Congratulations to Judicial Watch, which just paid a ton of money to sue DOJ to prove that Mark Meadows is full of shit.
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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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By mis-citing the Godfather II, Stone’s lawyers have proven he can’t be an organized crime figure.
Bill Barr demanded unquestioning compliance with police the other day. Comply first, complain later, said the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
Curiously, he feels totally different about Executive branch compliance with attempts to make it comply with the law.
Back in April, Bill Barr called the understaffing that permitted the Whitey Bulger murder in Hazelton prison “a SNAFU.” Now, he’s claiming such shortages are “severe irregularities,” presumably so he can blame someone else for letting the death happen.
Last week the House Judiciary Committee told a court that Don McGahn is their most important impeachment witness. I really hope they don’t believe that.
The government still appears to be investigating Oleg Deripaska’s ties to Christopher Steele.
Here’s what the Bruce Ohr 302s that Judicial Watch released include.
Andrew McCabe’s lawsuit against DOJ and FBI for the way he was fired is very well lawyered. DOJ could make it go away at very little cost, except the most costly: depriving Trump of one of his pettiest wins.
Republicans keep asking whether there’s precedent for the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the President. That’s not the right question though. The right question is whether there’s precedent for the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into a major party candidate, and the precedent is clear: Hillary Clinton
As the national security establishment comes to grips with the threat of white supremacist terrorism, the goal should be to understand what actually occurring in the government’s efforts to combat terrorism, and from that to learn what is necessary to protecting against terrorism.