There are at least four irregularities in the Andrew McCabe notes sent out to Mike Flynn’s lawyers.
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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.
The altered Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe documents were altered and realtered in one more way: the documents with the dates added had their protective order footers removed.
In the declaration certifying the accuracy of the documents, Jocelyn Ballantine claimed that lawyers for Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe had confirmed that the content of the notes had not been changed.
DOJ not only made a slew of new errors in their “authentication” of the documents in the Mike Flynn case, but they admitted that they lied when the called Bill Barnett’s interview report a 302, which raises questions about its regularity.
On September 29, the same day that Roger Stone wrote Paul Manafort boasting that “Good shit” was happening in his efforts to optimize the next WikiLeaks releases, I was told a puppeteer would find a way to get Assange out of the embassy to ensure the documents came out in a way to benefit someone.
When DOJ submitted new versions of the Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe notes they altered, they did not, in fact, submit unaltered versions. Instead, they submitted realtered versions, editing out the previous note rather than showing what the unscanned notes look like. I suspect that’s an effort, in part, to hide what unnamed “government agent” altered the McCabe notes.
Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson just released a 285-page report confessing that they’re no familiar with the public record on the Russian investigation. Perhaps they should ask for help from the Democrats on their committee?
Natalie Sours Edwards — Jason Leopold’s source for his reporting on Suspicious Activity Reports — has done what every other leaker I’ve covered has tried to do with far less success: mount a public interest defense.
Judge Emmet Sullivan just ordered DOJ to comply with the order he already issued, that it certify all the exhibits submitted in this proceeding. He added a nearly impossible deadline and a requirement that DOJ transcribe hand-written notes and provide the author and date. This order will create a whole heap of problems for DOJ.
It turns out the Holy Grail Mike Flynn has been searching for throughout the 675 days during which he has utterly blown up his plea deal — an “original 302” — doesn’t exist.