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How Trump Got Rolled By Rod, And Other News: Your Prime Week In Review

on June 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (L) leaves after a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. While scheduled to discuss the J... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (L) leaves after a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. While scheduled to discuss the Justice Department Inspector general report released this month on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Republicans were expected to use the opportunity to press for release of documents subpoenaed by the committee that detail FBI actions in 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 29, 2018 6:00 am

Welcome to the weekend, Prime subscribers, and, as usual, what a week.

Here’s what happened:

  • The week started with Rod Rosenstein’s departure from the DOJ seemingly imminent. It quickly became unclear, however, what was happening. Allegra Kirkland runs through the drama in her weekly primer on the Russia probe, and I run through what would happen if Rosenstein is eventually ousted. Congressional GOPers, for their part, weren’t urging the President to act immediately. Ultimately, Rod kept his job.
  • Josh, meanwhile, answers questions from a reader about the whole affair.
  • It seems, Josh theorizes, Rod rolled Trump. Further evidence reinforced that conclusion.
  • Allegra Kirkland wrote for our voting rights feature series about a ballot measure in Florida that could restore the franchise to a massive number — 1.4 million — of felons. For Prime, she wrote about what happened in other states that had recently made similar moves, and profiled a few of the ex-felons she met in Florida.
  • As the Kavanaugh fight unfolded this week, we gave running updates and context: The room, Dirksen 226, was selected to limit press. Graham wanted Christine Blasey Ford to give enough evidence to allow a search warrant. The GOP aggressively denounced Michael Avenatti to discredit his client, a Kavanaugh accuser, but seemed shaken by his client’s claims. Tierney dug a bit into sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s past. Cam wrote on the emotional reaction of activists watching from the audience overflow room in the Capitol complex, and I wrote on Blasey Ford’s powerful decision to mix her professional perspective with her personal testimony. Mitchell teed up Republicans next talking point for them. I sort through some of the facts and fictions about an FBI investigation.
  • Don’t forget: Even if he’s not confirmed, Kavanaugh has an extremely good job, and he’ll get to keep it.
  • We’re watching a cover up of the Ed Whelan debacle, Josh writes.
  • The Supreme Court last Tuesday let stand a lower court ruling requiring disclosure of certain donors to political nonprofits, Tierney Sneed writes in her weekly voting rights primer.
  • The EPA has put the head of the Office of Children’s Health Protection on administrative leave, Matt Shuham reports. She says it was a political decision.
  • Trump is obsessed with being laughed at.
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