The Weekly National News Roundup – by Shlomo Rudman

FBI Investigates Kavanaugh – The FBI conducted an investigation into allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with its results given to the White House and Senate on Thursday. Republicans who have viewed the FBI report say that it does not include any new information regarding the allegations, nor does it provide any corroboration of Kavanaugh’s accusers claims. Democrats blasted the report as severely incomplete. On Friday, the Senate voted 51-49 to end debate on the nomination. The vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is expected to take place sometime on Saturday.

Trade Agreement Reached – U.S. and Canadian negotiators agreed to terms on a deal which would admit Canada into an existing trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. The new deal, which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). President Trump hailed the agreement as the greatest trade deal in the history of the United States. The pact is expected to be signed by the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico by the end of November.

Poison Letters – Envelopes containing ingredients in the making of the toxic substance ricin were mailed to the White House, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Navy Admiral John Richardson. Federal authorities arrested a Utah man, Navy veteran William Clyde Allen III for allegedly sending the envelopes. None of the letters reached their intended targets.

Russians Charged – The Department of Justice announced indictments against seven Russians for computer hacking, identity theft, wire fraud, and money laundering. The Russians, all GRU (Russia’s spy agency) agents, hacked agencies and organizations affecting 250 athletes from 30 countries. They also targeted Westinghouse Electric Corporation, a Pennsylvania-based nuclear power company, as well as European chemical makers. The DOJ announcement followed condemnation of the hacking by the UK and the Netherlands. The charges do not appear related to the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. However, three of the seven individuals named in the new indictment were charged by Mueller in July for hacking into the DNC’s servers during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller Sheds Attornies – In a sign that the investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is winding down, two prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team are leaving, returning to their previous positions in other areas in the DOJ. As of Thursday, Mueller had obtained six guilty pleas and a jury conviction. There are also pending indictments against 26 others.

NYT: Trump Committed Fraud – In a bombshell article published Tuesday, the New York Times alleged that Donald Trump committed fraud in the 1990’s by undervaluing his parents properties, thereby saving him hundred of millions in taxes when those properties were transferred to his name. The New York State Department of Taxation says they have started a probe into the allegations made in the Times article. A lawyer for Donald Trump released a statement calling the allegations of fraud and tax evasion “100% false”.

US Ends Treaty With Iran – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Treaty of Amity between the US and Iran, following accusations from the United Nations that the US was in breach of the agreement by sanctions slapped on Iran in May. The 1955 deal promoted economic ties between the US and Iran and was one of the last remaining ways in which the two countries continue normal relations.

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