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The Hill's 12:30 Report: McGahn defies subpoena | Move inflames Dem divisions on impeachment | Nadler claims witness intimidation | Pelosi under new pressure to launch proceedings | Trump mocks Amash as a 'loser' | Buzz over Amash challenging Trump | Trump expected to tap Cuccinelli for top immigration post | Officials to brief lawmakers on Iran | Budget talks begin | How the trade fight kept the 'Game of Thrones' finale off-air in China

 

NOT HAPPENING THIS MORNING

'Donald F. McGahn II. Do we have a Donald F. McGahn II?'

*crickets*:

Former White House counsel Don McGahn defied his congressional subpoena this morning by failing to show up for a House Judiciary Committee hearing. 

So the committee left an empty chair for McGahn in his absence: http://bit.ly/2VAliVH

Why McGahn did not show upPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE instructed McGahn to not testify before Congress. http://bit.ly/2HKCnaq

Why McGahn is important: McGahn was a key witness in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE's investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice. 

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During the hearing -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana This week: Congress races to wrap work for the year Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon MORE (D-N.Y.) accused Trump of witness intimidation: "He took to Twitter to call Mr. McGahn a liar. His lawyers went on cable television to do the same. In short, the president took it upon himself to intimidate a witness who has a legal obligation to be here today. This conduct is not remotely acceptable." http://bit.ly/2Em0sUo

How the committee is reacting: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is expected to schedule a vote to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress.

Tidbit -- from Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsTrump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs McCarthy woos Freedom Caucus with eye on Speakership Georgia's Perdue, Kemp to appear with Fox News's Laura Ingraham MORE (R-Ga.): "I just am glad to see we don't have chicken on the dais," Collins said during the hearing.  What he's referring to: When Attorney General William BarrBill BarrKellyanne Conway acknowledges Biden as apparent winner Trump Pentagon nominee alleged Biden 'coup': report Ex-FBI lawyer who falsified document in Trump-Russia probe seeks to avoid prison MORE did not show up for his hearing, Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDe Blasio mum on whether he'll block sale of Mets to controversial investor Two ethics groups call on House to begin impeachment inquiry against Barr Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL MORE (D-Tenn.) brought a bucket of fried chicken and a rubber chicken to mock Barr. http://bit.ly/2VYNYwU

Livestream of the hearing: https://cs.pn/2wd0Xvv

 

PRESSURING IS BUILDING FOR PELOSI TO IMPEACH:

Via Politico's Heather Caygle, John Bresnahan and Sarah Ferris, "House Democratic leaders sparred internally on Monday over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Hillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package MORE and her allies rejecting the call to move forward for now, according to multiple sources."  https://politi.co/2HLF4ZB

  

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TALK OF THE MORNING

Amash is running amok:

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashIncoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing 'Democrat tyrannical control' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Romney congratulates Biden after victory MORE (R-Mich.) doubled down by saying President Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice after becoming the first Republican to break with the party. http://bit.ly/2Hul26S

What to know about Amash: This is not out of character for Amash. The 39-year-old House Freedom Caucus co-founder has a history of challenging Republican Party leadership. 

Reaction from The House Freedom Caucus: The conservative caucus that he co-founded voted to condemn Amash's call for impeachment. Will he be ousted from the caucus?: It's unlikely. http://bit.ly/2WU46fb

Reaction from Trump: "I've known him, and he's been against Trump from the beginning," the president told reporters. "He probably wants to run for some other office. I don't think he'll do very well. He's been a loser for a long time. Rarely votes for Republicans, and personally I think he's not much." http://bit.ly/2HUQzy3

  

AMASH ~IS RUNNING~ AMOK -- GET IT, GET IT?:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, buzz is growing on whether Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) would challenge President Trump by running as a third-party candidate for president in 2020. http://bit.ly/2VRb34z

Keep in mind about Amash's House seat -- it could be redistricted: "Michigan currently has 14 members in the House, but the state's population is shrinking and it's likely it will lose a seat when new maps are drawn after the 2020 census. Most expect Amash's district to be redrawn in a way that will make it tough for him to win reelection to the House. He drew a Trump-supporting primary challenger on Monday." http://bit.ly/2VRb34z

 

'OK, kids. Raise your hand if you know what 'obstruction' means!'

'Here's your assignment. Go home and read pages 1–448 of the Mueller report': 

http://bit.ly/2JzIIJk

What this means for Amash's career: Via contributor Bill Press: http://bit.ly/2HtYD9J

  

HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL TODAY

No. 1 -- Giving Congress the low-down on Iran:

White House officials are briefing the House and Senate today on the Trump administration's Iran policy as tensions escalate. http://bit.ly/2Wi7CmE

Timing: The briefings are happening after President Trump threatened that war could mean "the official end of Iran." The debate on Capitol Hill has started to shift to potential military action.

Which Trump officials will do the briefing: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanProgressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper House Armed Services chairman expresses confidence in Esper amid aircraft carrier coronavirus crisis MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over 'intimidation' tactics Israel's new Gulf relations give Biden's team a new Middle East hub Pompeo knocks Turkey in NATO speech: report MORE and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Why this is important for lawmakers: It's the first time for many lawmakers to evaluate the intelligence related to Iran. Congressional leaders and only a few lawmakers have been briefed.

 

HERE'S A PRIMER ON WHAT TO KNOW IN IRAN:

http://bit.ly/2VE9B0h

  

No. 2 -- A come to Jesus meeting on spending:

Congressional leaders met with White House officials this morning to discuss a possible two-year budget deal. http://bit.ly/2LVBi54

Which White House officials are involved: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Sweeping financial crimes bill to hitch a ride on defense measure On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K MORE, White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMick Mulvaney 'concerned' by Giuliani role in Trump election case On The Money: Senate releases spending bills, setting up talks for December deal | McConnell pushing for 'highly targeted' COVID deal | CFPB vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency MORE and acting White House budget director Russell Vought.

Which congressional leaders are involved -- the big guns: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks GOP senators back Christian school's push for COVID-19 carve-out Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal McCarthy woos Freedom Caucus with eye on Speakership House GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting MORE (R-Calif.).

Keep in mind: Republicans oppose additional nondefense spending but GOP leaders really want to avoid another government shutdown and could concede. 

Also being discussed: Raising the debt ceiling. Last month, White House officials floated separating the debt ceiling debate from the budget debate to fast track raising the debt ceiling, but lawmakers think it makes more sense to combine the two.

  

ALSO ON CAPITOL HILL TODAY:

The ninth annual Cannabis Industry Lobby Days on Capitol Hill today, tomorrow and Thursday. Details: http://bit.ly/2JStMp3

Spotted on Capitol Hill:

-- Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerMcCarthy woos Freedom Caucus with eye on Speakership Feehery: How GOP takes back the House in two years Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick MORE (R-Ohio) (via Politico's Sarah Ferris) http://bit.ly/2WfGB3q

-- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the House side of the Capitol. (via CQ Roll Call's Kellie Mejdrich) Photo of her existing with a police escort: http://bit.ly/2JScloA 

-- MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiMike Barnicle blasts Trump for 'mentally ill rant' on election Scarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump Fox News wins ratings week, while MSNBC touts daytime figures MORE interviewing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (via Politico's Melanie Zanona) Photo of the two: http://bit.ly/2M24vvg 

-- "Yellow roses being handed out in GOP & Dem conference meetings this morning to commemorate 100 years of women's suffrage." http://bit.ly/2VGe2rx

-- A House Lannister banner was spotted at a house near the U.S. Capitol. Interesting choice...  (via The Daily Caller's Christopher Bedford) Photo: http://bit.ly/2JwOc7M

  

Tidbit -- AOC says she often sees lawmakers almost in tears: 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less' Harry Styles hits back at criticism over wearing dress on Vogue cover MORE (D-N.Y.) opened up on the pressures of being in Congress. http://bit.ly/2we3oxH

She posted on Instagram: "As a member of Congress you're not 'supposed' to talk about these things because it can easily be construed as complaining and detractors are quick to say 'you signed up for this.' But I do see members on the brink of tears quite often because of the time they're missing from their kids, or the lack of sleep, or the unfair attacks and relentless pressure." See the post -- click her profile picture on the top right to read the post: http://bit.ly/2HscBca

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

A new immigration head in town: 

Via The New York Times's Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Giuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE and Zolan Kanno-YoungsPresident Trump is expected to nominate former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli, an immigration hard-liner for the top immigration job at the Department of Homeland Security. What to know: https://nyti.ms/2YEy3QX

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

To quote the wise Miley Cyrus ;) -- 'There's always gonna be another mountain ... it's the climb': 

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump faces a steep uphill climb to a second term, even if it's far too early to count him out."  http://bit.ly/2Wc5b5f

One of the biggest reasons: "His polarizing approach looks to be more hindrance than help. In four separate polls over the past month, more than 50 percent of respondents said they would not vote for him again or were unlikely to do so. The percentage who said they would vote for him never rose higher than 38." 

What could help Trump: "Trump's salvation could lie in the idiosyncrasies of the Electoral College. Trump lost the popular vote to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE by 2.1 percentage points in 2016, even as he triumphed in the Electoral College 306-232." 

States Trump's campaign manager thinks Trump could take: Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Nevada are states that voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 but that Trump's campaign thinks could switch in 2020. 

  

IN OTHER NEWS

~Click~:

"Man charged with hitting British politician Nigel Farage with milkshake." http://bit.ly/2VSwnGz

Yeah, there's video:  http://bit.ly/2M0YBdX

  

Bruuutal:

The series finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones" did not air in China because of the ongoing trade tensions with the U.S. http://bit.ly/2VG9dhV

What happened: "Tencent Video, which has exclusive streaming rights to HBO content in China, reported 'transmission medium problems,' telling viewers 'we will notify you of another broadcasting time.' "

Reaction from Chinese viewers: "Viewers on Chinese social media demanded refunds on their annual fees of 198 yuan, or about $28.61, and threatened to cancel their accounts and delete the app." 

Full report in The Wall Street Journal: https://on.wsj.com/2HNOP9s

  

Dressbarn is going out of business:

All 650 locations of Dressbarn are shutting down, citing issues with "profitability in today's retail environment." https://on.today.com/30x7HCi

When: No timeline has been announced. 

Keep in mind: The parent company of Dressbarn said its other brands -- Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, Catherines and Justice -- will not be affected.

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

This is painfully awkward to watch:

Watch: http://bit.ly/30xWUYz

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power.

11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a farewell ceremony for Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds an expanded bilateral meeting with the leaders of the Freely Associated States.

2:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a judicial nomination. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2QdBsU0

2:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2HFXJGa

  

WHAT TO WATCH

10 p.m. EDT: Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE (D-Texas) participates in a CNN town hall in Des Moines, Iowa. 

July 4: Season three of Netflix's "Stranger Things." New trailer: http://bit.ly/2JS28sg

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Strawberries and Cream Day.

  

Interesting read -- the New York Public Library has 7 empty floors:

Via The New York Times's Winnie Hu, "Why the New York Public Library Has 7 Floors of Stacks With No Books." https://nyti.ms/2JUG9Rm

The gist: "The space cannot protect irreplaceable books from the elements and theft." 

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a dad who found an innovative way to do his daughter's hair in the morning: http://bit.ly/30AVDQw