The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington
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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Mueller Day edition -- Sights, sounds from first hearing | Mueller says Trump could be charged with obstruction after leaving office | Insists report does not exonerate Trump | Reaction | Trump lashes out ahead of testimony | Protester ejected | Interns line up 14 hours beforehand to get in | Puerto Rico governor may step down amid protests | Queen meets with Boris Johnson | Cheez-It, wine combo box | National Tequila Day

 

HAPPENING NOW

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 is not here for any nonsense:

Former special counsel Robert Mueller faced three hours of questioning from the House Judiciary Committee this morning. And after a roughly 30-minute break, Mueller is testifying with the House Intelligence Committee for two hours. 

The gist so far: Mueller has been constantly referring back to his 448-page report on the Russia investigation.

Livestream of this morning's hearing: It ended at 12:10 p.m. https://cs.pn/30UPr5b

Livestream of this afternoon's hearing: https://cs.pn/2JKSyXK

Live blog of the hearing: http://bit.ly/30QhgLW

  

NEWS FROM THE HEARING:

The biggest news so far -- Mueller says Trump could be charged after leaving office (!): Rep. Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckHouse panel advances police reform bill The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Val Demings calls for a new DOJ Office of Police Standards; Trump, GOP to pull convention from NC House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments MORE (R-Colo.) asked Mueller, "Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?" Mueller replied: "Yes." Buck appeared taken aback by Mueller's response and asked the question againhttp://bit.ly/32LoRNE Watch the back and forth: http://bit.ly/32NRsC3

Mueller says he did not exonerate Trump: "The finding indicates that the president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed," Mueller said.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTexas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Nadler wins Democratic primary MORE (D-N.Y.) to Mueller: "The president has repeatedly claimed that your report found there was no obstruction, and that it completely and totally exonerated him. But that is not what your report said, it is?" Mueller: "Correct." http://bit.ly/32MSo9H

On Trump wanting to fire Mueller: Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases US lawmakers call on EU to label entire Hezbollah a terrorist organization 189 House Democrats urge Israel to 'reconsider' annexation MORE (D-Fla.): Why would President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE want you fired?

Mueller: "I can't answer that question."

Mueller on why he did not use the word "collusion": "We did not address collusion, which is not a legal term." http://bit.ly/30Qh5Ag

On what he won't discuss: "I am unable to address questions about the opening of the FBI's Russia investigation, which occurred months before my appointment, or matters related to the so-called Steele Dossier." http://bit.ly/30ZcE6t

Admit you like him!!: Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized MORE (R-Texas) asked Mueller if it is accurate to say that he and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump on possible Roger Stone pardon: 'His prayer may be answered' How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed MORE had been "good friends for many years." Mueller responded they were "business associates." After being pressed, Mueller finally admitted they were friends. http://bit.ly/30RbN7z

Read Mueller's opening statement: http://bit.ly/32NMntt

 

It's a wild Wednesday on Capitol Hill.  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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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE HEARING:

Media circus? What media circus: Here's a photo of the photographers crowding around Mueller at the start of the hearing: http://bit.ly/30SwqQU

These interns are the MVPs: "These interns have been here since 6 pm LAST NIGHT Waiting for the Mueller hearing. They slept on the cold marble floor, ordered pizza and reread the Mueller report." Photo of the over-achieving interns: http://bit.ly/32PPVLx

Sped-up video of part of the line to get into the hearing: Yikes. http://bit.ly/30QvOv2

How many members of the public I counted being let into the hearing: 42 people. Two women played rock, paper, scissors for the final spot. 

LOL, this was pretty funny: Mueller scanned the committee at one point, trying to figure out which member was speaking. He then mouthed "oh" when he found her. Watch: http://bit.ly/30VUguS

That's a lot of paper: Each member of the House Judiciary Committee had a printed copy of the 448-page Mueller report at their seat. Photos: http://bit.ly/30UcBZy

Photo of Mueller's seat: Hope it's comfortable! http://bit.ly/2GpSJWe

How Mueller sounded in the morning: "Mueller is off to a shaky start here. He seems to not be hearing these guys very well. He struggled with that Collins' question, he has repeatedly asked for members to repeat questions and just took a moment to figure out which member was questioning him." http://bit.ly/32KUuXP

What would a hearing be without protesters: Here is video of a protester getting taken out of the hearing for yelling about the Trump Tower meeting. Watch: http://bit.ly/32NSCxn

What's on the massive TV screen in the hearing room: Democrats are projecting excerpts of the Mueller report on the television screen. Photo: http://bit.ly/32NF4C3

Photo of Mueller walking into the hearing room: http://bit.ly/30MUIf0

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OUTSIDE THE HEARING: 

Video of Mueller arriving on Capitol Hill: I wonder what he was feeling in this moment. Watchhttp://bit.ly/30OSZ8U

If you're curious what D.C. bars looked like before 9 a.m.: These people are dedicated. http://bit.ly/30UPWMB

The line for the public to get into Rayburn was pretty terrible: Here's a photo: http://bit.ly/30Zge0l

 

REACTIONS THROUGH THE MORNING:

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' MORE tries a Mueller impression: During an interview on Fox News this morning, President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani mocked Mueller by impersonating him. Watch the 15-second clip: http://bit.ly/2K5dE1Z

  

TRUMP'S TWEETS THROUGHOUT THE MORNING:

At 6:50 a.m.: "So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didn't Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?" His full series of tweets lashing out at Mueller early this morning: http://bit.ly/30VLhtE

At 7:55 a.m.: "NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!" http://bit.ly/30VMAsy

At 8:18 a.m. -- an accusation against Mueller: "It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director (and get turned down) the day before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel. Hope he doesn't say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the interview, including the Vice President of the United States!" http://bit.ly/30WMWj0

8:30 a.m. EDT: The first hearing starts.

At 10:11 a.m. EDT: "'This has been a disaster for the Democrats and a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.' Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBattle over reopening schools heats up Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools Chris Wallace presses DeVos on threats to withhold funding from schools that don't reopen MORE @FoxNews" http://bit.ly/32PZKsT

  

IN OTHER NEWS

PSA: If you have any bad news, today is the day to news dump

Puerto Rico's governor may resign:

Via CNN's Steve Almasy, Hollie Silverman and Christina Maxouris, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló may resign today after a week of protests in San Juan. https://cnn.it/30RlMKb

Why protesters want Rosselló out: "Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism published a series of group messages between the governor and his inner circle that included homophobic and misogynistic language and jokes about Hurricane Maria victims." 

 

Meet Britain's next prime minister: 

Via The New York Times, "Boris Johnson, the brash standard-bearer for a British exit from the European Union, won the contest to become the next prime minister on Tuesday, at a critical moment in his country's history and with less political clout than just about any of its leaders since the Second World War." What to know about Johnson's victory: https://nyti.ms/32OXySE

Photo of the queen meeting with Johnson: Love her dress! http://bit.ly/32J6qJz

  

Wimbled--what??:

Via The Hill's Brittany Slaughter, lawmakers and journalists competed in the Washington Kastles Charity Classic tennis tournament last night at the new stadium in Union Market. http://bit.ly/32SuJoz

Featuring: The Hill's Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response MORE; ABC's Jonathan Karl, CNN's Michelle Kosinski, Wolf Blitzer and Jeff Zucker; Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names McConnell makes strong call for masks, saying there should be no stigma MORE (R-W.Va.); Reps. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Overnight Energy: Biden campaign says he would revoke Keystone XL permit | EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement | Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetings Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetings MORE (D-Calif.) and William TimmonsWilliam Evan TimmonsTrump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill Congress is not immune to this crisis MORE (R-S.C.); and former Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: WHO vs. Trump; Bernie's out The biggest political upsets of the decade Ex-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they're 'disgusted and exhausted' by Trump MORE (R-Pa.) Full list of participants: http://bit.ly/32RGkUS

  

Released this morning -- Latina Leaders to Watch: 

The Hill published its third annual list of Latina Leaders to watch in 2019. This year's list features Latinas making waves in their home states. The list: http://bit.ly/32NeB7E

Livestream from The Hill's Latina Leaders Summit this morning: http://bit.ly/30VU0MF 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

They did ... what now?!:

Full size photos: http://bit.ly/30VJ1CV

What substance did they use to glue themselves: Gorilla Glue. They used Gorilla Glue. (Via The Washington Post's Mike DeBonis) http://bit.ly/30TBsfS

  

This is a pretty cool photo:

 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to West Virginia this afternoon. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate held roll call votes. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/30Xmvt9

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

4:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Wheeling, W.Va.

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a fundraising committee reception in Wheeling, W.Va.

7 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

9:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

July 25: The Hill interviews Sens. Mike BraunMichael BraunIndiana attorney general loses reelection bid after groping allegations Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention MORE (R-Ind.) and Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinBiden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street Biden campaign adds staff in three battleground states Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden MORE (D-Wis.) during an event on lowering drug prices. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2Yn2RJq

  

WHAT TO WATCH

Today: Presidential candidates speak at the NAACP annual convention in Detroit. Details and schedule: http://bit.ly/2ybykQ4 Livestream: https://cs.pn/30McwqK

This morning: The Hill's Latina Leaders Summit featuring Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.), Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico) and Rep. Grace NapolitanoGraciela (Grace) Flores NapolitanoHispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs Hispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Hispanic Democrats demand funding for multilingual coronavirus messaging MORE (D-Calif.). Livestream: http://bit.ly/30VU0MF 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Tequila Day! How festive. To celebrate, here's where to get deals on tequila drinks today: http://bit.ly/30RgLkJ

 

I have never felt so understood and just so accepted:

Kellogg's has created a box with both Cheez-Its and boxed wine. Now ~this~ is an adult Lunchable. Photo -- how incredible: https://r29.co/32LcAJ4 

  

And because it has been an intense morning and we could all use something a little lighter, here's a dog giving another dog a spa day: http://bit.ly/32QjHji 

 

This story was updated at 12:48 p.m.