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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House committee hearing in February 2021. Photo: Graeme Jennings/Washington Examner/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The FBI is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over campaign fundraising activity involving his former business, a spokesman for DeJoy confirmed to the Washington Post.

Why it matters: DeJoy, a major donor to former President Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee, has seen his tenure plagued by controversy since his appointment in May 2020.

The state of play: Prosecutors have subpoenaed DeJoy for information regarding political contributions and his company's activities, the Post reports.

What they're saying: “Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Department of Justice is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector,” DeJoy spokesman Mark Corallo told the Post.

  • “He has always been scrupulous in his adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them.”

The big picture: Former employees of DeJoy's North Carolina-based New Breed Logistics told the Post last year that they were urged to donate to political campaigns — contributions that would be reimbursed through boosted bonuses.

  • Such an arrangement may break state or federal political contribution regulations meant to limit how much money wealthy donors can contribute.
  • DeJoy denied the allegations in House hearings.

Mail delays and backlogs prompted Democrats to accuse DeJoy of intentionally hindering the 2020 election by attempting to implement cost-cutting measures before the election, which saw a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. on Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro. Security forces placed six U.S. oil executives under house arrest hours later, per AP.