In other news, the House Ethics Committee is launching an investigation of GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for his threats against Trump's former henchman Michael Cohen.
Meanwhile, the man who killed a young woman at the "Unite the Right” rally in August 2017 by driving his car through a crowd has been sentenced to life in prison.
Finally, the European Union has finally reached a trade deal with a group of South American nations following 20-years of talks.
Top European Union officials reached a breakthrough in free-trade negotiations with counterparts from the Mercosur group of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, paving the way for an agreement to expand goods shipments worth almost 90 billion euros ($102 billion) a year. The pact is slated to be among the EU’s biggest.
Both sides settled longstanding differences over Mercosur demands for greater access to the EU agricultural market, including for beef and sugar, and European calls for South America to lower automotive-import barriers.
Bringing to an end two decades of talks, the deal struck on Friday in Brussels follows groundbreaking European free-trade accords with Canada and Japan and adds political momentum to EU negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.
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