BULLETIN — JAMES ARKIN: “Sen. Tom Udall won’t seek reelection in 2020”: “‘The worst thing anyone in public office can do is believe the office belongs to them, rather than to the people they represent,’ the 70-year-old Udall said in a statement on Monday.” POLITICO … Medium post… Announcement video
— BGOV’S NANCY OGNANOVICH (@NOgnanovich): “NEWS: House #Appropriations ‘Cardinal’ @RepJoseSerrano of New York also announces he won’t seek reelection in 2020.”
— SERRANO has represented the Bronx since 1990. This is a very, very blue seat.
BACKDROP AS BIBI VISITS TRUMP AT THE WHITE HOUSE … AP/JERUSALEM: “Israeli military says it has started striking Hamas in Gaza after overnight rocket attack.”
— BENJAMIN NETANYAHU standing next to PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP at the White House: “Israel has never had a better friend than you. You showed this time and again.”
— REBECCA MORIN: “Pence slams 2020 Democrats for skipping AIPAC”
TRUMP was asked if ROBERT MUELLER acted honorably, and Trump said: “Yes, he did.” He added that the release of Mueller’s report is up to the attorney general but that it “wouldn’t bother me at all.”
NEW AND IMPORTANT … CNN’S LAURA JARRETT (@LauraAJarrett): “NEWS — on the obstruction piece of Mueller’s investigation — have learned that SCO told Barr/Rosenstein 3 wks ago he wouldn’t reach conclusion on obstruction, that was *not* expected; dispels notion Barr came up with his analysis in 48 hrs, he’s known for weeks what was coming.”
THE REPUBLICANS’ NEW ATTACK LINE — KYLE CHENEY, SARAH FERRIS and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “McCarthy demands Schiff step down as intel chairman”
— CAITLIN OPRYSKO: “Trump aides want payback after Mueller finds no collusion”: Kellyanne Conway “called out House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff … ‘He ought to resign today,’ she asserted. ‘He has been on every TV show 50 times a day for practically the last two years promising Americans that the president would be impeached or indicted.’ …
“[Sarah Huckabee] Sanders took issue with the idea that [A.G. Bill] Barr’s letter didn’t completely clear the president of wrongdoing, arguing in an interview on NBC’s ‘The Today Show’ that Barr did so by declining to pursue the obstruction issue after it was left up to him by Mueller. … Sanders echoed Conway’s demands for an apology, appearing affronted when asked whether it was Trump who should apologize for repeatedly dressing down Mueller in public and on social media.” POLITICO
— SCHIFF has long annoyed Republicans as Democrats’ top Trump attacker as a regular on cable news. They are wasting no time in trying to undercut the California Democrat.
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) at a news conference this morning defended ROBERT MUELLER. He said he was planning to speak to A.G. BILL BARR at noon and hoped that Barr would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and release as much of Mueller’s report as possible.
— BURGESS EVERETT: “Now that President Donald Trump’s ‘no collusion’ claims have seemingly been vindicated by special counsel Robert Mueller, the Senate Judiciary chairman has plans for an aggressive oversight probe of his own. He’s even hoping to convince the attorney general to appoint a second special counsel.
“The South Carolina Republican announced Monday he will investigate whether the Justice Department and FBI influenced the 2016 election to stop Trump, arguing it has not been appropriately probed in comparison to the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian officials.” POLITICO
STILL ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE’S CALENDAR … Thursday: “Hearing: Putin’s Playbook: The Kremlin’s Use of Oligarchs, Money and Intelligence in 2016 and Beyond” … 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
THE LATEST ON MUELLER … CNN’S JOSH CAMPBELL (@joshscampbell): “Robert Mueller is back at his office working this morning.”
— BLOOMBERG’S GREG STOHR: “Mystery Company in Mueller Subpoena Fight Loses at Supreme Court”: “The U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed investigation, rejecting arguments from a mystery company that was trying to avoid having to turn over information to a grand jury.
“The justices, without explanation Monday, left intact a federal appeals court ruling that said the company, owned by an unidentified foreign government, had to comply with a subpoena. The company, which refused to cooperate, faces fines that have increased by $50,000 a day and may have grown to well more than $2 million. The ongoing significance of the subpoena fight isn’t clear now that Mueller has submitted his final report on the investigation to Attorney General William Barr.” Bloomberg
CNN’S RYAN STRUYK (@ryanstruyk): “Chairman Jerry Nadler told @DanaBashCNN that ‘I have no reason to say’ that Barr might mislead Congress or the public about what Mueller’s conclusions are in his summary on #CNNSOTU.”
Good Monday afternoon. JOHN CULBERSON, the Texas Republican who lost his Houston-area seat, is joining Clark Hill’s government affairs practice. Details
THE VIEW FROM RUSSIA — NYT’S NEIL MACFARQUHAR in Moscow: “Russians Hope Mueller Report Opens Door to Improved U.S. Ties”: “Official reaction to a summary of Robert S. Mueller III’s report that was released on Sunday proved decidedly muted.
“Dmitri S. Peskov, the spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin, told reporters that the only news in the summary was the ‘recognition that there wasn’t any collusion,’ and he repeated his denial that Russia had interfered in the American election. … From others in the Kremlin elite, however, the main refrain was ‘we told you so,’ along with some hope that President Trump would now be free to pursue his campaign goal of improving relations with Russia.” NYT
ON THE 2020 FRONT — NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN: “Mueller Report Puts New Pressure on 2020 Candidates to Emphasize Issues”: “With House Democrats now far less likely to impeach Mr. Trump, and Senate Republicans certain to resist removing him if they did, the president will be judged in a 2020 race sure to revolve more around his performance in office than how he won in the first place.
“That may disappoint some Democrats, who believe that the Russian interference on Mr. Trump’s behalf in the 2016 race makes his presidency illegitimate, but it offers the party a chance to oust him through democratic means that could prove harder to dispute. … The 2020 hopefuls may not need much convincing. On the campaign trail, few of the top-tier Democratic candidates spend much time inveighing about Mr. Trump’s links to Russia.” NYT
PREVIEW OF HOUSE 2020 HOUSE RACES … Karen Handel, a Republican who lost a blueing seat in the Atlanta suburbs, is running again, and her ad leads off with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) talking about eliminating private health insurance, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) saying Democrats need to impeach Trump, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) talking Green New Deal, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying she would approve no money for the border wall with Mexico and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mich.) saying she does not understand how her words could be construed as anti-Semitic. The ad (hat tip: Laura Barrón-López)
TRACKING TRADE … TORONTO STAR’S DANIEL DALE (@ddale8): “Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is visiting Washington today to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and members of Congress, the government says.”
— DOUG PALMER: “Crucial analysis of new NAFTA won’t help Trump sell the deal”: “President Donald Trump brags that his new NAFTA deal is the most important trade agreement in U.S. history, but a congressionally mandated analysis due out next month is expected to show that it will provide only a slight boost to economic growth — or even cause a small decline. One trade expert examining the deal predicts it’ll improve U.S. gross domestic product by only 0.1 percent.” POLITICO
SCOTUS WATCH — NYT’S MICHAEL WINES in Greensboro, N.C.: “Will the Supreme Court End Gerrymandering? Arguments Begin This Week”: “On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether such partisanship violates the Constitution. One case involves the Republican-drawn map in North Carolina. A companion case centers on Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, which Democrats admit they redrew in 2011 to make it harder for the Republican incumbent …
“The two cases hold the potential to set the course of American politics for generations. A decision to rein in partisan gerrymanders could reshape House maps in a number of states, largely but not exclusively to the benefit of Democrats. A decision not to rein in the mapmakers would give both political parties carte blanche to entrench themselves and hogtie their opponents when state legislatures draw the next decade’s House districts in 2021.” NYT
ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA — SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST’S LAURA ZHOU: “U.S. envoy to North Korea arrives in Beijing to discuss ‘coordination on policies’”: “The U.S. envoy for North Korea is visiting Beijing this week, a sign Washington seeks China’s help in reviving nuclear disarmament negotiations after the summit meeting in Vietnam between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un collapsed last month. …
“No details about the arrangements of [Stephen] Biegun’s meetings were disclosed. … Biegun arrived in Beijing on Sunday, less than two days after Trump overruled a decision by the US Treasury Department to impose new sanctions on North Korea.” SCMP
— “North Korea Returns to Liaison Office With South Three Days After Pulling Out,” by WSJ’s Dasl Yoon and Timothy Martin in Seoul: “The return—after abruptly vacating the de facto embassy Friday—restores some trust lost as nuclear talks have faltered since last month’s no-deal summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump … [T]he mood appears to have improved after President Trump tweeted Friday that he wouldn’t pursue a fresh round of large-scale sanctions.
“Relations between the U.S. and North Korea have whipsawed in recent days. … On Monday, four or five North Korean officials were back at the liaison office for consultations and were resuming normal operations, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said.” WSJ
— The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding a hearing on U.S. policy toward North Korea on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
2020 WATCH — WHOA … Emerson is out with a new Iowa poll showing Pete Buttigieg leaping into third place with 11 percent — ahead of Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, though still well behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The results
— L.A. TIMES’ ELI STOKOLS: “Even in crowded Democratic field, early-state voters flock to see long shots”: “Despite their lower position in the early polls and sporadic national media coverage, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former Gov. John Hickenlooper and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) each met standing-room-only crowds, ovations and long lines of selfie-seeking fans. So did Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has maintained a position in the midst of the Democratic pack since entering the race in January. …
“In this state where vetting presidential wannabes has been a point of pride for decades, the early enthusiasm being generated by even lesser-known candidates with low standing in polls is a reminder of the excitement many Democrats feel about this deep field of candidates and the opportunity to defeat President Trump.” LAT
— “Jay Inslee, Candidate and Eco-Dude,” by The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz: “Inslee, sixty-eight, is tall and handsome in a John Lindsay-ish way: silver hair, blue eyes, square jaw. He is running for the Democratic nomination, on what is essentially a single-issue platform. ‘If we don’t solve climate change, we won’t be around to solve anything else,’ he said. ‘I believe, when you’ve got one shot, you take it.’ …
“Inslee, at Columbia [University], seemed determined to clear the low bar that [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein had set. ‘I love this stuff, man,’ he told a senior named Alex Loznak. ‘It reminds me of the protest language of the sixties and seventies—“Right on, brother,” all that stuff.’” The New Yorker
— BANGOR DAILY NEWS’ MICHAEL SHEPHERD: “A Trump Republican says he’ll challenge Susan Collins from the right in 2020”
ON THE WORLD STAGE — “Netanyahu’s Trumpy Re-Election Bid Divides America’s Jewish Community,” by Yardena Schwartz for POLITICO Magazine in Tel Aviv: “Though the prime minister’s mainstreaming of Jewish Power may represent the breaking point, the rift between Netanyahu and the American Jewish community has been years in the making. In his decade as prime minister, Netanyahu has created the most right-wing government in Israeli history. …
“His reelection campaign has only widened that gap … Polls already show that younger Jewish Americans feel less connected to Israel than their forebears, and more critical of its policies. Enter Trump, whose approval rating among voters under 30 is just 26 percent.” POLITICO Magazine
SPOTTED: Joe Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah, outside Union Station on Sunday. Pic
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK …
— NSC DEPARTURE LOUNGE — Howard Wachtel has been named director of global sanctions and strategy at PayPal. He previously was director of U.N. and multilateral affairs at the National Security Council.
— Kristin Ford is joining NARAL as national communications director. She previously was VP of communications at the Impact Project.
TRANSITIONS — Kyle Wiley will be senior adviser to the chief commercialization officer/office of technology transition at the Department of Energy. Today is his last day as a federal relations specialist at Barnes & Thornburg. … Laura Chambers will be COO at Democracy Fund. She previously was COO at the DNC.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Laura Rodriguez, chief of staff to Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) and an Obama State Department alum, and Brad Robinson, VP at ISS Corporate Solutions, welcomed Lucia Isabel, who joins big brother Joaquin.
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