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After several days of suspense, two separate Trump-related storylines came to a head on Tuesday when Michael Cohen plead guilty in the same hour that a jury reached a guilty verdict on eight counts for Paul Manafort. It was a split-screen moment that had us firing on all cylinders.
Anyway, here’s what happened in Prime this week.
- In April, when he was still employed by taxpayers, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said it was “rare” that he needed to use the $43,000 soundproof phone booth he’d installed in his office. “Turns out,” Matt Shuham writes, “‘rare’ means he used it ‘exactly once.'”
- To get caught up on all the investigations, check out Allegra Kirkland’s weekly primer on the Russia probe.
- Now that Iran is looking to influence our politics through Facebook, will the GOP take election meddling more seriously?
- With a mixed verdict and a mistrial on ten counts, will prosecutors seek to retry Manafort on financial crimes? Likely not, Tierney Sneed writes. And: One quote from a former prosecutor sums up how the Mueller team is likely thinking about its options.
- Why does Donald Trump frequently declare “I hate the wind“? It likely has something to do with a golf course he owns in Scotland, I write.
- Centrist Dems may be quiet on Trump, but they are running aggressively on health care, Alice Ollstein writes.
- Michael Cohen plead guilty this week. But there was a lot we didn’t know about the details of his plea, and a lot we still don’t know. Josh Marshall sums it up in two posts. Importantly, he writes, “the lack of a cooperation agreement is partly semantic.” Josh also has his notes on the Cohen charges here.
- “Copping to his wrongdoing with a plea deal likely prompted prosecutors to recommend a lighter sentence of only 46-63 months for Cohen,” Allegra Kirkland writes.
- Having trouble keeping track of the many entities investigating Cohen? Here’s your guide. And: Michael Cohen might be in pretty sorry shape financially.
- Tierney Sneed closely followed a Georgia county’s bid to close seven of nine polling places in majority minority areas this week. The county’s excuse appeared to be that they were not ADA compliant, a position the Trump administration has frequently taken. The county ultimately backed down.
- Has Papadopoulos been cooperating in good faith with Mueller? Josh Marshall digs in.
- Elliot Broidy is back in the news: Now he’s under investigation, too, Josh Marshall writes.
- A cheat sheet on Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg, the latest denizen of Trumpworld to receive immunity from prosecutors.
- Is a Virginia sheriffs office implicated in a ballot qualification signature scandal? Matt Shuham reports.