2020 candidates weigh in on Mueller report — and on Barr

Welcome to 2020 Vision, the new Yahoo News column covering the presidential race. Reminder: There are 290 days until the Iowa caucuses, and 563 days until the 2020 presidential election.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to call for President Trump’s impeachment, breaking with the party’s leadership in the House.

“The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty,” wrote Warren on Twitter late Friday afternoon. “That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have both downplayed the idea of impeachment, with Hoyer calling it “not worthwhile” and Pelosi saying she wouldn’t move forward without a bipartisan consensus.

All the candidates running for the 2020 presidential nomination issued statements responding to special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia and President Trump’s repeated attempts to thwart the investigation. Most of them focused on Attorney General William Barr’s press conference 90 minutes before a redacted version of the report was released to the public.

“We can’t trust Trump’s handpicked AG to be transparent about the Mueller report,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., tweeted. “Congress needs to see it in full — and the public needs to know whether Trump obstructed justice.”

“The American people deserve the truth,” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., wrote on Twitter. “Not spin from a Trump appointee.”

“Attorney General Barr has made it clear he is not impartial when it comes to this investigation,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., tweeted. “Now that we have the report we should hear from Robert Mueller himself in public hearings. Our democracy demands it.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said that Barr “must resign.”

“You can represent the people OR you can represent the President,” Swalwell tweeted. “But you can’t do both.”

 Their comments, excerpted or in full, are at the bottom of this report.

[Matt Bai: Why Mueller’s report won’t matter much in 2020]

Biden to announce bid next week

After months of varying updates on the status of former Vice President Joe Biden, there are now multiple reports stating that Biden will officially, as expected, enter the race. Originally reported by the Atlantic Friday morning and subsequently confirmed by the Associated Press and CNN, Biden is expected to launch his campaign on Wednesday with a video message.

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392389 02: U.S. President George W. Bush meets with members of the Senate and House foreign policy leadership in the Cabinet room at the White House July 25, 2001 in Washington, DC. Seated next to the president is Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 18: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) swears in Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro (L) as his wife Erica and daughter Carina look on during a ceremonial swearing in ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building August 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Castro, the former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, was officially sworn in on July 28. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - MAY 28: Vice President of the United States Joe Biden takes a selfie after the commencement ceremony at Air Force Academy in Colorado Spring, May 28, 2014. Biden spoke during the ceremony. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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US Vice President Joe Biden adresses a speech to students and officials at Cotroceni Palace, the Romanian Presidency headquarters in Bucharest on May 21, 2014. Tougher sanctions must be imposed on Russia if it undermines crucial presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25, 2014, US Vice President Joe Biden said in Bucharest. AFP PHOTO DANIEL MIHAILESCU (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: U.S Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event on protecting students from sexual assault at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. During the event, Biden announced the release of the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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US Vice President Joe Biden waves upon arrival for a meeting with Lithuania's President in Vilnius on March 19, 2014. Biden meets today with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Latvian leader as part of a tour to reassure NATO allies during the Ukraine crisis. AFP PHOTO / PETRAS MALUKAS (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Biden still leads in most early polling but came under fire earlier this month when seven women came forward to say that he touched them inappropriately. Biden declined to apologize, and even joked about the allegations, but promised to do a better job of recognizing people’s “personal space.” A Politico/Morning Consult poll taken after the allegations were made public found half of Democrats saying the allegations made no difference in their vote while 29 percent said they made them less likely to support him.

Biden previously ran for president in 1988, when he dropped out after a plagiarism scandal, and in 2008, when he withdrew following the Iowa caucuses. —Christopher Wilson

“That does not particularly animate me right now.”

— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in an interview with the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast, on the prospect of a Biden run

Castro getting a bump among Latinos

Former San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has struggled to gain traction in the 2020 primary, lagging in the polls and still shy of the 65,000-donor mark that would help him lock in a spot on the June debate stage. But recent poll found when you increase the number of Latinos surveyed Castro’s prospects improve. A poll released Thursday showed Castro with the fourth highest favorability rating among all Democratic candidates, trailing just Biden, Sanders and O’Rourke. The poll also found Castro with the lowest unfavorable rating of all candidates at just 18 percent.

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 15: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro introduces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a 'Latinos for Hillary' grassroots event October 15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. The event was part of the campaign's ongoing effort to build an organization outside of the four early states and work hard for every vote. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro speaks at the National Fair Housing Training and Policy Conference at the Housing and Urban Development Department in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 04: The Honorable Julian Castro and Eva Longoria, actress and co-founder, Latino Victory, attend the Latino Victory Foundation's Latino Talks event at The Hamilton on May 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
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UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: Chairman Susan Collins, R-Me., introduces HUD Secretary Julian Castro, center, to Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., ranking member, before a Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing in Dirksen Building on FY2016 budget estimates for the Housing and Urban Development Department, March 11, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 18: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) swears in Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro (L) as his wife Erica and daughter Carina look on during a ceremonial swearing in ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building August 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Castro, the former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, was officially sworn in on July 28. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S President Barack Obama, right, gestures to Julian Castro, secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as they arrive to speak at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Castro, the former San Antonio, Texas mayor, was sworn in this week and will begin his duties on Monday, Aug. 4. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro testifies at a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in Dirksen Building on his nomination to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, June 17, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
INDIANOLA, IOWA - SEPTEMBER 15: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks at the 36th Annual Harkin Steak Fry on September 15, 2013 in Indianola, Iowa. Sen. Harkin's Democratic fundraiser is one of the largest in Iowa each year. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05: First lady Michelle Obama talks with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (C) and his brother Joaquin Castro during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE. NC - SEPTEMBER 4: Democratic National Convention keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D) addresses the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by /The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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If Castro, the only Hispanic candidate currently in the race, can survive through the earliest debates and contests, the map starts to become friendlier. Nevada, the third primary contest on February 22nd, has a heavy Latino population. On March 3rd, California, Texas (Castro’s home state) and their millions of Latino voters will head to the polls for a packed Super Tuesday slate. Earlier this month, Castro became the first 2020 candidate to put forth an immigration plan, which would roll back laws put in place by Trump and former President George W. Bush.

“It’s becoming much more noticeable that @JulianCastro is gaining traction in the Latino community,” tweeted immigration activist Astrid Silva Friday morning, citing his ranking in the new poll. —Christopher Wilson

Bernie’s Fox in Trump’s hen house

Bernie Sanders drew big ratings and rave reviews for his Fox News town hall on Monday night. And President Trump was not pleased.

On Tuesday morning, he blasted moderator Bret Baier and the studio audience for their warm welcome of the Vermont independent senator and self-described democratic socialist — and Fox News for its hiring of former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile.

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 15: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks to a crowd gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center during a campaign rally on March 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary elections in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, while Missouri and Illinois remain tight races. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to the media after holding a campaign event with United Steelworkers Local 310L, on January 26, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders continues his quest to become the Democratic presidential nominee.. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. While next Tuesday's first Democratic presidential debate will probably lack the name-calling and sharp jabs of the Republican face-offs, there's still potential for strong disagreements between the party's leading contenders. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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“So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews,” he tweeted. “Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the ‘audience’ was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?” (It’s unclear who the president meant by “we.”) Trump followed up with three more tweets about Sanders on Tuesday night.

According to Nielsen, Sanders’s town hall on Fox News drew more than 2.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched town hall of the 2020 election cycle so far. Before Monday, the most viewers for a Democratic presidential candidate came in January, when CNN drew 1.95 million viewers for its town hall with Sen. Kamala Harris.

Sanders’s appearance came after the Democratic National Committee announced that none of the party’s 2020 primary debates would be held on Fox News, which Democrats view as a mouthpiece for Trump.

But Sanders seems to have paved the way for some of his rival candidates. The Hill reported that South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in talks with Fox about appearing in a town hall event on the network. And according to the Daily Beast, three others — Eric Swalwell, Tim Ryan and Julián Castro — are also interested in a Fox spot.

“Looks like President Trump is scared of our campaign. He should be.”

— Bernie Sanders

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CNN’s town hall marathon

Speaking of town halls, CNN is hosting five consecutive one-hour presidential town halls in New Hampshire on Monday night with candidates who have already appeared on CNN town halls.

Amy Klobuchar (moderated by Chris Cuomo) at 7 p.m. ET

Elizabeth Warren (moderated by Anderson Cooper) at 8 p.m. ET

Bernie Sanders (moderated by Cuomo) at 9 p.m. ET

Kamala Harris (moderated by Don Lemon) at 10 p.m. ET.

Pete Buttigieg (moderated by Cooper) at 11 p.m. ET

The event will take place on the campus of Saint Anselm College and is “focused on issues of importance to young voters,” according to the network.

2020 candidates react to Mueller report

Cory Booker

“Robert Mueller must testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee as soon as possible. Congress & the American people need to hear directly from the person who authored the report.”

Pete Buttigieg

“The Mueller report is a disturbing if not completely surprising collection of evidence that shows a president putting his own interests ahead of the country’s. Today again demonstrates why we need to change the channel in 2020.”

Julián Castro

“Far from exonerating anyone, the Special Counsel report exposes disgraceful behavior by Donald Trump and his inner circle — both in seeking assistance from Russia & attempting to cover it up. Mueller should testify and Congress should investigate charges of obstruction of justice. This report makes clear: Donald Trump is looking out for himself, not for America. We must restore integrity and accountability to the White House.”

John Delaney

“The origin of the Mueller investigation was the existence of extensive Russian interference in the 2016 election, which remains one of the most consequential events in the history of American election integrity. The findings of the Mueller Report confirm the fact that Trump tried to limit, or even thwart, an investigation into these activities, and in doing so put the election security of the United States of America at risk… If the President didn’t obstruct justice, it wasn’t for lack of trying. People loyal to him repeatedly refused to follow his orders to violate the law. Most of those people are now gone. We all should be gravely concerned. The President has been manufacturing a threat at the border, while ignoring the very real threat of Russian interference in our elections. The American people deserve better.”

Tulsi Gabbard

“#BarrCoverUp. The most dangerous coverup is that US voting machines are vulnerable to hackers. If we lose faith in election results, democracy crumbles. The Justice Dept should be focused on instituting paper ballot backups, per my Securing America’s Elections Act. #MuellerReport.”

Kirsten Gillibrand

“Congress should get the full, unredacted Mueller report. The American people have the right to know the facts—without the spin.”

Kamala Harris

“Barr is acting more like Trump’s defense attorney than the nation’s Attorney General. His press conference was a stunt, filled with political spin and propaganda. Americans deserve the unvarnished truth. We need Special Counsel Mueller to testify publicly in Congress.”

John Hickenlooper

“AG Barr should work to protect the interests of the people, not the President. It’s clear from this morning’s press conference where his allegiances lie. The American people deserve answers.”

Jay Inslee

“Congress must get to the bottom of this and have Mr. Mueller testify to complete this investigation. There is no other option. America deserves this. Donald Trump can’t run from this anymore.”

Amy Klobuchar

“Maybe they didn’t use tanks or missiles, but make no mistake — Russia invaded our democracy.”

Beto O’Rourke

“This democracy was under direct attack from a foreign power. There must be accountability and justice. No person is above the law regardless of how high their position of power is. We’ve got to defend this democracy from any further interference going forward.”

Tim Ryan

“Today, Attorney General William Barr demonstrated that he has decided to be the personal attorney for President Trump rather than fulfilling his role as attorney for the American people. It’s beyond unacceptable. I will continue reviewing the redacted version of the report and will pressure the Justice Department to reconsider its decision to not release the unredacted report to the American public. … Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be called to testify before Congress. No more summaries, no more redactions — the American people deserve complete transparency. Full stop.”

Bernie Sanders

“It is clear that Donald Trump wanted nothing more than to shut down the Mueller investigation. While we have more detail from today’s report than before, Congress must continue its investigation into Trump’s conduct and any foreign attempts to influence our election. We must also work to do everything we can to protect our future elections from the significant threat of foreign interference, and I call on President Trump and Republican leadership to stop obstructing the necessary work to protect our democracy.”

Eric Swalwell

“[Barr] came to this job already biased. Today, he made a show of allegiance to the President over the American people by declaring ‘no collusion’ and excusing the President on the basis of his emotional state. He has proved that he’s an embedded Trump ally who puts this President’s political future above of the rule of law. That makes him unfit to serve. He must resign.”

Elizabeth Warren

“The AG is supposed to serve as the country’s top law enforcement officer – someone who stands up for the rule of law & defends the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic. William Barr is standing up for only one person: the President of the United States.”

Marianne Williamson

“To use the role of attorney general for the purposes of political messaging is a profound degradation of the office. William Barr has shown himself to be just another political lackey who serves to do the President’s bidding above all else. The president kept saying he wanted to find his Roy Cohn, and apparently he has. In service to the truth, Congress must now exercise its Constitutional right to subpoena both Barr and Mueller.”

Andrew Yang

“I am glad that the Mueller Report has been made public. It’s important to the American people. My focus is on beating Donald Trump at the ballot box and solving the problems that got him elected in the first place.”

 

Weekend forecast

Des Moines, Iowa

• Friday, April 19: Partly cloudy, 63°/39°

• Saturday, April 20: Sunny, 74°/50°

• Sunday, April 21: Partly cloudy, 81°/57°

Manchester, N.H.

• Friday, April 19: Cloudy, 76°/62°

• Saturday, April 20: Rain, 68°/55°

• Sunday, April 21: Cloudy, 66°/50°

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