Happy Mueller afternoon. While we wait, here's a quick look at what else will matter in Washington this week.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
President Trump has publicly boasted that he could beat any of his 2020 Democratic challengers. Privately, several members of his campaign see a few who could pose a threat to his re-election, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
The bottom line: The three candidates who seem to concern the Trump campaign most are Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke.
Why they're worried:
Joe Biden: Several Trump advisers think the former VP is best positioned to take back the white Rust Belt voters Trump carried in 2016, making purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin more dangerous for the campaign.
Sen. Kamala Harris: Trump was impressed by Harris' massive crowd for her announcement event, according to White House aides.
Beto O’Rourke: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Fox Business last week that Republicans shouldn't underestimate O'Rourke. That view is shared by a number of people in Trump’s inner circle.
The runners up: Several aides close to the president said Sen. Bernie Sanders shouldn’t be discounted as a formidable contender. "He is to the left what Trump was to the right in 2016,” Tamasi said.
Statement from Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary for the Trump campaign:
Here's something that ought to catch Democrats' attention: Swing voters at a recent focus group in Wisconsin hadn't heard of either the Green New Deal or "Medicare for all," Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Details: Not a single person had heard of — or could explain — the Green New Deal.
Half of the participants had never even heard the phrase "Medicare for all" until they walked in the room that night in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The bottom line: Democrats might have an opportunity to capitalize on Trump fatigue in 2020 in this critical battleground state — but they're a long way from winning over swing voters on the ideas that will define their campaigns.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
For your Tuesday radar: The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York will hear a case against Trump for blocking critics on Twitter, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Yes, but: If the 2nd Circuit agrees with the 4th Circuit's interpretation of the law, it would set an important precedent on how public officials, especially the president, can use their official social media accounts.
What they're saying:
Be smart: Legal experts point to examples in the past where White House officials have declared statements from the @realdonaldtrump handle to be official statements from the president.
The bottom line: Trump's prolific use of social media use is testing the legal limits of the First Amendment.
Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images
The Supreme Court this week will wade back into a fundamental question about American democracy: whether partisan gerrymandering can ever go too far, Axios' Sam Baker reports.
The big picture: State lawmakers have gotten a lot more sophisticated and a lot more aggressive about redrawing their state’s legislative districts to help their party stay in power.
Driving the news: The justices will hear two hours of oral arguments Tuesday: one hour about North Carolina’s map and one hour about a Democratic-led gerrymander in Maryland. Rulings are expected in June.
Why it matters: Critics say extreme partisan gerrymandering undermines the basic premise that each person’s vote counts equally.
The other side: The most interesting debate here isn't partisan, but rather a divide between voting-rights advocates and conservatives who argue that redistricting is a quintessentially political process and the courts should stay out.
Where it stands: The Supreme Court has never struck down a partisan gerrymander. It has never said a state legislature crossed the line in trying to secure a partisan advantage — in fact, it has never even said whether there’s a line to cross.
Photo: Phil Roeder/Getty Images
The House will consider the Paycheck Fairness Act this week. Members will also vote on Rep. Joe Kennedy’s resolution condemning the Trump administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.
The Senate will have a cloture vote on the motion to proceed on the Green New Deal.
President Trump's schedule, per a White House official: