Sep 26, 2019

GOP primary heats up as ex-Rep. Darrell Issa challenges Duncan Hunter in California

Former Rep. Darrel Issa. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

Former Rep. Darrell Issa announced plans on Thursday to come out of retirement to challenge Republican congressman Duncan Hunter in the primary for California's 50th district, reports the AP.

Why it matters: Issa is 1 of 6 primary challengers Hunter will face. Republicans worry Hunter won't be able to keep his seat following a 2018 indictment on charges of misusing campaign funds for personal use.

The big picture: The primary race is "setting up a clash among two Trump allies for one of Republicans’ most endangered seats," writes the Times.

Issa has strong name recognition after serving 9 terms in Congress.

  • As the former chair of the House Oversight Committee, Issa led the investigation into the Obama administration following the Benghazi attacks.
  • President Trump nominated Issa last September to be the director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, per Politico.

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Diplomat told House committees that he flagged Hunter Biden's Ukraine work in 2015

Hunter Biden. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for World Food Program USA

A top U.S. diplomat told the House committees investigating President Trump's dealings with Ukraine Tuesday that he raised concerns about Hunter Biden's board position at a Ukrainian gas company in 2015, but was brushed off by an aide to former Vice President Joe Biden, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: George Kent's testimony is "the first known example of a career diplomat who raised concerns internally in the Obama administration" about Hunter Biden's work, writes the Post.

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Hunter Biden to step down from board of Chinese company

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Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, will be leaving the board of BHR Equity Investment — a private equity fund backed by Chinese state-owned entities — at the end of the month, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The younger Biden is leaving the board amid unsubstantiated allegations by President Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani that he made millions of dollars from BHR Equity Investment while his father was in office. Trump has suggested that China should investigate Hunter, setting off claims by Democrats that the president is soliciting foreign election interference.

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Rep. Nita Lowey will not seek re-election in 2020

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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2020.

Why it matters: The 82-year-old Lowey, who has served in Congress for 31 years, is responsible for all spending negotiations as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. The 17th district of New York that she represents is a Democratic stronghold that Hillary Clinton won by 20 points in 2016, according to Roll Call.

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