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Excerpt of an email sent from then-U.S. Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan to then-acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan, obtained by Axios. Photo illustration: Axios visuals
President Trump's pick to run U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is going to be working with the same president and the same top official who fired him as head of the Border Patrol in 2017. And leaked internal emails obtained by Axios' Alayna Treene reveal just how angry Mark Morgan was at the Trump administration when he was fired.
Why it matters: The emails — dated Jan. 24 and 25, 2017 — show the depth of Morgan's anger and disappointment with the Trump administration for forcing him out of the role. But they also show how extraordinary it is that Morgan has gotten back into Trump's good graces.
The trick: Morgan has gone on the president's favorite channel, Fox News, to talk up Trump's hardline immigration policies and endorse his proposed border wall.
The reason for Morgan's removal isn't clear from the emails, and no official reason was given at the time of his resignation. But the National Border Patrol Council — a union representing 16,500 border patrol agents that endorsed Trump in 2016 — opposed him at the time because of what they described as his lack of experience.
Context: Morgan, a career FBI official, was selected to run the U.S. Border Patrol in the final months of the Obama administration. He was the first chief in the 93-year history of the agency who had never worked as a border patrol agent, per the New York Times.
Responding to the leak, Morgan told Axios: "Serving the men and women at Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a privilege. ... I look forward to rejoining the DHS workforce and working hand-in-hand with our law enforcement partners and the interagency community to enforce our nation's immigration laws and end the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border."
Go deeper: Read the full story on Axios.
Jared Kushner. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The White House is planning to launch the economic part of the Trump administration Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in mid-June and will hold a special international workshop on Bahrain on June 25–26 to discuss the implementation of the economic plan, reports Axios contributor Barak Ravid.
What's next: A senior White House official said the Trump peace team led by senior adviser Jared Kushner has decided to launch the peace plan in two phases.
CNN reported details of the Bahrain summit earlier Sunday.
Go deeper: Read Barak's full story on Axios
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
House Democrats are considering a new idea to pressure the Trump administration to comply with their subpoenas. The idea is to use the appropriations process as leverage and threaten to withhold funding until they get the documents and testimony they've requested, Axios' Alayna Treene and David Nather report.
Why it matters: It's a move that has a high risk of failure, since appropriations bills have to be approved by a Republican-held Senate and signed by the president. But given the Trump administration's determination to resist all of the Democrats' oversight efforts, and the prospect that court fights could take years, they're being forced to consider every tool they might have.
How it works: Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee are writing the bills that will fund the federal government for the next fiscal year — including the ones that will fund the Justice Department and the Treasury Department, two of the departments that have been resisting subpoenas.
So far, there's no detailed plan. Axios spoke with several members of Congress and staffers involved in the talks, and as of now they say discussions have been preliminary.
The bottom line: There's probably no oversight tool that won't lead to months of delays if the Trump administration is determined to resist House Democrats.
Go deeper: How Trump is stalling Democrats
Pelosi and Schumer talk to reporters following an infrastructure meeting with President Trump, April 30. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
On Wednesday, Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will come to the White House for Infrastructure: The Sequel. After their previous meeting late last month — in which President Trump declared he wanted to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure — the three leaders agreed they would reconvene in three weeks to discuss how to pay for this massive infrastructure package.
Driving the news: Based on what senior administration sources have told me, Pelosi and Schumer won't get the types of tax hikes on the wealthy that they want.
The bottom line: Senior Trump administration officials, including the president's fiscally conservative chief Mick Mulvaney, are deeply skeptical they can cut a massive infrastructure deal with Democrats. Their skepticism is warranted.
Bernie Sanders. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
In a rebuke to his more moderate 2020 rival Joe Biden — who said the first and most important plank in his climate proposal was to "beat Trump" — Bernie Sanders said Biden's message is not good enough.
Driving the news: Sanders told Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that "beating Trump is not good enough. ... You've got to beat the fossil fuel industry. You have to take on all of those forces of the status quo."
Why it matters: Sanders' line dramatizes the divide within the 2020 Democratic field — between Biden's argument about electability and the Sanders and Elizabeth Warren pledges to fundamentally change America.
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The House will vote on two major bills, per a senior Democratic aide:
The Senate will vote on a disaster relief package next week, per a Republican leadership aide. The aide said the Senate will also confirm the following nominees in this order:
President Trump's schedule, per a White House official: