Hello TPM Members,
Welcome to the weekend. This week saw a number of Trump administration officials — Attorney General Barr, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, IRS head Chuck Rettig — go before Congress to answer uncomfortable questions (more on that below). In at least one instance, it got intense.
Here’s what happened in Prime.
- This week saw the Russia probe go bipartisan, indicting a Democratic D.C. operative who worked alongside Paul Manafort in Ukraine.
- Josh Kovensky, who covered Craig and Manafort’s work in Ukraine from Kyiv, delves into exactly what they were up to.
- Georgia’s controversial exact match law is dead.
- Kate Riga goes deep inside the fractures within the Texas gun rights community — and an attempt to pass permitless carry that backfired spectacularly.
- Josh Marshall on the DHS purge: “There’s basically no time when we’ve seen some dramatic action like this from the Trump White House where there wasn’t some kind of precipitating event. Especially when they deny there was a precipitating event.”
- Kate Riga runs down the casualties of the purge.
- Various reports indicate that Trump fired (or was convinced by Stephen Miller to fire) Nielsen and others at least in part because they refused to break the law on his behalf.
- Josh Marshall provides some background on the new DHS chief.
- The more Trump and his allies complain about Democrats’ request to see his taxes, the more he makes the legal case that their request is necessary. Josh Kovensky explains how.
- “Barr is making his decision quite clear here,” Josh Marshall writes of Bill Barr’s testimony. He will decide which parts of the Mueller Report become public.
- A reader writes in on Barr’s spying comments.
- Here’s what Trump’s allies talk about when they talk about “spying.”
- A reader shares a map of where coal — the worst contributor to climate change — is more expensive than renewables.
- In a series of three posts, Josh Marshall digs into the charges against Julian Assange. One, two and three.
- Uh oh: Devin Nunes has another lawsuit.