Brandon Straka’s own sentencing letter conflicts with his lawyers’ sentencing memorandum. If it wasn’t already clear he has been bullshitting prosecutors, that makes it evident.
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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.
Special Master Barbara Jones has now made over 30,000 items seized from Rudy’s phones to investigators.
Of 696 pages of Mueller interview materials withheld in the BuzzFeed FOIA earlier this month, 5% of pertained to ongoing investigations.
In a letter inviting Ivanka to testify voluntarily to the January 6 Select Committee, Bennie Thompson very subtly said two things: Trump entered into an agreement with leaders of multiple conspiracies to engage in violence on January 6, and unless Ivanka turned over all her White House records to the National Archives as required by the Presidential Records Act, so did she.
It’s difficult to tell what really went down with the Brandon Straka plea. That’s because — as laid out here — the government seems to have realized that Straka had been less than forthright in interviews, in which he was deemed cooperative last year, that got him a sweet plea deal. In their sentencing memo, […]
Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin wants DOJ to provide him records that should be stored as part of Trump’s records at the National Archives. If Judge Trevor McFadden were to order DOJ to start searching through Trump’s presidential records for January 6 evidence, Griffin may regret asking.
People sometimes ask why I think I know more than TV lawyers about the January 6 investigation. So I thought I’d bring receipts.
One thing the structure of the sedition indictment did was hide the current state of understanding about the back-and-forth between the Oath Keepers and those at the Willard the day of the attack. Even as it did that, there are hints of other interlocutors of the Oath Keepers.
Perhaps to increase paranoia, the sedition indictment adopts a new naming convention that helps to obscure who has flipped against other Oath Keepers.
In an article asking whether prosecutors are investigating Trump, the Washington Post buried evidence that prosecutors believe Rudy has ties to the militias who organized the event in paragraph 30.