In August 2016, Paul Manafort was facing financial ruin and at least one blackmail attempt. What kind of desperate things might he have done to stave off ruin?
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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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Maybe the President and his lawyers think the best way to avoid an interview with Robert Mueller is to confess to everything before noon on Sunday morning? Because between Trump’s tweets and Jay Sekulow’s TV appearance, they just confessed to conspiring with Russia.
A lot has gone on during the three months during which Roger Stone aide Andrew Miller has refused to appear before the Mueller grand jury.
JD Gordon and Mariia Butina went to hear a live version of Styx’ the Grand Illusion together in the heat of campaign season.
One of the articles serially published by the Alice Donovan persona attributed to GRU in the DNC hack indictment seems to have predicted global ransomeware attacks that would be launched a year later.
As I disclosed last month, I provided information to the FBI on issues related to the Mueller investigation, so I’m going to include disclosure statements on Mueller investigation posts from here on out. I will include the disclosure whether or not the stuff I shared with the FBI pertains to the subject of the post. Lawfare has […]
Why does the press treat statements Trump and Rudy make that the rest of us see as lies, but claims they present as big secrets as the truth? Robert Mueller is not focused on Trump primarily about obstruction and hasn’t been for many months.
Paul Manafort seems to be doing what he has been doing since he was first indicted: doing as much damage to Mueller’s credibility (and now Rick Gates), as well as collecting information about the evidence Mueller has showing the conspiracy he and Trump engaged in with Russia to help him get elected, all in hopes he’ll get a pardon for his troubles.
As I laid out a few weeks ago, I provided information to the FBI on issues related to the Mueller investigation, so I’m going to include disclosure statements on Mueller investigation posts from here on out. I will include the disclosure whether or not the stuff I shared with the FBI pertains to the subject of the […]
The timeline laid out in the GRU indictment adds one more channel via which Russians may have learned that the Democrats had hired Christopher Steele to collect HUMINT on Russia’s support for Trump: via stolen emails.