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 CollinsOn 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 Two Collins associates plead guilty in insider trading case On The Money: Trump blames Fed as manufacturing falters | US to join Trump lawsuit over NY subpoena for tax returns | Ex-Rep. Chris Collins pleads guilty in insider trading case MORE to plead guilty to insider trading | Thornberry is sixth Texas House Republican to announce retirement | Forever 21 files for bankruptcy



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

This morning, 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 suggested that 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.) should be arrested for treason for exaggerating Trump's call with the president of Ukraine.

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:  

Watch Schiff's full opening statement:

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


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."



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!"

He then added: #FakeWhistleblower.



Here's the gist:


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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 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 for documents related to Ukraine.

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 PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.) and top House Democrats told members to focus on their constitutional duty ahead of politics.

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 ClintonState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Trump campaign to hold rallies in Mississippi, Kentucky Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted this morning, "The president is a corrupt human tornado."


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.

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 ThornberryFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble Cheney slated to introduce bill to place sanctions on Turkey MORE (R), who serves as the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, announced his retirement at the end of the term.

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.  



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

Senate Majority Leader 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 (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.

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."

For example: Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate 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 slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Succession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head 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 GrahamGraham says he shares Kurdish 'concerns' over cease-fire Majority of Americans believe Trump's Syria move has damaged US reputation: poll Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' 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 BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE and his son Hunter Biden expressed concern for their client's safety in a letter to lawmakers released Sunday."

Read the letter:

Op-ed: Here's how to think about the impeachment process from a legal standpoint:



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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:

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 PompeoEx-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump Pompeo rejects idea that the United States abandoned Kurds Mike Pompeo's Faustian bargain MORE

Oct. 4: The intelligence community's inspector general testifies. Details:



11 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a ceremony for the new Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark MilleyLivestream:



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.

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: