There were more developments in the Russia inquiry.
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, “told multiple discernible lies” to prosecutors about his contacts with the Trump administration and other matters, according to a memo released on Friday by Robert Mueller, the special counsel.
Federal prosecutors in New York said on Friday that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, should receive a “substantial” prison term of roughly four years, despite his cooperation.
Of all the Trump associates who have come under scrutiny in the Russia investigation, Mr. Cohen undertook perhaps the most surprising legal strategy: confessing to a litany of crimes without first receiving an ironclad deal with the special counsel.
Before Manhattan prosecutors made their sentencing recommendation, Mr. Trump weighed in via Twitter on Monday and said Mr. Cohen should receive the maximum jail sentence. At the same time, the president praised another former adviser, Roger Stone, for saying he would never testify against him.
Mr. Mueller’s team of prosecutors recommended on Tuesday that Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser, serve no prison time for lying to federal investigators, citing his cooperation in the Russia inquiry.
Optimism over China trade talks soon faded.
President Trump on Monday cast his trade truce with President Xi Jinping of China as a success, promising rapid benefits for American farmers and automakers. But the deal includes no concrete commitments, and a staunch China skeptic, Robert Lighthizer, will lead the American negotiating team.
Stocks dropped on Tuesday after a series of tweets from the president sowed confusion over the trade cease-fire. Meanwhile, the bond market — often considered a safe haven for investors — sent a stark warning about the possibility of a recession.
Mr. Trump tried to ease concerns on Wednesday that the truce with China was already floundering, declaring that Beijing had “sent very strong signals” since the deal was reached.
But it soon emerged that even as Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi were meeting in Argentina, a top Chinese tech executive, Meng Wanzhou of Huawei, was arrested in Canada at the request of United States officials. That could be seen as a loss of face for Mr. Xi and risks upending the trade talks. The Trump administration defended the arrest on Friday, saying that Huawei had violated American sanctions on Iran.
Wisconsin and Michigan saw partisan power plays.
In Georgia, widespread anger over a voting system Democrats considered rigged was not enough to stop a Republican from winning a runoff on Tuesday for secretary of state, the chief overseer of the state’s elections.
Conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin pushed through a set of bills on Wednesday night that will limit the power of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. They were following a strategy that North Carolina Republicans tried in 2016, after a Democrat was elected governor. That didn’t go so well.
Republicans in Michigan followed the same playbook, forging ahead with bills that would limit the power of the incoming Democratic secretary of state and set the stage for additional curbs on the Democrats who will take over as governor and attorney general.
In North Carolina, after fraud allegations cast doubt on the fairness and accuracy of the vote count for the Republican nominee Mark Harris in the Ninth Congressional District race, a state G.O.P. official said he was open to the possibility of a new election. And on Friday, Mr. Harris also said he would support a new election if fraud had occurred. His campaign disclosed that it owed money in connection with the absentee ballot and voter turnout operation at the center of the fraud allegations.
More turnover in the Trump administration.
President Trump on Friday said he intended to nominate William P. Barr, who served as attorney general in the early 1990s, to return to the job. And John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his post in the next few days. Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, is seen as a leading candidate to replace him.
Mr. Trump is expected to name Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top job in the military, administration officials said on Friday. The president hinted he would make an official announcement at Saturday’s Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.
The president denounced his former secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, as “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell” on Friday after Mr. Tillerson said the president had regularly pushed him to take actions that were illegal.
Mr. Trump confirmed on Friday that he would nominate Heather Nauert, a former “Fox & Friends” host who has been the State Department spokesman since last year, to replace Nikki R. Haley as U.N. ambassador.