In a motion in limine submitted in advance of Lev Parnas’ trial next month, SDNY reveals he had a single proffer session with the government in March 2020.
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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.
According to a recent court filing, the actions of the Hughes brothers closely mirrored those of Joe Biggs in that they breached the Capitol a second time, through the East doors.
John Durham will go down in history as the guy who decided that torturing detainees, even in excess of legal guidance, was not a crime, but a victim sharing concerns about nation-state hacking is.
A recent court filing reveals that SDNY showed probable cause that Rudy Giuliani committed a crime — probably, serving as an unregistered agent for Ukrainian agents, including Russian backed ones, during the period he was representing the former President in the Mueller investigation.
The big militia conspiracies are an important part of the January 6 investigation. But so are the random people who witnessed the violence on the East door or the guys who armed with “giant beating sticks,” and expressed the deliberate goal of chasing members of Congress away from their task of certifying the vote.
Less than a year ago, actions that prosecutor Jocelyn Ballantine took facilitated lies Sidney Powell told about the Mike Flynn prosecution. Nevertheless, DOJ apparently put Ballantine on a team investigating the most critical players in the January 6 attack incited, in part, by Powell’s later lies about the election.
Ethan Nordean’s lawyer made an equal protection argument for why Nordean should be treated like Muslim terrorist leaders.
Felipe Marquez joined a small group of January 6 defendants who have pled down from a felony obstruction charge to a misdemeanor. But in his case, it’s unclear whether he got to do so as the first of a flood of such pleas, or whether he shared important details about what he saw in Jeff Merkley’s office the day of the riot.
Spencer Ackerman joined the long list of pundits weighing in on the January 6 investigation without bothering to do the work to understand it. That’s a pity, because it may provide an alternative to the failures we made after 9/11.
Between his first interviews where he tried to shift the date and substance of sharing campaign information with someone he believed was a Russian spy and an NYT story that similarly shifted the time and substance of that exchange, Rick Gates repeatedly provided details of how he used Maggie Haberman and Ken Vogel.