The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump blows up meeting after Pelosi 'cover up' remarks

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump blows up meeting after Pelosi 'cover up' remarks
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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump cuts off talks with Dems after Pelosi 'cover-up' remarks | Trump fires back: 'I don't do cover-ups' | Blasts Dems for discussing 'the I word' | Dems at tipping point on impeachment | Pelosi under pressure from caucus | Why Trump allies see impeachment backfiring on Dems | New Mueller docs unsealed | Treasury trying to find out who wrote IRS memo | Warren, Ocasio-Cortez talk 'Game of Thrones'



Infrastructure Week is the new Groundhog Day:

Via The Hill’s Jordan Fabian, “President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE cut off infrastructure talks with congressional Democratic leaders and lit into them during an appearance at the White House Rose Garden after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (D-Calif.) said he was ‘engaged in a cover up.’”



The White House press corps was caught off guard: “White House press summoned to go into the Rose Garden. We haven’t been told why. POTUS scheduled to be meeting with Pelosi & Schumer on infrastructure right now. Staff scrambling to organize and bring in equipment.” (Via The Hill’s Jordan Fabian) Photo of the press scrambling:

How long Trump’s meeting with Democrats lasted: Five minutes, according to CNN’s Manu Raju:

Trump’s demeanor: “Trump walked in to meeting with Dems on infrastructure, did not shake anyone’s hand or sit in his seat, and said he wanted to do infrastructure and other things but that would have to wait until investigations are done and walked out, per source familiar.” (Via The Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic) 


Check out the Russia investigation sign the White House had made: The press conference may not have been as unplanned as it appeared.

Who was with Trump: First daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpUS should support Ngozi for WTO Director General   Trump administration awarding M in housing grants to human trafficking survivors Deutsche Bank launches investigation into longtime banker of Trump, Kushner MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinNavarro, Mnuchin clashed in front of Trump in Oval Office over TikTok: WaPo Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter MORE, press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersMcEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Sanders mocks NY Times urging DNC to investigate Biden allegations: 'I thought it was an Onion headline' Donald Trump: The Boomer TV president MORE Sanders, counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Watchdog group accuses Stephen Miller of violating Hatch Act with Biden comments Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom MORE, White House counsel Pat Cippolone and economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE. (Via NBC’s Peter Alexander) Photo of the group standing nearby:

Yep, this is pretty spot-on: “This press conference is like an in-person Tweet storm.” (Via CBS’s Caitlin Huey-Burns)



Trump responds to Pelosi's remarks on stonewalling House Dems’ probes: “I don’t do cover ups,” Trump said.

^ The line from Pelosi earlier this morning that set Trump off: "We do believe that it is important to follow the facts, we believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover up, in a cover up.”

Trump mentioned the I-word: “This meeting was set up a number of days ago,” Trump said of talks with Democrats. "All of a sudden I hear last night they’re going to have a meeting right before this meeting to talk about the I word. The I word. Can you imagine?" 

Trump on his meeting with Dems: “I walked into the room and I told Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi that I want to do infrastructure ... but you know what, you can’t do it under these circumstances.”



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief Postal Service says it lost .2 billion over three-month period MORE (D-N.Y.) just held a competing press conference after President Trump’s harsh words.

Schumer on the meeting with Trump: "What happened in the White House would make your jaw drop."

Pelosi on Trump: "He just took a pass and it just makes me wonder why he did that. In any event I pray for the president and I pray for the United States of America."

Photo of congressional Democrats holding the news conference:

Video of reporters chasing after Pelosi and Schumer after: They did not take any questions at the press conference. Watch:


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What Pelosi is mumbling to herself:

Can you not with the I-word??:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is hitting a tipping point with a growing number of Democrats pushing for impeachment proceedings for President Trump

Why Democrats want to impeach Trump: Democrats are furious about the White House’s near-blanket refusal to cooperate with congressional committees’ investigations. 

Why Pelosi is anti-impeachment: Pelosi has treated impeachment as a political trap. It can backfire for Democrats by alienating swing voters and threaten the party’s chances of keeping the House in 2020. Pelosi had kept impeachment talks under control until special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s report was released.

How many Democrats actually support impeachment proceedings: At least 25 Democrats. That list includes several committee chairs and from Pelosi’s own leadership team. 



Democratic leaders held a closed-door meeting to update House Democrats on their investigative efforts. This is the second closed-door meeting this week.

Pelosi told reporters after the meeting: "We do believe that it is important to follow the facts, we believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover up, in a cover up.”




Trump allies: Suuure, go for it! *wink*:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, allies of President Trump are not worried about Democratic calls for Trump’s impeachment because they think it could actually be an advantage for the GOP. Some Trump allies even think the president is trying to goad Democrats into it. 


A few reasons impeachment efforts could backfire for Dems:

  1. “There is little evidence in opinion polls that the public is crying out for impeachment proceedings to begin.”
  2. “There is also the question of whether voters would find the beginning of impeachment proceedings a distraction from more pressing matters regarding the economy, jobs and infrastructure.”
  3. “Others note that such proceedings would become a circus for the political media. “ 

Why some Democrats are willing to risk it: “Democrats argue that the likelihood of negative information about Trump emerging during their inquiries could change the political dynamics and hamper Trump’s reelection prospects.” 

How this could play out:



Just released — signed, ~unsealed~, delivered!:

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., just unsealed five redacted search warrant applications filed by special counsel Robert Mueller related to President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: White House, Dems debate coronavirus relief package Michael Cohen offered job as political consultant, lawyer says On The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' MORE.

What we learned from the unsealed documents: Robert Mueller investigated Michael Cohen in 2017 “for potentially acting as an unregistered foreign agent, making false statements to financial institutions and bank fraud.” 

Details of the search warrant applications: “The documents date back to July 2017 and request access to several of Cohen's accounts, including his Gmail, Trump Organization email and Apple account.”

Keep in mind about Cohen: “Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence, after pleading guilty to several federal charges. He was not charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent.” 


OK, we’ll wait.:

The House Intelligence Committee is postponing a subpoena for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrGOP lawmaker calls for Justice Dept. to probe international court Barr pulls over to thank pro-police rally in Virginia Trump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent MORE to turn over documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after the Justice Department agreed to hand over some of the materials.

When the Intelligence Committee was scheduled to vote to subpoena the documents: Today, but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE (D-Calif.) canceled the vote.

What documents the committee wants: The documents are related to foreign intelligence and counterintelligence.




This is the fight that never ends. It goes on and on my friends:

Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda, “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said that the department is trying to find out who wrote a draft IRS memo that found that the agency has to provide tax returns to Congress unless executive privilege is invoked.”

Why the memo is important: “The memo does not mention President Trump's tax returns, but it could be used by Democrats to argue the administration is wrong not to turn over those documents to congressional panels with jurisdiction on taxes.” 

Back story: House Democrats subpoenaed the Treasury Department to turn over six years of Trump’s tax returns. Mnuchin rejected the subpoena. 

About the draft IRS memo: Via The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein and Josh Dawsey, “a confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post. The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch.”





Update to the Virginia governor black face story:

Via The Associated Press’s Ben Finley, “An investigation ordered up by a Virginia medical school failed to determine whether Gov. Ralph Northam is in a 1984 yearbook photo of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood ... [investigators] also said they couldn’t discern how the picture was placed on Northam’s yearbook page, but found no evidence it was placed there by mistake or as a prank.” 

See for yourself — read the actual investigation findings:

If you need a refresher on the story: “Virginia politics was turned upside down in a matter of hours in early February after a conservative website posted a picture of Northam’s medical school yearbook page. The Democratic governor issued two apologies within hours, initially indicating that he was one of the people in the picture. By midnight it appeared his entire political base was gone, with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, other key Democratic groups and top allies calling on him to resign.”

Here's the yearbook photo that started this mess:





Spot the Bern:


AOC annnnd ‘Game of Thrones’ — Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE is really trying: 




The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in North Carolina for the day.

11:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with congressional Democrats in the Cabinet Room to discuss infrastructure.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in the Republican National Committee convention kickoff in Charlotte, N.C.

3:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at Parkdale Mills in North Carolina.

4:15 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House’s full schedule today:

4:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a series of judicial nominations. The Senate’s full schedule today:

6 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a Trump campaign event in Greensboro, N.C.

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters and delivers remarks at a fundraising committee reception in Washington, D.C.

8:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



This morning: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is grilled over President Trump’s tax returns during a House Financial Services Committee hearing. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: A House Oversight and Reform subcommittee is holding a hearing on election security. Livestream:

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presentation ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EDT: American Airlines CEO Doug Parker appears on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” to discuss the grounded Boeing 737 Max planes. Preview:



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And because you made it to the end, here’s a dog enjoying a beautiful sunny afternoon on a jet ski: