Ex-Clinton aide: Dems should make 2020 'about integrity'

Democratic candidates should make the 2020 election a referendum on President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE’s “integrity,” an ex-Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE spokeswoman said Sunday.

“At some point in the 2020 election, Democrats should make the election about integrity,” Karen Finney said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Finney served as a spokeswoman during Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.


Finney made the comment in response to remarks by 2020 Democratic candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“I think a lot of folks are waiting for some piece of evidence to come along that finally proves once and for all that [Trump] is not a good guy,” Buttigieg said Saturday at a Greenville, S.C., event, according to The Washington Post, urging candidates to consider why Trump was elected in 2016.

“And what they forget is that there are a lot of people where I live, and maybe a lot of people around here too, who, knowing that he’s not a good guy, walked in to the voting booth and voted to burn the house down because of some very deep issues that motivated them to send a message.”

Finney's comments come while Washington is speculating about the contents of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s report on Russian collusion. Mueller handed in his report on Friday after a two-year investigation. Congress may be briefed on its contents Sunday afternoon.

Finney added that “how vigorously Republicans will fight to make sure we see the full report will say a lot about their integrity.” Earlier on the show, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House to convene social media summit after new Trump attacks GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats O'Rourke on Senate bid backer Beyoncé: I will have to 'earn her support' for 2020 MORE (R-Texas) joined House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton House hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate MORE (D-N.Y.) in calling for the release of the full Mueller report.

Trump has not yet weighed in on the report.