Today is February 19, I am DML, and the stories below are making headlines this morning. Read them, share them, and remain the smartest person in the room by using the DML NEWS APP throughout the day.
1-DOJ pushes back at reports Barr considered quitting over Trump tweets
The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday night at multiple reports claiming Attorney General William Barr told people close to him he’s considering stepping down over President Trump’s tweets, days after Barr admitted that Trump’s tweeting made it “impossible for me to do my job.”
“Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted.
2-Illinois governor blasts Trump for commuting sentence of Blagojevich: President has ‘abused his pardon power’
Fox News reports that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat who was convicted of attempting to sell Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat after Obama was elected president, walked out of the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood in Colorado on Tuesday night and returned home a free man after President Trump commuted Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence.
Trump “has abused his pardon power in inexplicable ways to reward his friends and condone corruption, and I deeply believe this pardon sends the wrong message at the wrong time,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said in a written statement.
“In a state where corrupt, machine-style politics is still all too common, it’s important that those found guilty serve their prison sentence in its entirety,” said Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois GOP.
Blagojevich, who had served eight years in prison, was among a spree of clemency decisions Trump issued for high-profile figures Tuesday.
The president also pardoned financier Michael Milken, who pleaded guilty for violating U.S. securities laws; former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was sentenced on tax fraud charges in 2010; and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who was convicted of failing to report a bribe to the former governor of Louisiana when he pleaded guilty in 1998, among others.
3-Bloomberg could be the big target at Nevada debate
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg could get the front-runner treatment and be the main target of his 2020 rivals when the former New York City mayor makes his debut on the Democratic presidential debate stage in Nevada on Wednesday.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has already started the attacks, calling Bloomberg an “egomaniac billionaire” who bought “his way into the debate” in a tweet Tuesday.
DML: Bloomberg is buying the election, and the DNC couldn’t be happier.
4-Passengers leave Diamond Princess
About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew.
The quarantine’s flop was underlined as authorities announced 79 more cases, bringing the total on the ship to 621. Results were still pending for some other passengers and crew among the original 3,711 people on board.
DML: The people on that ship must be going nuts.
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