The parallel investigations by Congress and DOJ provide a way for Joe Biden to waive Executive Privilege without learning details about DOJ’s investigation.
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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.
In the face of Republicans’ unrelenting attack on democracy, expert commentators who support democracy have a choice: They can defend the rule of law and shame those who have denigrated it, or they can spend their time complaining about the guy trying, however imperfectly, to defend it himself. The latter will make Garland less able to do his job, the former will help him do whatever he is willing to do.
The government has more cooperating witnesses in the January 6 investigation than they’ve publicly identified. But it will still take quite some time to learn the fruit of that cooperation.
The story the FBI tells about its investigation into Proud Boy affiliate Lisa Homer (née Boisselle) starts with a Google GeoFence and seems to end in a love story wrapped up inside an insurrection.
In a piece talking about disinformation other than the Steele dossier, Ben Smith seems really sanguine that he can tell political dirty tricks from disinformation.
Since DOJ’s IG revealed that the FBI briefer who attended the first Trump briefing was also part of the Mike Flynn investigative team, Republicans have complained about how badly he was treated. According to the CIA official history, Hillary seems to have been the one treated as a suspect.
Those with a platform would be better off defending the rule of law — selling independents and moderate Republicans on the import of the January 6 investigation — than whining that the investigation is not proceeding quickly enough.
Project Veritas and one of its former staffers can’t seem to agree when they first learned about Ashley Biden’s diary.
Project Veritas’ claims that they’re being investigated for journalism would be a lot more convincing if they hadn’t played games with an offer to share information for the investigation.
If the dossier was significantly disinformation, then all Americans were victims of it. It turned a legitimate concern about real Russian interference into American elections into one of the biggest sources of political polarization in recent history. As such, disinformation injected into the dossier should increasingly be treated as central part of the 2016 Russian influence operation — perhaps its most successful and lasting part.