Trump to the Capitol Tuesday night
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will attend a House Republican Conference meeting Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. to talk immigration. Rachael Bade https://politi.co/2JVzkiT
SIREN … REP. TREY GOWDY (R-S.C.) to CHRIS WALLACE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: “We had a meeting Friday night. Under the heading of minor miracles, you had members of the House working on a Friday night. Paul Ryan led this meeting. You had Devin Nunes, Bob Goodlatte, myself and everyone you can think of from the FBI and the DOJ and we went item by item on both of those outstanding subpoenas.
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“We either have compliance, we have partial compliance or we have non-compliance. And Paul made it very clear; there’s going to be action on the floor of the House this week if the FBI and DOJ do not comply with our subpoena request. So Rod Rosenstein, Chris Wray you were in the meeting, you understood him just as clearly as I did. We’re going to get compliance or the House of Representatives is going to use its full arsenal of constitutional weapons to gain compliance.
GOWDY: “There is no ambiguity, the Speaker of the House was really clear: you’re going to comply or there’s going to be floor action, and I think they got the message.” WALLACE: “And floor action would be?” GOWDY: “The full panoply of constitutional weapons available to the people’s house.” WALLACE: “Including contempt of Congress?” GOWDY: “Um, that would be among them, yes sir. I don’t want the drama. I want the documents.”
ABOUT THOSE IMMIGRATION PLANS — BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “Congress may snub Trump on wall, risking shutdown”: “The first clues over whether President Donald Trump will risk a shutdown fight this fall over his border wall will come Monday in a private meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. Trump is increasingly frustrated with Congress’ failure to fund the wall — his No. 1 campaign promise — and has threatened a shutdown in September if he doesn’t get his way.
“But the West Virginia Republican, who chairs the Homeland Security spending panel, may have some tough news to deliver. Though Trump wants as much wall money he can squeeze out of Congress, Capito needs to get 60 votes in the Senate, and there’s no way Democrats will go along with a major budget boost. She’s also got to cut a deal with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the ranking member of the panel whom Trump loathes for helping to derail Ronny Jackson’s nomination to be secretary of veterans affairs.
“‘We want to have a bipartisan bill. I’m very committed to border wall funding in the request of the president. I want to be supportive of that,’ Capito said in an interview. ‘Both sides, I think, are committed to working the process. And that means compromise.’” https://politi.co/2M0oN3d
Good Sunday morning and Happy Father’s Day! WHAT IS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MIND THIS A.M. — @realDonaldTrump at 7:52 a.m.: “Chuck Schumer said ‘the Summit was what the Texans call all cattle and no hat.’ Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites. Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!” …
… at 8:40 a.m.: “Funny how the Fake News, in a coordinated effort with each other, likes to say I gave sooo much to North Korea because I ‘met.’ That’s because that’s all they have to disparage! We got so much for peace in the world, & more is being added in finals. Even got our hostages/remains!” …
… at 8:48 a.m.: “Holding back the ‘war games’ during the negotiations was my request because they are VERY EXPENSIVE and set a bad light during a good faith negotiation. Also, quite provocative. Can start up immediately if talks break down, which I hope will not happen!” …
… at 9:01 a.m.: “The denuclearization deal with North Korea is being praised and celebrated all over Asia. They are so happy! Over here, in our country, some people would rather see this historic deal fail than give Trump a win, even if it does save potentially millions & millions of lives!” …
… at 9:08 a.m.: “Our economy is perhaps BETTER than it has ever been. Companies doing really well, and moving back to America, and jobs numbers are the best in 44 years.” …
… at 9:26 a.m.: “Washington Post employees want to go on strike because Bezos isn’t paying them enough. I think a really long strike would be a great idea. Employees would get more money and we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time! Is @wapo a registered lobbyist?”
— OF COURSE, the Washington Post does not need to register as a lobbyist.
STEPHEN MILLER’S FINGERPRINTS … “How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families,” by NYT’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Mike Shear: “Inside the Trump administration, current and former officials say, there is considerable unease about the policy, which is regarded by some charged with carrying it out as unfeasible in practice and questionable morally.
“Kirstjen Nielsen, the current homeland security secretary, has clashed privately with Mr. Trump over the practice, sometimes inviting furious lectures from the president that have pushed her to the brink of resignation. … Almost immediately after President Trump took office, his administration began weighing what for years had been regarded as the nuclear option in the effort to discourage immigrants from unlawfully entering the United States. …
“Advocates inside the administration, most prominently Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s senior policy adviser, never gave up on the idea. … Discussions began almost immediately after Mr. Trump took office about vastly expanding Operation Streamline, with almost none of those limitations. … Privately, Mr. Miller argued that bringing back ‘zero tolerance’ would be a potent tool in a severely limited arsenal of strategies for stopping migrants from flooding across the border.” https://nyti.ms/2lfGVLr
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SUNDAY BEST — JAKE TAPPER interviewed RUDY GIULIANI on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” via Aubree Eliza Weaver: “As long as Rudy Giuliani is serving as President Donald Trump’s lawyer, he’ll advise the president to say no to pardons in the Russia investigation, Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday morning.
“‘The president has issued no pardons in this investigation,’ Giuliani said on ‘State of the Union.’ ‘The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation.’
“‘And my advice to him, as long as I’m his lawyer, is not to do it,’ he added. ‘Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind. I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired or anybody being pardoned.’
“But that doesn’t mean that pardons couldn’t still be an option down the road, Giuliani added — but Giuliani himself will be staying out of it.
“‘When it’s over, hey, he’s the president of the United States. He retains his pardon power,’ he explained. ‘Nobody’s taking that away from him. He can pardon in his judgment based on the Justice Department, counsel’s office, not me. I’m out of it. And I shouldn’t be involved in that process because I’m probably too rooted in his defense, but I couldn’t and I don’t want to take prerogatives away from him.’” https://politi.co/2JIZu9o
— JONATHAN KARL talks with STEVE BANNON on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: KARL: “[Trump] has not always told the truth.” BANNON: “I don’t know that. What I see is he has. This is another thing to demonize him.” KARL: “You think the president’s never lied?” BANNON: “Not to my knowledge, no. … Except when he called me Sloppy Steve.” … KARL: “He says things that are not true all the time.” BANNON: “I don’t believe that. … I think he speaks in a particular vernacular that connects the people in this country.”
— CHUCK TODD spoke with REP. MARK SANFORD (R-S.C.) on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS” via Brent Griffiths: SANFORD: “People are running for cover because they don’t want to be on the losing side of a presidential tweet … The idea that you can’t speak out and say, ‘I disagree with you here but I agree with you on 90% of the stuff’ … is, again, a twilight world that I’ve never seen.” https://politi.co/2ylgYDy
JARED WATCH — “A Financier’s Profit-Minded Mission to Open a Channel Between Kushner and North Korea,” by NYT’s Mark Mazzetti in D.C. and Mark Landler in Singapore: “An American financier approached the Trump administration last summer with an unusual proposition: The North Korean government wanted to talk to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.
“The financier, Gabriel Schulze, explained that a top North Korean official was seeking a back channel to explore a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, who for months had traded threats of military confrontation. Mr. Schulze, who lives in Singapore, had built a network of contacts in North Korea on trips he had taken to develop business opportunities in the isolated state. …
“Mr. Schulze’s quiet outreach was but one step in a circuitous path that led to last week’s handshake between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim at a colonial-style island hotel in Singapore — a path that involved secret meetings among spies, discussions between profit-minded entrepreneurs, and a previously unreported role for Mr. Kushner, according to interviews with current and former American officials and others familiar with the negotiations.” https://nyti.ms/2LVJBcm
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Canadian Officials Rush to Support U.S. Envoy After Death Threat,” by Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove and Jennifer Jacobs: “Top Canadian officials, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, rushed to express support for Ambassador Kelly Craft after a package containing a suspicious substance and a death threat was mailed to the U.S. diplomat. … White powder was found Thursday in a package addressed to Craft at the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and discovered by a mailroom employee at the ambassador’s residence, an embassy official said. … An expletive-filled letter containing death threats against Craft, Trump, and members of Trump’s family was also enclosed … Trudeau called Craft on Friday to check on her welfare.” https://bloom.bg/2JYiaRK
PRUITT FILES – “For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance,” by WaPo’s Josh Dawsey, Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis: “In the run-up to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement last May, President Trump wanted the opinion of [EPA] Administrator Scott Pruitt. But when the president’s personal secretary called the EPA, Pruitt wasn’t around. As it turned out, he was already in the White House, having just ordered the ice cream special in the Mess, where he often dined hoping for just such an opportunity to talk to the president. Once in the Oval Office, Pruitt reinforced Trump’s desire to leave the accord, arguing against other advisers so long that an aide had to bring a cup so his melting ice cream wouldn’t drip onto the presidential rug.
“Pruitt’s actions that May day are emblematic of how he has built his relationship with Trump — ingratiating himself personally, extolling the president’s abilities and strongly backing him on policy in meetings and in regular one-on-one conversations. That approach also helps explain how the former Oklahoma attorney general has kept his job amid a bevy of transgressions that are similar to, or worse than, those that have cost other Cabinet officials their positions. On climate change, Pruitt shares Trump’s skepticism of mainstream science and has offered a reality-TV-style way to make their case: a televised show in which Pruitt would debate a climate scientist.” https://wapo.st/2HXnRKJ
THE INVESTIGATIONS — “‘Prepared for war’: As Mueller moves to finalize obstruction report, Trump’s allies ready for political battle,” by WaPo’s Carol D. Leonnig and Bob Costa: “If the president agreed to a sit-down, the special counsel has told Trump’s lawyers that he could finish within roughly 90 days a report on whether Trump sought to obstruct a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, according to two people familiar with the discussions. A separate report outlining Mueller’s broader findings on Russian attempts to bolster Trump’s candidacy is expected to take longer.” https://wapo.st/2ldA3Ow
— WAPO SCOOP: “Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign,” by Manuel Roig-Franzia and Ros Helderman in Miami: “One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent. The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton … according to Stone who spoke about the previously unreported incident in interviews with The Washington Post.
“Greenberg, who did not reveal the information he claimed to possess, wanted Trump to pay $2 million for the political dirt, Stone said. ‘You don’t understand Donald Trump,’ Stone recalled saying before rejecting the offer at a restaurant in the Russian-expat magnet of Sunny Isles, Fla. ‘He doesn’t pay for anything.’
“Later, Stone got a text message from Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign communications official who’d arranged the meeting after Greenberg had approached Caputo’s Russian-immigrant business partner. ‘How crazy is the Russian?’ Caputo wrote according to a text message reviewed by The Post. Noting that Greenberg wanted ‘big’ money, Stone replied: ‘waste of time.’ Two years later, the brief sit-down in Florida has resurfaced as part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s sprawling investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Caputo.
“Caputo said he was asked about the meeting by prosecutors during a sometimes-heated questioning session last month. Stone and Caputo … now say they believe they were the targets of a setup by U.S. law enforcement officials hostile to Trump. They cite records — independently examined by The Post — showing that the man who approached Stone is actually a Russian national who has claimed to work as an FBI informant. … Greenberg, in text messages with The Post, denied that he had been acting on the FBI’s behalf when he met with Stone.” https://wapo.st/2tgCfIy
CLUB FED — “Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time,” by WaPo’s Tom Jackman: “The Northern Neck Regional Jail [in eastern Virginia], where Paul Manafort will spend at least the next three months while awaiting trial, has the outward appearance of being a small local jail holding street thugs and assorted misdemeanants. But it also houses federal prisoners awaiting trial — including a member of the Taliban and a feared Colombian drug lord. It held NFL star Michael Vick and musician Chris Brown, too. The jail is notable for another reason — four inmates have died there since 2011.” https://wapo.st/2HZOazQ
2020 WATCH – “Cory Booker eyes 2020 while crisscrossing the country for the midterms,” by CNN’s Eric Bradner in Newark, N.J.: “Everywhere Booker goes, the subject of a 2020 presidential run follows. And in the year-and-a-half since President Donald Trump was elected, Booker has spent about half his weekends on the road, visiting most states where a Democratic senator is facing a tough re-election fight, including multiple visits to Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida, as well as stops last year in Indiana and Montana, a recent swing through Minnesota and Missouri and a trip this weekend to Virginia. …
“In an interview aboard the Acela, Booker says he’ll make a decision about whether to run for president at the end of this year. ‘I’m not going to play coy. I’m sure after the midterm elections, I’ll give it a look,’ Booker said. ‘But to me, my momentum, my energy, my focus is 2018 and making sure I get re-elected in 2020.’” https://cnn.it/2JUs6M6
NYT’S MICHAEL TACKETT in VERSAILLES, KENTUCKY: “In Conservative Kentucky, Power of Female Candidates Is Tested in Key House Race” https://nyti.ms/2JIMkJj