Jan 21, 2020

Warren pledges to start DOJ task force to probe Trump corruption

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2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren pledged Tuesday to start an independent Justice Department task force if elected to investigate possible corruption by members of the Trump administration "to restore public confidence in government and deter future wrongdoing."

The big picture: While presidents historically have avoided large-scale investigations of their predecessors, Warren's message tracks with her anti-corruption stance — as she has previously pledged to institute a huge set of reforms to increase government transparency and peel back power from lobbyists.

  • Warren's pledge said she would ask for the resignation of all of President Trump's political appointees at the start of her administration, retaining "only those positions necessary to preserve continuity and protect national security during the transition period."

What she's saying:

"Rebuilding our government to work for the people won’t just happen. It’s going to require painstaking work, extraordinary drive and urgency, and a serious plan to root out the corruption and incompetence that Trump will leave behind. That means cleaning out the corruption that has infected the government, and it means moving immediately to fill key jobs and set up agencies with capable officials committed to putting the public interest first."

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Elizabeth Warren endorsed by the Des Moines Register

Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a June town hall in Miami, Florida. Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP via Getty Images

The Des Moines Register's editorial board hailed Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "the best leader for these times" as it endorsed her for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday night.

Why it matters: It's another win for Warren who, along with 2020 rival Sen. Amy Klobuchar, was endorsed for president by the New York Times last Sunday. The endorsement comes just ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

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Debate night: Candidates appeal to New Hampshire voters days before the primary

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Seven 2020 candidates took the stage at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on Friday, to debate issues including race, health care, the economy, Ukraine and electability, as they jockey for voters' support days before the nation's first primary on Feb. 11.

Why it matters: After the turmoil and error-riddled results of the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg are trying to edge ahead of each other, while other candidates are hoping for breakthrough moments to gain voters' support.

What the top Democrats are offering the world

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If a Democrat wins back the White House in 2020, they'll face steep obstacles to turning their domestic agenda into reality.

But, but, but: In foreign affairs, particularly when crises arise, they will wield immense power.

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