Rudy Giuliani insists there was no follow-up on the June 9 meeting. That’s not true. At a minimum, there were two weeks of attempts to set up a follow-up meeting, before Aras Agalarov realized he needed to set up a new channel of communication with Trump. And the same day Agalarov concluded that, Jared attempted to set up a new channel of communication from inside Don Jr’s office.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Roger Stone claims he’s willing to undergo a deposition to prove that his rat-fucking isn’t dodgy.
In 2012, Don McGahn protected one of Roger Stone’s pro-Trump rat-fuckeries, Should Trump Run. He probably never stopped protecting Stone’s rat-fucking.
Don McGahn and his lawyer might want you to believe they fucked up the White House counseling of their job if in fact McGahn fucked up the campaign finance side, which would more immediately lead to a conspiracy indictment.
Maggie and Mike write a long piece spinning what appears to be Don McGahn’s CYA as “cooperation,” all the while ignoring the conspiracy investigation, yet again.
The sentencing memorandum in George Papadopoulos’ case demonstrates that the plea deals for everyone but Rick Gates aren’t as generous as often made out.
The government is letting Papadopoulos off easy, with a call for some prison sentence and for him to lose the money he got from a suspected Israeli spy.
Richard Burr suggests only he and Mueller have access to the knowledge to decide whether Trump conspired with Russians to get elected. In doing so, he discredits the one congressional investigation that has thus far avoided partisan dysfunction.
By the time the DC Circuit hears his challenge to a subpoena to give testimony to Robert Mueller’s grand jury, Roger Stone aide Andrew Miller will have been stalling for five months.
Chuck Ross and Victoria Toensing are about to lead the Papadopouloses to contemplate something insanely stupid.