The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump team fights back over Dem subpoena

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump team fights back over Dem subpoena
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Trump sues to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Trump hits back on impeachment talk | Moulton jumps into 2020 race | How Buttigieg is stealing O'Rourke's thunder | Justices take up cases on workplace LGBTQ discrimination | Latest on Sri Lanka terror attack | Trump hosts Easter Egg Roll | National Jelly Bean Day



Not today, sir!:

Live footage of Trump blocking Democrats' subpoenas:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE and his private businesses are suing House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (D-Md.) to try to block a subpoena.

The subpoena: Cummings issued a subpoena to request financial records from President Trump's accountant. 

The lawsuit from the Trump team: "The lawsuit, which was filed Monday, asks a federal court in Washington, D.C., to prevent Cummings from obtaining records from Mazars USA, an accounting firm used by the president and his businesses, arguing congressional Democrats are abusing their subpoena power." 


When your friends make you choose sides in the divorce:

This morning, the Trump administration announced it will not renew waivers that allowed eight foreign governments to buy oil from Iran without getting sanctioned.

The White House said in a statement: "President Donald J. Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs) when they expire in early May. This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue."

Livestream of the announcement:


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Just now — Cain is no longer able:

President Trump just announced that former Republican presidential candidate Herman CainHerman CainTrump puts hopes for Fed revolution on unconventional candidate Acosta on shaky ground as GOP support wavers The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders falters as rivals rise MORE has withdrawn from consideration to be nominated to the Federal Reserve Board.

Trump tweeted: "My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. I will respect his wishes. Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!”


Three new LGBTQ cases in the Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court has decided to hear three cases determining whether federal law protects LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in the workplace.

Yeah, but: The court ordered that two of the three cases be combined into one argument. 



What happened in Sri Lanka:

"On Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, coordinated bombings targeted churches, hotels and other sites, killing more than 290 people and injuring roughly 500 others. The attacks in Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, are the largest carried out on South Asian Christians in recent memory."

Including 39 tourists: The killed tourists are from Australia, Britain, China, Japan, Portugal and the U.S. The U.S. Embassy confirmed that at least four U.S. citizens were killed.

Any arrests?: 24 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks. 

Who is responsible?: Sri Lanken officials said a little-known Islamist group called National Thowheeth Jama'ath carried out the attack with international help.

Here's a primer on everything we know:

Where the attacks happened: Here's a map of where the attacks occurred:



President Trump spoke with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning and pledged the U.S.'s support.

The White House said in a statement: "President Trump pledged United States support to Sri Lanka in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and the leaders re-affirmed their commitment to the fight against global terrorism." 



We are officially at the 'everyone and their mother' phrase of presidential announcements: 

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur Moulton2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan 2020 Democrats push tax hike on wealthy investors MORE (D-Mass.) announced he is running for president in 2020. 

What to know about Moulton: The former Marine is centering his campaign on gun control, national security and climate change. He rose to prominence as a leader challenging Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE's (D-Calif.) path to the speakership.

His campaign announcement on Twitter: "I'm running for President to build a strong and safe country, create the jobs of the future, and elect leaders we can be proud of. Join our mission."

Watch his campaign announcement video:



Via Politico's Michael Kruse, here's a profile of Moulton from July 2017:


There's only room for one of us in this town:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, "Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race South Bend police officer resigns after killing of black man MORE's fast-rising 2020 presidential campaign is cutting into Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke raises .6 million in second quarter Biden support slips below 30 percent in new poll Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan MORE's viral mojo."

They're natural competitors: Buttigieg, 37, and O'Rourke, 46, are two of the youngest candidates. "Both candidates are seeking to convince Democrats that the party needs a generational change as they chase former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who are both in their 70s."

How this could play out:



cc @RobertMueller:

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet George Conway calls Trump a 'racist president' in new op-ed George Conway's group: Trump tweets 'should be rejected by every American' MORE said that 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 did not use the word "exoneration" because it was "unnecessary."

When asked on ABC's "This Week" if the report exonerated Trump: Conway responded, "Yes, and the word exoneration was unnecessary in the Mueller report and I would say inappropriate." 


This morning -- say impeachment ONE MORE TIME: 

President Trump pushed back on Democrats discussing impeachment.

He tweeted: "Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can't impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!"



Congratulations, Jenna Bush Hager!:

NBC's "Today" co-anchor Jenna Bush Hager announced that she and her husband Henry Hager are expecting a baby boy.



Imagine what people will think of this in 800 years...: 

Thank you, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for putting that thought into my head. Except from his book: 

My annual reminder that former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' In Arizona, Trump's new press secretary battled reporters MORE was once the White House Easter Bunny: Photo of Spicer without the head: 


Oh man, we all have aged:

Full size photos:



The House and Senate are out.

President Trump is in Washington, D.C. 

Vice President Pence has no public events on his calendar.

10:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpCruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Designer defends Melania Trump statue: 'People may laugh but the context still resonates' Melania Trump heading to West Virginia to discuss opioid epidemic MORE attended a reception before the White House Easter Egg Roll.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

Today: Earth Day. Op-ed:



11 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. Livestream:

1 p.m. EDT: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is holding a news conference on a proposal to change primary care. Livestream:



Today is National Jelly Bean Day. Makes sense.


Interesting read -- 'Here's How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes':

Did you know if you make less than $66,000 a year, you can file your taxes for free? Well, TurboTax does not want you to know that. ProPublica's Justin Elliott and Lucas Waldron tried it out and chronicled their step-by-step process. TurboTax does ~not~ make it easy. The process is pretty interesting:


And because you made it to the end, here's the smartest dog toy I've ever seen: