This week in impeachment
Don’t hold your breath: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled earlier this week that there would be no movement on impeachment until Congress returns to session in January. While home in Kentucky, McConnell refused to answer questions about how the Senate might conduct an impeachment trial and chided Nancy Pelosi for delaying the delivery of the articles to the Senate.
Key female Republican senator “disturbed” by McConnell’s impeachment comments: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who is considered a key swing vote in the Senate on impeachment, expressed concern earlier this week about McConnell’s remarks that he would work in lockstep with the White House on how his chamber tackles impeachment.
Trump protects Putin: Trump was asked by reporters this week about the origins of his conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. It’s been reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin planted the idea in his head during their meeting at the G-20 in Hamburg. Trump dodged reporters’ questions and claimed they were putting words in his mouth.
In other news
Presidential pardons?: While speaking to reporters this week Trump wouldn’t rule out whether he intends to issue pardons for his former associates Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, who are both set to be sentenced in coming weeks.
Flynn sentencing: As Flynn prepares to be sentenced next month, the Justice Department, in a new filing this week, hinted it may seek a harsher sentence for the former national security adviser than it originally intended. Initially, Flynn wasn’t suppose to get jail time, but after a bonkers sentencing hearing in which it appeared he might get some time behind bars, Flynn replaced his legal time and has since taken an aggressive stance against the DOJ.
Parnas lawyer wants out: An attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, is seeing himself to the door, arguing in a new court filing this week that Parnas couldn’t continue to keep paying him for his services. Parnas still has another lawyer, Joe Bondy.