On Tuesday, less than a week after he was accused of sexually harassing a producer he worked with and suspended by the company, Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned, the studio confirmed to USA Today.
The Man in the High Castle producer Isa Hackett says that in 2015, Price repeatedly harassed and propositioned her, and after she rebuffed his advances, she told Amazon about what was happening. Price's resignation comes after dozens of women accused powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. Catherine Garcia
Chuck Rosenberg, the acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has sent employees an email letting them know he is stepping down, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press.
Rosenberg, who has been the temporary head of the DEA since 2015 and was once chief of staff for former FBI Director James Comey, will leave Oct. 1, the person who spoke with the AP said, and in his email to staff, he thanked them for their hard work. The Trump administration has yet to nominate a permanent chief, but the frontrunner is Col. Joseph Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, the AP reports.
Following President Trump's controversial remarks last month about police officers being too "nice" by making sure they don't hit suspects' heads as they are lowered into police cars, Rosenberg told the DEA the comments "condoned police misconduct." Law enforcement sources told The New York Times Rosenberg "had become convinced that President Trump had little respect for the law." Catherine Garcia
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich became the third business executive to resign from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday, writing in a blog post that he is stepping down to "call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing."
Earlier in the day, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier and Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank both stepped down from the council, and Krzanich said he called on "all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence" in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. He resigned because "I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them," he wrote. "We should honor — not attack — those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values."
Promoting manufacturing "should not be a political issue," Krzanich continued, and he asked "everyone involved in our political system" to stop trying to score political points and instead "focus on what is best for the nation as a whole. The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be." Catherine Garcia
Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank announced on Twitter Monday night he is stepping down from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council to "focus on inspiring and uniting through power of sport."
Plank said he joined the council because he loves his country and believed "it was important for Under Armour to have a seat at the table and represent our industry," but his company "engages in innovation and sports, not politics." Earlier Monday, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from the council following Trump's failure to single out white supremacists following the deadly white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying it was his "responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism." Plank didn't specifically say anything about racism, but did say sports promote "unity, diversity, and inclusion." Catherine Garcia
Following the retraction of an article on a Wall Street financier and ally of President Trump allegedly meeting with a Russian investment fund, three investigative journalists at CNN are leaving the network.
On June 22, CNN published a story on its website about Senate investigators looking into a meeting between SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci and an executive for the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which invests in Russian companies, the Los Angeles Times reports. Late Friday, CNN removed the story from its website, saying the article did not meet its editorial standards, and the network also apologized to Scaramucci. Scaramucci said Friday the story was false, and on Saturday, accepted CNN's apology, tweeting: "Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on."
In the wake of the retraction, the article's writer, Thomas Frank, and editors Eric Lichtblau and Lex Harris have all resigned from CNN, the network announced Monday night. CNN did not say that the story was false, just that the facts were "not solid" enough for publication. Harris, who started at CNN in 2001 and oversaw the investigative unit, said in a statement that CNN is a "news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go." Catherine Garcia
Ousted Alabama governor apologizes for not being able to 'live up to the high expectations' of his office
Just a few days after he said he did not plan to resign from office, former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) did just that, stepping down on Monday in order to avoid impeachment amid a sex scandal.
— Ben Cunningham (@Cunningham_Star) April 10, 2017
Bentley pleaded guilty to charges of knowingly converting campaign money to personal use and failing to report campaign contributions. For more than a year, allegations that he used state resources to hide an affair he was having with a top adviser, Rebekah Mason, swirled around Bentley, and last week, the state's Ethics Commission announced it had found enough evidence to conclude that Bentley had committed four felonies. The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Saturday that Bentley's impeachment hearing could begin Monday.
After announcing his resignation, Bentley told the people of Alabama during a press conference he "always believed the honor of serving as your governor is a calling that God placed on my life." He admitted that at times he "failed," but he always "tried to live up to the high expectations that people place on the person who holds this esteemed office. There have been times that I have let you and our people down, and I'm sorry for that. I can no longer allow my family, my dear friends, my dedicated staff, and cabinet to be subjected to the consequences that my past actions have brought on them. I want you to know, I love our people with all my heart." He was replaced by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R), Alabama's second female governor. Catherine Garcia
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is stepping down from a national bank panel, two days after he was grilled during a Senate Banking Committee hearing regarding his company's recent scandal involving opening fake accounts for customers.
Stumpf resigned as the San Francisco bank district's representative to the Federal Advisory Council, effective Thursday. Council members are appointed for one-year terms that begin in January, and meet four times a year with the Fed's board of governors in Washington, D.C.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Wells Fargo employees opened more than two million phony accounts in order to reach sales targets. The company said it has fired about 5,300 employees, most of them low-level, in connection with the fraud, and was fined $185 million. On Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called Stumpf out for his "gutless leadership" and told him he should "resign" and give back his pay. Catherine Garcia
Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party who campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union, announced Monday he is stepping down.
"During the referendum, I said I wanted my country back... now I want my life back," he said during a press conference. This is the third time he's resigned as UKIP leader, after previously serving from 2006 to 2009 and then from 2010 to 2015; days after stepping down in the aftermath of the 2015 election, Farage decided not to resign after all in order to lead the campaign to leave the EU, The Guardian reports.
Farage did not speculate on who could replace him, but said they would be installed before the fall. "UKIP is in a good position and will continue with my full support to attract a significant vote," he said. "Whilst we will now leave the European Union, the terms of our withdrawal are unclear. If there is too much backsliding by the government and with the Labour Party detached from many of its voters then UKIP's best days may be yet to come." Catherine Garcia