Pete Buttigieg took a dig at fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters, the Washington Examiner reports, drawing parallels between them and fans of President Donald Trump during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
The South Bend, Ind. mayor told high school Democrats in Nashua, N.H. that there is a “sense of anger and dissatisfaction” that comes from seeing positive economic numbers while “living like this recovery never happened.” That feeling “turns you against the system in general and then you’re more likely to want to vote to blow up the system, which could lead you to somebody like Bernie and it could lead you to somebody like Trump.” Rep. Ro Khanna of California, a co-chairman of Sanders’ 2020 campaign, called Buttigieg’s comments “intellectually dishonest.”
Democrats’ next Trump tax move: The Hill writes the Trump administration this week is expected to miss a second deadline for providing the president’s tax returns, making it all but certain that a legal fight will ensue. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal gave the IRS until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to turn over six years of Trump’s tax filings, and said he’d consider a failure to comply to be a denial of the request. Some Democrats, writes the Hill, say their next move will likely involve issuing a subpoena for the documents. Administration officials have said the president won’t turn over his returns, meaning a subpoena standoff would shift the battleground into the courts.
O’Rourke adviser leaves: BuzzFeed reports a top adviser to Beto O’Rourke, Becky Bond, has split with his campaign. Bond, a longtime progressive activist and organizer known for her work on O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate bid against Republican Ted Cruz, left the campaign along with her deputy Zack Malitz. In a statement about her and Malitz’s departure to BuzzFeed News, Bond said it was “time for us to move on to other challenges.” The report said the departures come as O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, has sought to professionalize a campaign operation that was, in its earliest days, small and freewheeling.
Democrats’ impeachment dilemma: New York Times opinion columnist Charles Blow writes in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, “my mind is made up: I say impeach him.”
But Democrats have a dilemma about impeachment, as Politico writes. “Practically, there’s next to zero chance Congress will be able to remove President Donald Trump from office,” says a piece in Politico’s Playbook. It says 20 Republicans “would need to have their hair on fire to remove Trump from office.” Meanwhile, politically, impeachment would be “a messy, all-consuming process that would grind legislation to a halt,” writes Politico. It notes Democrats’ pledges to lower prescription drug prices and enact other policies to help working Americans would “go nowhere” if the party were impeaching Trump.