Lev Parnas claims the government caused any delay in cooperating with the House. But his 16 day delay in providing a hard drive to obtain discovery guaranteed he could not have cooperated before the House had already voted out articles of impeachment.
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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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Lev Parnas says Bill Barr should recuse from his case and he’s absolutely right about that. But his letter making that request is not entirely candid.
Trump seems to be developing a pattern where his closest associates offer legal relief in exchange for shoddy campaign dirt.
After a week of Lev Parnas’ media campaign, the entire point of it begins to make more sense.
Donald Trump and Lev Parnas are both defending themselves against serious allegations of criminal wrong-doing. But just one of them has released evidence to substantiate their defense. And the press ought to take that into account when deciding who is more credible.
Lev Parnas appears to believe he was arrested when and how he was to keep him silent.
The George Papadopoulos 302s laid out yesterday definitely show why the government believed Papadopoulos was deliberately lying to them in interviews in January and February 2017 — though he did keep saying he wanted to help them. The 302s also raise real questions about whether Papadopoulos reached out to Trump’s lawyers during this process.
Sidney Powell has been planning the high stakes bid to overturn Flynn’s plea for six months. But she still doesn’t seem to have come up with a good reason for it.
In the story Lev Parnas is currently selling to the press, he only got meetings with corrupt Ukrainians by invoking Trump’s name. But he let slip last night that Igor Fruman’s network has an important role, too.
John Dowd confirmed in October that some of the more inflammatory allegations Lev Parnas is making are true.