanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia 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 HarrisOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE received money from Donald Trump as recently as six years ago. Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOvernight Defense: Families sue over safety hazards at Army base | Lawmakers, NBA's Enes Kanter speak out ahead of Erdoğan visit | Washington braces for public impeachment hearings Bolton suggests Trump's Turkey policy motivated by personal, financial interest: NBC Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower identity 'not particularly relevant' MORE and Jared Kushner hosted a Park Avenue fundraiser for Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent MOREKirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths Harris proposes keeping schools open for 10 hours a day 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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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 EscobarBrindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees House Democrats target Latino vote in Texas Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (D-Texas), Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Trump official declines to detail plans if ObamaCare struck down | DEA unveils rule for opioid manufacturers | Republican tells Zuckerberg to allow anti-vax content 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House 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 SherrillBrindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising House Dems introduce bill to fight social media disinformation MORE (D-N.J.) and Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerClub for Growth extends advertising against House Dems over impeachment NRCC campaign prank leads to suspicious package investigation Overnight Health Care: Walden won't seek reelection | Senate Dems to vote this week to overturn Trump ObamaCare moves | Largest children's migrant shelter to close | Vulnerable Republicans balk at drug pricing bill 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