5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • DOJ to investigate FBI informant's contact with Trump campaign

  • Giuliani: Mueller may wrap up Trump probe by Sept. 1, if Trump testifies

  • South Korea's Moon heads to White House as North Korea talks teeter

  • Incumbent Nicolas Maduro declared winner of disputed Venezuela election

  • Deadpool 2 bumps Avengers: Infinity War from top of box office

The Justice Department on Sunday told its inspector general to look into whether the early FBI investigation into links between Russia and President Trump's campaign was politically motivated. The move came hours after Trump began a series of Twitter posts calling for an inquiry into a report that an American academic working as an FBI informant met with several members of his 2016 campaign in the early days of the agency's investigation into Russian election meddling. "I hereby demand," Trump tweeted, "and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Reports on the matter said there was no evidence the informant was embedded in the Trump campaign, as Trump suggested.

Source: Politico, The Hill

On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani spoke to several news organizations to make the case that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had told him and other members of President Trump's legal team that he hopes to finish his report on whether Trump obstructed justice by Sept. 1. But that date is contingent upon a few things, most notably Trump agreeing to sit down for an interview with Mueller and his investigators in July. Mueller's office declined to comment, and Giuliani said it's not clear Trump will testify. If Mueller completed his review of whether Trump obstructed justice, that's only part of the investigation of possible collusion with Russia.

Source: The New York Times, The Washington Post

South Korean President Moon Jae-in heads to Washington on Monday as President Trump is reportedly asking advisers if he should pull out of a June 12 summit in Sinagpore with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, given the political risks of failure. Moon has been a driving force in the de-escalation of hostility between Trump, Kim, and South Korea, but some Trump aides and outside analysts question whether Moon oversold Kim's willingness to give up his nuclear weapons. Kim's government surprised the White House last week when it broke off peace talks with South Korea and said it would never denuclearize under the conditions suggested by Washington. Seoul says the main agenda when Moon meets with Trump will be preparing for the summit.

Source: The New York Times, CNN

Venezuela's embattled socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, won a second six-year term by a landslide in a disputed election on Sunday. Maduro's nearest challenger, Henri Falcon, said the vote "lacks legitimacy," and refused to recognize the result. The U.S. also said it would not recognize Maduro's win, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan announced Sunday. Maduro won despite a political and economic crisis that has left the public facing grave shortages of food, medicine, and other necessities, as well as hyperinflation. Many Maduro critics boycotted the election, which they said would be rigged. The Maduro government banned the two most popular opposition candidates from running.

Source: Reuters, The Associated Press

Deadpool 2 dethroned Avengers: Infinity War as leader of the box office, taking in $125 million in the U.S. and Canada over its opening weekend. The debut of the sequel featuring Ryan Reynolds' wisecracking superhero was the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie. Deadpool 2's haul fell just short of a projected $130 million to $150 million debut. It also fell shy of the original Deadpool's opening weekend haul of $132.4 million. Avengers: Infinity War had led the box office for the three previous weekends. It dropped to second place, adding $28.7 million to its domestic total, which now stands at $595 million. Worldwide it has brought in $1.8 billion.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
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