Jun 15, 2017

Special Counsel probing Kushner business ties

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Special Counsel Bob Mueller is investigating the business dealings and finances of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, "officials familiar with the matter" told the Washington Post.

Catch up quick: Kushner has previously said he's willing to speak with investigators about his dealings with Russia, including meetings with the Russian Ambassador and the chairman of a state-owned Russian bank in December. He's also been under scrutiny over reports he tried to set up a secret backchannel to the Kremlin.

Kushner's lawyer weighs in: "It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia."

One more nugget from the Post report: The FBI official who objected to the idea of Comey telling Trump he wasn't investigating him personally was General Counsel James Baker.

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President Trump is going all-in on pushing for a rapid, robust return to normal life, creating a visual, visceral contrast with Joe Biden and other Democrats who are more reticent to rip the masks off.

The state of play: Business friends have been urging Trump from the beginning to keep the lockdowns short. He's listening more and more.

Tech's long hot summer of antitrust

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Google, Facebook and other tech giants face a summer of regulatory grilling as long-running investigations into potential anticompetitive practices likely come to a head.

The big picture: Probes into the power of Big Tech launched by federal and state authorities are turning a year old, and observers expect action in the form of formal lawsuits and potentially damning reports — even as the companies have become a lifeline for Americans during the pandemic lockdown.

Palantir CEO hits Silicon Valley "monoculture," may leave California

Palantir is "getting close" to a decision on whether to move the company out of California, CEO Alex Karp said in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

The state of play: "We haven't picked a place yet, but it's going to be closer to the East Coast than the West Coast. ... If I had to guess, I would guess something like Colorado."