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This Week: Flynn Shakes Things Up, Pelosi Wants Prison Over Impeachment

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June 7, 2019 3:50 p.m.

Michael Flynn decided to cut ties with his legal representation — which has been by his side since December 2017 — this week, in a move that legal experts believe is tied to his nearly botched sentencing hearing in December 2018.

As TPM reported in detail here, the former national security advisor’s ex-lawyer notified the court that he had been let go and asked for permission to exit the case.

During his December 2018 sentencing hearing, Flynn’s lawyers abruptly asked for a delay in sentencing when it became clear that the judge on the case was seriously considering jail time due to his irritation with Flynn’s own sentencing memo.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s annoyance surprised some. Given Flynn’s extensive cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, the government recommended that Flynn receive no prison time. It’s not yet clear who his new lawyers will be or when he’ll be sentenced.

In other Flynn news, the Justice Department also this week filed a less redacted version of the FBI’s writeup of Flynn’s January 2017 interview with agents while he was still in the White House. The document further revealed the extent to which Flynn tried to mischaracterize his conversations with Russian officials before Trump took office.

Meanwhile in Congress, impeachment talks are heating up — and, simultaneously, slowing down.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) argued behind closed doors this week that beginning impeachment proceedings would make it easier for the House to obtain documents and would wrap the investigations into the President into one tidy House Judiciary Committee package.

“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly replied.

That quote got the attention of Trump and his allies. Fox News’ Sean Hannity called it “beyond despicable behavior.” Trump himself took some swipes at Pelosi and bestowed a nickname upon her: “Nervous Nancy.”

The House is set to vote next week on a measure that would give committee chairs the power to go straight to the judiciary branch to enforce subpoenas for Mueller report documents and testimony, which have largely been stonewalled by the White House.

The House Judiciary Committee also announced it has scheduled a series of hearings in coming weeks related to the Mueller probe. The first will feature John Dean, who famously flipped on President Nixon during Watergate, and will focus on “lessons” from the Mueller report.

While negotiations were seemingly going nowhere when the Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, the Justice Department offered Nadler an olive branch on Tuesday: It would consider reopening negotiations over Congress’ access to the full report if the Judiciary Committee reverses it’s contempt vote.

In other news, the push to get Mueller to testify before Congress turned bipartisan this week; a Mueller witness is under investigation for transporting child porn; and Giuliani is calling it quits once the Russia probe is over.

But not really.

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