- The Obama administration offered Iran access to the U.S. financial system in 2016 and lied to Congress and the public about it:
The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed that under President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department issued a license in February 2016, never previously disclosed, that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rials into euros by exchanging them first into U.S. dollars. If the Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the U.S. financial system.
The effort was unsuccessful because American banks — themselves afraid of running afoul of U.S. sanctions — declined to participate. The Obama administration approached two U.S. banks to facilitate the conversion, the report said, but both refused, citing the reputational risk of doing business with or for Iran.
- Andrew McCabe wants immunity before he’ll testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is an odd demand from a former high ranking FBI official.
Former House IT employee Imran Awan and his wife are reportedly preparing to plead guilty, although the exact charges aren’t known yet.
Facebook sold user data to at least four Chinese companies. One of those companies is Huawei, which has been the subject of the federal government’s ire over its connections to China’s Communist Party and its military and intelligence agencies.
An increasingly large percentage of the recycling collected from American homes ends up in landfills, in part because China banned the import of most recyclables.
More than 100 people have died in the violence sweeping Nicaragua since protests erupted on April 18 against Ortega, the man who has dominated the Central American country’s politics for four decades.
The Catholic Church initially tried to mediate the conflict, but called off the talks after a crackdown on a march led by victims’ mothers on Wednesday left another 16 people dead.