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Perfect Phone Calls: Redefining Vindictive Prosecution in the Trump Era

Last week, Abbe Lowell requested subpoenas in the Hunter Biden case — subpoenas that would obtain known records ranging from mean Trump tweets, to Bill Barr’s efforts to funnel a bribery allegation obtained downstream from Rudy’s efforts to Trump up a bribery allegation, to the Perfect Phone call. It’s an impossible subpoena request. But it’s also a request that goes to the core of defending against the kind retribution Trump demands.