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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Deutsche Bank reportedly ignored suspicious Trump, Kushner transactions

  • Demonstrators rally across Alabama to protest state abortion ban

  • Michigan congressman becomes first GOP lawmaker to back impeachment

  • Saudi Arabia opposes war with Iran, but warns of 'force and determination'

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 ends Avengers: Endgame's box office domination

In 2016 and 2017, anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank flagged several transactions involving accounts controlled by President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as suspicious, but executives chose to ignore their reports, current and former bank employees told The New York Times. Multiple transactions, some involving Trump's now-shuttered foundation, set off alerts in a computer system that detects potentially illegal activity, the employees said. Employees who looked over some of these transactions said they thought them suspicious enough to forward to the Treasury Department unit covering financial crimes. They were reportedly overruled by executives at the private banking division. House Democrats have subpoenaed Trump's records from Deutsche Bank, and Trump has sued to stop them.

Source: The New York Times

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Montgomery, Alabama, on Sunday, protesting against the state's new abortion law, the most restrictive in the nation. Under the law, almost all abortion procedures are prohibited, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The only exemption is if the woman's health is at risk. The march ended at the state capitol, where protesters shouted, "My body, my choice!" and were joined by representatives from Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. Protesters also gathered in other Alabama cities, including Huntsville and Mobile.

Source: WSFA

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Saturday became the first Republican to openly call for the impeachment of President Trump. The congressman tweeted that he came to the conclusion following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into 2016 Russian election interference. While Mueller's team found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow, Amash believes Trump has still "engaged in impeachable conduct." He also said he believes Attorney General William Barr "deliberately misrepresented" Mueller's report. Amash's fellow Michigan representative, Rashida Tlaib (D), has reportedly asked Amash to cosponsor an impeachment investigation resolution.

Source: BBC, Justin Amash

Saudi Arabia became the latest country to openly proclaim an aversion to warfare with Iran. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia does not want or seek war with Iran, but if Iran strikes first, "the kingdom will respond with all force and determination" to defend itself. Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering drone strikes on two Saudi Arabian oil pumping stations on Tuesday, though Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed responsibility and Iran has denied involvement. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman reportedly recently discussed strengthening security and stability in the Gulf region with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "The ball is in their court," Jubeir said, referring to Iran.

Source: Reuters

The Keanu Reeves thriller John Wick: Chapter 3 knocked Avengers: Endgame from the top of the box office, bringing in an estimated $57 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend. Avengers: Endgame, which dominated the box office three weekends in a row, came in second place with an estimated $29.4 million in ticket sales. Pokémon Detective Pikachu finished third, with an estimated $24.8 million. John Wick: Chapter 3 had a massive opening weekend compared to the first movies in the series: John Wick brought in $14.4 million in 2014, and John Wick: Chapter Two earned $30.4 million in 2017, Entertainment Weekly reports. Avengers: Endgame has brought in $2.62 billion globally, still behind the biggest movie ever, 2009's Avatar, which earned $2.78 billion.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
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