Since January, both investigations into January 6 have focused on the pressure Trump and the mob put on Mike Pence. And we know from public privilege invocations, that’s what Trump is fighting to keep away from a grand jury with invocations of Executive Privilege.
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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.
The Barr memo drafted by Steven Engel and Ed O’Callaghan is so sloppy it even suggests it was legal for Russia to hack Hillary.
John Durham says that “it is appropriate and necessary for the FBI to consider whether information it receives via foreign nationals may be a product of Russian intelligence efforts or disinformation.” Yet he himself never made that same consideration.
By strictly following Aileen Cannon’s order, Special Master Raymond Dearie may well make Trump’s attempt to dodge the law more difficult.
Trump has had the documents that Aileen Cannon used to claim he was harmed by the government seizure for a week, with no protective order prohibiting him from speaking about them. And he has been silent.
In rebuking Aileen Cannon for her injunction on DOJ’s investigation into the classified files Trump stole, the 11th Circuit reminded her that courts grant the [current] Executive great deference on matters pertaining to classification and national security.
With each new filing, the government gets closer to suggesting they need to execute additional search warrants to find the contents of the empty folders found at Trump’s beach resort.
Trump’s response to the government’s motion for a stay of some of Judge Cannon’s order ignores (or misrepresents) a bunch of factual issues. But it also makes an appellate claim DOJ did not address.
Seven years into the Trump phenomenon, commentators are still treating Trump and his advocates as if they care about the law or the truth. They don’t. They care about sustaining a narrative of grievance that might allow him to resume power.
Trump’s team is wailing that Raymond Dearie is going to adhere to the law during his Special Master Review.