An amicus brief signed by Trey Gowdy submitted in the MIke Flynn case yesterday claims that information made available by Trey Gowdy before Flynn’s second plea allocution was not available to Flynn before he pled guilty.
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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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Bill Barr is saying it was illegitimate for the FBI to investigate whether the incoming President engaged in a quid pro quo to get elected and therefore Flynn’s lies that hid key details needed to answer that question are not material to any investigation that FBI should be engaging in.
And he’s saying it just before campaign season begins again in earnest.
A former top FBI official looks at one piece of paperwork in the Trump investigation and declares it was all made up. For some reason, he didn’t consult the other piece of paperwork.
PCLOB plans to review FISA applications targeting counterintelligence subjects. They’d be better off fighting to expand their mandate such that they were allowed to do just that.
Three years after the frothy right first started targeting Samantha Power for reading intelligence while serving as Ambassador to the UN, Ric Grenell admits that when he was in a subordinate position to the one Power had, he also was an avid consumer of intelligence.
The at least eight investigations into the Russian investigation have gone on, collectively, 47% longer than the investigation itself.
Adam Schiff’s objections to a Ron Wyden fix to Section 215 reveal that the government is using Section 215 to collect on Americans who use the same web functions as foreigners.
The DC Circuit did not address Emmet Sullivan’s order to John Gleeson to consider whether Flynn should be held in criminal contempt. Here’s the evidence Gleeson would look at.
Judicial Watch has liberated the memo passing along the Alexander Downer tip to the FBI. It shows that in context — Papadopoulos tied the possibility that Russia would anonymously release dirt to the campaign’s plan to use dirt on Hillary to win — Papadopoulos’ comments were more incriminating than previously let on.
In a bid to excuse Mike Flynn’s actions, Eli Lake calls 18 USC 951 — the crime Flynn entered a plea deal to avoid — is “outright espionage.”