Plus three other things you need to know today.
Cory Booker has suspended his campaign for president
The New Jersey senator announced today that he will be dropping his presidential bid. In a message to supporters, Booker cited the lack of funding needed to continue “building a campaign that can win.”
Lawmakers to demand ICE releases trans detainees
House Democrats have drafted a letter, according to The Hill, requesting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release all transgender detainees, arguing that the immigration agency has not followed guideline in the Fiscal Year 2020 spending report that specify protections for trans detainees. Data has shown that because of their gender they are more likely to be put in solitary confinement and that they face a much higher rate of sexual assault while in custody than their migrant counterparts. The letter is intended for both ICE and the Department of Homeland Security.
Pelosi agrees to release articles of impeachment, says delay brought gains
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that articles of impeachment will finally be released to the Senate, and outlined the gains secured by withholding them. Namely, Pelosi wanted to make the American public aware of the need for trial witnesses, publicize more evidence of wrongdoing, and to contrast House Democrats with Senate Republicans, arguing that Democrats were protecting the Constitution while the GOP was protecting the president.
Meanwhile, the president suggested on Sunday the trial simply be dismissed.
Press secretary defends no briefing policy
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham hasn’t held a single press briefing since she took the position in July 2019, instead opting for interviews with conservative-friendly news outlets. She responded sharply this weekend to a CNN opinion piece from three former Democratic and Republican press secretaries requesting the resumption of the daily tradition.