The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on whistleblower, Schiff

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Senate Republicans step up attacks on whistleblower | Trump suggests Schiff should be arrested for treason | Lawyers worry for whistleblower's safety | McConnell says Senate has 'no choice' but to take up impeachment | Pelosi game plans with Dems | Schiff intends to subpoena Giuliani | GOP Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsHouse passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea On The Money: Economy adds 136K jobs in September | Jobless rate at 50-year low | Treasury IG to probe handling of Trump tax returns request | House presses Zuckerberg to testify on digital currency MORE to plead guilty to insider trading | Thornberry is sixth Texas House Republican to announce retirement | Forever 21 files for bankruptcy

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Trump called for the House Intelligence Committee chairman to be arrested for treason:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE suggested that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSupreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote McConnell, White House lawyer huddle on impeachment strategy MORE (D-Calif.) should be arrested for treason for exaggerating Trump's call with the president of Ukraine. http://bit.ly/2n55L57

Trump tweeted: "Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?" Read Trump's tweet: http://bit.ly/2n58BHj  

Watch Schiff's full opening statement: http://bit.ly/2mjjfK3

Just so we're clear: Treason is a crime punishable by death or prison time. 

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What Trump is talking about: During last week's hearing with the acting director of national intelligence, Schiff paraphrased Trump's call with Ukraine's president, including directing him to "make up dirt on my political opponent." 

Schiff then defended his remarks: "Of course, the president never said, 'If you don't understand me I'm going to say it seven more times,' my point is, that's the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words." http://bit.ly/2n55L57

  

AND TRUMP STEPPED UP HIS ATTACKS ON THE WHISTLEBLOWER:

The president tweeted, "The Fake Whistleblower complaint is not holding up. It is mostly about the call to the Ukrainian President which, in the name of transparency, I immediately released to Congress & the public. The Whistleblower knew almost nothing, its 2ND HAND description of the call is a fraud!" http://bit.ly/2oyA9oM

He then added: #FakeWhistleblower. http://bit.ly/2n5y1EH

 

OVER THE WEEKEND -- TRUMP ALLIES MADE THE ROUNDS TO DEFEND HIM:

Here's the gist: http://bit.ly/2oEz6Uv

 

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IN THE HOUSE

Adam Schiff plans to subpoena Rudy:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said he plans to subpoena President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDOJ releases memos backing Trump immunity claims ahead of impeachment vote Giuliani to Trump after Ukraine trip: I got 'more than you can imagine' Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' MORE for documents related to Ukraine. http://bit.ly/2oFbgrJ

Schiff told Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes": "We're going to need evidence from Rudy Giuliani. And it's our intention as soon as first thing next week to subpoena him for documents. And there may very well come a time where we want to hear from him directly."

  

Ready and break!:

Via Politico's Sarah Ferris and Andrew Desiderio, during a private conference call over the weekend, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Sherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Turf war derails push on surprise medical bills | Bill would tax e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaign | .5M ad blitz backs vulnerable Dems on drug prices MORE (D-Calif.) and top House Democrats told members to focus on their constitutional duty ahead of politics. https://politi.co/2mjKhkF

Pelosi told Democrats: "I'm in Texas and they have a saying here: 'Don't Mess with Texas.' Well, I say, 'Don't Mess with the Constitution, Mr. President.' " 

 

OH, HELLO THERE, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMore than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls Trump is threatening to boycott the debates — here's how to make sure he shows up Trey Gowdy returns to Fox News as contributor MORE:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted this morning, "The president is a corrupt human tornado." http://bit.ly/2oDfgce

  

New -- Rep. Chris Collins is pleading guilty to insider trading:

Via Bloomberg's Bob Van Voris and Chris Dolmetsch, Republican Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.) will plead guilty to insider trading. https://bloom.bg/2oFcp2s

Details: "The congressman was charged last year with trading on non-public information about Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd., an Australian biotechnology company. He was arrested in August 2019 along with his son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarky, the father of Cameron's fiancée."

Keep in mind: Collins was the first sitting representative to endorse President Trump in the 2016 presidential cycle. 

What we don't know: What charges he will plead to and whether Collins will resign from Congress.

  

Also this morning -- Another Texas Republican retires:

Texas Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' House passes defense bill to establish Space Force, paid family leave for federal workers The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE (R), who serves as the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, announced his retirement at the end of the term. http://bit.ly/2ml0lmd

He said in a statement: "It has been a great honor to serve the people of the 13th District of Texas as their congressman for the last 25 years. They have given me opportunities to serve the nation in ways I could have never imagined, including as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee."

For context: Thornberry is the sixth Texas Republican to retire from Congress this year.  

 

IN THE SENATE

New development -- McConnell says the Senate would take up impeachment:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' McConnell: Bevin pardons 'completely inappropriate' House panel to hold hearing, vote on Trump's new NAFTA proposal MORE (R-Ky.) said this morning that the Senate would have "no choice" but to take up President Trump's impeachment if it passes in the House. http://bit.ly/2oy0var

McConnell told CNBC: "Well under the Senate rules we're required to take it up if the House does go down that path and we'll follow the Senate rules." 

He also said: "I would have no choice but to take it up, based on a Senate rule on impeachment." 

 

How the GOP is planning to protect Trump:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Republican senators scrambling to protect President Trump from a formal impeachment inquiry are attacking the credibility of the whistleblower who filed a complaint." http://bit.ly/2oAvcvH

For example: Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Horowitz did not find evidence Obama asked for probe of Trump MORE (R-Iowa), who has a reputation for protecting whistleblowers, was not as supportive. "If they are not really a whistleblower, they don't get the protection," Grassley said.

From Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn On The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal On The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA MORE (R-Texas): "It doesn't come from a person with personal knowledge. It's like I heard these people say this, and now I'm reporting it. I think that is pretty bizarre." 

From Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump: 'I wouldn't mind' a long Senate impeachment process Poll finds Graham with just 2-point lead on Democratic challenger Hill editor-in-chief calls IG report 'a game-changer' MORE (R-S.C.): Graham said reading the whistleblower's complaint "makes me more suspicious about how all this happened."

  

Lawyers are worried for the whistleblower's safety: 

"Lawyers representing the whistleblower behind the explosive complaint involving President Trump's efforts to persuade Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers MORE and his son Hunter Biden expressed concern for their client's safety in a letter to lawmakers released Sunday." http://bit.ly/2nXNiaw

Read the letter: http://bit.ly/2motZHg

Op-ed: Here's how to think about the impeachment process from a legal standpoint: http://bit.ly/2n5AjUj

  

NOTABLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Well this is adorable: 

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ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump swears in Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaWhat to know about Scalia: http://bit.ly/2mgcSqT

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the prime minister of Jamaica. 

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoKobach has lead in Kansas Senate race unless Pompeo enters: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial MORE

Oct. 4: The intelligence community's inspector general testifies. Details: http://bit.ly/2mpADgs

 

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a ceremony for the new Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark MilleyLivestream: https://cs.pn/2oy9h8o

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chewing Gum Day. It's also National Hot Mulled Cider Day.

 

Just like that trendy top, nothing lasts Forever:
Fast fashion clothing chain Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy on Sunday. https://nyti.ms/2nXgHlb

What this means for the store: "Forever 21 said that it would continue to operate its website and hundreds of stores in the United States, where it is a major tenant for mall owners, as well as stores in Mexico and Latin America." 

From the chain's executive vice president Linda Chang: "What we're hoping to do with this process is just to simplify things so we can get back to doing what we do best," Chang told The New York Times. 

 

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here's a dog attempting to eat a leaf blower: http://bit.ly/2ozj4el