Happy Wednesday, June 19. Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is due before the House Judiciary Committee today to testify behind closed doors about various events detailed in the Mueller report. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following.
Three Things We’re Watching Today
Hope Hicks to testify
Hicks will privately testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Transcripts of her comments can be expected up to 48 hours after her appearance, but Democrats, at least, will likely start dissecting and spinning her testimony right away. We’ll keep our ears perked up for that.
Judge weighs new development in census case
A judge overseeing a census citizenship question case in Maryland held a hearing yesterday on whether to consider new evidence uncovered from the deceased conservative gerrymandering guru Thomas Hofeller’s files.U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel will issue a ruling today, and TPM’s Tierney Sneed will be watching for that.
More Shanahan fallout
After President Donald Trump’s acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan abruptly withdrew from the confirmation process, details emerged about episodes of gruesome domestic violence plaguing his family’s past. Now, some are saying that the White House already knew about the Shanahans’ skeletons — and at least one senator is calling for an investigation.
9:30 a.m. ET Senate gavels in.
10:00 a.m. ET House gavels in.
11:30 a.m. ET Trump attends a fundraiser in Doral, Florida.
4:45 p.m. ET Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur Laffer in the Oval Office.
Yesterday’s Most-Read Story
Gruesome Domestic Violence Details Emerge As Shanahan Pulls DOD Nomination — Kate Riga and David Taintor
‘Fake News’ 2.0: Here’s How ‘Deepfakes’ Could Impact The 2020 US Elections — Nicholas Diakopoulos and Deborah Johnson, Nieman Lab via TPM
A Former Republican Operative With Ties To White Nationalists Has Been Publishing Opinion Pieces In The Wall Street Journal — Ryan Mac and Joseph Bernistein, Buzzfeed
One Trump Tax Cut Was Meant to Help the Poor. A Billionaire Ended Up Winning Big. — Jeff Ernsthausen and Justin Elliott, ProPublica via TPM
The Postal Service Wants To Make Deep Cuts To Worker Benefits, Internal Plan Shows — Arthur Delaney and Dave Jamieson, HuffPost