Good morning, here are the top three stories to start your day:
1: House Dems Launch Trump Corruption Probe
House Democrats on Monday announced they are launching a sweeping corruption probe aimed at President Trump and his associates.
Jerrold Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman (D-NY) said that Democrats were not content waiting for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish his investigation and said that House Democrats would look into potential corruption and the allegation that Trump obstructed justice:
“We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people. This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts. That is exactly what we intend to do.”
2: AG Barr Will Not Recuse Himself From Overseeing Mueller Probe
New confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr said on Monday that he will not recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Democrats pointed to a memo, critical of the Mueller probe, written by Barr last June as evidence that the Attorney General should recuse himself.
However, a spokesperson for Barr said ethics officials did not suggest recusal:
Following General Barr’s confirmation, senior career ethics officials advised that General Barr should not recuse himself from the Special Counsel’s investigation. Consistent with that advice, General Barr has decided not to recuse.
3: HUD Secretary Ben Carson Says He Will Leave At The End of Trump’s Term
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, said on Monday he will leave his post at the end of President Trump’s term.
Carson suggested he would be interested in another Cabinet post if Trump wins re-election in 2020.