None of the Attorneys General denying any knowledge of a subpoena “targeting” Adam Schiff are denying that a subpoena obtained records that happened to be from Adam Schiff.
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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.
According to the Statement of Offense to which James Wolfe — the former Senate Intelligence Committee security official convicted of lying about his contacts with journalists — allocuted, Carter Page suspected Wolfe was the source for Ellen Nakashima’s story revealing Page had been targeted with a FISA order. When the former Trump campaign staffer wrote […]
Now that Adam Schiff has learned that “it’s just metadata” doesn’t rule about abuse of surveillance powers, maybe we can have a broader discussion about how the government uses metadata?
A Three Percenter January 6 conspiracy indictment released last night has a hybrid form, tying the anti-mask community in Southern California into a network with the Three Percenters. More importantly, it suggests the organizing surrounding the rally on January 5 included a premeditated plan to surround the Capitol on January 6.
The arrest affidavit for Kevin Douglas Creek, who is accused of assaulting some police at the January 6 insurrection, reveals just how much metadata traveling to an insurrection can leave for investigators.
One tea leaf to read to determine precisely why Merrick Garland and Lisa Monaco aren’t reversing course on Bill Barr’s policies more abruptly is the Andrew McCabe lawsuit, which was stayed on Monaco’s third day on the job.
The detention motion for Jason Dolan makes a compelling case that he should be detained pre-trial. But it also suggests he invented a story claiming not only that the Oath Keeper stack could not have “broken” into the East door of the Capitol, but also that Marine Major Christopher Warnagiris did something other than know precisely when the door was going to be opened from the inside.
One excuse DOD made for not deploying the National Guard promptly on January 6 is that there was no federal agency to lead the response. But there was one: DOJ. Only, according to the Senate Report on January 6, DOJ did nothing to prepare.
Lots of observers are asking how Merrick Garland could make such a horrible decision as to sustain DOJ’s defense of Trump against the lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll. They might be better served by — finally — considering what Lisa Monaco’s background suggests she will do at DOJ.
There continue to be questions about how we’ll ever get accountability for January 6 without a January 6 commission to do that work. In an exchange yesterday, for example, Bart Gellman asked what questions we’d most want a January 6 commission to answer, and I responded, “Why there’s such a broad belief that a criminal […]