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 TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE and his private businesses are suing House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Postal Service collapse that isn't happening House Democrat reintroduces bill to reduce lobbyist influence The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid 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 CainOn The Money: Trump adviser presses House to make Bezos testify | Kudlow says tax-cut proposal coming this fall | NY Fed says Boeing woes could hurt GDP | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Republicans expect Trump to withdraw controversial Fed nominee 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 MoultonThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Debruyne Says Global Response Platform Needed; Navarro Saw It Coming Asian American lawmaker warns of fear of racism over coronavirus stigma Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 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 PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE's fast-rising 2020 presidential campaign is cutting into Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House O'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel 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 ConwayJuan Williams: Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle George Conway group targets Tillis's loyalty to Trump in new ad George Conway group launches campaign to gin up GOP and independent support for Biden MORE said that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 SpicerMcEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Flynn was guilty and the government could prove it New White House press secretary vows never to lie at inaugural briefing 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Crowds return during Memorial Day weekend Trump marks Memorial Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Fort McHenry 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:


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