The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release | Trump, Ocasio-Cortez on Time 100 list | Trump targets Pelosi | McConnell looks to work with Speaker on spending | Why Indiana GOP fears Buttigieg | Dem senators trying to steer clear of 2020 endorsement fight | Trump, Congress headed for clash over subpoenas | Romney's Capitol moves | Bernie's hand-written tax returns

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

100 of your most influential buddies:

Time magazine unveiled its list of the 100 most influential people this morning. 

The list, by category: http://bit.ly/2ZgZe5E

 


THE SPARK NOTES:

The list has the highest number of women ever: A record 48 of the 100 people on the list are women. http://bit.ly/2VTqd56

Polar opposites: President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? MORE (D-N.Y.) both appear on the list. Who wrote their profiles: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) wrote Trump's profile, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (D-Mass.) wrote AOC's profile. http://bit.ly/2Iypcvw

This is pretty interesting: Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case Supreme Court rules defendants can be tried on state and federal charges, potentially impacting Manafort MORE and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford both appear on this year's list.  Who wrote their profiles: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJon Stewart rips into McConnell for saying he's 'bent out of shape' over 9/11 victim fund Jon Stewart rips into McConnell for saying he's 'bent out of shape' over 9/11 victim fund Tensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat MORE (R-Ky.) wrote Kavanaugh's profile. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (D-Calif.) wrote Blasey Ford's profile. http://bit.ly/2V2rsSr

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrForeign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too Foreign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too America's crisis of compassion is a Constitutional crisis, too MORE made the list: And guess who wrote his profile -- Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon GOP group urges Republicans to speak out on obstruction claims against Trump in new ad MOREhttp://bit.ly/2IrU3uC

Music-related people on the list: BTS, Ozuna, Khalid, Ariana Grande, Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort Taylor Swift pushes for Equality Act in new pro-LGBT music video MORE and Lady Gaga. Details from Billboard: http://bit.ly/2UnZb47

  

It's Wednesday. T minus one day until the Mueller report is publicly released. 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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HAPPENING TOMORROW

On your marks, get set...:

Special counsel 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's highly anticipated Russia report is expected to be released Thursday morning.

Helpful read: Via NBC's Dareh Gregorian, here's "your guide to Mueller's report on Trump: What's in it, what's not and what comes next." https://nbcnews.to/2DiZxmS

What time it will come out: Unclear. All we know is “Thursday morning.”

Where to find the report when it is published: The special counsel’s website. Here’s where to find it: http://bit.ly/2XnVrlf

Who and what was investigated: Here’s the list: https://nyti.ms/2KMxqTz

How the Trump team is preparing: Via Fox News’s Brooke Singman, President Trump’s lawyers are preparing a counter-report for any details related to obstruction of justice. What we know: https://fxn.ws/2Gs5dgp

‘What part of the report is likely to be most interesting?’: “Reporters are likely to make a beeline to the section of the report that addresses why Mr. Mueller decided not to draw a conclusion about whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice, citing ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact.” Details in The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2Zkewq4

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Why Indiana Republicans are scared of Buttigieg:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, while South Bend mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE is excelling on the presidential campaign trail, Republicans in Indiana are worried that Buttigieg could drop out and immediately become a threat to win as the state's governor. http://bit.ly/2UpmWJl

Yeah, but: The chances of Buttigieg dropping out of the presidential race are getting slimmer and slimmer as he rises in the polls.

How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2UpmWJl

 

TIDBIT -- PROTESTERS ARE ONE OF THE MORE INTERESTING PARTS OF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL:

Via CNN's Dan Merica, "The same protesters from Buttigieg's events yesterday are now outside his house party here in Marshalltown, Iowa this morning. Randall Terry is dressed as the devil and has a speaker system." Photo -- wow: http://bit.ly/2XdBEF4

 

Oh mannnnn: 

  

Senators not looking to define the relationship yet:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, only four Senate Democrats have chosen to endorse a 2020 presidential candidate. http://bit.ly/2VbKwhe

Which senators have endorsed candidates:

^ I.e.: Senators have endorsed home-state colleagues who are running.

Are candidates actively courting senators for endorsements?: Yes. "Senators say White House hopefuls have reached out to them, but most are steering clear of an endorsement game that could lead to an awkward post-primary dynamic."

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Hold your horses:

Via The Washington Post's By Tom Hamburger, Karoun Demirjian, Josh Dawsey and Rachael Bade, "President Trump's attorneys and the White House are moving to resist a growing number of congressional requests for information, increasing the likelihood of a protracted legal fight that could test the power of congressional subpoenas."

Why this matters in Congress: "The building battle will shape how much material House Democrats will be able to obtain about Trump's policies and personal finances through multiple investigations launched by various congressional committees." 

What it all means: https://wapo.st/2KKBaVx

  

IN CONGRESS

The elephant in the room:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to build a functional working relationship with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D-Calif.) as the two tackle the mammoth task of winning a deal on fiscal spending ceilings for the next year." http://bit.ly/2DgGgTi

Where the debate is: "Democrats are insisting on parity between defense and nondefense spending, arguing any hike for the Pentagon must be equal to that for domestic spending."

Why that will be a big sticking point: "That directly contradicts the wishes of President Trump, whose budget proposed slashing nondefense spending while increasing defense spending by 5 percent." 

 

MEANWHILE -- STOP TRYING TO MAKE A TRUCE HAPPEN. IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN: 

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Brett Samuels, "President Trump is launching new attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), questioning her leadership chops and veering sharply from his previous practice of touting her skills as an accomplished legislator and formidable rival."

What may be happening: "The shift arrives as the 2020 Democratic primary is heating up, leaving some observers to speculate that Trump is simply shifting into campaign mode by taking on a Democratic adversary who has long been radioactive in the eyes of conservative voters." http://bit.ly/2UH5XXR

 

Started from the bottom, now he's here (in Russell 124):

NOTABLE TWEETS

I have no issue believing this: 

Full size image: http://bit.ly/2GtM6CM

Takeaways from the tax returns: https://wapo.st/2V8Es8Z

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out. 

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Dallas.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a campaign event in Dallas.

2:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence heads to Midland, Texas.

4:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours the Permian Basin Oil field and Diamondback Oil rig.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a campaign event in Midland, Texas.

10:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

12:30 p.m. EDT: South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns in Des Moines, Iowa. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2UnwyEj

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a conference on Opportunity Zones at the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2GiIZME

3:30 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidate former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeProgressive activist: Democratic nominee will 'need to ride a little bit to the center' Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points MORE (D-Texas) campaigns in Alexandria, Va. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2v6AiQv

7:30 p.m. EDT: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (D-N.Y.) campaigns in Des Moines, Iowa. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Vakt9S

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cheeseball Day.

  

Saaaame, dude. Same.:

Via Fox 61, "Florida man arrested outside Olive Garden after eating pasta belligerently." The full story: http://bit.ly/2VPeaG7

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a determined dog who will leave no good men behind: http://bit.ly/2GtAM9L