As the DC press corps scrambles to cover the press conference today at which Jim Jordan and James Comer will announce that Hunter Biden will be their first order of business, we’re about to find out how few DC journalists have the self-respect to cover what a waste all this is.
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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 Joel Greenberg sentencing memo reads like a Coen Brothers movie: Sex, ecstasy, rat-fucking, and flaming cryptocurrency servers. But the dispute over how much credit Greenberg should get for his cooperation provides important insight into press coverage about Matt Gaetz’ ties to Greenberg.
The Proud Boys are once again complaining that the government isn’t letting them publicly release information on Proud Boy informants who were not in the Proud Boy Leaders’ inner circle.
Devlin Barrett’s sources would have you believe that a man in whom the Saudis have invested upwards of $3B would have no financial interest in stealing documents on Iran’s missile system.
Few people really understand how such a closely balanced Congress will work.
SDNY has closed the Ukraine influence-peddling investigation into Rudy Giuliani.
The government has asked Raymond Dearie to treat this Special Master review as he would any other Special Master review, and to recommend to Judge Cannon that she lift the injunction over all the documents–2,794 out of 2,916–over which Trump has made no privilege claim.
We know why DOJ has not yet indicted Trump. The reason is that DOJ has been very busy taking steps that have to happen before they could indict Trump.
Andy McCarthy is full of shit. But the shit he says is important because he tells Republican activists what they should think and say about legal matters. And he just gave those activists permission to support the indictment of Donald Trump.
As they did in 2020, voters gave democracy another lifeline. They voted, affirmatively, for democracy. But it’s not clear the press view protecting democracy, as opposed to protecting access, with anywhere near the same urgency.