May 25, 2017

Report: FBI thinks Kushner has key information for Russia probe

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Jared Kushner is under FBI "scrutiny," because the bureau believes he has "significant information" relevant to the Russia investigation, NBC News reports. The Washington Post previously reported that a senior official close to Trump was a "significant person of interest" for the FBI.

Kushner had contact last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as well as a Russian banker. There is no indication that he is suspected of breaking any laws.

Why it matters: Unlike Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, Kushner is not a subject of the investigation. But the investigation could grow increasingly uncomfortable for President Trump as it reaches into his inner circle.

Kushner's lawyer responds: "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry."

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

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. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.