Happy Birthday to Johnny D and his merry band of prosecutors! Today marks your third birthday! Quite a milestone for an investigation that has just one conviction — a gift wrapped up with a bow from Michael Horowitz — to show for those three years. John Durham, however, had something much more ambitious planned to […]
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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.
To get a conviction of Michael Sussmann in the trial started next week, John Durham has to prove that Sussmann said what Durham claims Sussmann did to James Baker on September 19, 2016, that what Sussmann said was a lie, and that the alleged lie was material to the functioning of the FBI. That’ll be harder than you might think.
The January 6 Committee has decided to subpoena five of their colleagues.
As I predicted might happen, John Durham has gotten a subset of the Fusion GPS emails he suspected weren’t privileged, but he can’t use them in Michael Sussmann’s trial, which starts next week.
John Durham seems to have admitted that when he claimed to know better than Michael Horowitz about whether the Russian investigation was properly predicated, he hadn’t actually reviewed the evidence.
Six months after the Igor Danchenko indictment, John Durham is still getting journalists to misreport what the indictment says.
Marc Elias will have an opportunity next week to tell a jury about what it was like to advise a Presidential campaign whose opponent asked Russia for help to beat her.
The most intriguing witness for the Michael Sussmann trial may be DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Both Infowars employees being prosecuted for January 6 are discussing pleading.
In his exhibit purporting to get preapproval to use Fusion GPS emails at trial, John Durham provided a bunch of emails that were useless for that purpose but really useful for riling up the frothers.