Sam Alito just ended federal protection for abortion in the United States.
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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.
It’s not clear how successfully DOJ would have pushed back against Trump’s attempt to decapitate DOJ to get claims of voter fraud if Richard Donoghue hadn’t been moved to DOJ in one of Bill Barr’s apparent attempts to control prosecutorial decision within US Attorneys offices.
Lev Parnas wants credit for working the press during Trump’s first impeachment. The government says that complying with a congressional subpoena was no more than his civic duty, for which he should get no credit at sentencing.
DOJ took overt steps in its investigation of the fake electors the day after the January 6 Committee presented information that’s new to most of the public on the same topic. But it’s unlikely that DOJ took the acts solely because of the Committee hearing.
On the same day DOJ finally appealed Carl Nichols’ decision rejecting their application of 18 USC 1512(c)(2) to January 6, Amy Berman Jackson joined 15 of her colleagues in upholding the application.
The government is finally raising concerns about Sidney Powell paying for the defense of the Oath Keepers’ conspirators. The question is why they’ve waited for three months?
The shocking and emotional part of the January 6 Committee hearing on Trump’s pressure on states was the stories that targets of Trump’s bullying told, including Shaye Moss’ description of how Rudy Giuliani claimed a ginger mint her mom had handed her was instead a thumb drive used to steal the election. But the details in the hearing go a long way to substantiating a conspiracy to obstruct the vote certification.
The January 6 Committee hearings have renewed debates about what it would take to criminally charge Donald Trump, raising questions about what decision-making process Merrick Garland might use before approving such a prosecution. But he may already have taken steps to make such decisions easier.
Priti Patel’s unsurprising of the extradition order for Julian Assange may mark just the beginning of the process.
The January 6 Committee got much closer last night to explaining how the many efforts by Trump to use the mob to pressure his Vice President turned into a real threat to his life from that mob.