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

 

BREAKING

Bernie Sanders underwent heart procedure:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had a heart procedure after feeling chest discomfort during a campaign event on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/2plaxMx

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: http://bit.ly/2plbdl3

What we know: http://bit.ly/2plaxMx

 

OTHER 2020 CANDIDATES WISHED SANDERS WELL:

Here’s a list of their reactions: http://bit.ly/2oxwZSf

 

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LATEST WITH THE UKRAINE CONTROVERSY

Mike was here:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed he was on the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyhttp://bit.ly/2nQh9C9

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: http://bit.ly/2mWYFzF

 

TIDBIT — PHOTOS FROM POMPEO VISITING ROME:

Here are photos of Pompeo visiting the Colosseum. The photos look like the ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 Dragonpit meeting: http://bit.ly/2oz8jsp

 

TIDBIT ABOUT POMPEO’S TIME AT THE CIA: 

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.” http://bit.ly/2phQ5vX

  

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. http://bit.ly/2mSsRvA

From House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (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 Schiff — ‘Stop obstructing, please’:

During a joint press conference with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (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. http://bit.ly/2otU8Fk

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: http://bit.ly/2nNZqv6

Photo of the media crowding to take a photo of Adam Schiff: http://bit.ly/2mWk1gn

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.” http://bit.ly/2mWvEE6

 

JUST NOW FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP — THIS IS A FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEWSLETTER:

President Trump slammed Democrats for wasting time on the impeachment inquiry. http://bit.ly/2nRbpIr

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: http://bit.ly/2popo96

 

WHAT TO WATCH AT 2 P.M. EDT:

President Trump is holding a joint press conference with the President of Finland. Expect the impeachment controversy to come up. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2oBk2GU 

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

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. https://nyti.ms/2nOsH95

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: https://nyti.ms/2nOsH95

  

PRESIDENT TRUMP REACTS TO THE REPORT — THE MOAT IS MOOT:

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!” http://bit.ly/2otgJlo

^Yes, he meant ‘moat’ not moot’: Trump deleted and corrected his tweet. But here’s a screenshot: http://bit.ly/2mVfAm0

  

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.” http://bit.ly/2mW0Vad

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: http://bit.ly/2mW0Vad

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

How’s everybody doing tonight?!:

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

 

THIRD QUARTER FUNDRAISING TOTALS:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): $25.3 million http://bit.ly/2njqUZz

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg: $19.1 million http://bit.ly/2p2Nmqf

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): $11.6 million http://bit.ly/2mVtC7j

Former tech executive Andrew Yang: $10 million http://bit.ly/2nGeGdI

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.): $6 million http://bit.ly/2mX6pld

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.): $2.1 million http://bit.ly/2orvJjJ

  

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.” http://bit.ly/2ozQs4A

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. http://bit.ly/2nFbIpS

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: http://bit.ly/2nFbIpS

  

OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING

Ha, ha ha, we’re laughing, Vlad:

Russian President Vladimir Putin joked about interfering in the 2020 U.S. elections. https://cnn.it/2oweE86

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: https://bbc.in/2ow6igK

  

IN CONGRESS

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: http://bit.ly/2mYNVRi

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Wow:

 

And here is video of Simone Biles’s triple double— wow: http://bit.ly/2mWhpPD

 

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

The initial story if you missed it: http://bit.ly/2owLTIB

 

ON TAP

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 McSally (R-Ariz.) 

Oct. 17: President Trump is holding a campaign rally in Dallas. Details: http://bit.ly/2mUkP5p

  

WHAT TO WATCH

10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) held a news conference. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2nNZqv6

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with the president of Finland. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2opQnR7

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…

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. https://wapo.st/2nODnoc

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.

Details: https://wapo.st/2nODnoc

 

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: https://cnb.cx/2nGUXKY

 

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog who really wants to stay in tonight: http://bit.ly/2ovfEtj

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