The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump mocks Mueller, Pelosi before D-Day ceremony

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump joins world leaders to mark D-Day anniversary | Flynn fires his lawyers | Biden campaign tested by first crisis | FCC allows phone carriers to block robocalls |  Military assigned to paint border barriers | Pelosi reportedly told Democrats she wants Trump in prison | Burning Man hiring a lobbyist | Amazon's Shazam for clothes |  Tourist cracks 40-year safe on first try



This was a nice moment:

75 years ago today, Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches to begin liberating Nazi-occupied France. World leaders gathered in France this morning to commemorate the anniversary.

Photo of Omaha Beach 75 years ago:

^ Compare to photos of a flyover at Omaha Beach today: The colored exhaust creates a nice effect:

Lawmakers attended: Congress ended its session yesterday to allow members to travel to France. Here are a few photos of lawmakers attending the commemoration: 

OK now, Russia: Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted, "The Normandy landings were not a game-changer for the outcome of WWII and the Great Patriotic War. The outcome was determined by the Red Army's victories -- mainly, in Stalingrad and Kursk. For three years, the UK and then the US dragged out opening the second front."

The Secret Service tweeted: "As the world remembers all those who served and were lost on D-Day, we were honored to protect [President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpNational champions LSU to visit White House Friday Vince Vaughn visits with Trump during college football national championship The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night MOREin Normandy, France for the #DDay75thAnniversary." Video of Secret Service detail:

What a photo:



Trump took a moment before his remarks at the cemetery to... you guessed it... insult Pelosi and Mueller

It’s like making the divorced parents agree not to fight at the kid’s birthday — and they fail:
Right before honoring military veterans at an American World War II cemetery in France, President Trump called special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE a “fool” and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.) a “disaster.”

Context: Trump was speaking to Fox News’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamState Department cancels two classified congressional briefings on Iran, embassy security Democrats request briefing on intel behind Trump's embassy threat claim Trump says it doesn't matter if Soleimani posed an imminent threat MORE

Trump’s full comment about Mueller: “'Let me tell you, he made such a fool out of himself,’ Trump said of Mueller, speaking at a cemetery where more than 9,300 American soldiers who died in World War II are buried.” 

And on Pelosi :“Nancy Pelosi, I call her ‘Nervous Nancy,’ Nancy Pelosi doesn’t talk about it. Nancy Pelosi is a disaster, OK? She’s a disaster. And let her do what she wants. You know what? I think they’re in big trouble.” 


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Breaking — Michael Flynn fired his lawyers before sentencing: 

President Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn just fired his lawyers and replaced them as he awaits his sentencing for lying to FBI agents about his Russian contacts.

Why: That is not clear. All we know is that “a court filing Thursday revealed that Flynn had notified his attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony that he is ‘terminating’ them as his counsel and has already hired new lawyers to replace them.” 



The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to allow phone carriers to block robocalls by default. 

From FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: "We expect phone companies will move quickly to use this tool and help consumers block unwanted robocalls. Among other things, default call-blocking will reduce the costs of handling the robocalls that flood their networks and save them grief by limiting customer complaints." Read Pai's full op-ed in USA Today:


They have no idea. No. Idea.:

President Trump bashed senators this morning for opposing his imposed Mexico tariffs.

Trump told reporters this morning: "We'll see what happens. But something pretty dramatic could happen. We've told Mexico the tariffs go on. And I mean it, too. And I'm very happy with it. And lot of people, senators included, they have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to tariffs. They have no -- absolutely no idea." 



Getting traction -- Pelosi used the P-word (but not the I-word):

Via Politico's Heather Caygle, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) privately told top Democrats that she would like to see President Trump "in prison."

Context: Pelosi made the comment while clashing with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE (D-N.Y.) in a turf war over investigations into Trump. Nadler has been pushing Pelosi to let his committee launch impeachment proceedings. 

What Pelosi wants to see happen: "I don't want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison," Pelosi told Democrats. She said she would like to see Trump defeated in 2020 and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes. 


Don't dream about it:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.) said that the House-passed "Dreamers" bill will "probably not" get a vote in the Senate.

McConnell said on Fox News: "I think the Dreamers have a sympathetic case. There are circumstances under which I and others would be happy to support that. But we need to do more than that. You know, there's some genuine fixes on the legal immigration side and on the illegal immigration side that need to be addressed."

What the Dem bill would do: Provide a path to citizenship for 2 million immigrants without legal status.



Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE is drafting for the other candidates:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, as the front-runner in the 2020 campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden has been taking the brunt of political controversies.

For example: "Biden's embrace of the Hyde Amendment, prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortion, combined with a new plagiarism controversy have created the most challenging week for the Democratic front-runner since he entered the race for the White House earlier this spring."

Why the plagiarism story matters so much -- it's a repeat of 1988: "And while the story that Biden's campaign took lines from outside sources for his climate plan may not damage him as much in the Democratic primary, it does raise the specter of his 1988 presidential run -- which ran aground after it was revealed that Biden plagiarized speeches from a British politician." 



I'm picturing an Instagramable rainbow chevron backdrop:

U.S. military personnel have been assigned to paint certain barrier structures to improve the "aesthetic appearance" of the U.S.-Mexico border.

How we know: Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Senators under strict orders to pay attention during weeks-long impeachment trial MORE (D-Ill.) tweeted it yesterday and commented, "A disgraceful misuse of taxpayer $$. Our military has more important work to do than making Trump's wall beautiful." 

Where the barriers will be painted: In Calexico, Calif., a city located along the southern border. 

How long this will take: A month.


New job alert -- everyone has a lobbyist:

Via Roll Call's Clyde McGrady, Burning Man is looking to hire a lobbying coordinator.

If you're not familiar with Burning Man: "The Nevada desert festival started out as a small gathering for those searching for spiritual transcendence and has morphed into a bacchanal for tech bros shelling out thousands to eat lobster with models."

What the job entails: "Submitting permit applications, tracking contract deadlines, requesting payments for contracts and permits." 

Application deadline: June 19

The job application, if you feel so inclined:



Wow, that sky: 




The House and Senate are out for the rest of the week.

5 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in a D-Day ceremony and fly-over viewing in Colleville-sur Mer, France. They also viewed the American cemetery in Normandy.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at a D-Day ceremony in Roanoke, Va.

11:20 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Doonbeg, Ireland.

2:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Middletown, Pa., and tours JLS Automation.

3:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech at JLS Automation in Pennsylvania.

5:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Pennsylvania Republican state dinner. 

7:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

June 11: The Hill is hosting an event titled "Affordable Housing & the American Dream." Featured speakers: Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more MORE (R-Ohio). Details and how to RSVP:

June 25: The Hill is hosting an event at the Newseum to discuss "Cost, Quality and Care: The Medicare Equation." Featured speakers: Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieOvernight Health Care: Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat | House panel to examine federal marijuana policies | House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers Lawmakers express alarm over rise in cocaine overdose deaths House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers over role in crisis MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiBipartisan food allergy legislation gains ground in Congress, but the fight has only just begun Democrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Blood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP:

June 26–27: The first Democratic National Committee presidential primary debates. Details and how the debates will work:



3:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump delivered remarks before attending a D-Day ceremony. Livestream:

7:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron5 reasons why US-Europe tensions will grow in the 2020s — and how to stop it Judd Gregg: The Iranian lessons The Hill's Morning Report - Worries about war in world capitals, Congress MORELivestream of their remarks before the meeting:

10:30 a.m. EDT: A D-Day ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Livestream:



Today is National Gingerbread Day. And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Doughnut Day!

Assuming you've taken tomorrow off to celebrate the national holiday ;), here's a list of where to get free doughnuts tomorrow:


I'm intrigued: 

Via The Verge's James Vincent, Amazon launched an app that can examine outfits in photos and find similar items on Details:


This story is amazing: 

"Many experts tried to open a safe locked for 40 years. A tourist's lucky guess cracked the code on his first try."

From the man who opened the safe: "I looked at the dial and I saw the numbers were running from 0 to 60. So I thought in my head 20-40-60. I did a particular combination which is three on the right, two on the left, and 1 on the right, tried the handle ... and it opened! ... It was a 100% guess. I was fully amazed. I stepped back a little bit and thought 'I'm buying a lottery ticket tonight!'"

What was found in the safe: "Some papers, old checks, a waitress' notepad, and a receipt from the hotel, that's it." 


And because you made it this far, here's Louie the puppy looking extremely dapper:

"This is Louie. He was told this was a black tie event. Must've been a prank. He's the only one dressed pup. 13/10 jokes on them he looks fabulous."