The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California | Fundraisers in state that is heart of resistance | Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski told by Fox Business host he was being 'a little slurry' during interview The Hill's Morning Report - New impeachment battle: Pompeo vs. House Dems Lewandowski: 'Fair' to say Senate run might not happen MORE to testify before House panel | White House blocks two former aides from testifying | GOP seizes on Times's Kavanaugh correction | Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJill Stein: 'I am not a Russian spy' Trump criticizes Clinton for suggesting Jill Stein was Russian asset Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' MORE says voter suppression has created a 'crisis' | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Spicer makes debut on 'Dancing with the Stars' | Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts dies | Fitness hall coming to DC

  

IN CONGRESS

Corey Lewandowski is attending a Capitol open house:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who is mulling a Senate run in New Hampshire, is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today for a Democratic probe on whether President Trump obstructed justice. 

Livestream of the 1 p.m. EDT hearing: https://cs.pn/30tQYid

But you won't see these two other faces today:

The White House has ordered two former aides to defy subpoenas for a House Judiciary Committee hearing today. http://bit.ly/2I9L4wj

Who will not testify: Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter

Why: "Because of the constitutional immunity that protects senior advisers to the president from compelled congressional testimony, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of President."

 

HOW DEMOCRATS ARE HEADED FOR A SUBPOENA SHOWDOWN WITH THE WHITE HOUSE: 

Via The Hill's Olivia Beavershttp://bit.ly/30qNP2i

 

SPOTTED:

National Law Journal's Jacqueline Thomsen spotted Corey Lewandowski having lunch in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., yesterday. http://bit.ly/2IaLzWR

 

It's Tuesday. 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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TALK OF THE MORNING

How the Times correction has helped the GOP:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "New allegations against Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughOn The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to consumer agency First-generation American launches Senate campaign against Booker MORE have sparked a political furor, but the picture has been complicated by a media misstep. A Sunday New York Times story highlighted a fresh sexual misconduct complaint against the Supreme Court justice, only to belatedly clarify that the woman involved is said by friends to have no recollection of the incident. Conservatives have seized on that point to blame the media for a supposed witch hunt against Kavanaugh." http://bit.ly/2IbhCGh

Conservatives' argument: "They say that prior outrage about the treatment of Kavanaugh was a key motivating factor for right-leaning voters to turn out in last year's midterm elections -- and they assert the same pattern could be repeated in the wake of the current controversy."

But what they are ignoring: "Their argument skips past the fact that the same Times story also found that at least seven people were aware of a pre-existing charge: that Kavanaugh, while a student at Yale, had pulled out his penis and thrust it toward a female student of the time, Deborah Ramirez." 

 

Impeachment for one, impeachment for all:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash Scrap House defense authorization provision benefitting Russia MORE (D-Calif.) is now facing pressure from progressives to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in addition to President Trump. "They say that Kavanaugh deserves impeachment over the new allegations, which conservatives have decried, because it suggests he lied under oath." http://bit.ly/2Id721c

 

LOGISTICALLY, HERE IS HOW YOU IMPEACH A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE:

Via CNN's Ellie Kaufman: https://cnn.it/2Ibkx1H 

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Oh, California dreamin':

President Trump has begun a two-day fundraising trip to California, a state that has been the epicenter to his administration's resistance. http://bit.ly/30nKgu2

Today: Trump is holding fundraisers in Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

Tomorrow: Trump is fundraising in Los Angeles and San Diego. 

 

This morning -- Locked and loaded:

This morning, Vice President Pence said the United States is "locked and loaded" to defend our allies after the oil attack in Saudi Arabia. http://bit.ly/2IbT93l

In Pence's words: "In the wake of this unprovoked attack, I promise you, we're ready. We're locked and loaded and we're ready to defend the interests of our allies. Make no mistake about it." http://bit.ly/2IbT93l

Yes, that wording should sound familiar: Trump used a similar phrase yesterday. http://bit.ly/2I7X94Y

Oh and: Pence said Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoErdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE is traveling to Saudi Arabia to discuss the attack. 

Livestream of Pence's remarksLivestream: http://bit.ly/2IbKVs7

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Hillary Clinton has a few thoughts on voter suppression:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, this morning, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said voter suppression to prevent women and people of color from voting is a "crisis to democracy." http://bit.ly/2Ibzy3z 

In Clinton's words: "This is one of those moments we stand at a crossroads of our own a crisis in democracy. Racists and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and the White House. Hard fought for civil rights are stripped back. Rule of law is being undermined, our norms and institutions ... are under assault, and that includes the single most important fight of our times ... the fight to protect the right to vote."

Livestream of Clinton's remarks at George Washington University: http://bit.ly/2I9N73t

 

Rest in peace, Cokie Roberts:

ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts passed away at the age of 75. "Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She was named a 'Living Legend' by the Library of Congress in 2008." https://abcn.ws/30slx7I

Read ABC News President James Goldston's note to colleagues: http://bit.ly/2kEApBg

Here are photos of Roberts appearing on C-SPAN over the years: http://bit.ly/2IcHCB3

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

The talk of social media -- welp, I have officially seen everything

 

Video of Spicer's appearance: http://bit.ly/2IegmSK

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) tweeted in support of Spicer: His tweet: http://bit.ly/30qvAdB

Spicer responded to Huckabee, but later deleted the tweet: Spicer tweeted, "Thank you @GovMikeHuckabee  Clearly the judges aren't going to be with me. Let's send a message to #Hollywood that those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted. May God bless you." He then deleted the tweet later this morning. 

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in California. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

Noon: The House meets.

Noon: The Senate votes on a confirmation. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/30kTAP7

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets for weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence attends the Republican meeting.

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives in Palo Alto, Calif.

3:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters in Palo Alto.

3:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the National Automobile Dealers Association. 

3:55 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee luncheon.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/30l6GMd

10:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters in Beverly Hills, Calif.

10:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee reception in Beverly Hills.

Sept. 26: The Hill is hosting "The Future of Mobility Summit" in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2ZXafvW

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Hillary Clinton spoke at the In Defense of American Democracy event in Washington, D.C. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2I9N73t

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gave a speech on trade at the Heritage Foundation. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2IbKVs7

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. Livestream: https://cs.pn/30tQYid

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a naturalization ceremony. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2IaF5qZ

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Monte Cristo Day.

  

It's not a gym. It's a 'fitness hall.' Duh.:

Via Washingtonian's Mimi Montgomery, "BYNDfit (pronounced "Beyond Fit") will be the first fitness hall in D.C. when it opens downtown next year." http://bit.ly/2Ib2fgS

How it works: "The all-in-one space will provide not only a traditional gym area and machines for working out, but also individual exercise studios that mirror the high-end experiences you'd get at boutique spots like SoulCycle or Barry's Bootcamp." 

Basically: "Think of it as a Union Market-like concept, but instead of sampling the food at different stalls, you're hopping between fitness studios." 

 

And because you made it this far, here are French bulldog puppies trying to walk on a slippery floor: http://bit.ly/30qV6zo