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How Mueller’s Probe Intersects With The Plame Affair And Other News: Your Prime Week In Review

FILE - In this June. 21, 2011, file photo, former U.S. CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame Wilson arrives for the UK film premiere of Countdown to Zero in London. Wilson launched an online fundraiser on Aug. 18, 20... FILE - In this June. 21, 2011, file photo, former U.S. CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame Wilson arrives for the UK film premiere of Countdown to Zero in London. Wilson launched an online fundraiser on Aug. 18, 2017, looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can’t use it. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File) MORE LESS
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April 28, 2018 11:24 am

This week allowed us to catch our breath a bit following the whirlwind April that Michael Cohen kicked off by getting raided. Here’s what happened in Prime.

  • First, on Cohen: Josh Marshall gamed out whether Cohen is likely to flip, given his fraught relationship with Trump. He also took a closer look at Cohen’s finances.
  • Allegra Kirkland pulls together the latest on Cohen and all other things Trump-Russia in her Weekly Primer.
  • Josh also placed new revelations about Michael Flynn in his Trump campaign timeline.
  • TPM scooped this week that former FBI Director James Comey had retained Patrick Fitzgerald as his personal lawyer; Cameron Joseph, who got us that story, took a look at some of the parallels between the current special counsel probe and the special counsel probe into the Valerie Plame affair, for which Fitzgerald himself was special counsel.
  • Scott Pruitt was on the hill this week to answer for the many scandals encircling his tenure at EPA. Ahead of the hearings, Matt Shuham put together this list of things Pruitt spent money on but wasn’t supposed to. After the grilling he put together another list of Republicans who decided to apologize for their Democratic colleagues’ tough questions.
  • Trump’s travel ban, meanwhile, had it’s day before the Supreme Court. Alice Ollstein was there for oral arguments and takes a look at some of the clues she got providing insights into how the justices were thinking about the case.
  • On the voting rights front, Kris Kobach, a week after being held in contempt by the judge overseeing his proof-of-citizenship case, put out a legal filing that contained a handful of accidentally included notes to self, including that one point “PROBABLY ISN’T WORTH ARGUING.” This attracted some guffaws, including from Zack Roth, who ran through Kobach’s other recent legal blunders.
  • Meanwhile, voting rights advocates saw some victories. As Zack writes in a separate Editor’s Brief, Connecticut is considering joining an interstate compact that seeks to subvert the electoral college; Tierney Sneed rounds up a few others victories in her voting rights Weekly Primer.
  • And in her Weekly Primer on the battle over Obamacare, Alice Ollstein looks at a brewing fight between Trump’s HHS and American Indian tribes over work requirements for medicaid.
  • And, prompted by Allegra Kirkland’s article on law enforcement malpractice in Alabama, David Kurtz reflects on his own experience reporting on sheriffs in the deep south, where the office basically has the power of a minor feudal lord.
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