Less than a month before his father-in-law and future boss was elected president, Jared Kushner finalized a $285 million loan agreement with Deutsche Bank, the global banking behemoth that is was at that time roiled by charges from New York financial regulators that the bank had been involved in Russian money laundering. According to the Washington Post, Kushner’s relationship with Deutsche Bank has come under scrutiny in the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. Kushner did not disclose the loan on his personal financial disclosures.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, rebuked the Obama administration on Sunday for not doing enough to counter Russian meddling in the U.S. election. “I think the Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin,” Schiff said on CNN’s State of the Union. The Washington Post reported on Friday that the Obama administration was hesitant to act on and speak publicly about information it was receiving about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the election.
A nonprofit group led by President Trump’s top campaign advisers has reportedly launched a $1 million ad campaign targeting a Republican senator who spoke out against the Senate’s recently unveiled health care bill. America First Policies, an outside group backed by Trump’s White House, took aim at Sen. Dean Heller with a digital ad campaign reviling him for his “unacceptable” stance. “If you’re opposed to this bill, we’re opposed to you,” one of the ads warned, according to Politico. The campaign, which appeared aimed at both punishing Heller and ordering other Republican lawmakers to get in line, came after Heller announced his opposition to the bill on Friday. America First Policies quickly rallied Trump supporters on Twitter, urging them to bombard Heller with tweets using the #HellerVotesYes hashtag. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to hold a vote on the bill before July 4, despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties.
At least nine people were killed Sunday and another 28 are missing after a Colombian tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers capsized in a reservoir near Medellin. Rescue teams including air force pilots and firefighters have begun searching for survivors in the Guatape reservoir, and local authorities said 99 people have already been rescued after the four-story ferry sank. Another 40 people reportedly made it to shore on their own. It’s unclear what caused the boat to capsize, but a witness cited by the Associated Press said it was completely underwater “in a matter of four minutes.” A female survivor interviewed on local television station Teleantioquia said, “Those on the first and second floors sank immediately. The boat was sinking and all we could do was scream and call for help.”
The New York Mets are promoting Tim Tebow from the low-A league to the high-A Florida State League in St. Lucie, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced Sunday. The former NFL quarterback, who has been with the Mets since September, batted .222 this past season. “It’s not like he’s tearing up the league, but at the same time, all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at: chase rates and exit velocity,” Alderson said. “The bottom line is the average isn’t there, but he’s improving.” Tebow previously played with the Denver Broncos for two seasons but struggled to meet the high expectations set for him on the field and eventually left the NFL.
The websites of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and several other state government websites were hacked Sunday with pro-ISIS posts, Bloomberg News reported. Ten affected state websites and two servers have since been taken offline. The hacked message on the governor’s website said, “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries... I love the Islamic state.” A group calling itself Team System DZ took credit for the cyberattacks, though it was not clear whether the group was affiliated with ISIS. Authorities are investigating the incident and trying to determine how the hackers were able to gain access.
Eric Conn, a Kentucky disability lawyer at the center of a $600 million fraud case, says he fled the country using a fake passport and built himself a new life overseas. Conn’s disappearance made waves earlier this month, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and vanished weeks before his sentencing. He’d been ordered to pay the federal government millions of dollars for falsifying more than 1,700 disability claims. After weeks of silence, Conn told the Lexington Herald-Leader this weekend that a friend from overseas helped him abscond with a fake passport. He said he is in a country that does not allow extradition and has found a job to support himself. The FBI, which is offering a $20,000 reward for information on Conn’s whereabouts, had said just over a week ago that the fugitive lawyer was believed to still be in the U.S.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins disputed top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s assertion that the Senate health care bill does not cut Medicaid. “I respectfully disagree with her analysis,” Collins, a moderate, said on ABC’s This Week, adding that she has “serious concerns” about the legislation as written and wants to see the Congressional Budget Office’s official score. The bill would, over time, phase out the extra Medicaid funding that was allocated to states through the Affordable Care Act. “These are not cuts to Medicaid,” Conway said on This Week. “This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility with Medicaid dollars because they're closest to the people in need.”
Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: The Last Knight claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend, though the fifth installment in Michael Bay’s franchise fell far below expectations. The film earned $45 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, bringing the grand total of its five-day debut to $69 million. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, The Last Knight cost $217 million to make, but it has become the first film in the franchise to fall below the $100 million mark in its opening weekend. Overseas, however, the film did much better, with $196.2 million in weekend ticket sales. Wonder Woman, in its fourth weekend, became the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman, surpassing $300 million domestically. Starring Gal Gadot, the film fought for second place with Cars 3 this weekend. As of Sunday morning, estimates showed both films bringing in just over $25 million, though industry averages gave Wonder Woman a slight lead.
Britain’s insurance industry had warned the government about the risks of flammable external cladding on high rises just a month before a massive fire in a London apartment building killed at least 79 people. The Association of British Insurers issued a statement Sunday saying it had been urging the government to review fire-safety regulations since 2009, even warning in May that external cladding on high rises could rapidly spread fire, Reuters reported. The government has yet to respond to the statement, but authorities announced earlier this weekend that 60 buildings in the city have failed fire-safety tests conducted in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14. Thousands of residents in north London were hurriedly evacuated from their homes on Friday night after authorities found their buildings used materials similar to the cladding on Grenfell Tower.