Updated Jun 11, 2019

Justin Amash steps down from House Freedom Caucus

Rep. Justin Amash. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) stepped down from the conservative House Freedom Caucus — which he co-founded — and its board Monday, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: The Michigan congressman is the only Republican in Congress to support impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The caucus officially condemned him for his stance last month. He hasn't backed down from his controversial position — even as big GOP donors like the DeVos family pulled their support.

What he's saying: "I have the highest regard for them, and they’re my close friends," Amash told CNN congressional reporter Haley Byrd. "I didn’t want to be a further distraction for the group."

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.