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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 — Presented by MAPRx — Trump calls off Iran strike at last minute The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump, Biden headed to dueling Iowa rallies MORE, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?' 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 MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Acosta out as Trump Labor secretary Pelosi reportedly told Trump deputy: 'What was your name, dear?' 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 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 Russia report. 

How we know: White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers Conway: Progressive congresswomen represent 'dark underbelly in this country' 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 BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll 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 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 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 SandersBiden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' Trump directs Pentagon to develop policy allowing service academy athletes to go pro right away 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: