5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Mueller closes investigation, delivers report to DOJ

  • Mueller will reportedly not recommend further indictments

  • Trump announces plans to withdraw sanctions on North Korea

  • White House says ISIS defeated in Syria

  • United Airlines now gives customers non-binary gender options

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his 675-day investigation into the Trump campaign's potential involvement with Russian election interference, and has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr. Barr notified Congress that he may advise members on Mueller's conclusions "as soon as this weekend" and will soon determine how much of the information can be released to the public.

Source: NBC News

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will not recommend any further indictments, a senior Justice Department official told ABC News and The Washington Post. Mueller, who was investigating President Trump's campaign and any possible involvement with Russian election interference, submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. The investigation spanned nearly two years and led to criminal charges against more than 30 people.

Source: ABC News, The Washington Post

President Trump on Friday tweeted that he has "ordered the withdrawal" of additional sanctions on North Korea. Though he did not specify which sanctions he would reverse, the Treasury Department said Thursday it would sanction Chinese shipping companies that allegedly helped North Korea to evade international sanctions. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called the move "crucial" in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and said the companies "routinely used deceptive practices" to help North Korean officials buy goods from the EU. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "likes Chairman Kim [Jong Un] and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary."

Source: Donald J. Trump, The Washington Examiner

The White House said on Friday that the Islamic State has been completely eradicated in Syria. "The territorial caliphate has been eliminated in Syria," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. She said U.S.-backed forces had defeated ISIS' final foothold in the country, more than four years after the U.S. launched its first airstrikes against the militant group. President Trump said in December "we have defeated ISIS in Syria," and announced that all U.S. troops would come home, only to backpedal and announce plans to leave several hundred troops in former ISIS strongholds. Sanders said on Friday that the Pentagon "made the call" to declare ISIS defeated.

Source: The Washington Post

United Airlines announced on Friday that customers can now choose non-binary gender options, making it the first U.S. airline to provide the expanded choices. Customers will be able to choose the prefix "Mx." during bookings, and they'll have the option of identifying as male, female, undisclosed or unspecified. The airline says it has been working with the Human Rights Campaign and The Trevor Project in training employees on the new changes. Two trade groups approved a new best-practices standard last month that suggested allowing airplane passengers to use non-binary identifiers, and several large airlines have said they plan to adopt the changes in the future.

Source: United Airlines, USA Today
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