The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats take Trump tax return fight to the courts

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats sue over Trump tax returns | Trump tells Mueller to 'stick to the report' in testimony | Trump getting tanks for Fourth of July celebration | Hickenlooper shakes up campaign | Latest fundraising numbers | Sanders pulls in $24M | Trump, RNC raise $105M | Harris gains support from Black Caucus | Detention center controversy intensifies | Pelosi, Schumer relationship put to the test | Conservative justices surprise votes this term | Doctored Bernie video goes viral | Chick-fil-A manager saves choking kid

 

IN 2020 NEWS

Hickenlooper is making his campaign an open relationship:

Via CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Eric Bradner and Dan Merica, Presidential candidate John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE is shaking up his presidential campaign following last week's debate and the end of the second-quarter fundraising deadline. https://cnn.it/2FHSOEv

Hickenlooper told staff: "Hickenlooper told staffers they were free to pursue other opportunities if they chose, saying he couldn't guarantee how long their campaign jobs would last." 

Who has left: Hickenlooper's campaign manager, finance director and spokeswoman. 

Is Hickenlooper dropping out?: No, according to a senior Democrat who spoke to Hickenlooper last night. But he will reassess after July's presidential primary debate, according to CNN.

  

Cash money:

-- Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' MORE (I-Vt.) raised $18 million in the second quarter of his presidential campaign. Oh and: Sanders transferred an additional $6 million from other campaign accounts, for a combined $24 million haul. http://bit.ly/2FNp74S

For some context: South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE's campaign raised a staggering $24.8 million in the second quarter. http://bit.ly/2FONA9V

-- President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that they had raised $105 million in the second quarter. http://bit.ly/2YsJWKe

  

It's Tuesday of the holiday week! 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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JUST NOW

Air Force Two turns around:

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Trump is missing an opportunity in Hong Kong How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE just abruptly canceled his planned trip to Manchester, N.H. to return to Washington, D.C. http://bit.ly/2YsaJGH

Why: For an unspecified emergency.

Pence's scheduled trip: Pence was scheduled to meet with former patients of the Granite Recovery Center in Salem, N.H., for an event on opioids.

 

IN CONGRESS

Late this morning -- the battle over Trump's taxes never ends:

Via The Hill's Naomi Jagoda, House Democrats filed a lawsuit over the Trump administration's refusal to hand over President Trump's tax returns. http://bit.ly/2YwbiPC

 

What happens next, via The New York Times's Nicholas Fandos and Charlie Savage:

"The lawsuit moves the dispute into federal courts after months of sniping between the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee, which requested and then subpoenaed the returns, and the Treasury secretary, Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinBudget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Conservative group raises concerns about potential budget deal How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE. The outcome is likely to determine whether financial information that Mr. Trump -- breaking with longstanding tradition -- has kept closely guarded as a candidate and as president will be viewed by Congress and, ultimately, by the public." https://nyti.ms/2YtwAx8 

 

It's like seeing mom and dad fight:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Mike Lillis, the rare disunity between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US MORE (D-N.Y.) after disagreements with emergency border aid is raising questions about their relationship. http://bit.ly/2FQs7xw 

What started the disunity: "The wheels started turning when Schumer became one of 33 Democrats to vote for the bipartisan Senate bill, even though Pelosi had let Senate negotiators know that she wanted to make important changes to the legislation." 

The full story with the border vote that caused some tension: http://bit.ly/2FQs7xw

    

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Got it, Bob?:

Two weeks away from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats 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's congressional testimony, President Trump said Mueller "must" stick to his report's findings. http://bit.ly/2YrnukI

Trump tweeted: "Robert Mueller is being asked to testify yet again. He said he could only stick to the Report, & that is what he would and must do. After so much testimony & total transparency, this Witch Hunt must now end. No more Do Overs. No Collusion, No Obstruction. The Great Hoax is dead!" http://bit.ly/2YpRr4p

  

HAPPENING ON THURSDAY

Tank u, next:

President Trump announced that this year's Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., will feature military tanks. http://bit.ly/2FLhz2o

In Trump's words: "We're going to have some tanks stationed outside. You've got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas." 

Keep in mind -- the D.C. council does not support this: The council tweeted, "We have said it before, and we'll say it again: Tanks, but no tanks." http://bit.ly/2FNVoJ5

Photo of the tanks on their way: They're on the train tracks! http://bit.ly/2YvgFi6

 

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BE IN D.C. ON THURSDAY:

Here is a list of road closures and security measures in Washington, D.C., for the Fourth of July celebration: http://bit.ly/2Yv7zBY

  

 

IN THE SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court is keeping us on our toes: 
Via The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen, "The Supreme Court is settling into its new conservative majority, but rulings from the recently wrapped-up term show that right-leaning justices don't see eye-to-eye on some of the highest-profile cases." http://bit.ly/2YsNdZR

Which justices have unpredictably sided with liberal justices on some occasions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchLiberal, conservative Supreme Court justices unite in praising Stevens Dem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors McConnell's Democratic challenger says she likely would have voted for Kavanaugh MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Lindsey Graham's Faustian bargain Liberal, conservative Supreme Court justices unite in praising Stevens MORE.

A few examples: "Roberts came through as the swing vote in the ruling against adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, while Gorsuch twice in the court's final week joined the liberal bloc to strike down criminal statutes. Kavanaugh similarly raised eyebrows earlier in the term when he ruled against Apple in an antitrust case that caused some of the country's staunchest conservatives to question his loyalty to the president who appointed him." 

What this could mean for future cases: http://bit.ly/2YsNdZR

 

OTHER NEWS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

BOOKER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO CLOSE IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTERS:

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-N.J.) unveiled a plan to "virtually eliminate" immigrant detention centers if he is elected president. "He would also end the use of for-profit detention facilities, limit the amount of time immigrants spend in detention centers and ensure immigrants get better access to legal counsel." http://bit.ly/2Ys4LFN

 

Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE IS GAINING BLACK CAUCUS SUPPORT: 

"Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) moved past former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE in the early race for 2020 endorsements from Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members after her strong performance in the first primary debate earned her the support of two new lawmakers." Keep in mind: CBC endorsements are critical for Democratic candidates. http://bit.ly/2Yt5R3N

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

OK, I laughed:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) posted a doctored video of him scaring President Trump. Keep in mind: The video is clearly not trying to be realistic. http://bit.ly/2YrOkt5

 

 

Getting traction:

Full size photos: http://bit.ly/2YoFVGC

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out this week. President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

Today: Vice President Pence was scheduled to travel to Manchester, N.H. but just abruptly canceled the trip. http://bit.ly/2YsaJGH

July 17: Special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. http://bit.ly/2Llw8gS

 

WHAT TO WATCH

7 p.m. EDT: Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally MORE (D-Texas) attends a house party in Ames, Iowa. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2YoJ61a

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Anisette Day.

 

Chick-fil-A, raising the bar, as per usual:

A Chick-fil-A manager jumped through the drive-thru window to help a choking 6-year-old boy. https://cnn.it/2YoFige

19-year-old manager Logan Simmons "said that once he got to the car, he saw that the boy's seat belt was tangled around his neck. Simmons used his pocketknife to cut the boy free, saving his life." 

Watch the surveillance video: https://cnn.it/2YoFige

 

And to bright your Tuesday afternoon, here is "the highest stick to dog ratio I've ever seen": http://bit.ly/2Yvwk0W