Hello TPM members and welcome to the weekend.
If you felt like this week brought a whirlwind of news, you’re not alone. After weeks of speculation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally announced the House’s impeachment managers, and tossed the entire inquiry over the the Senate. We still don’t know how Mitch McConnell’s Senate intends to conduct the impeachment trial, but we should know more by Tuesday. We’ll keep you in the loop.
While Congress ran through the pomp and circumstance surrounding impeachment, our reporters had the privilege of sifting through piles of new documents that indicted Rudy Giuliani pal Lev Parnas gave to the House Intelligence Committee. The new evidence, along with Parnas’ multiple cable news interviews, made lots of news. Here’s a good rundown of one of the consequential bits of news revealed in the trove of documents.
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- A reader writes of the Trump administration: “The whole concept of a Mafia organization is that being on the inside is great; the power and money and ego gratification are exciting.”
- Proponents of automatic voter registration got two big victories last week, in New York and Arizona.
- The Senate trial will be complicated (for us!) by new press restrictions.
- One of the most intriguing revelations from the House’s release of the contents of Lev Parnas’ iPhone has to do with Ukrainian gas billionaire Dmytro Firtash.
- Foreign actors trying to screw with the election — particularly Russia — is apparently the new normal.
- Trump’s properties were a “breeding ground,” Lev Parnas says
- On Thursday, the full Senate got its first taste of what the next several weeks of their lives are going to look like. Tierney Sneed gives us a look.
- Josh Marshall’s thoughts on Trump’s legal dream team.
- Parnas, Fruman, DiGenova, Toensing, Solomon, Firtash, Dowd, Giuliani: Apparently everyone was everyone’s attorney.
- Did Rudy Giuliani rope Lev Parnas into the conspiracy, or vice versa?
- Nicole Lafond gives a rundown of all the investigative threads in a very busy week.
- “Kenneth Fucking Starr raises his ugly head in our politics again” — a reader shares their take.
- “There are numerous examples today of traditions or powers that seemed either meritorious or at least workable under normal Presidents but not under President Trump,” Josh Marshall writes. The pardon power is one of them.
- Will Russian hackers actually find anything of interest about the Bidens in Ukraine?
- Josh Marshall gives his take on the first Parnas document dump, and what Parnas is up to with his media tour.