The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking — Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn MORE sentenced to over three years in prison | Nevada debate fallout | Brutal night for Bloomberg | Trump mocks Bloomberg's performance: 'They're pounding him' | Winners and losers | Sights and sounds from Vegas | Warren rakes in $2.8M on debate day | Dems fear 'nightmare' brokered convention | Trump taps Grenell for intel chief | Trump holding Colorado rally tonight



Roger Stone is sentenced: 

Via The Hill’s Harper Neidig, longtime Trump ally Roger Stone has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Back story: "A jury convicted Stone in November of seven counts of lying to Congress and witness tampering following a trial that featured testimony from former Trump campaign officials Stephen Bannon and Richard Gates." 

The controversy with his sentence: "Last week, the prosecutors in the case, which stemmed from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recommended that Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. But the next day, the Trump administration retracted the sentencing memo and suggested a lighter punishment. That prompted an uproar as the original prosecution team withdrew from the case, with one of the attorneys even resigning from his post."



Via Politico's Darren Samuelsohn



Via The New York Times's Sharon LaFraniere


FROM President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE BEFORE THE SENTENCING:

President Trump tweeted at 10:45 a.m. EST: "'They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.' @CNN OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much GOP challenger seizes on outrage against Massie Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on MORE, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?"


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That was more brutal than a UFC Fight Night:

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE took a beating last night during his first presidential primary debate.

Yikes, this line: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers MORE (D-Mass.) said, "I'd like to talk about who we're running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. No, I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."

Keep in mind about Bloomberg -- he is one of the most biggest Democratic donors: "Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Democratic causes in recent years, including funding hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising for the candidates who won back control of Congress in 2018 and pledging hundreds of millions more to defeat President Trump." 

^ But that all went out the window last night: "His fellow candidates savaged him more viciously than they have at almost any other point during his campaign, using their opening answers in the first minutes of the debate to hit the billionaire."



  1. The Bloomberg bubble might have popped
  2. Sanders's momentum should continue
  3. The anti-Sanders movement is about to go into overdrive
  4. As desperation rises, candidates go on the attack
  5. Health care divides the field like none other

Context and details for each from The Hill's Jonathan Easley:



Winners: Warren, Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Mixed: Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE,

Losers: Bloomberg and Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE.

Reasoning for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage:



Lol: The Huffington Post's Ariel Edwards-Levy tweeted earlier yesterday, "One of you has already pre-written a post-debate wrap that starts with something like 'What happened in Vegas tonight might not stay in Vegas,' and you should delete it post-haste." 

Side-by-side comparison from the last debate:

Yesterday in Vegas: Warren went on a walk with her husband. Photo:

Yang got more talking time!: Here's a photo of businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll Granting cash payments is a conservative principle MORE, who dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, on CNN's debate coverage last night. Photo -- still not wearing a tie:


Oh man, I see it.:

Right after the debate: "Mike Bloomberg walked off the stage immediately while the other candidates stayed to greet voters." And then right after: He walked back out. (Via Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein  


The best tweet of the night: 


Tidbit from the spin room:



Bloomberg's three new friends:

Three Democratic members of Congress endorsed Bloomberg's presidential bid this morning this morning, despite struggling in his debate debut last night.

Who: Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerInfrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens Pelosi floats undoing SALT deduction cap in next coronavirus bill NJ lawmaker tests negative for COVID-19 MORE (D-N.J.), Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse Democrats unveil coronavirus economic response package Biden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins Trump, Congress struggle for economic deal under coronavirus threat MORE (D-N.Y.) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarBiden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins Biden rise calms Democratic jitters Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE (D-Calif.)

In total: 16 members of Congress have endorsed Bloomberg. 


Money, money, money:

Warren raised $2.8 million on the day of the debate.

Specifically: Her campaign announced that she raised $425,000 in the 30 minutes after the debate.


President Trump has some thoughts:

As six Democratic presidential hopefuls tore into each other on the debate stage, President Trump took shots at the candidates.

Trump told supporters in Phoenix: "Now they have a new member of the crew, mini Mike. We call him 'no boxes ... I hear he's getting pounded tonight. I hear they're pounding him."




Meet your new acting DNI: 

President Trump has officially chosen Richard Grenell, who is also serving as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as his acting director of national intelligence.

From White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus White House press secretary to return to work after negative virus test Trump signs executive order to prevent price gouging, hoarding of medical supplies MORE: "[Grenell] is committed to a non-political, non-partisan approach as head of the Intelligence Community, on which our safety and security depend. The President has every confidence that Ambassador Grenell will perform his new duties with distinction."

Grenell is a controversial pick: "Democrats and some career officials have raised concerns about the interim appointment, casting doubt on Grenell's qualifications to lead an intelligence agency and pointing to his tendency to weigh in on political issues while serving as ambassador, such as when he said he wanted to empower conservatives in Europe." 



OK, fiiiiiine:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "Democrats who were initially skeptical of the prospects for a brokered convention now see it as a likelier scenario with eight candidates still battling it out for the nomination."  

How so: "As the Nevada caucuses approach, strategists say it's becoming clear that none of the Democratic candidates are likely to win the majority of the delegates before the convention in July." 

How this could play out:



The Times is getting trendy:



The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Las Vegas and Colorado Springs, Colo. today.

4:15 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves Las Vegas and heads to Colorado Springs, Colo.

8:55 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves Colorado Springs and heads back to Las Vegas for the night.

9:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence lands in Las Vegas.



2:45 p.m. EST: President Trump delivers the commencement address at the Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nev. Livestream:


7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Colorado Springs. Vice President Pence also speaks. Livestream:



Today is National Cherry Pie Day.


And because you made it this far, here's a pup working on his service dog training. I wouldn't say it's going ... well: