Yesterday, a bunch of civil liberties groups issued a letter calling for FISA 702 reform as part of the Section 215 reauthorization this year. I agree that the reauthorization this year should address the problems with 702 that weren’t addressed last year, though even on FISA, the letter doesn’t go far enough. DOJ IG will […]
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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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Amid all the other crazy disclosures in his press conference today, Mick Mulvaney admitted that the White House didn’t have a very very good reason to ignore the will of Congress in releasing security funds to Ukraine. Yet, OMB and DOD are refusing to tell Congress why it did so, in clear violation of the law.
The press seems to have fallen for Gordon Sondland’s bullshit claim he has broken with Trump about a quid pro quo. In reality, his prepared statement goes to some lengths to protect Trump.
Sidney Powell and Bill Barr have gotten the frothy right more worked up about an 8 year old phone than they have ever been about metadata contemporaneous to Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 elections.
Yes, there are a lot of reasons it might be hard to charge Rudy Giuliani for FARA violations. But given the charges already shown, conspiracy charges–potentially quite ugly ones–may well be easier to charge.
Among the things yesterday’s Fiona Hill testimony will do is force John Bolton to shit or get off the pot.
Documents from the filings and hearings on Manafort’s breach of his plea deal suggest a real continuity between his efforts to implement a plan Konstantin Kilimnik presented to him on August 2, 2016 and the influence operations of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
After 12 years, we finally are beginning to put the common sense measures on FBI’s use of Section 702 surveillance to show that the concerns we raised over a decade ago were absolutely correct.
John Dowd’s desperate attempt to make the Ukraine scandal go away the same way he made the Russia scandal go away involved admitting, in a letter to Congress, that his former client and his current not-yet-but-soon-to-be-indicted clients are in a Joint Defense Agreement with the Russian mob.
On Tuesday morning, DOJ argued that HJC can’t have grand jury materials because it wasn’t pursuing impeachment. Yesterday, DOJ argued that HJC can’t have grand jury materials because it is pursuing impeachment.