The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems move to hold Barr in contempt

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems move to hold Barr in contempt
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems take formal step toward holding Barr in contempt | Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenFeds unlikely to charge Trump Organization execs in campaign finance case: report Live coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel MORE reports to prison | Fight erupts over Mueller testifying | How Biden upended the 2020 race | Tiger Woods visiting the White House | Meghan Markle gives birth to baby boy | Coffee cup gaffe in 'Game of Thrones'



So many people fighting over 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. He must feel so flattered:

Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with House Democrats about testifying on his Russia probe findings next week.

Throwing a wrench into the plans: Over the weekend, 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 changed his mind and said that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify.

Trump tweeted: "After spending more than $35,000,000 over a two year period, interviewing 500 people, using 18 Trump Hating Angry Democrats & 49 FBI Agents -- all culminating in a more than 400 page Report showing NO COLLUSION -- why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify."

He also added: "Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!"



Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.) has been firm that special counsel Robert Mueller did not need to testify before his committee. But last Friday: Graham sent Mueller a letter asking if he wants to rebut anything Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Harris campaign accepts money from partners of law firm she criticized over Epstein case MORE said last week.  


Just announced for Wednesday -- Dems take step toward holding Barr in contempt:

Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers and Morgan Chalfant, "Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Monday took their first formal step toward holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, deepening a feud over special counsel Robert Mueller's report."

Why Barr would be held in contempt: His refusal to turn over the full Mueller report to Congress.


Keep in mind: Tensions already heightened after Barr skipped scheduled testimony with the House Judiciary Committee last week.


It's Monday -- welcome back! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Meghan Markle had her baby!:

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed a baby boy this morning.

From Prince Harry: "It was amazing. As every father and parent will ever say your baby is absolutely amazing. ... I'm just over the moon." 

Watch Harry's remarks this morning -- this is way too cute:

The line of succession: "The child [is] seventh in line to the throne, following Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince Harry." 

The queen must be thrilled: The new baby is Queen Elizabeth II's eighth great-grandchild. 

The couple's birth announcement on Instagram:

The baby's name: It has not been released, but here is some of the recent speculation over baby names:

The baby's weight: 7 pounds, 3 ounces. 


Michael Cohen becomes Prison Mike today:

President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is reporting for his three-year prison sentence today after being found guilty on charges of tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

What Michael Cohen did before his sentence: "He spoke eight times with Robert S. Mueller III's investigators, appeared before three congressional committees and helped federal prosecutors with at least two criminal inquiries into President Trump's inner circle."

Michael Cohen's remarks before he drove to prison:



Michael Cohen will be at the same prison as Fyre Festival fraudster Billy MacFarland and "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.



Disaster relief: "The House is set to take up a bill this week aimed at providing additional relief for recovery assistance for those affected by a spate of recent floods, hurricanes, storms and wildfires."

Pre-existing conditions: "The House is slated to bring a Democrat-backed bill that pushes back against the Trump Administration's guidance issued last year loosening restrictions on states' ability to waive out of certain requirements in the Affordable Care Act."

Nominations: "Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE (R-Ky.) is set to escalate a fight over the 'blue slip' and Trump's judicial nominations."  What's a blue slip?: A Senate precedent "has historically allowed a home-state senator to stop a lower-court nominee by refusing to return the blue slip to the Judiciary Committee. How strictly the precedent is upheld is decided by the committee chairman, and enforcement has varied depending on who wields the gavel." 

Context and details for each:



It's Joe's world. We're all just living in it:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, 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 has become the candidate to beat.

How so: "Biden has had a stronger than expected launch to his campaign, opening up a wide lead in several opinion polls. The scale of the 'Biden Bump' is all the more surprising given that the former vice president had to navigate troubled waters in early April, before making his bid official, when several women said he had been inappropriately tactile with them in the past." 

Yeah, but keep in mind: The primary season is still nine months away. 

What to expect in the coming months on the campaign trail:



Oh wow: 




The House is out. The Senate meets later today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule today

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination.

Tonight: The 2019 Met Gala. This year's theme: "Camp: Notes on Fashion."  What to know:

May 13: The 23rd annual Webby Awards. 



12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the U.S. Military Academy football team. Livestream:

1:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the Satellite 2019 Conference in Washington, D.C. Livestream: Op-ed:

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfer Tiger WoodsDetails: Livestream:



Today is National Crepe Suzette Day.


Whoops -- A Starbucks cup accidentally made it into a 'Game of Thrones' scene last night: 

A disposable coffee cup was accidentally left visible in last night's new episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones." The clip with the gaffe: 

Ouch: "Fashion bloggers Tom & Lorenzo actually mocked the cinematographer directly, throwing last week's TV-tuning advice back at him: 'A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don't know how to tune their TVs properly to make coffee cups disappear.' "



And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here's a little girl dressed as Princess Aurora meeting the actual Princess Aurora: