Jun 3, 2019

Swalwell wants Congress to impeach Barr and Mnuchin

Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told a CNN town hall Sunday he would only look at impeachment proceedings against President Trump after "we’ve exhausted every other remedy." But he wants to "make an example" of Attorney General Bill Barr and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

We have a lawless president. First things first, I think we should move immediately to impeach the attorney general and Secretary Mnuchin."

Details: During the town hall, Swalwell spoke of his gun restrictions plan." He also expressed support for making community college free and said he'd look to bring the interest on student loans down to zero — as the 38-year-old revealed he's still paying off a $100,000 student loan. But one of the biggest cheers of the night was when he called for the impeachment of Barr and Mnuchin.

The big picture: Democrats have been angry with Barr for his handling of the findings of the Russia investigation. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said last month Barr had not committed to releasing the full report findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller and underlying documents, as requested.

  • Mnuchin rejected a House Ways and Means Committee subpoena to turn over Trump's personal and business tax returns last month. He told a House Financial Services Committee May hearing that he'd never spoken with Trump "or anyone in the White House about delivering the president's tax returns to Congress."

The other side: Trump and his administration have repeatedly accused the Democrats of a witch hunt over their investigations. They insist now Mueller's investigation has ended, "the case is closed."

  • Barr has said he expected criticism for his decisions concerning the report. He said Mueller could've reached a decision on whether or not Trump obstructed justice.

What he's saying: Mueller said that if his office "had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime," it would have said so, adding that charging Trump was never an option under Justice Department guidelines. Mueller reiterated this point last week in his an on-camera public statement.

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There are warning signs that Nevada could be Iowa all over again

Former Sen. Harry Reid (D) lines up to cast an early vote for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The alarms are increasingly sounding over Nevada's Democratic caucus, which is just five days away.

Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

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Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.