Hello TPM Members,
We’ve had some late nights this week, but it’s been worth it to bring you the most up-to-date coverage of the Senate impeachment trial. You can find nearly everything we’ve written about the unfolding saga in our liveblog, here.
Last night, House impeachment managers wrapped up their opening arguments and handed the floor over to the White House. As we write this, Kate, Tierney, David Taintor and Nicole are preparing for the President’s impeachment team to launch its defense of Trump this morning. Stay tuned.
Here’s what happened in Prime this week.
- Tierney Sneed takes us inside the Senate chamber, and details the controversy that unfolded during Adam Schiff’s concluding remarks.
- Even as impeachment is underway, we’re still learning the details of Trump’s Ukraine pressure campaign. Josh Marshall introduces us to the latest character: Anthony de Caluwe.
- The Florida Supreme court backed an effort by Florida Republicans to require ex-felons to pay off court fines before regaining the right to vote.
- Has Igor Fruman, Lev Parnas’ largely silent associate, switched sides now as well?
- Kate Riga looks at how senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination are balancing their campaigns with impeachment.
- Was a diatribe by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow prompted by a simple misunderstanding?
- As the impeachment trial got underway this week, the Senate dramatically clamped down on press access.
- What was the rare burst of activity on Friday in Mitch McConnell’s section of the Senate chamber about?
- The story about the crown prince of Saudi Arabia hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone is a much, much bigger deal than the marital embarrassment of the richest man in the world, writes Josh Marshall.
- Was getting into the weeds of Ukrainian politics the right decision for the impeachment managers as they make their case? An expert weighs in.
- A peek at the impeachment drama’s supporting cast.
- “Acquittal on the merits” is the new GOP talking point. But is it better for Trump than dismissal?
- Sen. Ron Johnson, a witness to the late stages of Trump’s hold on Ukraine military assistance, visibly shook his head in apparent disagreement as Schiff described the major points of that phase of the pressure campaign. Why?