(CNN)It’s easy to forget how crazy this is. Every week of Donald Trump’s presidency has felt like its own self-contained saga, but even by those dramatic standards, it’s almost incomprehensible that his impeachment acquittal was only nine days ago.
The acquittal was built into one of the busiest week of the year, on the heels of the botched Iowa caucuses and what could be Trump’s final State of the Union address, so perhaps the vote whereby Republicans in the Senate saved their President did not imprint in the way it should.
Or maybe it’s just that the Trump administration has generated so much drama in the intervening week-and-change that it’s hard to remember back that far. We are all living Memento. Here just a sampling what you probably already forgot about this week:
February 5: Trump is acquitted. Romney shocks with vote to convict. Other Republicans say Trump has learned his lesson.
February 6: Trump claims “total acquittal” at a wild and rambling news conference in the White House, lashes out at Romney, pushes conspiracy theories.
February 7: The administration cleans house at the National Security Council, firing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother and escorting them from the White House. Also fired: US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland even though a handful of Republican senators tried to dissuade him. It’s clear Trump is seeking retribution for impeachment. Democrats spar at a contentious New Hampshire debate. Amy Klobuchar gains some momentum, further splintering the moderate wing.
February 8: On Twitter, Trump defends firing Vindman.
February 9: CNN reports there will be a further staff purge and permanent cuts at the National Security Council.
February 10: Trump proposes a budget that assumes unrealistic growth, ignores deficit warnings and recommends cuts to government services like Medicaid and Medicare. At a rally in New Hampshire, he encourages Republicans to meddle in the Democratic primary despite the state’s rules. Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy starts to get backlash.
February 11: Trump tweets that Roger Stone should get a lighter sentence and shortly thereafter, the DOJ makes a similar recommendation — overruling its prosecutors, who quit the case. A former US attorney’s nomination is put on hold and it all leads to questions about Trump’s influence over the justice system. Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary, but with only a quarter of the vote.
February 12: Criticism of Trump’s influence over the DOJ continues. He claims no pressure on the DOJ despite his tweets.
February 13: Attorney General Bill Barr lashes out at his boss for tweeting about criminal cases, but defends a lighter sentence for Stone.
February 14: It is reported that Barr ordered review of other cases involving Trump allies, like Michael Flynn, raising new questions about the attorney general less than a day after he sought to exert independence. The DC US Attorneys’ office drops an investigation Trump had pushed into Andrew McCabe, a former FBI official. Stone requests a new trial.
And, finally, speaking of things forgotten: Michael Avenatti, remember him? Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer has been found guilty of extorting Nike.
Now catch your breath. Next week will bring new Trump drama.
The day after Barr went on TV to demand that his boss stop tweeting because it was interfering with the attorney general’s job, the New York Times and CNN reported that Barr ordered a review of other high-profile cases, including that of Michael Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and then cooperated with Robert Mueller.
Begging the question: What exactly is the job Barr thinks the tweets are keeping him from doing?
On Wednesday, CNN reported that Barr had also been pressing for a sentence for Flynn that would spare him from prison.
On the other hand, the US attorney in DC informed lawyers for Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official targeted by Trump (and now a CNN contributor), that it would not face charges related to a criminal investigation.
McCabe expressed his relief on CNN and was asked by Brianna Keilar a