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May 14, 2020

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has stepped down as the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday.

Burr has been under scrutiny since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic after it was revealed he sold a hefty load of his stock portfolio while receiving closed-door briefings on the impending health crisis. He's now under an FBI investigation for possible insider trading, and on Thursday, McConnell said Burr would step down for the duration of that investigation.

"Senator Burr contacted me this morning to inform me of his decision to step aside as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the pendency of the investigation. We agreed that this decision would be in the best interests of the committee," McConnell said in a statement. Burr has denied wrongdoing.

Burr was found to have privately warned donors about the adverse economic effects that would likely coincide with the coronavirus' rise back in February, even though he downplayed the virus' severity publicly. He was later found to have sold between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his stocks in 33 separate transactions on Feb. 13, while he was getting private briefings from health officials. The FBI reportedly served Burr a search warrant and seized his cell phone on Wednesday. Kathryn Krawczyk

April 7, 2020

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly stepped down on Tuesday, a US official and a former senior military official tell CNN.

Modly reportedly offered his resignation after a Sunday recording revealed him mocking Navy Capt. Brett Crozier as "stupid" and "naive" in an address to Crozier's former crew. Crozier was ousted from his post on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt after sounding the alarm about COVID-19 spread on the ship. Politico reported Tuesday that Modly had offered his resignation to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, but it was unclear if Esper would accept it.

Crozier had sent a stern four-page letter to his superiors last begging for help containing a new coronavirus outbreak on his ship, where around 150 to 200 sailors had reportedly tested positive out of his nearly 5,000-person crew. His letter leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, and Modly dismissed him over "a loss of trust and confidence." Modly then called Crozier "too naive or too stupid" to be running the ship in his leaked Sunday comments. He apologized on Monday, but many lawmakers had already called for his resignation.

Modly had only been in his position for a few months after Esper fired former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in November. Kathryn Krawczyk

March 4, 2020

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is out of the 2020 race.

Bloomberg suspended his presidential campaign on Wednesday morning following a brutal showing on Super Tuesday, during which former Vice President Joe Biden easily defeated the former mayor in key states where he invested heavily, including Virginia.

"Three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump," Bloomberg said in a statement. "Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump — because it is clear to me that staying in would make achieving that goal more difficult."

Bloomberg at the same time threw his support behind Biden, saying the former vice president has the "best shot" at beating Trump. Biden now receives yet another endorsement from a former 2020 Democratic rival after Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke all endorsed him this week.

Following his Super Tuesday finish, Bloomberg's aides had said he would "reassess" his campaign, and it didn't take long for him to officially bow out the following morning. The former mayor was reportedly facing internal pressure to drop out after South Carolina and endorse Biden; one adviser told Vanity Fair that if he had a poor Super Tuesday showing, "He's not going to stay in and say, 'Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.'"

Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who also had a disappointing Super Tuesday showing and came in third in her home state, is talking to her team this morning to "assess the path forward," her aides say. Brendan Morrow

January 13, 2020

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is out of the 2020 race.

Booker announced Monday he's suspending his presidential campaign, in a statement citing a need for "money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington."

In a video message, Booker also said he's ending his campaign "with the same spirit with which it began," promising to campaign "as hard as I can" for the eventual Democratic nominee for president.

After entering the 2020 race last February, Booker struggled to gain traction in the polls in recent months and did not qualify for the December Democratic debate, nor did he qualify for the next debate scheduled to take place on Jan. 14. In a recent interview with The Atlantic, Booker warned, "Yes, we could lose this election. We need to elect the right person that can excite record turnouts, really have a wave election. I'm very concerned about it. Yes, I'm absolutely concerned about it." Brendan Morrow

January 2, 2020

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro is out of the 2020 race.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate announced Thursday he is suspending his campaign, telling supporters in a video, "I've determined that it simply isn't our time," The New York Times reports.

After struggling to gain traction in the polls, Castro, the only Latino candidate in the Democratic field, failed to qualify for the most recent two presidential debates. The Times notes he said in October he would end his campaign if he could not raise $800,000 by the end of the month, and though he was able to do so, he did not receive a bump in the polls.

"It's with a heavy heart, and with profound gratitude, that I will suspend my campaign for president," Castro said Thursday, going on to say he's "not done fighting" and telling supporters, "keep reaching for your dreams, and keep fighting for what you believe in." Brendan Morrow

September 24, 2019

Adam Neumann won't work as WeWork's chief executive much longer.

The WeWork co-founder and CEO is set to step down amid mounting pressure from board members and investors, The New York Times reports. A "lengthy board call" on which this decision was made reportedly took place Tuesday. WeWork, which offers shared office space for rent, last year lost $1.6 billion. Its initial public offering was recently delayed by months, and the Times notes the company is "unlikely to turn a profit in the foreseeable future."

Neumann will, however, reportedly stay on as nonexecutive chairman of the We Company, the parent of WeWork. During the search for a permanent successor, Sebastian Gunningham and Artie Minson are to become interim co-chief executives, the Times reports. The Wall Street Journal also reported on Neumann's departure Tuesday, adding an official announcement could come today.

This comes just two days after the Journal reported that a bloc of WeWork directors was planning to push for Neumann's ouster as CEO, and a week after the Journal published an article packed with strange details about Neumann's drug use and supposed interest in becoming "president of the world," a plan that just hit a major snag. Presumably, WeWork executives will see Neumann out with tequila shots and a performance of "It's Tricky." Brendan Morrow

August 7, 2019

Just days after his swearing-in, Puerto Rico's new governor has been ordered to leave office.

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday that swearing in Pedro Pierluisi as governor on Aug. 2 was unconstitutional and that he must resign, reports The Associated Press.

Ricardo Rosselló had selected Pierluisi as his successor before leaving office amid a corruption scandal and outrage over offensive private chats of his that were leaked. Under Puerto Rico's line of succession, the secretary of state would become governor, and so while that office was vacant when Rosselló announced his resignation, he made a recess appointment of Pierluisi shortly before stepping down.

But while Pierluisi had been confirmed as secretary of state by Puerto Rico's House prior to his swearing-in as governor, the Senate had not yet done so, creating controversy as some argued it was unconstitutional for him to be sworn in without being Senate-confirmed to the job that placed him in the line of succession. Others argued he only needed confirmation from the House in this situation, citing a 2005 law that said a secretary of state didn't need both House and Senate approval when taking over as governor. The Puerto Rico Senate subsequently sued, leading to this Supreme Court decision.

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court ultimately decided that Pierluisi did need both House and Senate confirmation and that portion of the 2005 law is unconstitutional. Pierluisi had said he would step aside should the Supreme Court come to this decision. In line for the governor job is now Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez, who previously said she has "no interest in occupying the position of governor" but that she would "assume the responsibility" if necessary. Brendan Morrow

July 10, 2019

Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the United States who criticized President Trump's administration in leaked diplomatic cables and who Trump in response pledged to "no longer deal with," has announced his resignation.

"The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like," Darroch said on Wednesday, The Washington Post reports. He went on to say that the "responsible course" is to step aside.

The U.K. ambassador faced heavy criticism from Trump after he described the president as "inept" and "insecure" in leaked memos. In response, Trump on Twitter pledged that "we will no longer deal with" Darroch, who he went after in subsequent tweets as "wacky," a "very stupid guy," and a "pompous fool."

Britain stood by Darroch in the wake of Trump's criticism, and on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May thanked Darroch for his "lifetime of service" and said that "good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice," The Guardian reports. She added, "I want all our public servants to have the confidence to be able to do that." Brendan Morrow

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