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Raja Krishnamoorthi introduces the Executive Order Transparency Act

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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi on the House Floor announcing the introduction of his first bill – Executive Order Transparency Bill

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight Committee, has demanded an investigation take place to discover whether or not the Trump administration has compromised the U.S. and U.K. through its links with Russia.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation came following reports that said he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Donald Trump took office. This has led some to question what secrets may have been traded with the Kremlin.

On the house floor Krishnamoorthi said,

“Mr. Speaker, recent executive actions have resulted in confusion, demonstrations and late night court rulings. Many executive orders have been announced with little notice and the American people have had to wait hours afterwards to see the text. Federal agencies have also been blind sided by these orders. The secretary of Homeland Security found out about the President’s Executive Orders through Cable news. In some cases, the President himself has been uncertain of what his executive orders contained. Sir, we need transparency today. Congress has the responsibility to eliminate this confusion and make sure that executive actions are clear and transparent to all Americans. That’s why I am introducing the Executive Order Transparency Act. This one-page bill requires that all executive orders be posted on the White House website 72 hours before each is signed. This simple bill is an investment in a working government, and I urge all my colleagues to join me. “

Krishnamoorthi’s bill comes only hours after the news of General Flynn’s resignation. He called for a full and open investigation into both General Flynn and the Trump Administration’s interactions with the Russian government.

“In light of these revelations, I’m calling for a full investigation into General Flynn and the Trump Administration’s interactions with Russian intelligence services,” Rep. Krishnamoorthi said. “More than half the country already has serious concerns about the relationship between the Trump Administration and the Russian government. Fundamental national security questions remain unanswered, including whether General Flynn went rogue in discussing sanctions with Russian agents, or whether he was directed to. We need to know what was discussed, what the Russians learned, and what they may have offered in return. The American people deserve answers.”

“There are several serious significant unanswered questions,” Krishnamoorthi said during a radio interview with BBC. 

“The biggest is quite simply was General Flynn, in Donald Trump’s parlance, one bad hombre who went rogue, or was he directed by someone else to discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador? What was discussed exactly, and why, and… what do the Russians know about our national secrets? Because at the end of the day we need to protect ourselves and of course our allies like the United Kingdom, and in order to do so we need to understand whether any of our secrets were compromised in the balance.”

Republican Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the Oversight Committee, previously announced it will not be investigating the circumstances that led to Flynn’s resignation. This because the House Intelligence Committee has already reportedly begun probing Russian links with the Trump campaign and administration.

“I think that situation has taken care of itself. I know that the Intel committee is looking into the hacking issue,” Chaffetz told reporters Tuesday.

However, Krishnamoorthi says cross-party momentum was building for greater transparency on all the dealings the Trump team has had with the Kremlin.

“This is not a partisan issue. I’m very heartened that Republican senators such as John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others have also called for a full investigation within the US Senate. We need to do the exact same thing in Congress,” he said.

“Half the country at this point has serious questions about the relationship between the Government and the Russian Government. We need to have full and open proceedings in order to answer all the questions that the public has, because this revelation as regards Mr Flynn has added fuel to the fire with regard to all the various conspiracy theories that are out there right now.

“This is unprecedented. I cannot recollect a time recently when a national security advisor lasted all of 25 days, who had discussions with the Russian government, one of our primary adversaries today in the world, with regard to lifting sanctions. Was there a quid pro quo? ‘If Russia did X, we will lift sanctions’? What is that ‘X’? That’s what people are asking.

“We must re-evaluate what the Russians know about our national secrets and how we protect ourselves, and then move on from there.”

Information from BBC radio contributed to this report.

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FTX’s Nishad Singh got $543 million loan

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More fallout from the FTX cryptocurrency platform collapse. Court documents show its affiliate Alameda Research loaned executives like Sam Bankman Fried $1 billion and more than $500 million to Indian American Nishad Singh, FTX’s top engineer. FTX’s interim CEO says never in his career has he seen such complete failure of corporate controls and a complete absence of trustworthy financial information. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it was unable to come up with customer funds.

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Arvind Venkat & Tarik Khan win Pennsylvania State seats

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Looking back at the midterm elections, Arvind Venkat and Tarik Khan made history as the first South Asian Americans elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Advocacy group Indian American Impact played a major role on the ground, saying it trained and mobilized 200 volunteers to go door-to-door, to engage voters and provide info they needed to elect new leadership.

After 35 years, the Nancy Pelosi era is officially coming to an end. The speaker from San Francisco announced she’s bowing out of leadership, but will retain her House seat. The midterms cost Pelosi’s Democratic party the House and effectively ended her speakership.

Two former Indian American executives at Meta Platforms will launch a new non fungible token start up for creators. Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi have raised more than $8 million for their new company called Virtualness. But they are facing headwinds as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse is putting pressure on the entire industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Meet FTX insider Nishad Singh

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The controversy around failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX continues to captivate the world. Part of the scrutiny is now on the people involved, including Indian American Nishad Singh. According to new reports, this techie was part of FTX’s inner circle, which lived together and ran the cryptocurrency empire from the Bahamas. The software engineer was also reportedly aware that FTX secretly transferred customer funds worth billions of dollars to its sister firm Alameda Research. Currently, no one is facing any criminal charges. Diya TV featured Singh more than a decade ago for running ultra marathons as a 17 year old getting ready for college. 

Former President Donald Trump has officially announced he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House. Trump had been hinting at this announcement for months, as the embattled former president faces multiple criminal and civil litigations and as his party is grappling with a worse than expected showing in the midterm elections. 

At the G20 Summit in Bali, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden are coming together to condemn the rising threat of nuclear weapons as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to raise tension and anxiety around the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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