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CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald Resigns After Tobacco Investment Is Revealed

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned Wednesday, one day after a Politico report revealed she had bought and sold stock in a tobacco company one month into her appointment to lead the public-health agency. Congress had also scrutinized her for “slow walking divestment from older holdings” that were seen as potential conflicts of interest. Fitzgerald’s trading activity is contradictory to the CDC’s mission of reducing dangerous smoking habits. Fitzgerald was picked by President Trump and took control of the CDC in July 2017.