Chuck Grassley wrote the kind of letter that, with other Administrations, might elicit a more detailed explanation of why Trump fired the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. But given that he didn’t persuade enough Republicans to command a majority of the Senate, Trump is likely to just blow off the request.
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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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As Trump tries to shut down the legal paths for whistleblowers, it increases the chances we’ll see very detailed accounts of precisely what warnings the Intelligence Community — and others in government — gave Trump about COVID-19.
Trump’s firing of IC Inspector General Michael Atkinson last night was surely retaliation for initiating the process that ended in impeachment. But it and related actions on Inspectors General were also at least as much about an effort to avoid all accountably for his actions on the pandemic.
It may or may not be the Federal government’s job to stand on street corners testing, but that is what he promised, and that is what Jared Kushner has utterly failed to deliver.
A seeming millennium ago, last Tuesday, DOJ’s Inspector General released a Management Advisory Memo describing the interim results of its effort to assess whether problems identified in Carter Page’s FISA application were unique, or reflected a more general problem with FISA. Based on the results from two prongs of DOJ IG’s ongoing investigation, DOJ IG […]
The projections Trump is relying on (even while falsely pretending his recommendations match the model) say Michigan’s initial COVID crisis will peak in less than a week. That’s not what the state is saying.
Trump is trying to explain New York’s huge death toll from COVID-19 by claiming they got a late start in their response. But New York has always been — and remains — far ahead of what Trump has done.
Effectively, an allegedly very sober President Trump yesterday said we might only have 100,000 deaths if people ignore him and one of his closest political allies, Ron DeSantis.
It turns out the errors in Carter Page’s Woods File were not special. The applications reviewed by DOJ IG in the wake of the report on Page showed similar levels of errors.
Two weeks ago, Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan asked President Trump to set up a federal COVID testing site to make sure that critical federal workers could ensure they weren’t infecting their colleagues. Yesterday, along with issuing a stay-at-home order, Hogan repeated that request.