To take his Los Angeles indictment to trial, Hunter Biden has to be willing to let a paparazzi press spend valuable 2024 campaign reporting time on how Joe Biden’s son could spend $383,548 on sex workers and $100,330 on adult entertainment in one year, 2018.
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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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David Weiss has added charges against Hunter Biden in LA.
Another look at interesting intersections between the Rudy Giuliani timeline and the computer repairman’s.
At the Proud Boys trial, prosecutors made Trump’s role in their conspiracy clear. Now, leading up to the former President’s own trial, DOJ has said they will present communications that amount to an agreement in September 2020 and ratification of the Proud Boy attack on the country in September 2023.
In a court filing, DOJ says it will show that Trump intended to cause a riot on November 4, 2020 at the TCF Center in Detroit.
Abbe Lowell’s request to subpoena Bill Barr and others produced far more flopsweat from David Weiss’ team than I imagined. It also seems to have gotten Leo Wise a fancy promotion.
The NYT is right: A second Trump term would be worse than the first one. But repeating that, over and over, even while misinforming readers about Trump’s ongoing five year effort to frame Joe Biden is not the best way to prevent a second term.
When John Eastman moved, on Trump’s behalf, to intervene in Texas v. Pennsylvania, Eastman described that Trump spoke “as a candidate for re-election,” he spoke in “his personal capacity.” That motion plays a key role in the Blassingame decision, and may have important implications as Trump appeals Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling on absolute immunity.
James Comer has declared a War on Christmas!! He wants to impeach Joe Biden because the then-Vice President invited his son to a holiday party!
In an opinion booting some of the more difficult questions on presidential immunity to the DC Circuit and SCOTUS, Judge Tanya Chutkan informed Donald Trump that there is not presidential immunity clause in the Constitution.