The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lashes out over impeachment inquiry

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lashes out over impeachment inquiry | Says Dems wasting time on 'bulls---' | Dems threaten to subpoena White House over Ukraine docs | Pompeo confirms he was on call | Impeachment threatens to overtake 2020 fight | Sanders undergoes heart procedure | Cancels campaign events 'until further notice' | Putin jokes about interfering in election | Dem third quarter fundraising numbers | Yang raises $10M | Michelin Guide unveils 2020 stars



Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Bernie Sanders: 'This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome MORE underwent heart procedure:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had a heart procedure after feeling chest discomfort during a campaign event on Tuesday.

Medically, what happened: A blockage was found in one of his arteries and two stents were inserted.

What now: Sanders's campaign events are canceled "until further notice." 

From Sanders's senior adviser Jeff Weaver: "Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days." 

Read the announcement from his presidential campaign:

What we know:



Here’s a list of their reactions:


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Mike was here:

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPutin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Pompeo accused of stumping for Trump ahead of election MORE confirmed he was on the July 25 call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Pompeo's remarks at a press conference in Rome: "I was on the phone call. I know precisely what the American policy is with respect to Ukraine. It's been remarkably consistent and we will continue to try to drive those set of outcomes."

Watch Pompeo's full remarks:



Here are photos of Pompeo visiting the Colosseum. The photos look like the 'Game of Thrones' season 8 Dragonpit meeting:



NBC's Richard Engel tweeted, "Pompeo was so unpopular among many staffers at CIA for his bullying and outbursts that two well-placed sources tell us his security detail had an 'Emancipation Party' after he left."


Subpoena threats all around:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, House Democrats are threatening to subpoena the White House for materials related to President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

From House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview Overnight Health Care: US won't join global coronavirus vaccine initiative | Federal panel lays out initial priorities for COVID-19 vaccine distribution | NIH panel: 'Insufficient data' to show treatment touted by Trump works House Oversight Democrats to subpoena AbbVie in drug pricing probe MORE (D-Md.): "Over the past several weeks, the Committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with--or even respond to--the Committees."  

When the subpoena would be issued: Friday if the White House does not comply. 


Late this morning from Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff claims DHS is blocking whistleblower's access to records before testimony GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Rubio on peaceful transfer of power: 'We will have a legitimate & fair election' MORE -- 'Stop obstructing, please':

During a joint press conference with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit MORE (D-Calif.) this morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said any efforts to stonewall the impeachment inquiry by the Trump administration will be taken as evidence of obstruction of justice.

In Schiff's words: "We are concerned that the White House will attempt to stonewall our investigation. Any action like that, that forces us to litigate, or have to consider litigation, will be considered further evidence of obstruction of justice." 

Livestream of the presser:

Photo of the media crowding to take a photo of Adam Schiff:

Tidbit: The Wall Street Journal's Natalie Andrews noted, "Speaker Pelosi routinely quotes Reagan and Lincoln, both Republican presidents. Since the impeachment inquiry began, she's also taken to quoting the nation's founders - primarily Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine."



President Trump slammed Democrats for wasting time on the impeachment inquiry.

He tweeted: 'The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone's time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you'll need it!" The full tweet if you'd like to see it:



President Trump is holding a joint press conference with the President of Finland. Expect the impeachment controversy to come up. Livestream 



Getting traction -- Well, someone watched a lot of Freeform's '30 Days of Disney' movies:

Via The New York Times's Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, during an Oval Office meeting last March, President Trump floated a few ideas to secure the border including a moat filled with snakes or alligators.

Details -- this is worth reading: "Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That's not allowed either, they told him." 

The full report:



The president tweeted, "Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moot stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!"

^Yes, he meant 'moat' not moot': Trump deleted and corrected his tweet. But here's a screenshot:


Why polling is worrying the GOP:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump is in new and dangerous territory this week, as some Republicans and administration veterans express unease about his actions, and polls show rising support for impeachment."

Adding to the worries: "Voices that are normally supportive of the president have fallen silent, partly out of fear that new revelations could be around the corner." 

What to expect:



How's everybody doing tonight?!:

Third quarter fundraising totals have been trickling in since Monday night's deadline. Here are the numbers so far: 



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): $25.3 million

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE: $19.1 million

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHundreds of lawyers from nation's oldest African American sorority join effort to fight voter suppression Biden picks up endorsement from progressive climate group 350 Action 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing MORE (D-Calif.): $11.6 million

Former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE: $10 million

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-N.J.): $6 million

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency Next crisis, keep people working and give them raises MORE (D-Colo.): $2.1 million


2020 should be ... fun:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Lawmakers and strategists in both parties say impeachment could drown out almost every other issue in next year's elections, making races for the House and Senate a referendum on President Trump."

How so: "All presidential elections end up mostly being driven by the battle for the White House, but the high-stakes impeachment battle is threatening to ratchet things up to a whole new level." 

Which party will it help?: "Both parties believe the fight could work to their advantage by driving partisans to the polls, creating some real uncertainty -- especially for senators and House lawmakers in swing states or districts." 


An interview with Pete Buttigieg:

The Hill's Reid Wilson sat down with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Reno, Nev.

Buttigieg talked about Vice President Pence, who he used to text when Pence was governor: "The strange thing, of course, is that during the Clinton years [Pence] seemed very committed to the idea that the personal behavior, including the personal sexual conduct of the president, really mattered for public purposes," Buttigieg said. "And now he's persuaded himself that Donald Trump is fit to be not only the political but the moral leader of the American people. There are any number of explanations for how he went through that conversion. I'm guessing the answer is politics."

Other highlights:



Ha, ha ha, we're laughing, Vlad:

Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Navalny released from hospital after suspected poisoning Ex-Trump national security adviser says US leaders 'making it easy for Putin' to meddle MORE joked about interfering in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Putin told reporters: "I'll tell you a secret: Yes, we'll definitely do it," Putin said about interfering in the next U.S. elections. "Just don't tell anyone." 


One year ago today: 

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Here's a primer on what happened:



A troubling number about mass shootings this year:
"More than a third of all House lawmakers represent districts where a mass shooting has occurred this year, highlighting the bipartisan pressure on Congress to take action on gun legislation after a wave of killings in Texas and Ohio during August." 

The numbers:

158 congressional districts had experienced at least one mass shooting this year. 

52 of those districts are held by Republicans.

106 are represented by Democrats.

What to know about those districts: "An analysis by The Hill found that about two-thirds of those shootings have taken place in districts represented by Democrats, many of whom represent cities hard-hit by the scourge of gun violence, while a third occurred in Republican-held districts, from the suburbs to rural communities." 

Full analysis:





And here is video of Simone Biles's triple double-- wow:


Lol, after the mouse ordeal in the White House yesterday:

The initial story if you missed it:



The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is also in Washington, D.C., but is leaving for Arizona later today.

Noon: President Trump meets with the president of Finland and holds a working luncheon.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Washington, D.C., and heads to Phoenix, Ariz.

9:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence attends a victory reception for Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Presidential polls tighten weeks out from Election Day Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly' New ABC/WaPost poll finds Trump edging Biden in Arizona, Florida MORE (R-Ariz.) 

Oct. 17: President Trump is holding a campaign rally in Dallas. Details:



10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) held a news conference. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with the president of Finland. Livestream:



Today is National Pumpkin Seed Day. It's also National Fried Scallops Day.


Promoted and demoted:

The Michelin guide for Washington, D.C.-area restaurants announced the 2020 list.

What remained on the list: The Inn at Little Washington, Pineapple and Pearls and Minibar.

What was added: "The newcomers are Ivy City's industrial-chic Gravitas, hearth-fired Middle Eastern hot spot Maydan, Capitol Hill cafe-cum-wine-bar Little Pearl, and Sushi Nakazawa, the New York import located in the Trump hotel." 

What was taken off the list: Blue Duck Tavern.



Just announced -- A folding smartphone: 

Via CNBC's Annie Palmer, "Microsoft made a surprise announcement Wednesday of a new two-screened Android smartphone, the Surface Duo. The device will launch in late 2020, in time for the holiday season." Photo:


And because you made it this far, here's a dog who really wants to stay in tonight: