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Federal prosecutors subpoena Deutsche Bank for Kushner family business records: report

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Federal prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for records pertaining to the family business of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

As The New York Times reported Friday, the exact subject of the subpoena remains vague, and there is no indication that it’s related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling.

Though Kushner sold the majority of his stake as Kushner Companies’ CEO in January when Trump took office, he still retains some ownership over the family business. As the Times noted, the vast Kushner “family businesses include many legal entities.”

The subpoenas came from the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York, where three members of Mueller’s team have worked, including one as recently as this year, the report continued.

Though the Brooklyn United States attorney has been investigating Kushner’s use of an alleged visa scam, the report noted that Deutsche Bank “does not appear to have been involved,” suggesting the subject of the latest subpoena “may be unrelated.”

Kushner and his mother “have a line of credit from Deutsche Bank worth $5 million to $25 million,” the Times noted, and the bank also gave the company a $285 million mortgage to “help it refinance a loan to purchase several floors of retail space in the former New York Times” building in Manhattan.

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Earlier this month, special counsel Mueller subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for records pertaining to Trump’s accounts.

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Trump considering withdrawal from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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