This week was a blur as political Washington works frantically to clear its plate before hopping on planes, trains and automobiles to head home for the holidays. (Oh, and there’s also a partial government shutdown that may or may not happen next Friday.)
The week started out with a White House chief-of-staff search that went off the rails — it was unclear who would replace John Kelly after the presumptive successor, Nick Ayers, announced he wouldn’t take the job.
But Trump ended speculation late Friday afternoon, tweeting that OMB head Mick Mulvaney would become “acting” chief of staff.
Meanwhile, former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison (a swanky one, at that) on Wednesday, and he’s not keeping quiet about his ex-boss anymore. Trump, true to form, hit back at Cohen, saying he never directed Cohen to break the law.
Cohen responded in a TV interview this morning, saying the President wanted him to conceal his actions because Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election.”