Today Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall claimed that DOJ would suffer irreparable harm if they had to explain why they moved to dismiss Flynn’s prosecution AND ALSO admitted there were secret reasons Barr was trying to hide.
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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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Many people are suggesting that the results of DOJ’s review of 29 FISA applications in which DOJ IG found a bunch of errors shows that Carter Page’s application was exceptionally bad. On the contrary, it only shows that Bill Barr’s DOJ applies different rules to measure the Russian investigation than it has other investigations.
A heavily redacted Jared Kushner interview report makes it clear he attempted to skate using the same strategy his father-in-law used: by not recalling the damning things he had done.
Perhaps the most interesting detail in the response from Maryland’s US Attorney’s office to a Jason Leopold FOIA request on the Roger Stone sentencing is that they included an email on the Erik Prince investigation.
Federal intelligence targeting networks — especially when wielded by those who don’t understand the networks they’re looking at — will always impinge on First Amendment activities. It just so happens that now it is impinging on the First Amendment activities of those who used to applaud such approaches.
The full DC Circuit is going to re-hear Mike Flynn’s petition for a writ of mandamus, this time reviewing what they should have reviewed the first time, whether Flynn has any remedy other than a writ. (He does.)
Bill Barr lied repeatedly yesterday when asked to explain his intervention in Roger Stone’s sentence, falsely claiming that Amy Berman Jackson agreed with his analysis finding threats to a judge a “technicality.”
Attorney General Bill Barr’s sworn testimony as of today is that he’s not familiar with the obstruction case against Trump and — arguably — never read it, or at least is unfamiliar with the case it lays out about why, if Trump gave Stone clemency, it would be a crime.
In his opening statement for his House Judiciary Committee testimony today, Billy Barr spends five paragraphs explaining he returned to office to right what he believes was a wrong in the “Russiagate” investigation. That means his entire decision to return to government was based off a mistaken understanding of that investigation.
DOJ has argued that DOJ would face irreparable harm if they had to explain their actions in the Mike Flynn case under oath. Which is reason enough that HJC should focus on that question when Bill Barr comes to testify tomorrow.