The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in for fight over subpoenas

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in for fight over subpoenas

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump digs in for battle with House Dems | Vows to fight 'all the subpoenas' | White House weighs blocking McGahn from testifying | Trump says he'll challenge impeachment in court | Report claims Nielsen was warned not to discuss election interference | Trump claims incident between US, Mexican troops was cover for drug smuggling | Biden, Sanders prepare for 'titanic clash' | Trump, first lady to headline opioid summit



I will demolish you:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE warned Democrats that he would fight any impeachment attempts in the Supreme Court.

He tweeted: “The Mueller Report, despite being written by Angry Democrats and Trump Haters, and with unlimited money behind it ($35,000,000), didn’t lay a glove on me. I DID NOTHING WRONG. If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court.” 

Read his full tweets:


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Doing the cha-cha slide around the subject: 

Via The New York Times’s Eric Schmitt, David E. Sanger and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in for fight over subpoenas Journalists respond to NRA spokeswoman claim the media loves mass shootings MORE, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump ICE director nominee called administration 'heartless' for forcing him out: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report Trump wants border wall black, pointed: report MORE was told not to discuss possible Russian interference in the 2020 election around President Trump

Why: Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyBolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada MORE “made it clear that Mr. Trump still equated any public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory. According to one senior administration official, Mr. Mulvaney said it ‘wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level.’ ” 

What this means for 2020:


They’re called ‘presidential perks,’ look them up:

President Trump is considering using executive privilege to prevent former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying in the aftermath of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s Russia report. 

How we know: White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayDem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as 'fake' Bush economics director says psychiatrists labeled Trump 'total narcissist' Hatch Act complaints jumped nearly 30 percent Trump's first year in office: report MORE told reporters: “Executive privilege is on the table. That’s his right. There’s a reason our democracy and our constitutional government allow for that.”



In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said there’s “no reason” to cooperate with congressional Democrats because he sees the probes as "obviously very partisan." More from the interview:


Late this morning — Trump elaborated on his subpoena plan:

President Trump told reporters that he plans to fight “all the subpoenas” issued by House Democrats.

Specifically regarding Don McGahn: Trump called the subpoena for McGahn to testify “ridiculous.” Trump then elaborated: "We have been, I have been the most transparent president and administration in the history of our country by far.” 

Trump questioned Dems’ motivations: "Look, these aren't impartial people," Trump said. "The Democrats are trying to win 2020. They're not going to win with the people that I see, and they're not going to win against me ... The only way they can luck out is by constantly going after me on nonsense.”



Mexican soldiers stopped U.S. troops — and disarmed them:

Via Newsweek’s James Laporta, Mexican soldiers stopped two U.S. troops and disarmed the Americans on U.S. soil.

What happened: “The armed [Mexican soldiers] swiftly approached the U.S. service members, crossing over from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande into U.S. territory and ordering the soldiers out of their vehicle at gunpoint.” 

Why: The Mexican troops thought the Americans had crossed into Mexico.  

When the incident happened: April 13

What this incident shows: The incident “underscores the confusion between the physical location of the border fence and where the geographical U.S.-Mexico border begins and ends. In Texas, the border fence does not align perfectly with the topography of the precise location of the U.S.-Mexico border, and this creates a buffer zone between the actual, often invisible, border and the fence.”


Why it's become news days later: 

This morning, President Trump suggested it was a distraction tactic from Mexican troops to help drug cartels.

Trump tweeted: “Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!”



Same party, two veryyy different people:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE (I-Vt.) are preparing for what could become a “titanic clash.” 

How so: “The elder statesmen who are the two front-runners for the nomination served together in the Senate briefly. Biden was the far bigger star than Sanders on Capitol Hill. But Sanders has been more of a liberal policy visionary, championing policies that were initially regarded by colleagues as fringe ideas.”

How this could play out during the primary season:



David Gergen, James Piltch and Blythe Riggan co-wrote an op-ed why “Joe Biden should worry about the competition he faces.”



Check out Rosslyn tomorrow:

Rosslyn is hosting its annual used book sale on Thursday. The event will also include events for children and adults. Details from ARLnow:



Getting traction — aw:



The House and Senate are out until next week.

11:15 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Detroit.

12 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Trump campaign lunch in Detroit.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpAlec Baldwin leads Trump Oval Office sing-along on 'Saturday Night Live' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate MORE land in Atlanta, where they will headline a summit on opioid addiction.

1:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours the Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn truck plant.

2:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks on trade at Motor City Solutions.

4:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump get back to the White House.

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

Not on tap today: A White House press briefing. Michelle Cottle of the New York Times editorial board published an op-ed today titled, “Meet the Press? Don’t Bother:

Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersLive coverage: House panel moves forward with Barr contempt vote Mueller's facts vs Trump's spin Trump says he was called 'the greatest hostage negotiator this country has ever had' MORE Sanders, nominally the White House press secretary, has abandoned the custom of briefing the news media.”

8:30 a.m. EST Friday: FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at a Council on Foreign Relations event. Details:

April 28 — May 1: The Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. Details:



1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump deliver remarks at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Livestream



Today is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day.


And because you made it to the end, here’s a puppy’s first time in the snow. Yes, you’re supposed to hop: