Quarterly political spending reports are out and they provide some hints about which current or former Trump aides have been spending a lot of time with Mueller’s investigators. The NYT reported the other day that the Trump campaign has paid $173,000 in the past quarter to the law firm representing Corey Lewandowski. The campaign also […]
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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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According to the logic the Trump campaign lays out in its First Amendment response to a Democratic lawsuit pertaining to the release of the DNC emails, the Democrats’ failure was in not finding foreign hackers to steal and then publish Trump’s tax returns.
Three months after the original Guccifer 2.0 FAQ post was published, someone corrected a misuse of the word “collusion.”
Ron Johnson, all riled up by reading yet another obviously problematic John Solomon piece, thinks it scandalous that the lawyer of a hacking victim talked to the FBI about that hack.
When the NYT asked for warrants targeting Michael Cohen to be unsealed, SDNY revealed there’s still an ongoing grand jury investigation using those materials.
Mueller has finally given Trump an open book test on his involvement in conspiracy with the Russians. In spite of the terms favorable to the President, he may not be able to avoid perjuring himself.
In the last two days, both Rick Gates’ and Paul Manafort’s plea deals have made news. In Gates’ case, his lawyers have filed an unopposed motion to liberate him from his GPS device and curfew, arguing that the leverage of the plea deal itself is enough to keep him on the straight and narrow. The […]
Recent reporting on the Peter Smith effort to obtain Hillary’s deleted emails intersects more closely with the Guccifer-led effort to dump Podesta’s emails.
Jamal Khashoggi is not the first Saudi with strong American ties whom Mohammed bin Salman has targeted. He did so with Alwaleed bin Talal as part of his purge last year. And that time, Trump seemed downright enthusiastic about the treatment.
Whether or not Rick Gates and Paul Manafort engaged Psy-Group for intelligence services in 2016, the proposal created in response to Gates’ instructions provides proof about how Manafort intended to run the campaign and how much he might have had to spend had the Russians not provided those services for free.