The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over 'treason' and 'spying'

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over 'treason' and 'spying'
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over 'treason' and 'spying' | House passes anti-LGBT discrimination bill | Trump delaying auto tariffs 180 days | Obama announces 2020 Dem unity fund | Appeals court rules Trump's ending of DACA unlawful | Treasury set to miss deadline on Trump tax returns | How Dems are dealing with an eye-popping 2020 field | Grumpy Cat dies | Queen Elizabeth II looking for a social media manager

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Just don't get Joffrey Baratheon involved plz:

President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE asserted that his campaign was "conclusively spied on," calling the charge "treason" and demanding jail time for those involved. http://bit.ly/2WPFm82

Trump tweeted: "My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!" http://bit.ly/30nQISQ

 

WHAT SPARKED THIS TWEET:

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate Attorney General Barr plays bagpipes at conference The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? MORE's appointment of a U.S. prosecutor to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation. http://bit.ly/2Vqw3K8

 

WILLIAM BARR CONSIDERS CHANGING DOJ PROTOCOL BECAUSE OF THE SPYING:

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Attorney General William Barr said he was thinking about changing protocol at the Department of Justice because of the surveillance on U.S. citizens in the 2016 presidential election. https://on.wsj.com/2JoOhKB

  

Das auto tariffs:

President Trump has decided to delay auto tariffs for up to six months amid negotiations with the European Union and Japan. http://bit.ly/2VGj7Vs

The White House said in a statement: "United States defense and military superiority depend on the competitiveness of our automobile industry and the research and development that industry generates."

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What sparked this: "On Monday, European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said the trading bloc was preparing retaliatory tariffs in the event that Trump decided to impose auto tariffs and was in the process of finalizing a list of U.S. goods to tax."

  

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IN CONGRESS

Just now -- the House just passed an LGBT bill: 

For the first time, the House just passed a bill banning anti-LGBT discrimination. http://bit.ly/2QbiJrY

The vote: 236-173

What the bill would do: "The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination in employment, housing, jury selection and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

Groups backing the bill: More than 200 businesses, including Facebook, Google, Hilton and JP Morgan Chase

Groups opposing the bill: The Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council are among the conservative groups that opposed the measure.

What's next -- it's an uphill battle: The bill faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled Senate. It's unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Adam Scott calls on McConnell to take down 'Parks & Rec' gif Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE (R-Ky.) will bring the measure to the floor. 

And if the bill passes the Senate: It's pretty unlikely that President Trump would sign the bill, even if it did pass in the upper chamber.

  

NOT HAPPENING TODAY

Like a tumbleweed strolling by:

The Treasury and the IRS are missing a deadline today to comply with subpoenas for President Trump's tax returns. http://bit.ly/2EdOHz8

The subpoenas: For six years of President Trump's personal and business tax returns.  

The deadline: 5 p.m. EDT today.

What next: Democrats are planning their next move, but the issue will likely move to the courts. 

  

LATEST WITH IMMIGRATION

New court ruling-- ending DACA was unlawful:

President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was ruled unlawful this morning by a federal appeals court. http://bit.ly/2HpwMaR

The lawsuit that started this case: "The appeals court decision stems from a lawsuit arguing that the decision to end DACA needed to undergo public comment and other procedures required under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)." 

The opposing argument: "Attorneys for the Trump administration argued that the decision to rescind DACA was an agency decision, and therefore did not have to be made available for public comment."

Keep in mind: The Supreme Court is still deciding whether to hear cases related to the end of DACA. 

 

REACTION TO TRUMP'S NEWLY UNVEILED IMMIGRATION PLAN:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump unveiled a new immigration plan on Thursday in the White House Rose Garden, only to be met by outrage from liberals and ambivalence from conservatives." How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2HBlnDJ

 

Everyone agrees: Fetch isn't going to happen:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "President Trump's push for a long-stalled deal on immigration is running straight into a dead end on Capitol Hill." http://bit.ly/2VInYpp

The gist of Trump's plan: "Trump's plan would try to break the years-long stalemate by overhauling the legal immigration system and giving preference for green cards to immigrants based on job skills rather than family reunification."

The problem on Capitol Hill: "There are already warning signs that neither the White House proposal nor bills being floated on Capitol Hill are able to bridge deep political divides heading into the 2020 election ... Immigration legislation has been stalled on Capitol Hill for years amid intense infighting and growing pressure from bases in both parties to draw hard lines on any potential compromise." 

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The takeaway here: too many trophies and gold stars were given out in elementary school:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, an eye-popping number of Democrats have entered the 2020 presidential primary and each think they are the best equipped to take on President Trump. http://bit.ly/2LNjA3G

'Break it down now': The Democratic field includes a former vice president, seven senators, four members of the House and two sitting governors. Six candidates are women and six people of color, 18 candidates are male and 18 are white. 

The good news for Democrats: "The big field reflects an optimism in the party that Trump is ripe for the picking in 2020. Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 election to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE, and there's a sense among Democrats that the president was fortunate to be running against an opponent who was carrying sizable baggage -- one who had to deal with Russian interference in the election and a nagging FBI investigation." 

The bad news for Democrats: "Yet even if Democrats see Trump as eminently beatable, there are also worries among the Democratic faithful bordering on paranoia that their party will manage to bungle the primary and hand Trump another four years in office."

 

Announced this morning -- Kumbayaaaa:

Former President Obama and the Democratic National Committee just announced a new fund to support the party's 2020 nominee. The fund's name: "Democratic Unity Fund." http://bit.ly/2Q87roA

  

TRENDING

AOC has another viral clip:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrat backs up Ocasio-Cortez: Migrant shelters 'are like concentration camps' Ocasio-Cortez marks one-year anniversary of her primary win Democratic lawmaker says treatment of migrants at border 'not American' MORE (D-N.Y.) got into a heated argument with Gilead CEO Daniel O'Day over the price of an HIV drug. http://bit.ly/2w31kbT

The gist of the argument: AOC pressed O'Day on why the drug costs more than $1,500 in the United States but only $8 in Australia. 

Watch the back and forth: http://bit.ly/2w31kbT

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Rest in peace, Grumpy Cat:

Via NPR, the famous "Grumpy Cat" has died at the age of seven. http://bit.ly/2HoYHrq

Back story on the viral feline: https://n.pr/2HCvxUn

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Therapy dogs got yearbook photos in Parkland, Fla., and OMG THAT BOW TIE ON SCHOONER!:

Full size photos -- because I know the little thumbnails are not enoughhttp://bit.ly/2W7pznX

  

Yikes this is uncomfortable:

Watch the back and forth: It's like watching your couple friends argue in front of you. https://on.msnbc.com/2YApZAU

  

ON TAP

The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump is back in Washington, D.C., from his New York trip. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with Purdue University honor students.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Q5LUgj

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cherry Cobbler Day. It's also National Walnut Day.

  

Your Majesty, could you please pose for a selfie:

Queen Elizabeth II is hiring a social media manager, and you can apply on LinkedIn. https://r29.co/2HvViWC

See the official job posting: http://bit.ly/2HvUJfs

 

FROM THE POSTING:

Location: "Buckingham Palace"

Salary: "circa £30,000, dependent on experience" 

About the role: "It's knowing your content will be viewed by millions. It's finding new ways to maintain The Queen's presence in the public eye and on the world stage. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional..." 

  

Who wants to move to Sicily with me?:

Houses in Sicily, Italy, are selling for as little as $2 in an effort to repopulate the historic homes. https://7ny.tv/2WaZPqK

Obviously there's a catch: "Buyers will have to renovate the homes within three years of purchase, and the amount of work to be done varies at each home. Buyers will also have to pay additional fees and taxes, bringing the total cost to anywhere between $2,700 and $4,500. Many of the homes lack electricity, air conditioning and common amenities that will need to be added." 

 

And to get your weekend off to an entertaining start, here's a dog who loves trampolines more than any human I know: http://bit.ly/2JrFszE