A privilege battle has erupted in the Ukrainian Grifter’s case, with Lev Parnas trying to release more damning information on Trump and Rudy and SDNY putting up Igor Fruman to object, both in his own interest, and for the interest of those he’s in a Joint Defense Agreement.
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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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In a last ditch effort to exclude information from Joshua Schulte’s notebooks from his trial that starts next week, his lawyers provide evidence he was trying to leak classified information in pro se motions.
We have known since Mick Mulvaney’s presser that there was a tie between Trump’s demands for dirt from Ukraine and the John Durham investigation. But John Bolton’s story moves the date when Bill Barr should have known that a month earlier.
In December, Bolton lawyer Charles Cooper made an argument that will make it harder for his client to avoid testifying, anywhere, going forward.
Putting together the various claims DOJ has made about what Mueller 302s they’ve released shows some of the methods they’re using to hide damning information.
John Bolton lacks moral courage. But he learned the fine art of bureaucratic murder from the master, Dick Cheney.
After listening to the recording of Lev Parnas getting Trump to call for Marie Yovanovitch’s ouster last night, Jack Posobiec declared Parnas a “spy.” That puts him in agreement with an argument that House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff made Friday: that Trump can be made to undermine the national security of the United States with little more than flattery and propaganda.
Lev Parnas admitted last night he has always had the damning video of Trump ordering Marie Yovanovitch to be fired, sitting in his iCloud account.
Mike Pompeo claimed today that, “The previous administration did nothing to take down corruption in Ukraine.” He need look no further than President Trump’s Joint Defense Agreement to find proof he’s wrong.
Lev Parnas just demonstrated that it is child’s play to get a compromising recording of President Trump.