Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

A decision on whether to prosecute President Trump should have nothing to do with politics, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told CNN in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

Details: The South Bend, Indiana, mayor pledged on "State of the Union with Jake Tapper" that the Justice Department would be left to operate independently on the issue in a Buttigieg administration.

Why it matters: His comments are in contrast to those of 2020 Democratic presidential rival Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who said she'd "have no choice" but to prosecute Trump after his term in office.

The big picture: Buttigieg's remarks to Tapper build on those he made to The Atlantic on Wednesday that he would support a criminal investigation into the president, but he would be wary of directing the attorney general to pursue charges against Trump.

"I would want any credible allegation of criminal behavior to be investigated to the fullest."

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The Trump administration plans to only admit a maximum of 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, the State Department said in a release late Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: This is yet another record low refugee cap. Before leaving office, President Obama set the refugee limit at 110,000 for fiscal year 2017 — a number Trump has continued to slash throughout his presidency.

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Barstool Sports was founded in 2003 as a free gambling newspaper. It later became a sports blog before growing into a media empire, and now things have come full circle with the recent launch of its own branded sportsbook.

Driving the news: The Barstool Sportsbook app saw a record 21,000 downloads per day during its first weekend (Sept. 18–20), breaking DraftKings' and Fanduel's daily records despite Pennsylvania being the only state where it was operational.

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