January 13, 2020

Former Rep. Chris Collins is still going through it.

The New York Republican resigned from Congress back in September after pleading guilty to insider trading charges, which were slated to land him in prison for up to 57 months, or just under five years. Now, a court filing issued Monday reveals federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence at the "top end" of that 46- to 57-month window, The Buffalo News reports.

Collins was indicted back in summer 2018 for the insider trading charges, some of which were apparently accrued on the White House lawn. The court filing released Monday makes that point obvious, describing how Collins tried to call his son shortly after he learned — before a public announcement — the pharmaceutical company they had both invested in had failed its clinical trial.

The filing also goes after Collins' alleged "cynicism" for "repeatedly violat[ing] federal law while continuing to accept the trust of the public to draft it," seeing as Collins pursued and won re-election even when under indictment.

When asked about the news surrounding his former New York colleague, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Collins "should be sentenced and he should serve some time." Kathryn Krawczyk

2:01 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.