The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden regrets opening father to attacks | Trump knocks him over 'really bad' interview | What to know for tonight's Democratic debate | Five things to watch | Top State official testifies | How Trump's impeachment firewall is holding up | Bolton called Giuliani a 'hand grenade' | Giuliani got $500K for work for indicted associate's firm | Disney+ touts streaming lineup



Next up in the tank:

George Kent, a top State Department official, is testifying on Capitol Hill today in the inquiry about President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE's dealings with Ukraine.


What to know about Kent: "George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, oversees administrative policy in a bloc of Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, which has emerged as the focal point of the growing investigation." 

Video of Kent arriving:

And here is George Kent walking down another hallway with his entourage:

Photo of Republicans walking to the hearing:




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Hunter Biden speaks (!):
Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen 16 things to know today about coronavirus MOREgave a rare interview this morning on ABC News.



Hunter Biden on what he regrets -- hurting his dad: "I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That's where I made the mistake. So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever."

He slammed President Trump and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in MORE: "What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this ridiculous conspiracy idea." 

On his relationship with his dad: "My dad doesn't have to defend me. My dad only has to love me and my dad loves me unequivocally."

On serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company: Watch Hunter Biden's full explanation.



The president tweeted, "Hunter Biden was really bad on @GMA. Now Sleepy Joe has real problems! Reminds me of Crooked Hillary and her 33,000 deleted Emails, not recoverable!" So name nicknames in that one.



Via C-SPAN's Howard Mortman, here's video of former Vice President Joe Biden introducing his children and grandchildren during a town hall in 2008. Watch:


Today in 'if this were a TV plotline, you'd think it was unrealistic':

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he was paid $500,000 for his work at Fraud Guarantee, the company co-founded by an associate who was recently arrested on campaign charges.


New report -- John BoltonJohn BoltonChina sees chance to expand global influence amid pandemic Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office MORE had thoughts about it all:

Via The New York Times's Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos, "The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday." 

What Bolton reportedly said about Rudy Giuliani: "'Giuliani's a hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up,' [Fiona Hill] quoted Mr. Bolton as saying during an earlier conversation." 

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Via NBC's Josh Lederman, Geoff Bennett and Phil Helsel, "The White House tried to limit what Fiona Hill, who until August served as President Donald Trump's top Russia analyst, could say to Congress in its impeachment inquiry, correspondence between her lawyers and a White House deputy counsel shows."



Throwdown, part four: 

Twelve Democratic presidential candidates are debating tonight in Ohio.



In order of where they will stand on stage:

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii)

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.J.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Biden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden MORE (D-Calif.)

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.)

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds Overnight Energy: Trump floats oil tariffs amid Russia-Saudi dispute | Warren knocks EPA over 'highly dangerous' enforcement rollback | 2019 sees big increase in methane levels in air Ex-CFPB director urges agency to 'act immediately' to help consumers during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.)

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE (D)

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Andrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast MORE 

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE (D-Texas)

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats MORE (D-Minn.)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro



When: 8–11 p.m. EDT tonight

Where: Westerville, Ohio

Who is hosting: CNN and The New York Times

Who didn't make the cut: Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHillicon Valley: Coronavirus tracking sparks surveillance concerns | Target delivery workers plan Tuesday walkout | Federal agency expedites mail-in voting funds to states | YouTube cracks down on 5G conspiracy videos Why being connected really matters for students Democratic senator criticizes Zoom's security and privacy policies MORE (D-Colo.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockPolitics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden moves to unify party before general election Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race MORE (D), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyJohn Delaney endorses Biden Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world MORE (D-Md.), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE (D), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers call for universal basic income amid coronavirus crisis Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' MORE (D-Ohio), former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests Pelosi: 'I usually always cast my vote for a woman' Pelosi: 'We'll have a woman president' someday MORE.

How to watch: On CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español. It will also livestream on and



  1. Will rivals go after Warren?
  2. Can Bernie reassure voters after his heart attack?
  3. How do Democrats handle Trump's attacks on Biden?
  4. Do Democrats give more momentum to impeachment push?
  5. Twelve candidates are on stage. Will some of them come back?

Context and details for each:



Congress is back and not happy about the Syria situation:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Rebecca Kheel, "Democrats in Congress are vowing to quickly slap new sanctions on Ankara and formally oppose President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria following Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish forces loyal to the United States."

What to expect in the Senate: "[Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUN biodiversity chief calls for international ban of 'wet markets' Graham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court MORE (R-S.C.)] and Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDemocrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Pentagon gets heat over protecting service members from coronavirus Overnight Defense: Lawmakers call for probe into aircraft carrier captain's firing | Sailors cheer ousted commander | Hospital ship to ease screening process for patients MORE (D-Md.) are expected to introduce a sanctions bill this week that would target Turkey's military and energy sector. It would also restrict any assets Turkish leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have within U.S. jurisdiction and limit their ability to travel to the United States."

What to expect in the House: "Meanwhile, at least two groups of lawmakers -- one led by Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyScott Gottlieb becomes key voice warning Trump, GOP on coronavirus Self-quarantined New York lawmaker: 'We should be in total lockdown' On The Money: Trump hopes to reopen economy by Easter | GOP senators expect stimulus vote on Wednesday | Democratic leaders forecast at least two more relief bills MORE (R-Wyo.) and another by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelHillicon Valley: Facebook reports huge spike in usage during pandemic | Democrats push for mail-in voting funds in coronavirus stimulus | Trump delays deadline to acquire REAL ID Lawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference Democrats press Pompeo to help Americans stranded abroad amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.Y.) and the committee's top Republican, Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulGraham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets China sees chance to expand global influence amid pandemic Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike MORE (Texas) -- are preparing their own sanctions legislation." 

Oh and: "In addition to sanctions legislation, lawmakers are working on a joint resolution that would oppose Trump's strategy, urge Turkey to stop its military operations, and support military and humanitarian efforts for the Kurds." 



Always a good decision:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE had ice cream yesterday at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.  

Not again!!!:

Here is Lizzo's tweet about the shoes:



The House and Senate return from recess today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with the prime minister of Egypt. 

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: The House meets. The House's full schedule today:

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule today:

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the 2019 Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues. Vice President Pence also attends.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a vote on a nomination.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Postponed votes in the House.

28 years ago today: The Senate confirmed Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasSupreme Court blocks Wisconsin from extending absentee voting deadline Supreme Court sides with police in traffic stop case Supreme Court won't hear challenge to DC Metro ban on religious ads MORE as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Op-ed:



8­­–11 p.m. EDT: The next Democratic presidential primary debate. Details:

Wednesday night: Fox News's Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonIs the coronavirus igniting a war of all against all? 74 journalism professors accuse Fox News of spreading coronavirus misinformation Wake up, America, it's profits over people to some MORE will interview Megyn Kelly, who left the network in 2017. Details and what to expect:



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