Nov 27, 2017

Kushner team disputes today's document turnover deadline

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Jared Kushner's legal team says the deadline Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein gave earlier this month for turning over documents is no longer in place.

Quote from Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell: "Mr. Kushner's counsel and staff from both the Majority and Minority spoke last week to go over the Committee's requests and a schedule for producing additional information. There is no current deadline as both the Committee and Mr. Kushner's counsel are working in good faith to produce whatever else may be responsive and relevant to the Committee's inquiry.

Lowell also sent the senators a letter earlier this month responding to the various requests:

Kushner's security clearance application: Lowell noted this will go through government channels, as they're government documents. Transcriptions of Kushner interviews before other congressional committees: Lowell said Kushner's team does not have transcripts, but the committees might. Other communications: Lowell disputed that there were any "missing documents," as alleged by the Grassley/Feinstein letter. Those include a Don Jr. email on WikiLeaks, communications with Sergei Millian (the head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce), and an email exchange on a Kentucky NRA event during the campaign. Go deeper: Read the Grassley/Feinstein letter, and read the Kushner team response.

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Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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California's "woman quota" law seems to be working

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

When California passed its boardroom law requiring public companies based there to have at least one female director, there were concerns it would spark a gold rush for the same handful of well-known women — but that hasn’t happened.

Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.