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

 

LATEST WITH THE MUELLER REPORT

I will demolish you:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE warned Democrats that he would fight any impeachment attempts in the Supreme Court. http://bit.ly/2GAKKor

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: http://bit.ly/2GAKKor

  

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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 — Presented by USAA — Trump sparks firestorm over Syria Giuliani pulls out of event featuring Putin: reports Giuliani: State Department official should 'step forward,' 'I wasn't operating on my own' MORE, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump says acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan will step down Activists to demonstrate at ICE headquarters after Cameroonian immigrant dies in custody Ex-Citizenship and Immigration Services chief returns to DHS in different role MORE was told not to discuss possible Russian interference in the 2020 election around President Trump

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Why: Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyHillicon Valley: Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech | Senators call for better info-sharing on supply chain threats | Apple pulls app after Chinese pressure Overnight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions 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: https://nyti.ms/2VkTWa9

 

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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s Russia report. 

How we know: White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayStephen Miller defends Trump, accuses Democrats of 'witch hunt part two' George Conway, conservative attorneys urge House to move quickly on impeachment George Conway: 'Garbage' White House defense 'virtually guarantees' Trump impeachment 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.”

 

TRUMP’S REASONING:

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: https://wapo.st/2GxjnvK

 

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. http://bit.ly/2UVeqqA

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.” http://bit.ly/2UVeqqA

   

ON THE BORDER

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. http://bit.ly/2GE9uO3

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. http://bit.ly/2IVgis3

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!” http://bit.ly/2GuavHc

  

IN CAMPAIGN NEWS

Same party, two veryyy different people:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption 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: http://bit.ly/2L2iW23

 

INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE:

David Gergen, James Piltch and Blythe Riggan co-wrote an op-ed why “Joe Biden should worry about the competition he faces.” https://cnn.it/2Dw4LMv

 

IN LOCAL NEWS

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: http://bit.ly/2viSYfV

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Getting traction — aw:

   

ON TAP

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 TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores 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 SandersWhite House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she is 'relentlessly' attacked by women Sarah Sanders makes debut as Fox News contributor MORE Sanders, nominally the White House press secretary, has abandoned the custom of briefing the news media.” https://nyti.ms/2vjd4qf

8:30 a.m. EST Friday: FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at a Council on Foreign Relations event. Details: https://on.cfr.org/2W5aoZ4

April 28 — May 1: The Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. Details: http://bit.ly/2W4CpA6

 

WHAT TO WATCH

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump deliver remarks at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2IFF4gD

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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: http://bit.ly/2UWkKOD