The Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Backlash over video depicting Trump killing media, critics | WHCA, Cindy McCain condemn video | Ex-Trump aide testifies over Ukraine ambassador's removal | Trump demands whistleblower testify | Trump threatens 'big sanctions' on Turkey | Republicans prep to rebuke Trump on Syria | What to know for Tuesday's debate | Bears swim in pool | National Dessert Day



Fiona's tell-all:

Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president, is testifying on Capitol Hill this morning in the Ukraine probe.

What Hill is expected to say: That U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP Want to fight foreign influence? Fix FARA filings MORE went around the National Security Council and official White House protocol to speak directly with Trump about Ukraine.

What we know about Hill's testimony: Via NBC's Josh Lederman, Carol E. Lee and Kristen Welker


Keep in mind: Fiona Hill is the first former White House official to agree to cooperate with the House's impeachment inquiry. 

Video of Fiona Hill arriving:

Photo of Republicans arriving for the deposition:

'He doesn't even go here!' -- Kicked out of the deposition: "Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz wants woman who threw drink at him to serve time Schiff told Gaetz to 'absent yourself' in fiery exchange: impeachment transcript Do Republicans understand the Constitution? MORE says Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJohnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe Impeachment hearings likely to get worse for Republicans MORE kicked him out of the Fiona Hill deposition. Gaetz is not on the three [committees] conducting the impeachment inquiry, but he argued that as a member of Judiciary he should be allowed to attend, and [because] there 'are no rules' for the impeachment probe."

^Reaction from Gaetz: "Gaetz sharply criticized [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff, saying it's a 'sham process.'"




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Sanctions are coming:

This morning, President Trump warned of "big sanctions" on Turkey after its military launched an offensive in northern Syria.

He tweeted: "Big sanctions on Turkey coming! Do people really think we should go to war with NATO Member Turkey? Never ending wars will end!" 

Trump also said: "Brian Kilmeade over at ['Fox & Friends'] got it all wrong. We are not going into another war between people who have been fighting with each other for 200 years. Europe had a chance to get their ISIS prisoners, but didn't want the cost. 'Let the USA pay,' they said ... Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved. Easily recaptured by Turkey or European Nations from where many came, but they should move quickly." 

Read Trump's full tweets:


What to expect from furious Republicans:

Congressional Republicans are expected to rebuke President Trump with legislation that would force the administration to impose sanctions on Turkey. 


What to expect from Democrats:

Congressional Democrats will offer a resolution urging President Trump to reverse his decision to remove troops from Syria.

From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.): "We will be putting on the floor of the Senate and the House ... a joint resolution that urges the president to undo his decision to do everything he can to protect the Kurds, to do everything that we must do to prevent ISIS terrorists from escaping, and make sure that Turkey respects existing agreements related to Syria and with the United States."



Trump wants the Ukraine whistleblower outed:

President Trump called for the whistleblower who helped spark an impeachment inquiry, to testify and "explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong."

Trump tweeted: "Adam Schiff now doesn't seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close. Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower's identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA. Democrat's game was foiled when we caught Schiff fraudulently making up my Ukraine conversation, when I released the exact conversation Transcript, and when Ukrainian President and the Foreign Minister said there was NO PRESSURE, very normal talk! A total Impeachment Scam!"



Over the weekend, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that testimony from the whistleblower may no longer be necessary.

Schiff explained on CBS's "Face the Nation": "Given that we already have the call record, we don't need the whistleblower who wasn't on the call to tell us what took place during the call." 

And Schiff pointed at Trump: "Before the president started threatening the whistleblower ... we were interested in having the whistleblower come forward. Our primary interest right now is making sure that that person is protected." 

Watch Schiff on "Face the Nation":



Welp, this is not particularly comforting:
Via The New York Times's Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — Buttigieg closes in on Biden, Warren in Iowa The Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash MORE, "A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times."

Media outlets mentioned in the video: Politico, The Washington Post, NPR and The Hill. 

Others mentioned in the video: Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell White House, McConnell come out against House bill on Ex-Im Bank Divides over China, fossil fuels threaten House deal to reboot Ex-Im Bank MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDonald Trump's 2020 election economic gamble 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rosie O'Donnell.



Grisham tweeted, "Re: the video played over the weekend: [President Trump] has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video."



From Cindy McCain, the widow of former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): "Reports describing a violent video played at a Trump Campaign event in which images of reporters & @JohnMcCain are being slain by Pres Trump violate every norm our society expects from its leaders & the institutions that bare their names. I stand w/ @whca [White House Correspondents' Association] in registering my outrage."

From Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE: "At a conference of Trump supporters, they played a video of our president murdering journalists in a church. Last year, a Trump supporter sent bombs to CNN--and a shooter entered a church yesterday. This video isn't funny. It will get people killed."

More reactions:



Smart bears:


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