Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., will resign later this month to take a job at a Philadelphia law firm, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday morning. It’s another example — the third in just a few weeks — of a long-tenured member of Democratic leadership leaving the House of Representatives.
Just over a year ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had nominated Andrews to cochair the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which governs committee assignments. Andrews, who is in his 12th House term, has been the subject of a long-running ethics investigation in the House; once he leaves Congress, he will no longer be under the chamber’s jurisdiction.
Local Democrats are expected to coalesce behind state Sen. Donald Norcross, the brother of powerful South Jersey Democrat George Norcross, as a successor to Andrews, according to a Democratic source familiar with the process.
Already in 2014, 20-term California Democratic Reps. George Miller and Henry Waxman, the ranking members of two powerful House committees, have decided not to seek reelection. Like their seats, Andrews’s is reliably Democratic-leaning.
Altogether, at least four of the 10 longest-serving members of this Congress will not be back in 2015. In addition to Miller and Waxman, fellow Democrat Edward Markey left last year to take up Massachusetts’s vacant Senate seat, and Republican Rep. Bill Young died last October. In addition, 19-term Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall faces a tough reelection race in West Virginia this fall, and 22-term New York Rep. Charles Rangel faces a Democratic Party rematch with the man who nearly knocked him off last cycle. Another senior Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson — the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee — hasn’t yet announced whether he’ll run for a 13th term in his GOP-leaning seat in Minnesota.
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"American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers." The conversations centered around Paul Manafort, who was campaign chairman at the time, and Michael Flynn, former national security adviser and then a close campaign surrogate. Both men have been tied heavily with Russia and Flynn is currently at the center of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by U.S. Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia." Some had speculated that the White House would use "an ethics rule limiting government attorneys from investigating people their former law firm represented" to trip up Mueller's appointment. Jared Kushner is a client of Mueller's firm, WilmerHale. "Although Mueller has now been cleared by the Justice Department, the White House may still use his former law firm's connection to Manafort and Kushner to undermine the findings of his investigation, according to two sources close to the White House."
Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA) will subpoena two businesses owned by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Burr said, "We would like to hear from General Flynn. We'd like to see his documents. We'd like him to tell his story because he publicly said he had a story to tell."