News Headlines 5/26/21

REPORT: GRAND JURY CONVENED IN NEW YORK IN TRUMP PROBE: A special grand jury has been convened by prosecutors in New York to examine evidence in a criminal probe of former President Donald Trump and his business dealings, The Washington Post reported yesterday (May 25th). Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has for two years been investigating a range of things, including hush-money payments to women on Trump’s behalf, his relationship with his lenders, a land donation he made to qualify for an income tax deduction, and tax write-offs his company claimed on millions of dollars in consulting fees it paid, according to AP. A grand jury being convened indicates he is moving toward seeking charges. Trump called the probe “purely political” in a statement.

FLOYD’S FAMILY MEETS WITH BIDEN, RALLIES AND EVENTS HELD TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Members of George Floyd‘s family met with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House yesterday (May 25th), and rallies and events were held in several U.S. cities, to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. They spoke about continuing to work for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act reform legislation, with Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams, saying Biden told them, quote, “he just wants the bill to be meaningful and that it holds George’s legacy intact.” Biden also spoke about, quote, “the hard reality that racism has long torn us apart.” Some other Floyd family members attended events in Minneapolis, where he died, along with Mayor Jacob Frey. There were also rallies, moments of silence and other events in others cities, and even in other countries.

CDC: HALF OF U.S. ADULTS NOW VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19: Half of all U.S. adults have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data out yesterday (May 25th) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. White House senior adviser Andy Slavitt called it a “major milestone” in a press briefing. The pace of vaccinations has also started rising again after falling to a record low last month, with state and local officials saying it’s due to parents getting their children vaccinated after Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for minors ages 12 and older earlier this month. The increase has also come as states and businesses have been offering incentives for people to get vaccinated, with some states, for instance, giving lottery prizes.

BIDEN AND PUTIN TO HAVE SUMMIT NEXT MONTH IN GENEVA: President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in a summit next month in Geneva, the June 16th face-to-face meeting being added to the end of Biden’s first international trip as president. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said no preconditions were set for the meeting between the two leaders.  Biden will also be going to Britain for a Group of Seven world leaders meeting, and attend a NATO summit in Brussels.