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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Among the many juicy details in Michael Cohen’s blockbuster weekend interview with ABC News was one key piece of information: Cohen is ending his joint defense agreement with President Trump.

As legal experts noted, former national security adviser Michael Flynn took the same step shortly before he flipped and agreed to cooperate with the federal investigation into Russia’s election interference.

But unlike Flynn, Cohen went on cable news to publicly telegraph his break with Trump, raising the question of what statement he is trying to make.

The consensus seems to be that Cohen is in fact planning to cooperate with the New York prosecutors investigating his business dealings, or that he is angling for a presidential pardon by signaling to his former boss that his allegiance is conditional.

“He’s certainly trying to give the impression that he will flip,” former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti told TPM.

Cohen’s shift in tone and behavior is palpable. After federal agents first raided Cohen’s premises in early April and seized documents, hard drives, and electronic devices, Trump reportedly called Cohen to “check in” and Cohen insisted he’d remain faithful to Trump.

But when the President began to distance himself from his longtime personal attorney, reports circulated that Cohen felt abandoned and photos circulated of him palling around with Trump foes like actor Tom Arnold.

Cohen made his loyalties explicit in his ABC interview, saying his foremost obligations were to his family and “country,” and that he would “not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy.”

For the first time, Cohen also hinted that he had information on Trump’s involvement in two key issues of interest to federal prosecutors. One is the Trump Tower meeting between 2016 campaign officials and Russians promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, which is a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. The other is the $130,000 Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to keep her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump, one of the topics key to the New York criminal investigation into Cohen.

Asked whether Trump had prior knowledge of both events, Cohen demurred, saying that he couldn’t comment on advice of his counsel.

Cohen recently dramatically shook up his legal team, parting ways with his attorneys at McDermott, Will and Emery and bringing on Guy Petrillo, a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. Notably, former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates brought a prominent white-collar attorney onto his defense team before agreeing to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation.

As the ABC report noted, Cohen’s team at McDermott was in a joint defense agreement with Trump’s legal team, led by Joanna Hendon of Spears Imes, allowing them to share information and documents with each other. Cohen, Trump and the Trump Organization had split the hefty costs of having an independent third-party, known as a special master, conduct a review of the documents the FBI seized from Cohen to filter out those covered by attorney-client privilege.

Joint defense agreements typically allow co-defendants whose legal interests align to work closely together and ensures that a form of attorney-client privilege known as “common interest doctrine” covers all of their interactions. Ending such an agreement is a notable step, suggesting that Petrillo may want to move forward with a new strategy.

Hendon, Petrillo and Cohen’s team at McDermott did not respond to TPM’s Monday requests for comment.

Mariotti, the former federal prosecutor, said that a defense lawyer “wouldn’t end an agreement like that unless they had a good reason.”

“If their interests are not aligned, the exchange of information between them is not protected by common interest doctrine and thus they’re going to waive privilege every time they talk to teach other,” Mariotti said. “So the right thing to do as a lawyer in a defense team is to be very upfront about the potential desire to flip, because otherwise you’re really harming the other defense team and you can create a lot of problems.”

Still, Mariotti and other legal observers were suspicious that such a close ally of the President would now so publicly hint that he might turn on him. Mariotti suggested that Cohen could be “angling for a pardon from Trump,” and former Justice Department spokesperson Matt Miller called the TV interview “a not-so-subtle request for a pardon.”

Trump has made it clear that he takes a liberal view towards executive clemency, granting pardons to high-profile individuals like former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and former White House adviser Scooter Libby.

Asked in late April if he would pardon Cohen, Trump angrily brushed off the “stupid question.”

Asked again in mid-June, he said, “It’s certainly far too early to be thinking about that. They haven’t been convicted of anything. There’s nothing to pardon.”

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Attorney General Rod Rosenstein believed the White House used him to help justify President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey last May, the New York Times reported Friday.

“Shaken,” “unsteady,” “overwhelmed,” “frantic” and “upset” were among the adjectives Rosenstein acquaintances offered to the newspaper to describe his mood in the days after Comey’s abrupt dismissal.

Both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote memos rationalizing Comey’s firing, citing his unprecedented public discussion of the FBI’s election-year investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Rosenstein defended the memo to Congress last year, saying, “I stand by it.”

The deputy attorney general is in an uncomfortable position. He bore witness to that firing and then appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel in the federal Russia investigation, which is now probing whether Comey’s firing constituted obstruction of justice. Some lawmakers have called for Rosenstein to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller’s investigation because of that conflict.

The Times also reported that Rosenstein did not consult with Sessions before deciding to appoint Mueller, a move that blindsided the attorney general and infuriated the President. Sources told the paper he made that step privately because he feared being fired by Trump.

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Unfortunately for President Trump, major new steps in the special counsel’s Russia investigation are slated to take place ahead of November’s midterm elections. In addition to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s two criminal trials in Virginia and D.C., Mueller has now set a Sept. 7 sentencing date for former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. He has also subpoenaed Andrew Miller, an aide to Roger Stone who helped arrange interviews for Stone during the campaign.

Mueller is reportedly “accelerating” the collusion and obstruction of justice portions of his probe in order to issue reports on those topics by the fall.

On the Manafort front, we learned that Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska helped fund Manafort’s years-long lobbying work for Ukraine’s Party of Regions. Manafort also received a previously undisclosed $10 million loan from Deripaska, who he offered “private briefings” to while leading the Trump campaign.

Virginia Judge T.S. Ellis declined to dismiss the charges Mueller brought against Manafort in his district, but his ruling was full of swipes at the special counsel and prospect of “partisan prosecutions.” At a Friday hearing in Ellis’ courtroom, an FBI agent revealed that the bureau first learned from Associated Press reporters that Manafort was keeping information relevant to their probe at a storage unit.

Manafort also filed motions to appeal two rulings in D.C. revoking his pretrial release and throwing out his civil suit challenging Mueller’s authority to bring charges against him.

Concord Management, the Russian firm that allegedly funneled money to Russia’s bogus social media messaging campaign during the election, made a similar argument about Mueller’s mandate in court filings this week. In their own filings, Mueller’s team cautioned that Concord’s head Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as “Putin’s chef” could get access — via the discovery process in the criminal case against his firm — to sensitive materials.

Mueller’s team is seeking additional information from Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who has turned over his computer and phones. They’re also honing in on the access granted to several Russian oligarchs, including Putin ally Viktor Vekselberg, at Trump’s 2017 inauguration events.

A New York judge has extended until July 5 the final deadline for the Trump Organization to complete its privilege review of documents seized from Michael Cohen. Prosecutors working the Cohen case canceled a scheduled interview with Stormy Daniels after news of the sit-down leaked to the media.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was grilled by GOP lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee about his supposed reluctance to turn over documents; he adamantly denied threatening committee staffers who pressed him to do so. Rosenstein suggested that the furious Republican lawmakers may not have the best understanding of the law, and that he’d done nothing to be held in contempt of Congress.

Disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok was also interviewed about anti-Trump texts he exchanged in an 11-hour closed-door congressional testimony. Congress is expected to continue interviewing Strzok and his texting companion, Lisa Page, in July.

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The Donald Trump White House may be unique for just how quickly it became mired in legal troubles, but Trump is hardly the first president in the modern era to be dogged by civil, criminal and congressional investigations, some of which stretched between multiple terms in office.

Here’s a look at some infamous examples from prior administrations.

Bill Clinton

Clinton was plagued by scandals for the bulk of his eight years in office, with the civil and criminal probes into his conduct ultimately intertwining.

A 1994 sexual harassment suit that Paula Jones filed against Clinton went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in a landmark 1997 decision that a sitting president could be sued for acts done before taking office.

Meanwhile, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr was appointed in 1994 to probe the Clintons’ failed investment in the Arkansas-based Whitewater real-estate development company. Starr’s investigation exploded in scope, touching on matters as varied as the suicide of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, the firing of White House Travel Office personnel, the Jones lawsuit, and, ultimately, Clinton’s affair with white House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Robert Ray, who succeeded Starr as independent counsel, concluded that the President lied under oath on three counts in the Jones civil case and before a federal grand jury. Ray declined criminal prosecution, instead opting for “alternative sanctions.” Clinton was impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate in 1999.

As Politico notes, 1,857 days passed between Starr’s appointment and Clinton’s acquittal.

Ronald Reagan

Though Reagan’s role in the Iran-Contra scandal was murkier, the affair clouded the second term of the Republican president and ended with the indictments of 14 administration officials, including the Secretary of Defense.

Beginning in June 1985, senior administration officials began bypassing an arms embargo to Iran, secretly facilitating the sale of weapons to the country. Their convoluted scheme was intended to negotiate the release of U.S. citizens held hostage in Iran while funding the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua, despite Congress’ ban on providing such funding.

The chaotic scandal dragged out in the press through November 1986, when Reagan appointed the Tower Commission to investigate the matter. Congress launched its own probe in January 1987. Both investigations ultimately produced reports faulting Reagan for not being aware of the improper actions of his subordinates, but not holding him personally responsible.

An independent counsel probe led by Lawrence Walsh led to the convictions of several high-level officials for crimes such as perjury, false statements, withholding evidence, and obstruction of justice.

Richard Nixon

Beginning with the burglary and bugging at DNC headquarters in June 1972, the Watergate scandal blossomed into a sprawling, years-long investigation that exposed the clandestine dirty tricks operation that Nixon was orchestrating from Pennsylvania Avenue.

An FBI probe into the funding of the Watergate Hotel break-in had, by that October, determined that the incident was just one example of the campaign of political spying coordinated between Nixon White House officials and the Committee for the Re-election of the President. Nixon was still elected to a second term the next month, and a vigorous cover-up effort ensued.

In February, 1973, the Senate established a select committee to investigate Watergate, and televised hearings with White House aides led to the admission that a tape system that had been recording all Oval Office conversations. Archibald Cox, appointed in April as special counsel for the Watergate probe, subpoenaed the tapes but Nixon refused to give them up. In a rapid-fire series of events on Oct. 20 known as the Saturday Night Massacre, Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire Cox; the AG refused and resigned; the deputy AG then refused and resigned; solicitor general Robert Bork finally agreed to dismiss Cox. (Another special prosecutor was ultimately appointed.)

A D.C. grand jury indicted seven ex-Nixon aides in March 1974. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the tapes be released over Nixon’s claims of executive privilege. They proved definitively that Nixon had personally orchestrated the cover-up, and, facing almost-certain impeachment and conviction by Congress, he became the first president to resign from office on August 4.

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An unusual scheduling request was made at a court appearance this week involving the New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation. Foundation lawyer Alan Futerfas asked that a hearing related to the complaint, which accuses Trump of using the charity’s funds as a personal piggy bank, be postponed until “after Nov. 6.”

That date, perhaps not coincidentally, is the day of the midterm elections.

Acknowledging that “people are busy,” Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Saliann Scarpulla denied the request, saying she had cleared her calendar to handle the Trump Foundation case. Scarpulla set the next conference in the case for Oct. 11, ensuring fresh headlines about the alleged violation of state and federal law by the President and his three eldest children in the weeks before voters go to the polls.

This is only one of several serious legal matters hanging over Trump. There are also defamation suits from two women whom the President denied having sexual contact with: former “Apprentice” star Summer Zervos, who says Trump groped her without consent, and former adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims they carried on a months-long affair. Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is under federal criminal investigation for his business dealings. Then there’s the biggie: special counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to win the White House.

Legal experts tell TPM there’s no practical reason for any of those matters to be resolved before the midterms.

“It would be an extreme reach to suggest that an otherwise proper legal case, civil or criminal, should be delayed simply because a political party associated with one of the named parties has an election coming up,” Pat Cotter, a former federal prosecutor and white-collar defense attorney, said.

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Major developments in the Mueller probe are expected over the next few months. Criminal trials for Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort will begin in Virginia in July and in Washington, D.C. in September. Former campaign aide George Papadopoulos will be sentenced for lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts that same month.

A source familiar with the probe told Bloomberg this week that Mueller is also “accelerating” his probe into collusion and obstruction of justice in the hopes of issuing reports on those topics by the fall.

Longstanding Justice Department policy prohibits investigative steps that might influence an upcoming election, as Mueller is well aware. But Trump himself is not up for reelection this year, making the application of that rule murkier in this case. In the civil matters, judges are unlikely to give much credence to arguments that the President will be too busy campaigning for GOP candidates to sit for depositions or produce documents.

“As far as I can tell, [the Mueller probe] is not an investigation of all Republicans or even the Republican Party,” Cotter continued. “It’s an investigation of the president and people around him. Whatever Mr. Mueller wants to do, even under the old DOJ policy, shouldn’t be impacted one way or another.”

Trump has made the opposite case.

“The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in the Polls,” Trump tweeted in late May. “There was no Collusion, except by the Democrats!

Trump’s attorney in the Russia probe, Rudy Giuliani, also suggested Mueller would be “clearly doing a Comey” and disrupting the midterm race if he fails to complete and file all reports on his investigation by “Sept. 1 or mid-September.” (A source familiar with the probe called Giuliani’s deadline “entirely made-up.”)

Former FBI Director James Comey radically departed from DOJ precedent during the 2016 race by publicly commenting, in both July and October, on developments in the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. But experts emphasized that while both Clinton and Trump were under federal investigation in that election year, the sprawling Russia probe has little to do with congressional campaigns.

“I don’t think there’s anyone that has legitimate authority—nor would want to exercise such claimed authority—to defer the issuance of the report or affect the issuance of the report for purposes of politics,” Douglas Kmiec, a former senior DOJ lawyer during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, told TPM.

Cotter said Giuliani’s comments reminded him of remarks he used to hear while working mob prosecution cases in New York City.

“Periodically one of their mouthpieces would go on TV or in the newspapers, and they’d have all sorts of helpful suggestions on how to conduct our investigation,” he said. “The phrase ‘witch hunt’ came up more than once. I can honestly say that I don’t believe that any—any—prosecutor ever spent a second worrying about what those people were saying or their helpful suggestions or their self-created deadlines.”

But the intense criticism Comey and the FBI for influencing the 2016 race is still raw. With that in mind, former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa told TPM, he’s unlikely to broadcast major investigative steps in the immediate lead-up to the midterms.

“It kind of highlights the predicament that the Department of Justice is in,” Rangappa added, noting that Mueller would face criticism for taking major public action either before Nov. 6 or in the weeks after.

“It’s one of those things where I think it has the potential to look political one way or another,” she said. “Given the choice, he’d probably prefer to do it after the election rather than before, if it [involves anyone] close to the President. I think you could still see indictments of people who are a little bit more removed.”

Despite the gravity of the issues Mueller is investigating, legal experts say Trump faces more immediate exposure in the civil cases, where he may be deposed under oath.

The precedent allowing these cases to proceed is Clinton v. Jones, the landmark Supreme Court ruling determining that a current president has no immunity from civil cases related to acts done before taking office.

In the New York suit, Trump is accused of “persistent illegal conduct” for using his charity to support his presidential campaign and using the foundation’s funds as a personal “checkbook.” Though Judge Scarpulla reportedly urged a lawyer for the Trump’s three eldest children, who are also defendants in the suit, to settle out of court at this week’s proceeding, the President has insisted via tweet that he “won’t settle this case!”

At the Oct. 11 status conference, Scarpulla will announce whether she’ll decide the case based on the filings submitted by each party, or order a hearing—which could be held as early as mid- to late October.

Trump may also be called to testify in the ongoing Zervos or Daniels defamation suits about his relationships with the two women—a potentially embarrassing and perilous situation for a sitting president. Lying under oath about his sexual conduct was one of the articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton.

Looking to November, Trump and his legal woes are not on the ballot. But new details in all of these cases will be spilling out in the coming months, providing fodder for Democrats eager to paint the entire GOP as hopelessly in thrall to a corrupt leader with no regard for the rule of law.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the remarkable level of access granted to a handful of Russian billionaires during President Trump’s glitzy January 2017 inauguration events, ABC News reported Thursday.

The Russian businessmen attended invitation-only festivities usually reserved for top political donors, where they hobnobbed with members of the incoming president’s inner circle, according to the report.

Inauguration guests are typically closely vetted and scrutinized for any foreign ties, Stephen Kerrigan, the organizer of Obama’s 2009 and 2013 inauguration events, told ABC.

Attendees at one formal dinner included billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, who was seated next to Trump fixer Michael Cohen and his family, according to ABC. A U.S. investment firm run by Vekselberg’s cousin Andrew Intrater shelled out $500,000 in payments to Cohen a leaked report from Cohen’s bank revealed earlier this year.

Both Vekselberg and Intrater were reportedly stopped at a New York airport and interviewed by members of Mueller’s team in late 2017.

Another unnamed Russian oligarch was invited to the U.S. Capitol for an inaugural luncheon hosted by senior members of Congress, according to ABC.

The FBI’s concern about the attendance of these Russian elites at Trump’s inauguration was previously reported by the Washington Post.

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The man accused of ramming his car into a group of counter-protesters at last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring dozens of others was indicted Wednesday on federal hate crime charges

The indictment, filed in Virginia, accuses James Alex Fields, Jr. of 30 hate-crime-related counts in the incident that resulted in the death of young paralegal Heather Heyer. A Justice Department spokesman confirmed to TPM that Fields now faces penalties of up to life imprisonment or the death penalty.

“The Department has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty,” the spokesman said.

Fields faces 28 counts of “bias-motivated” attempt to willfully cause bodily injury by plowing through the crowd with his Dodge Challenger, and one count of “bias-motivated interference with a federally protected activity” for injuring victims who were peacefully protesting the white nationalists’ message of hate.

“Last summer’s violence in Charlottesville cut short a promising young life and shocked the nation,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Today’s indictment should send a clear message to every would-be criminal in America that we aggressively prosecute violent crimes of hate that threaten the core principles of our nation.”

As the indictment lays out, Fields was open about his violent, white nationalist views, allegedly using his social media account to promote “his belief that white people are superior to other races” and his support for Adolf Hitler.

On August 11, 2017, according to the indictment, he shared a photograph of Hitler with an family member before setting out from his home in Maumee, Ohio en route to Charlottesville, where hundreds of racist activists planned to convene to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

At the rally the following day, Fields was photographed marching and chanting white supremacist slogans alongside members of white nationalist group Vanguard America, the indictment documents. That afternoon, alone in his car, he accelerated his car into a group of counter-protesters marching along a one-way street in downtown Charlottesville. He struck and injured dozens of people before reversing and driving away.

Fields’ indictment represents the first action taken by the federal government against the white nationalists who carried out a well-coordinated campaign of brutality at the “Unite the Right” rally. Fields and several other participants face state charges stemming from their actions at that event.

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For now, at least, one of the country’s best known white nationalists is withdrawing from politics.

Matthew Heimbach, former head of the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP), recently completed a 38-day prison term for violating his probation after harassing a black protester at a 2016 Trump campaign rally.

The violation that landed him in jail was a messy four-way domestic abuse situation involving the former chief spokesman of the TWP and their two wives.

When TPM reached Heimbach by phone on Tuesday, a little over a week after his release, a subdued-sounding Heimbach said he was busy catching up on season two of the “Handmaid’s Tale.” (He told the Southern Poverty Law Center the same thing, by text, last week.)

TWP was essentially defunct, he said, and he had no appetite to resuscitate it. “I’m not involved in any politics right now,” Heimbach said.

“I’m just focusing on my responsibilities and duties. To my family — and God,” he added, chuckling.

This is a pretty low-energy downfall for an activist who has been referred to as “the next David Duke” and the “affable, youthful face of hate in America.” Just last year, Heimbach was a guest speaker at Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally and a brawling fixture at other white nationalist events.

Despite their tendency towards violence, TWP’s leaders sought to frame themselves merely as the champions of the white working class — the voice of frustrated white rural Americans devastated by the opioid crisis, deindustrialization and big-money politics. A number of in-depth journalistic investigations poked holes in the legitimacy of this purported political campaign.

But TWP’s disarray truly broke into public view in March, when Heimbach was arrested at his home in the Paoli, Indiana trailer park that doubled as TWP’s headquarters. The embarrassing details were laid out in the police report for all to see.

The white nationalist leader is married to Brooke Heimbach, step-daughter of TWP’s chief spokesman Matthew Parrott. But he was carrying out an affair with Parrott’s wife, Jessica Parrott, and was caught out when his wife and then-spokesman watched them canoodling through the Parrott’s trailer window.

The scene devolved into chaos, with Matt Parrott and Matthew Heimbach brawling. After police arrived, Heimbach went after his wife, kicking the wall, grabbing her face, and throwing her violently onto a bed — all in full view of their two young sons, as Brooke Heimbach told the arresting officer.

Matthew Heimbach was taken into custody and charged with felony domestic battery in the presence of a child under 16 and one misdemeanor count of battery.

On the police report, all four listed their professions as “white nationalists.”

These sordid details prompted plenty of mockery in both the white nationalist community and press. Parrott denounced the movement, saying the “SPLC has won” and TWP was no longer.

More pressingly for Heimbach, the incident violated the terms of his probation for a 2016 incident where he shoved a young black college student at a Trump campaign rally in Kentucky. In May, he pleaded guilty to the violation of his suspended sentence, and was taken to jail.

According to Heimbach, his retreat from politics was not prompted by any great revelation he had while incarcerated, nor a desire to keep out of trouble ahead of his September trial in Indiana on the assault charges. He is just focused on his “responsibilities,” he said.

“Jail was terribly boring,” he told TPM. “Was basically just reading and praying and sitting there.”

Heimbach declined to offer any specifics on the current situation with his wife and sons, nor on the “work” he claimed to be doing.

Parrott told TPM in a separate phone interview that his new full-time job involved being “a single dad.”

“I decisively failed at my original mission which was to be a voice for working class white folks, and ended up in the middle of the most humiliating white trash spectacle of the year,” he said.

“I could not have possibly done a worse job with my original plan and I give up,” he added.

While Heimbach would only speak about the present, Parrott told TPM that he, personally, was “not just done for now, I’m done with politics forever.”

As for the TWP, it “exists so far as its been named in lawsuits and there are still legal matters to contend with, but that’s the extent of it,” Parrott said.

The TWP is among the white nationalist groups named in a federal civil lawsuit filed by a group of individuals hurt or attacked during the 2017 Charlottesville rally.

That is where most of the white nationalist movement stands almost a year after that fateful event: bogged down by lawsuits, unable to raise funds, facing jail time, fractured, de-platformed. In some ways, they still have political traction: the Trump administration is promoting policies they champion, like forced separation of immigrant families, and elected officials like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continue to regularly tweet out racist posts condemning diversity.

“Unite the Right” organizer Jason Kessler has confirmed he is holding an anniversary rally this August, this time in Washington, D.C., just outside the White House.

But this year, Heimbach said, he won’t be attending.

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney handily won the Democratic primary Tuesday in the New York City congressional district she’s represented for 25 years, fending off a challenge from unconventional progressive opponent Suraj Patel.

The New York Times and Associated Press called it for Maloney at around 10: 20 PM ET. She earned 58 percent of the vote with 87 percent of the votes counted.

NY-12, which covers much the East Side of Manhattan plus upscale neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, is the wealthiest congressional district by per capita income, known for its dismal primary turnout.

Those circumstances gave an advantage to incumbent Maloney, who campaigned on her years of experience on Capitol Hill and focused on New York-specific issues like securing funds for the 9/11 Health Compensation Act and Second Avenue Subway.

Patel—a hotel executive, former Obama campaign staffer, and NYU business ethics professor—argued that it was time for a change of leadership and for New York City’s leaders to move left to meet their voters. One notable policy position was a call for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be defunded.

But despite raising over $1 million, Patel’s quirky campaign never got much traction. It was hampered by questions over his voter registration, which he has switched multiple times over the past few years, and his self-consciously hip get-out-the vote methods. Those included handing out campaign-branded condoms and courting voters through bogus profiles created on dating apps like Bumble and Grindr.

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In a stunning defeat, New York Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, lost a Tuesday primary to Democratic Socialists of America-backed challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Washington Post and Associated Press called the race for Ocasio-Cortez at 10:00 PM. The 28-year-old Bronx-born community organizer earned 57 percent of the vote compared to 42 for her veteran lawmaker opponent, with 91 percent of the vote counted.

“I want nothing but the best for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. I want her to be victorious,” Crowley said in conceding the race, according to the AP.

Ocasio-Cortez was the first primary challenger in 14 years for Crowley, who until Tuesday was seen as a possible successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Her victory marks a dramatic end to to a feisty primary campaign that drew national attention thanks to Ocasio-Cortez’s boldly progressive platform. She campaigned on abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and on Medicare for All.

The NY-14 congressional seat covers the east Bronx and several neighborhoods in north-central Queens. It is seen as safely Democratic, and Crowley was viewed as the clear favorite. He pulled in $3 million this year, has served in Congress since 1999, and was backed by New York’s Democratic establishment.

Ocasio-Cortez made a convincing case that this didn’t—and shouldn’t—matter, proclaiming, in a campaign ad that went viral, “This race is about people versus money. We’ve got people. They’ve got money.”

The young former organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign won acclaim on the left for her unflinching advocacy for a new vision for the Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez rejected corporate donations and was one of the first to call for doing away with ICE—a position that has since gained popularity among a small but growing number of other Democratic candidates, as well as some lawmakers already in Congress.

Another Democratic New York incumbent facing a more progressive challenger on Tuesday was also in a tight race. Rep. Yvette Clarke had pulled in 51 percent of the vote with 93 percent of votes counted in her central Brooklyn district as of 10: 43 PM, compared to 48.8 for opponent Adem Bunkeddeko.

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