Democratic Party rising-star Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) blasted Deutsche Bank during a Tuesday evening appearance on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.
The law professor, who won an Orange County, California seat in the 2018 midterms that Democrats had never held, has been highly praised for her congressional questioning expertise, especially will grilling banks from her role on the House Financial Services Committee.
“The New York Times is reporting tonight that convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing new sex trafficking charges in New York, has had dozens of accounts at Deutsche Bank which flagged suspicious transactions to the Treasury Department involving Jeffrey Epstein earlier this year,” anchor Lawrence O’Donnell reported.
“I know you’ve been questioning the administration about Deutsche Bank involving President Trump. What’s your reaction to this story tonight?” O’Donnell asked.
“I think this is exactly on-brand for Deutsche Bank,” Porter replied.
“They seem to be the lender of last resort for unsavory characters. So if you’re a Russian oligarch, if you’re a pedophile, if you’re President Trump — you give Deutsche Bank a call,” she explained.
“This is very much what we’ve seen, a pattern of over a series of years from Deutsche Bank, which is a failure to follow anti-money laundering laws,” she explained.
“Is this something that would provoke the financial services committee to drag in Deutsche Bank to say, ‘What are you doing with this so-called private banking service?'” O’Donnell asked.
“Absolutely,” Porter replied. “This is something we should be asking about with Deutsche Bank.”
“If you had asked me, where does Epstein bank, I would have said probably Deutsche, because that seems to be their clientele these days,” she added.
No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn
Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.
Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.
"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.
"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"
The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.
New York couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house
A New York couple pointed guns at protesters marching past their house during a Black Lives Matter rally, and activists want them to be charged.
Protesters were nearing the end of their parade route when a white man came out of his home shouting obscenities in an apparent attempt to incite the group, and then yelled to his wife to get his gun, reported WNYT-TV.
Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who took part in the march, said the woman came back outside and started waving the gun around.
Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’
A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."
Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.