The Hill's 12:30 Report: Intel chief defends handling of whistleblower complaint

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Intel chief defends handling of whistleblower complaint | House panel releases declassified complaint | What to know about the document | Schiff calls it 'most graphic evidence yet' against Trump | Nunes rips Dems and their 'media assets' | Trump accuses Dems of 'trying to destroy the Republican Party' | How impeachment fight could shake up Senate races | Warren volunteer dies in Iowa car crash | Princess Beatrice is engaged | National Pancake Day

  

NEWS THIS MORNING

Here it is. The declassified whistleblower complaint:

The House Intelligence Committee released a declassified version of the whistleblower complaint that sparked House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry. http://bit.ly/2mRH3Vu

What's in the complaint: The official wrote that he or she received information from multiple government officials that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign government in the 2020 U.S. election." 

The complaint named names: "The President's personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Overnight Energy: Trump taps deputy energy secretary to replace Perry | Praises pick Dan Brouillette as 'total professional' | Perry denies quid pro quo over Ukraine Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr also appears to be involved as well." 

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Timing: The whistleblower complaint was released roughly 30 minutes before acting Director of National Security Joseph Maguire started his testimony.

Who is the whistleblower?: We still don't know.

Read the whistleblower complaint: http://bit.ly/2ljUTiS

 

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE CENTER OF THIS DRAMA:

Michael Atkinson, a Trump appointee, has been the inspector general of the intelligence committee for about a year. Here is more about him: http://bit.ly/2lYwKyJ

 

It's Thursday of the never-ending 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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HAPPENING THIS MORNING

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Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is testifying today before the House Intelligence Committee on the whistleblower complaint that led to the House beginning an impeachment inquiry. 

Livestream of the hearing: https://cs.pn/2lYiYw0

Live blog with updates: http://bit.ly/2lXGxF6

  

HEARING HIGHLIGHTS:

Maguire on the whistleblower: "I think the whistleblower did the right thing. I think he followed the law every step of the way." http://bit.ly/2mYOxWs

Maguire on his communications with Trump: "I will not divulge privileged conversations that I have with the president," Maguire said. But he did say that the White House did not ask him to assert executive privilege.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Kasich says he'd back impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House does damage control after Mulvaney remarks MORE (D-Calif.) on Trump: Schiff said the whistleblower complaint is the "most graphic evidence yet" that the president abused the oath of office. Trump "sacrificed our national security and the Constitution for his personal political benefit" during his discussion with the president of Ukraine, Schiff said. http://bit.ly/2mXTOO2

From Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald Nunes10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable A Republican Watergate veteran's perspective on a Trump impeachment Meet the lawyer at center of whistleblower case: 'It is an everyday adventure' MORE (Calif.), the top Republican on the committee: "I want to congratulate the Democrats on the rollout of their latest information warfare operation against the president and their extraordinary ability to once again enlist the mainstream media in their campaign." http://bit.ly/2mV3gSr

Another Republican on the committee had a differing opinion: Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerHouse questions Volker as impeachment probe ramps up Republicans show signs of discomfort in defense of Trump   GOP battens down the hatches after release of Trump whistleblower complaint MORE (R-Ohio) said, "I've read the complaint and I've read the transcript of the conversation with the president and the president of the Ukraine. Concerning that conversation, I want to say to the president: This is not OK. That conversation is not okay. And I think it's disappointing to the American public when they read the transcript." http://bit.ly/2mYLiyE

  

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: 

Who is in the audience: "DNI hearing about the whistleblower complaint. The room is mostly full of young Cap Hill staffers/interns who want to see history. The hallway is full of reporters." (Via PBS's Lisa DesjardinsPhoto of some of the young people in the room: http://bit.ly/2mPsZM5

Photos of the cameras set up hours before the hearing started: http://bit.ly/2mY47ly

Organized chaos: Here's what it looked like outside the hearing room this morning. Photo: http://bit.ly/2lla23p

Before the hearing started: President Trump tweeted, "THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ALL THAT IT STANDS FOR. STICK TOGETHER, PLAY THEIR GAME, AND FIGHT HARD REPUBLICANS. OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE!" http://bit.ly/2ll9xq3

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The stocks will crash. You want that?:

This morning, President Trump said the markets will crash if he is impeached. http://bit.ly/2mT48qK

He tweeted: "If they actually did this the markets would crash. Do you think it was luck that got us to the best Stock Market and Economy in our history. It wasn't!" http://bit.ly/2nxWX7T

 

THE IMPEACHMENT FIGHT COULD ALSO AFFECT TRUMP'S TRADE DEAL:

Here's how: http://bit.ly/2m1ficW

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

A Trump trial is bad news bears for Senate races:
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are worried about an impeachment trial in the Senate as it could further polarize the electorate. http://bit.ly/2lQ3Y3p

It could hurt Republicans in a few states: It could be "a troubling development for Republicans running in states won by Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Trump campaign to hold rallies in Mississippi, Kentucky Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE in the 2016 presidential race such as Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren MORE (R-Colo.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Maine)."

But it could help Republicans in a few states: "For GOP candidates running in states where Trump has a higher approval rating, such as Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources' GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising MORE (N.C.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Farmers: New Trump ethanol proposal reneged on previous deal Overnight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate MORE (Iowa) and Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump TSA head rules himself out for top DHS job   MORE (Ky.), the polarized electorate could help drive Republicans to the polls." 

An example of a Democrat that could be affected: "Impeachment proceedings could spell doom for Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat up for reelection in Alabama, one of the nation's most pro-Trump states." 

How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2lQ3Y3p

  

Rest in peace: 

Zachary Crombie Presberg, a 22-year-old volunteer for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE's (D-Mass.) presidential campaign, died in a car accident in Iowa. http://bit.ly/2ns85mp

From Warren: "Bruce and I are heartbroken over Zac's passing and offer our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends. Through his dedication and volunteerism, Zac represented the very best of us." 

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

A true public servant:

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is heading back to Washington, D.C., this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in Indiana. 

10:40 a.m. EDT: President Trump spoke at a joint fundraising committee breakfast in New York City.

11:15 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — House Dems subpoena Giuliani associates Trump feud with Minneapolis mayor to take center stage at rally Karen Pence launches an Instagram account MORE land in Indianapolis, Ind.

12:15 p.m. EDT: Roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2mRguQ9 

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

4–5 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/2mYCAA6

  

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EDT: Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence held a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2mWM9j2

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence discusses trade at MacAllister Machinery in Indiana. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ljgqYX

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Pancake Day.

 

Another royal wedding coming up!:

Princess Beatrice is engaged to her boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! https://bbc.in/2n0vEm3

Yeah, yeah I know why you're clicking -- here's an up-close photo of the ring: https://pge.sx/2mQMsvT

For context: Beatrice is ninth in line to the throne. What to know about her: http://bit.ly/2lRkOim

 

And because it's been a long week and this made me smile, here's a dog-toddler band coming to concert venues near you: http://bit.ly/2lpi0Zu