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The Hill's 12:30 Report: More revelations from Trump's exclusive sit-down with The Hill | Controversy after Trump says latest accuser 'not my type' | Trump says he was joking about serving more than two terms | Says he doesn't need Congress to sign off on Iran strikes | Vows to fill any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 | Dem leaders change border bill to win over progressives | Polls show Warren on the rise | DC food and drink specials for DNC debates 

 

LEADING THE MORNING

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE had a lot to say:

The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Saagar Enjeti sat down with President Trump yesterday for an exclusive interview.

Watch the full interview: http://bit.ly/31Q7ECe

Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/2YaVlhy

 

NEWS FROM THE INTERVIEW:

ON E. JEAN CARROLL, WHO ACCUSED TRUMP OF RAPE: 
Trump said that writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of sexual assault in a New York department store in the 1990s, is "totally lying." He also said: "I'll say it with great respect: Number one, she's not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?" http://bit.ly/31UQELk

Back story: On Friday, writer E. Jean Carroll came forward with allegations that Trump sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s. Read the excerpt of her forthcoming book in New York magazine: http://bit.ly/2YaNNLZ 

Reaction from Carroll: "I love that I'm not his type," Carroll told CNN's Anderson Cooper last night. She also added: "He's denied all 15 women who've come forward. He denies, he turns it around, he threatens and he attacks." Watch Carroll's full response to Trump's comments: http://bit.ly/2YavW7R

Watch Carroll describe the alleged encounter on CNN: https://cnn.it/2YbVXU5

Just now — Reaction from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Saagar Enjeti blasts alleged Epstein cover-up by media Harris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires MORE (R-Calif.): McCarthy said this morning that he believes President Trump. “I’ve never met her, I understand what the president said, so I know nothing more about the situation … The president said this is not true.” When asked whether he believes Trump, McCarthy said, “Yes,  I believe the president.” http://bit.ly/2YaGh3H

 

ON MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN:

Trump told The Hill that he does not need congressional approval to strike Iran. In Trump's words: "But we've been keeping Congress abreast of what we're doing ... and I think it's something they appreciate. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it legally." http://bit.ly/2YbyVNg

Why this is newsy: Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' MORE (D-Calif.) asserted that military action against Iran "must not be initiated" without congressional approval. Responding to the news that Trump called off strikes in Iran just minutes beforehand, Pelosi said, "We left with the idea that the president was going to consider some options. I did not receive any heads-up that there was a strike that was in the works." http://bit.ly/2Yacw2L

Reaction from Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Hoyer: We are going to move as fast 'as the facts and truth dictate' on open hearings Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote MORE (R-Mich.): Amash responded to Trump's comments by tweeting, "Constitution: Wrong." Keep in mind: Amash is the only Republican who supports impeaching President Trump. http://bit.ly/2YcU61i

 

ON WHETHER TRUMP WOULD FILL A SUPREME COURT VACANCY:

Trump said he would nominate a justice if there was a vacancy before the 2020 presidential election. "Would I do that? Of course," Trump said. http://bit.ly/31MZNW9

Why that is newsy: In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump said he backed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled MORE's (R-Ky.) decision to block President Obama's nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandAppeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records Divisive docket to test Supreme Court ahead of 2020 Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll MORE to the Supreme Court. Some Senate Republicans, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-S.C.) have expressed reluctance to nominate a justice during an election year. 

 

ON Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' MORE SANDERS'S REPLACEMENT:

When asked who will replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump said, "Replacing Sarah is not going to be easy ... a lot of people want the job. We have four or five people that really want it, very good people, very good names but Sarah has done a fantastic job ... she'll be governor. She won't talk to us anymore."  http://bit.ly/31PsyRW

Keep in mind: While Trump did not name possible replacements, here are a few of the names being floated: Stephanie Grisham, Hogan Gidley and Heather Nauerthttp://bit.ly/31PsyRW

 

ON WHETHER HE COULD REMOVE THE FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR:

Trump said he has the power to remove Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell "if I wanted to," but said, "I have no plans to do anything."

Why this is newsy: Powell insists that he is entitled to serve a four-year term. Trump has been fiercely critical of Powell's performance, accusing him of hindering the economy with rate hikes. 

 

ON TRUMP’S COMMENT ABOUT STAYING IN THE WHITE HOUSE MORE THAN TWO TERMS:

Trump told The Hill he was joking when he suggested he might serve more than eight years in the White House. Trump referenced a fake Time magazine cover showing campaign signs though 2048, Trump said, “drove people crazy ‘cause they don’t think it’s kidding.” Then when asked if he was joking, Trump replied, “Of course. But it drives them crazy.” http://bit.ly/2YcWiGe

Why this is newsy:  Last week, Trump tweeted that his supporters might “demand that I stay longer” than two terms.  http://bit.ly/2YerYuI Trump also made a comment that he might serve as president for “at least for 10 or 14 years.” https://wapo.st/2TjVpsj

 

It's Tuesday, June 25. Where did June go?!  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

Tell us how you really feel, Iran:

Reacting to the new U.S. sanctions put on Iran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed the Trump administration as "afflicted by mental retardation." http://bit.ly/2Yaha0V

In Rouhani's words: "You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks." He also called the sanctions "outrageous and idiotic."

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

New poll -- cc Trump's future tweets:

A new Emerson Polling survey shows former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (I-Vt.) leading President Trump by 10 points nationally.

The numbers: Both Biden and Sanders lead Trump 55 to 45 percent in a hypothetical matchup. 

When the poll was conducted: June 21–24

The full poll from Emerson: http://bit.ly/31Qkroc

 

POLLS ARE STARTING TO SHOW WARREN ON THE RISE:

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (D-Mass.) has been gaining ground in the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination, according to two new national polls. http://bit.ly/31SywSa

 

Interesting read -- Democrats are worried the debates will turn into fight club:

Via Politico's Holly Otterbein, "Democratic bigwigs fear debates will devolve into horror show: The prospect of taking on a sitting president after a months-long internal bloodbath is keeping many Democrats up at night."  https://politi.co/31SU7tO 

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Don't plan ... on Kellyanne:

The White House has decided to block White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway and Haley get into heated feud: 'You'll say anything to get the vice-presidential nomination' NBC signs Mueller 'pit bull' prosecutor Andrew Weissman as legal analyst George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing MORE from testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about her alleged Hatch Act violations. http://bit.ly/2YaCTFO

The White House's reasoning: The administration citing "long-standing precedent."

Happening tomorrow: The House panel will vote whether to subpoena Kellyanne Conway if she does not testify voluntarily. http://bit.ly/31RKGL2

 

IN CONGRESS

Latest with the immigration negotiations -- Bring in the counselors:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Negotiators searching for a solution to the crisis on the southern border must overcome major policy differences, as well as deep skepticism from their allies, before reaching a deal on overhauling the nation's asylum laws." http://bit.ly/31WbsBM

Timing: Given the stark differences, a potential agreement is not expected until September at the earliest. 

The current situation: http://bit.ly/31WbsBM

 

HOW NANCY PELOSI IS TRYING TO PREVENT A LIBERAL REVOLT OVER BORDER FUNDING:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis: http://bit.ly/31O1lPH

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Getting traction -- This video is fascinating:

It has nearly 200,000 likes and 80,000 retweets on Twitter so far.

Watch: http://bit.ly/31TW9ty

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. 

11:10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Trump reelection campaign Latino coalition rollout in Miami.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump hosted a conference call with veterans.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence receives a briefing at the National Hurricane Center.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/31RBoib

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs an executive order to establish "a White House council on eliminating regulatory barriers to affordable housing." 

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/31SbQkO

4:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a fundraising reception at the Trump International Hotel.

9 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Hill is hosting "The Future of Healthcare Summit" at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers: Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySchumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures UN Security Council to meet after Turkey launches Syria offensive Trump faces growing GOP revolt on Syria MORE (R-La.), the Food and Drug Administration's Dr. Amy Abernethy, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and Nano Vision CEO Steve Papermaster. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2Xc4Ksb

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: TSA Administrator David Pekoske testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Livestream: https://cs.pn/31W7UPY

12:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers a speech to National Hurricane Center employees. Livestream: http://bit.ly/31V7klR

3:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Medal of Honor. Livestream: http://bit.ly/31V7rxN

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Catfish Day.

  

Because D.C. lives for this stuff:

Via DCist, here's a list of bars and restaurants to watch the Democratic debates this week: http://bit.ly/31T0VYh

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a compelling reason why "dogs need to unionize." Poor pup can't even how ridiculous he looks: http://bit.ly/31SufhA