Three redacted bullets in the Mueller response to Manafort’s challenge of the search of his condo may lay out the theory of their case.
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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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MalwareTech just got a month’s continuance in his case. It’s unclear what changed, but something appears to have.
Sources very close to George Papadopoulos attempted to claim no collusion in an interview with the Daily Caller. The effort does nothing to disclaim it.
As you read the Comey memos remember that whoever leaked them is probably, as we speak, calling for Andrew McCabe’s prosecution for leaking to the press.
I think the evidence against Andy McCabe is damning. And the criminal referral is probably necessary.
In an apparent attempt to pressure Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein, his buddy Jay Goldberg appears to have created new legal exposures for the president.
The Trump Organization seems really concerned that the FBI not access materials pertaining to the company. But thus far, they haven’t made their own claim of privilege, independent of one tied to Donald Trump.
I’m not so much interested in whether Michael Cohen’s claim that Sean Hannity is a client means he has a pee tape. Rather, I’m interested in whether he’s trying to protect conversations about pushing back on the Russia story with his claim of privilege.
In both Michael Cohen and Donald Trump’s demands that they get to treat the materials seized from Cohen last week as if responding to a subpoena, they ignore SDNY’s insinuation that the many of materials have no attorney-client privilege because of the crime fraud exception. I expect SDNY to explain why they believe they do this afternoon.
In their brief arguing that a taint team should be sufficient for protecting Michael Cohen’s attorney client privilege, SDNY makes it clear they don’t think he’s much of a lawyer.