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The Morning Briefing: Pompeo Heads to Hill for Interrogation and Much, Much More

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president meets with the speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate majority leader
  • President Trump has lunch with the secretary of State and the secretary of Homeland Security
  • The president meets with the president of the European Commission
  • President Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with the president of the European Commission
  • The president meets with Members of Congress

Pompeo to testify on the Hill today

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today at 3pm to answer questions about RUSSIA, North Korea, U.S. trade policies and whatever else the camera-friendly senators want to ask for the nightly cable show harpies.

Pompeo is scheduled to testify at 3 p.m. before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an eagerly awaited appearance for lawmakers hungry to know more about Trump’s two-hour private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week in Helsinki.

There are also questions about the status of diplomatic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and what the administration’s next moves are after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal in May.

Senators want Pompeo to explain Trump’s persistent criticism of European allies, something they fear has eroded trust within NATO.

Trade is another topic weighing on lawmakers, especially Republican senators from states with big farming economies hurt by Trump’s tariffs.

With Flake and Corker on the committee along with numerous unhinged Democrats, I expect this to be a real circus. The hearing will be on C-SPAN so tune in.

Trump-Cohen tape released

Media outlets have obtained a tape of President Trump, before he won the election, and his lawyer, the sleazy Michael Cohen. Why was a conversation between an attorney and his client tapped by the attorney? Very shifty.

The September 2016 recording between Trump and Cohen includes a short conversation between Cohen and then-candidate Trump talking about a plan, allegedly devised by Cohen, to try to purchase the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story from American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, since the media company had already bought the rights to her story.

Sources tell ABC News Cohen proposed paying about $150,000 to AMI.

Oh, is this illegal? Remember the tape was originally promoted as showing Trump and Cohen scheming to pay off some lady the president probably had an affair with. That’s also not illegal, by the way.

The media frantically tried to figure out a way to interpret the tape in the worst possible light:

However, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis told CNN Tuesday evening that it’s their opinion that Trump is heard suggesting the cash payment.

Davis does acknowledge that Trump used the word “check” toward the end of the tape.

Twelve audio tapes were seized by the feds so get ready for a “lather-rinse-repeat” treatment with the recordings. How is this related to RUSSIA-collusion?

This is what fake news looks like

Yesterday, Attorney General in Name Only (AGINO) Jeff Sessions spoke at a Turning Point USA event. Turning Point is a center-right, campus-based organization. When AGINO Sessions was speaking, the crowd started to chant “lock her up, lock her up.” Sessions repeated the phrase after hearing it and chuckled, saying he hadn’t heard that since the campaign. The media reported this occurrence as Sessions chanting “lock her up.”

Now if you are one of the many people who just read headlines on Twitter or on a news website, you are going to think Sessions was chanting “lock her up” even though he wasn’t. Politico has a piece titled “Attorney General Sessions joins ‘lock her up!’ chant in front of high school students.”

Here’s the video and you can decide:

Historical picture of the day:

Sen. Edward Kennedy is escorted by troopers as he leaves court in Edgartown, Mass., July 25, 1969, after pleading guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident which killed aide Mary Jo Kopechne; he was given a two-month sentence, suspended on probation. In the latest tragedy to befall the Kennedy family, Michael Kennedy, the 39-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed Dec. 31, 1997, in a New Year’s Eve skiing accident on Aspen Mountain. (AP Photo/File)

Your daily WTFs:

Man who broke into dealership pooped on floor, stole car: police

Clare Bronfman, Seagram’s heiress, among 6 arrested in NXIVM case

I’m screaming on the inside 100 tapeworm eggs found inside brain of 8-year-old with severe headaches, seizures: report

Other morsels:

DANGER: Senate plots to avert government shutdown with massive spending bundle

Trump makes campaign-style pitch to veterans in Kansas City

Trump-backed candidate wins Republican primary for Georgia governor

Rand Paul’s mention of McCain draws boos at conservative event

‘What do we think about Mick?’: Trump narrows down chief search

Teacher busted over sex with student is principal’s wife: cops

The first signs are emerging that the progressive campaign to abolish ICE is working

Suicide bombings leave 38 people dead in Syrian city

White House to stop issuing public summaries of calls with foreign leaders

Jerk GOP Senate Intel chair: There were ‘sound reasons’ for surveillance warrant on Page

California DMV worker snoozed on job 3 hours a day for about 4 years, audit finds

Republicans are now the pro-Israel party, as Democrats distance themselves from the Jewish state

More than 50 former and current USC students sue gynecologist and school

Georgia lawmaker who came under fire after yelling ‘n-word’ on ‘Who Is America?’ says he’ll quit

Massachusetts to probe e-cigarette maker Juul over sales to minors

WAT??!! Sweden struggles to address child marriage

Israel Defense Forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet in Israeli airspace

Mattis Backs Up Trump’s Fiery Tirade On Iran

CNN Anchor Fareed Zakaria’s Wife Files For Divorce

Student Who Wore Banned Pro-Border Wall Shirt To Receive Apology And $25,000 From School District

Trump allies weigh last-ditch bid to punish Rosenstein

Activists Plan to Shut Down Wealthy Parts of Chicago in Order to ‘Redistribute the Pain’

Pew survey: Growing divide between Republicans, Democrats over FBI, ICE

This is disgusting. Mayonnaise Ice Cream Exists and the Internet Is in Flames

Maybe terrorism should be under debate? In wake of shooting, gun ownership under debate in Toronto

Liberal 9th Circuit backs right to carry firearms in public, in latest pro-2nd Amendment ruling

Famed ‘Ferris Bueller’ Ferrari up for auction

‘I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life,’ says man who fled into sea to escape Greece fires

Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand closes shop

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!