The Flynn sentencing memo, with a largely redacted addendum describing his cooperation, is out. Effectively, Mueller recommends no prison time because of Flynn’s substantial cooperation, his early cooperation, his record of service to the country. The section on cooperation describes Flynn’s assistance in three investigations. The Mueller investigation is actually the second thing listed, which […]
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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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For over two years, Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone have been crafting a series of nested cover stories to hide the details of how they learned in August details of what WikiLeaks would release in October. It’s fairly clear, this Matryoshka cover-up has become part of Mueller’s investigation. It all suggests that whatever lies inside that last little doll is something so damning that the guy with the Nixon tattoo allowed the cover-up to become a second crime.
From December 16, 2016 to at least January 6, 2018, there was a concerted effort among Trump’s flunkies to find a way to repay Julian Assange’s help for getting elected.
Among the things Jerome Corsi alleges in his complaint is that he deduced that John Podesta’s emails were coming in August 2016 from a document dump released on September 13, 2016.
Alone among Trump’s 38 co-conspirators, Roger Stone is the one he won’t admit to ongoing communications with. Given the rogue’s gallery that he will overtly “collude” with on common defense, that he won’t with Stone is truly telling.
Twice during election season, Richard Burr claimed his committee hadn’t found any hard evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But we now know his committee referred at least two people to Mueller’s office for lying about the funding to Trump from GRU-tied people.
One detail from Paul Manafort’s status hearing yesterday did not surprise me: Andrew Weissmann said he was “ready to go immediately with his filing of details on Manafort’s alleged breach” of his plea agreement. (Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave him a week, until December 7, to do so). Weissmann plays coy about next steps One […]
All the analysis about whether you can indict a sitting President focuses on the President’s natural person. This President also exists as a corporate person.
One reason the government said it couldn’t unseal the search warrants against Michael Cohen is because “many uncharged individuals” were named in them. We’re only beginning to get an idea of who is included among those “many” people.
Michael Cohen has probably given Mueller a great overview of Trump’s sleazy business practices. But two past events, in particular, were probably particularly useful to the investigation: Trump’s 2011 trial balloon for a presidential run (which was funded by Trump Org), and the negotiations around the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.