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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Breaking: Mueller indicts 12 Russian intel officers in DNC hack | Trump walks back criticism of UK’s Brexit strategy | Trump warns Europe on immigration | Takeaways from FBI agent’s wild hearing | GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation for Kavanaugh | Baby Trump blimp flies over London | DC water contamination warning

 

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BREAKING

Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE indicts 12 Russians:

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. http://bit.ly/2zI6RJM

Timing: The indictments come just two days before President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller ‘further away’ ACLU calls for Trump officials to hand over info on immigrant children Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE’s highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

How we know: Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGOP lawmaker: Accusations against Jim Jordan come from ‘deep state’ The Hill’s Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution Rosenstein asks federal prosecutors for help in review of Kavanaugh documents: report MORE just held a press conference about the indictments.

The announcement: “The announcement Friday followed much the same form as the one five months ago in which Rosenstein revealed that Mueller had indicted 13 Russians on fraud charges who allegedly engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in the presidential election.”

Read the actual indictment: http://bit.ly/2JpE8su

Livestream of the press conference: http://bit.ly/2L3zFRp

Tidbit — well this is awkward: The Hill’s Ben Kamisar tweeted before the announcement: “An embargo is only good if people aren’t live-streaming the press room as reporters read aloud what’s about to go down with the Rosenstein presser……” Then a few minutes later, he added: “THE EMBARGO IS LIFTED, DOJ says after realizing what happened. Whups…” http://bit.ly/2uv3Gix

Happy Friday the 13th! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.



TALK OF THE MORNING

What fun is having a grievance if you don’t publicly air it?:

President Trump gave a bombshell interview to the British newspaper The Sun where he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May on her Brexit strategy. The line that’s getting traction: “I would have done it much differently,” Trump said of May’s Brexit strategy. “I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me. … She should negotiate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what is going on.” The full interview in The Sun: http://bit.ly/2KQOKWW

THEN AFTER THE INTERVIEW:

Trump said he’s still tight with May: When asked about his interview with The Sun, President Trump said his relationship with British Prime Minister Theresa May is strong. “The relationship is very, very strong … very, very good,” Trump said, according to pool reports. http://bit.ly/2LfDcJ9

And he says he apologized to her:President Trump says he apologized for The Sun coverage at the beginning of his meeting today with PM May: ‘I said, I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you.’ Her response, he says: ‘Don’t worry, it’s just the press.’ ” Just the press 🙁 🙁 http://bit.ly/2Ne2DeI

Aaand he even said he likes her Brexit strategy: During a joint press conference with May, Trump said he supports May on her Brexit strategy. “Whatever you’re going to do is OK with us,” Trump said. http://bit.ly/2JiHwFK

Watch: http://bit.ly/2KSpNuv

ALSO DURING THE PRESS CONFERENCE:

Trump vs. CNN, scene 398: President Trump lashed out at CNN correspondent Jim Acosta when he tried to ask a question. In Trump’s words: “CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN,” Trump said. Watch: http://bit.ly/2KUc1Ht

Trump warns Europe: Trump warned Europe about the influx of immigrants. In Trump’s words: “I think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things, you’re changing security. It’s a very sad situation. It’s very unfortunate, but I do not think it’s good for Europe and I don’t think it’s good for our country.” http://bit.ly/2uDsc1d

HAPPENING MONDAY

President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin — what could possibly go wrong here?!:
Via The Hill’s Niall StanagePresident Trump‘s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is causing new levels of anxiety after the rocky NATO summit in Brussels. http://bit.ly/2JlBHqP

Meeting details: Trump will meet Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

What happened at NATO summit:

— Trump blasted U.S. allies for not spending enough on defense.

— He criticized Germany for a deal it made for Russian natural gas

— He reportedly suggested the United States could “go it alone” if other countries did not boost their financial commitments. http://bit.ly/2JlBHqP

REACTION TO TRUMP’S NATO COMMENTS — DAMAGE CONTROL FROM THE PENTAGON: Via NBC’s Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube and Geoff Bennett, U.S. military leaders have been calling European countries to reassure the United States’ commitment to the NATO alliance. Why: “Damage control” after the president’s comments. https://nbcnews.to/2KTcM3G

IN LOCAL NEWS

Do not drink tap water in D.C. I repeat: Do. Not. Drink. The. Water.:

Via NBC Washington, D.C. Water has warned thousands of D.C. residents to boil tap water because of a possible contamination near Howard University. How long it will last: The advisory is expected to last 24–48 hours.  Keep in mind: Showering is OK, but avoid swallowing any water. Map of the affected areas — wow that is extensive: http://bit.ly/2JlgltP

WAIT, SO WHAT HAPPENED?: “The problem happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when an open valve at the Bryant Street pumping station caused a loss of pressure in parts of the distribution system for about an hour, D.C. Water said in a statement.” The loss of pressure may have allowed contaminants into the water. https://wapo.st/2uikpGy

IN OTHER NEWS

Just released — scans Obama’s reading list eagerly hoping to see a trashy beach read: 

Former President Obama posted his summer reading list on Facebook. The list: http://bit.ly/2JpOwRi

New report — Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceHere’s how Trump’s tax law is raising health insurance premiums Press: Drain the swamp – of Scott Pruitt States must hold Trump to his word on working with them to solve ObamaCare MORE‘s hefty tab:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price‘s use of private planes wasted $341,000, according to a new inspector general report. Details: http://bit.ly/2zCcXv5

I fully expect this hearing to re-air on Bravo:

FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok had a wild congressional hearing yesterday about the Russia investigation. Via The Hill’s Katie Bo Williams, Morgan Chalfant and Olivia Beavers, here are five takeaways: 

  1. It was one of the wildest hearings in recent memory.
  2. The questioning turned personal, prompting outrage.
  3. Strzok hit back at Republicans.
  4. There are some things Strzok won’t talk about.
  5. There’s more to come with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s testimony.

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2zBXif3

A hint to how Kavanaugh’s confirmation process will go:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, moderate Republican Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Russian hackers used fake accounts disguised as local news: report Kavanaugh lauded Rehnquist’s Roe v. Wade dissent in speech last fall: report MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDems in terrible bind on Kavanaugh nomination What to expect during Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle The Hill’s Morning Report — Dems attack, but know they don’t have the votes on Kavanaugh MORE (Alaska) have signaled they will support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaughhttp://bit.ly/2NOzNmk 

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ON TAP

The House voted this morning, the Senate is out, President Trump is in the United Kingdom and Vice President Pence is spending the day in Chicago.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing The Hill’s Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump takes off gloves at NATO summit MORE have tea with the queen of England. Oh I wish I could be a fly on that wall

Before the meeting: Trump praised Queen Elizabeth II as “an incredible woman.” http://bit.ly/2KWXgnm

12:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill’s 12:30 Report The Hill’s Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Anticipation builds for Trump’s SCOTUS pick The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Primary night fallout | Justices deliver blow to unions | Kremlin has time, place for Trump-Putin summit MORE campaign for Rep. Peter RoskamPeter James RoskamOvernight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh’s nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate House panel advances bill that would temporarily halt ObamaCare’s employer mandate Overnight Health Care: Trump officials want more time to reunite families | Washington braces for Supreme Court pick | Nebraska could be next state to vote on Medicaid expansion MORE (R-Ill.) at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave England and travel to Scotland.

Monday: President Trump’s highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Op-ed from former Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizPope to meet with oil execs to discuss climate change: report Rick Perry’s travel cost Energy Department ,560 during first 7 months in office: report Iran deal on the line as Trump nears deadline MORE and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.): http://bit.ly/2L7uBet

WHAT TO WATCH

2:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about tax cuts at an event in Chicago. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ux0hzJ

Monday: Fox News’s Chris Wallace has an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Where: From Helsinki, Finland. http://bit.ly/2ugp7ob

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…

Today is National French Fry Day! Here’s a list of where to get free fries today: https://ti.me/2NdmMS5

Who knew police officers were such good dancers?:
The Fairfax County Police Department accepted a lip sync challenge. The music video is incredible. Watch: http://bit.ly/2uuua3G

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s an extremely fluffy bunny. Enjoy.: http://bit.ly/2zHQJbc

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