Among the weaknesses of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on election tampering are that it remains silent about Congress’ past and future role — including that of Mitch McConnell — but it also never considered Russian compromise of vendors.
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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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Roger Stone insists there’s an innocent explanation for why he, Rick Gates, and Michael Caputo were meeting around the same time as the Russians hacked the DNC and then offered emails as dirt to the campaign.
The Putin crony whose companies and person got charged in the Internet Research Agency indictment has made it clear he’s going to inflict a cost on DOJ for doing so. It may have repercussions on how Mueller will proceed with other legal cases, not to mention similar cases in the future.
After months of demanding Comey exonerate him publicly, Trump fired him.
Given TS Ellis’ focus on the probability Mueller charged Paul Manafort with tax charges only to get him flip in the investigation against Trump, I find it notable that Mueller’s EDVA brief did not include language the DC brief did on doing just that.
TS Ellis may have ripped Mueller’s prosecutors a new one on Friday. But that came amid several signs that he thinks Mueller’s team is operating within normal bounds of prosecutorial discretion.
While it has been known for some time Mueller is investigating Trump’s inauguration committee, the twin scoops that Mueller questioned Tom Barrack and Viktor Vekselberg suggest it’s a very key part of the current inquiry.
When Trump learned the FBI was investigating Mike Flynn for actions that would disclose his effort to pay off his election debts to the Russians, he fired Mike Flynn.
The DOJ has released its numbers for FISA approvals. It shows that DOJ’s numbers remain pretty useless, even in the fact of FISC numbers that show real concerns from the court.
The President who cried “wiretap” once too often should be treated with a great deal of skepticism when another story he was wiretapped comes out.