Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

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This is your weekly roundup of Trump, and his friends’, legal issues, and the investigations into them. Find more here

Trump unleashed: At the beginning of the week the Justice Department recommended that Trump confidante Roger Stone should receive between seven and nine years in prison for for his crimes, a recommendation that Trump was clearly bothered by. Trump tweeted condemning the recommendation. Less than 24 hours after the Justice Department issued its initial suggestion, it reversed course, instead issuing a watered down sentencing memo that declined to even give a recommendation.

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In the past 24 hours, two ex officials — both ousted by the mercurial Trump — have spoken out against the administration for actions that prompted his impeachment– former White House chief of staff John Kelly and the ex-ambassador and impeachment witness Marie Yavonovitch.

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The debate over whether President Trump pressured the attorney general to shorten his former associate Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation or if the Justice Department acted on its own is missing the point. This is all bad.

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When the former vice president left New Hampshire before polls even closed Tuesday evening, we had an early indication that things weren’t going to go well for Joe Biden tonight.

But in an outcome that would have been hard to predict even a few days ago, Biden found himself battling for fourth or fifth place with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), reducing two of the leading contenders heading into the 2020 cycle to also-rans.

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Hello TPM Members and welcome to the weekend.

We ended the week on a disheartening, but unsurprising, note. On Friday, Lt. Col. Vindman, arguably the most consequential witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry, was escorted out of the White House where he was working as the director for European affairs on the White House National Security Council.

It’s clear this is retaliation for his testimony before Congress and we don’t think the retribution will end with him. President Trump’s been on a tear post-acquittal and, if history has taught us anything, things don’t always end well for those who demonstrate a hint of disloyalty to the mob boss-in-chief.

As always, thanks for reading and thanks for being a member. It’s especially crucial in these bizarre, often dark times.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

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