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

  

IN FRANCE

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: http://bit.ly/2WgbLUd

^ Compare to photos of a flyover at Omaha Beach today: The colored exhaust creates a nice effect: http://bit.ly/2QOk6xk

Lawmakers attended: Congress ended its session yesterday to allow members to travel to France. Here are a few photos of lawmakers attending the commemoration: http://bit.ly/2KtwcdU 

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." http://bit.ly/2F7czVR

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 TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPress: Why do we need a new press secretary? What President Trump needs in his next press secretary  White House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report MOREin Normandy, France for the #DDay75thAnniversary." Video of Secret Service detail: http://bit.ly/2ZbqHoe

What a photo:

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2K0MyLA

 

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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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 a “fool” and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D-Calif.) a “disaster.” https://yhoo.it/2MulZRa

Context: Trump was speaking to Fox News’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' 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.” 

 

It's Thursday. Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day, so please plan accordingly, my friends. 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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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NEWS THIS MORNING

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. http://bit.ly/2Mxhoh1

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.” 

 

Hallelujah!:

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: http://bit.ly/31ar8kR

  

They have no idea. No. Idea.:

President Trump bashed senators this morning for opposing his imposed Mexico tariffs. http://bit.ly/2QOCLcg

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." 

  

IN CONGRESS

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." https://politi.co/2ZbMPz8

Context: Pelosi made the comment while clashing with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerFrom abortion to obstruction, politicians' hypocrisy is showing Watergate figure John Dean earns laughter for responses to GOP lawmakers The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by MAPRx - Nadler gets breakthrough deal with DOJ on Mueller docs 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 McConnellJon Stewart rips into McConnell for saying he's 'bent out of shape' over 9/11 victim fund Jon Stewart rips into McConnell for saying he's 'bent out of shape' over 9/11 victim fund Tensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat MORE (R-Ky.) said that the House-passed "Dreamers" bill will "probably not" get a vote in the Senate. http://bit.ly/2Wouj4Q

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. http://bit.ly/2HZImtt

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 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. http://bit.ly/2Xu1KE9

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." 

  

IN OTHER NEWS

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. http://bit.ly/31eJuB6

How we know: Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments On The Money: Democrats move funding bills as budget caps deal remains elusive | Companies line up to weigh in on 0B China tariffs | Trudeau to talk trade with Pelosi, McConnell 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. https://cbsn.ws/2Wj3cYJ

  

New job alert -- everyone has a lobbyist:

Via Roll Call's Clyde McGrady, Burning Man is looking to hire a lobbying coordinator. http://bit.ly/2WPCvz5

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: http://bit.ly/2Xy7ay4

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Wow, that sky: 

Watch: http://bit.ly/2KxZKr4

 

ON TAP

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 StiversLawmakers battle over HUD protections for homeless transgender people Lawmakers battle over HUD protections for homeless transgender people Lawmakers say major changes needed to expand access to affordable housing MORE (R-Ohio). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2WpEj1N

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: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2WJsnYC

June 26–27: The first Democratic National Committee presidential primary debates. Details and how the debates will work: https://abcn.ws/2ES4ynm

  

WHAT TO WATCH

3:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump delivered remarks before attending a D-Day ceremony. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2KyYJPl

7:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronBig donors haven't given money pledged to Notre Dame restoration: report Big donors haven't given money pledged to Notre Dame restoration: report Macron will gift Trump another tree after first one died MORELivestream of their remarks before the meeting: https://cs.pn/2EW0fYf

10:30 a.m. EDT: A D-Day ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2EWowO1

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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: http://bit.ly/2EYtzxo

 

I'm intrigued: 

Via The Verge's James Vincent, Amazon launched an app that can examine outfits in photos and find similar items on Amazon.com. Details: http://bit.ly/2KwmPug

  

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." https://cnn.it/2Z6VYsH

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: http://bit.ly/2XuBLg1

"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."