Entries by emptywheel

Surveillance Reform Can No Longer Ignore EO 12333

Yesterday, a bunch of civil liberties groups issued a letter calling for FISA 702 reform as part of the Section 215 reauthorization this year. I agree that the reauthorization this year should address the problems with 702 that weren’t addressed last year, though even on FISA, the letter doesn’t go far enough. DOJ IG will […]

Mick Mulvaney Confesses OMB and DOD Are Withholding Evidence of a Crime from Congress

Amid all the other crazy disclosures in his press conference today, Mick Mulvaney admitted that the White House didn’t have a very very good reason to ignore the will of Congress in releasing security funds to Ukraine. Yet, OMB and DOD are refusing to tell Congress why it did so, in clear violation of the law.

The Criminal Investigation into Paul Manafort Was (and May Still be) Ongoing–and Likely Pertains to Trump’s Ukraine Extortion

Documents from the filings and hearings on Manafort’s breach of his plea deal suggest a real continuity between his efforts to implement a plan Konstantin Kilimnik presented to him on August 2, 2016 and the influence operations of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.