Entries by emptywheel

Stealing Elections: The Underlying Assumption behind Billy Barr’s Flip-Flop on the Materiality of Flynn’s Lies

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. 

George Papadopoulos Tied the Utility of Russian Dirt to the Campaign’s Plan to Use Dirt to Win

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.