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SCOTUS decided to weigh the extent of Presidential immunity less than a week after Trump claimed that he legally stole boxes and boxes of classified documents.
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Goodbye, Minority Leader McConnell and two other topics not worthy of a full post. This is an open thread.
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Back in January, Derek Hines made some claims about the laptop that were always suspect have since been further discredited. Nevertheless, Ken Dilanian parroted those claims as if they were true.
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You know who is vindicated by the Alexander Smirnov indictment? Lesley Wolf, who made an effort to prevent Trump's efforts to interfere in the investigation from tainting the investigation into Hunter Biden and then faced death threats because she did so.
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Leo Wise keeps digging himself bigger holes, all of which stem from making rash prosecutorial decisions without considering the complexity of the case against Hunter Biden.
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Leo Wise led the Nevada Magistrate Judge to believe that he's most worried about Alexander Smirnov fleeing to Russia. But the reporting he laid out suggests the big worry is that Smirnov will flee to Israel.
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Merrick Garland's reliance on the career Associate Deputy Attorney General rather than a PADAG to oversee Special Counsel investigations seems to have created a kind of navel-gazing that only encourages ethical problems with the investigations.
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Between his motion to dismiss for absolute immunity and his motion to dismiss under Presidential Records Act, Trump is quite literally claiming that being President gave him authority to steal boxes and boxes of classified documents.
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In a story struggling to explain how Alexander Smirnov relates to the side channel Bill Barr set up to launder dirt from Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani mouthpiece Ken Vogel covers up the role of Rudy and the alleged Russian spies from whom he solicited dirt on Hunter Biden.
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A Delaware court will consider Hunter Biden's motion for summary judgment against John Paul Mac Isaac today. If he prevails, the decision may roil both criminal cases against Hunter Biden and 40 months of propaganda from Murdoch properties.
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The Alexander Smirnov prosecution provides more evidence that the reason why David Weiss reneged on a plea deal was to chase this bribery claim.
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In addition to sweeping motions to dismiss the indictment against him, Hunter Biden also filed a number of technical motions that would have the effect of chipping away at most of the charges against him.
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Alexander Smirnov admitted some of the claims he has made about Hunter Biden came from Russian spies.
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In their reply motion to compel, Hunter Biden's attorneys manage to get both Smirnov and blow into the act.
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Robert Hur used his investigation into Joe Biden as an opportunity to snoop through Joe Biden's diaries ... and he did so even though no prosecutor had done such a thing in the past.