Hello TPM members,
Another week passed with Democrats inching bit by bit closer to impeachment. At TPM, we aired the debate around whether or not the party should take that leap. Here’s a few links to that, and all else that happened in Prime.
Looking ahead to next week, the blizzard continues. Democrats have invited John Dean to testify on the Hill, and we could see two contempt votes: One in the House Oversight Committee to recommend holding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt, and another on the House floor to hold Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn in contempt.
- Readers wrote in with their thoughts on the impeachment debate. ML says the spectacle and process of impeachment is the point. CG says action is the ideology. JB says the whole discussion is pointless given that the Senate will not convict. BT says Josh is “crazy over this impeachment thing.” Another reader is “flabbergasted” by BT. RS is pro-impeachment, but without a timeline.
- In defending a top official accused of lying in the census case, did the DOJ give away the game?
- Did a former Raytheon lobbyist working at the State Department have a hand in convincing the administration to use emergency powers to circumvent Congress and cut an arms deal with Saudi Arabia?
- A new lawsuit challenges Mississippi’s segregation-era system of elected statewide officials.
- In figuring out whether or not to charge Trump, the special counsel was in uncharted legal waters, Josh Kovensky writes.
- A Wednesday hearing on the Census citizenship question was a mixed bag.
- Mueller witness George Nader was arrested this week. Cristina Cabrera recounts how he worked his way into Trump’s orbit.
- On impeachment, Josh Marshall writes: “Actual wrongdoing and crimes are important to uncover and are actually politically damaging. Impeachment moves the focus to the mechanics of impeachment and the question of whether or not a President should be removed from office — a question on which the public is much more divided.”
- We’ve seen a few instances recently of lawmakers making violent comments about LGBT people.
- SEC head Jay Clayton laments the challenges facing stock brokers today.