The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems face tricky balancing act after Mueller report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems face tricky balancing act after Mueller report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mueller report fallout | Tough decision ahead for Dems | Nadler issues subpoena for full report | Trump calls parts of report 'total bulls---' | Trump blames Obama for Russian interference | Key Mueller report takeaways | Winners, losers | Unanswered questions | Five Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg | Biden eyeing Wednesday 2020 launch | How Notre Dame's art was saved



'Subpoena' is the congressional 'abracadabra':

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) just issued a subpoena for the Department of Justice to handle over special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats 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 full unredacted report.

The date for the DOJ to comply with the subpoena: May 1

Nadler said in a statement: "I am open to working with the Department to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials, however I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark, as they grapple with their duties of legislation, oversight and constitutional accountability." 

Yeah, but: The Justice Department has already agreed to allow a few lawmakers to read a less-redacted version as soon as next week.

Why parts are redacted: For national security reasons or details related to ongoing criminal investigations.


Cough, cough, co-TOTAL BS-ugh, cough:

"President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE on Friday lashed out over special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report a day after declaring the report cleared him of collusion and obstruction, claiming some statements about him in the document 'are total bullshit.'"

His new insult for the Mueller report: The "Crazy Mueller Report."

Trump's criticism: "Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue. Watch out for people that take so-called 'notes,' when the notes never existed until needed. Because I never agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the 'Report' about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad). This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened."


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  1. It's good news for Trump
  2. The question of obstruction took center stage
  3. Trump was deeply concerned over Mueller appointment
  4. The report sets up challenges for Pelosi
  5. Mueller will be in the congressional spotlight

Context and details for each:



Politico has created an annotated version of the report, pulling quotes and explaining their significance. The annotated version:



Winners: Special counsel Robert MuellerPresident Trump; congressional Republicans; former White House counsel Donald McGahnDonald (Don) F. McGahnAmerica has no time to wait for impeachment Election agency limps into 2020 cycle The Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst MORE.

Mixed: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDHS chief to Pelosi: Emergency border funding 'has already had an impact' The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Trump faces new hit on deficit MORE (D-Calif.)

Losers: Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHouse gears up for Mueller testimony History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments MORE; cable news pundits

Context and details on each from The Hill's Niall Stanage:





Mueller report mentions: Via The Hill's Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackAnyone for tennis? Washington Kastles Charity Classic returns this week GOP sen: Democrats talking about 'Medicare for All' shows they're unhappy with ObamaCare Lawmakers map out path forward on Medicare Part D MORE, here's how many times special counsel Robert Mueller's report references key players and terms:

Trump's former personal lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenJudiciary chair demands Hope Hicks clarify closed-door testimony Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments Judge says probe tied to Trump hush-money payments is over MORE: 820 times

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn: 668 times

Former White House counsel Donald McGahn: 529 times

Twitter/tweet: 254 times

Former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak: 211 times

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal MORE: 20 times


An interesting way to see the redactions:





Last night, President Trump blamed former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHealth care moves to center stage in Democratic primary fight Meghan McCain shares video of father shutting down supporter who called Obama an 'Arab' after Trump rally Poll: Majority of Democratic voters happy with their choices among 2020 contenders MORE for Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He tweeted: "Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected."


Your move, Democrats:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Olivia Beavers, House Democrats are in a tough position since the Mueller report became public. 

Why: The report is sparking a new round of promises from Democrats to investigate President Trump.

But that wasn't part of the magic elixir in 2018: "Yet Democrats won the House in 2018 on issues like health care and middle-class economic prosperity -- purposefully de-emphasizing the divisive probe into the mercurial president -- and are hoping to ride that same message to victory in the high-stakes 2020 presidential cycle."

Democrats' delicate balancing act:



Via The Associated Press's Lisa Mascaro, "While the special counsel declined to prosecute Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate him, all but leaving the question to Congress. Mueller's report provides fresh evidence of Trump's interference in the Russia probe, challenging lawmakers to respond. The risks for both parties are clear if they duck the responsibility or prolong an inquiry that, rather than coming to a close, may be just beginning."



Five powerhouse endorsements for buddha-judge:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, five former ambassadors who served under former President Obama are endorsing South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE for president.

Who: "The Obama diplomats -- Timothy Broas (Netherlands), John Phillips (Italy), Tod Sedgwick (Slovakia), David Jacobson (Canada) and Bill Eacho (Austria) -- raised millions of dollars for the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and 2012." 


Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE is more indecisive than a hangry person staring at a 10-page restaurant menu: 

Via The Atlantic's Edward-Isaac Dovere, former Vice President Joe Biden is planning to announce his presidential run next Wednesday.

The basis of his campaign: "Biden's campaign will, at its core, argue that the response to Donald Trump requires an experienced, calm hand to help America take a deep breath and figure out a way to get back on track."

How he will announce: A campaign announcement video with footage shot outside his old family home in Scranton, Pa.

What his team is debating: Where to hold his launch event -- the Philadelphia Museum of Art or in Charlottesville, Va. 

Why a lot of campaign decisions are still up in the air -- $$: [Biden] doesn't have any money to pay for any real campaign operations, since he doesn't have an active campaign account. He'll be hoping for a show of force, raising a few million dollars in the first few weeks. Without that, he couldn't even pay for setting up a rally."



I bet it's a knock-off ;)

I kid. I kid, Melania.




The House and Senate are out.

President Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., with no public events on his schedule. 

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

April 29: The Hill's editor-in-chief Bob Cusack interviews Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump, Kushner for helping efforts to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish jail Trump directed officials to work to free rapper A$AP Rocky after arrest in Sweden: reports MORE for The Hill's Newsmaker series. Details and how to RSVP:



Sunday morning: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press."



Today is National Garlic Day.


Fascinating read -- and good news:

Via CNN's Eliza Mackintosh and Saskya Vandoorne, here's "how centuries of priceless treasures were saved at Notre Dame."


And to kick off your weekend, here's a cat attempting to harass its bunny friend: