Hello TPM Members,
This week was all about Bill Barr, who became the lead character in the escalating fight between the executive and legislative branches over the extent of each one’s power.
Looking ahead to next week, the Department of Treasury has said that by Monday it will release its decision on whether to comply with Congress’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, along with its justification of that decision.
Here’s what happened in Prime this week.
- A reader wonders whether synagogue shootings of the sort we saw last week in California are becoming normalized.
- Goodbye, Stephen Moore.
- Among the things New York state Attorney General Letitia James is reportedly examining the NRA for are self dealing, “unauthorized political activity” and “potentially false or misleading disclosures in regulatory filings.”
- Kate Riga tells the story of the scandal that ultimately brought down Baltimore’s mayor this week.
- It looks like Barr was upset that Mueller’s team wrote a report for Congress that Barr didn’t want written, Josh Marshall writes.
- Republican Senators are ready to investigate the investigators, Tierney Sneed writes. “There’s no crime shown as a result of the Mueller report, so what led up to the Mueller report?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants to know.
- “Barr fundamentally overruled Mueller on the essential question of whether a prosecutorial decision should be made at all,” David Kurtz writes.
- Some notes on Barr’s opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Four themes that emerged during Wednesday’s Barr hearing.
- Barr’s swagger didn’t help him this time, Tierney Sneed writes.
- Will Bill Barr investigate Joe Biden’s family?
- When Republican Senators talk about “spying” on Trump’s campaign, here’s what they’re actually talking about.
- Sorry House Democrats, there’s no Capitol jail in which you can detain defiant witnesses.