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Biden Asks Trump-Appointed US Attorneys to Resign, Plus Stimulus Debate Today

The Biden administration is cleaning house by asking 56 Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign, retaining only 2 involved in high-profile probes, while House Committee will debate a third round of stimulus checks for $1400.

Biden DOJ asks 56 Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign, only 2 to remain

As part of the transition process, the Department of Justice under the Biden administration will ask all Trump-appointed, Senate-confirmed US attorneys to resign, NPR reported. The number of prosecutors being asked to submit letters of resignation totals 56, Bloomberg reported.

Numerous sources have stated that only two attorneys, both of whom are involved in high-profile cases, will be the only prosecutors asked to stay on board.

The first is John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Russia probe, who will continue as special counsel, rather than a US attorney. He was appointed as a special counsel and given extra protections for the inquiry by Attorney General William Barr last fall, NBC reported.

The other prosecutor remaining in place is David Weiss, US attorney for Delaware, who is investigating the taxes of Hunter Biden, the president’s son, CNN first reported.

According to numerous sources, this is a common practice with presidential transitions. When former President Donald Trump took office in 2017, he ordered the resignation of 46 US attorneys who were appointees of the Obama administration.

Proposed stimulus provides $1400 per person to individuals earning less than $75,000

Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced a proposal by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) for a third round of economic impact payments as negotiations continue for the next stimulus package, CNN reported.

The legislation proposes to provide an additional $1400 stimulus check per person.

According to the text of the latest proposal, which the House Ways and Means Committee is slated to debate on Wednesday, the cut-off mark for eligibility would be earnings of less than $75,000 for individuals and less than $150,000 for couples.

On February 4, the Senate approved a bipartisan plan to block “upper income citizens” from the next round of stimulus checks, CBS reported.

In previous rounds, higher-income households got smaller payouts, and a phase out that scaled lower against income. The new proposal would block out higher-income households completely. No stimulus would be paid out to individuals earning $100,000 per year or more or for couples earning $200,000 or more for couples.

As in previous stimulus packages, checks would go to individuals, couples and legal dependents. In the next stimulus round, if the current proposal is approved, individual tax filers would receive $1400, couples filing jointly would receive $2800, plus an additional $1400 per dependent.

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Ellis Logan