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Mueller Wants to Delay Telling Manafort and Gates What Other Crimes It Knows They Committed

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emptywheel
The Mueller team doesn't want to have to spend the next 8 months informing Paul Manafort and Rick Gates every time it finds a new crime it wants to mention at trial.
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Steve King Just Voted to Subject Americans to "Worse than Watergate"

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emptywheel
Not a single of the Republicans squawking most loudly about Devin Nunes' hack document claiming abuse at the FBI voted the way you'd expect if they really believed what they were saying.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]

Jack Goldsmith and Susan Hennessey Run Cover for Those Giving Jeff Sessions Unreviewable Authority to Criminalize Dissent

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emptywheel
Susan Hennessey and Jack Goldsmith tried to excuse the Trump opponents voting to give Jeff Sessions more tools to crack down on brown people and dissenters. But they don't address the most problematic new tools that the 702 reauthorization gives Sessions.

Has Hal Martin Finally Gotten the Government to Admit He Didn't Feed Shadow Brokers?

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emptywheel
After Hal Martin threatened to use classified information in his sentencing process, the government seems to have grown more willing to discuss a plea deal.
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The June 9 Trump Tower Limited Hangout

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emptywheel
I believe some part of the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting discussed a quid pro quo exchanging sanctions relief for dirt that Guccifer 2.0 delivered a week later.

The 702 Capitulations: a Real Measure of the "Deep State"

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emptywheel
Heads the "Deep State" wins, tails democratic oversight fails. That's what we've learned from the push to reauthorize Section 702.
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Let the Pro-Oprah Resistance Beware: Scam in Progress?

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Rayne
A majority of Americans are really frustrated right now but they shouldn't let their guard down at the first sign of hope. They're at risk of being harvested by unscrupulous entities.
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With the Corey Lewandowski Interview, Devin Nunes Confirms He's No More Than Trump's Mole

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emptywheel
It's becoming fairly clear that Nunes is using the House Intelligence Committee to shadow Mueller's investigation for the benefit of Donald Trump.
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How Did the "Publication" of the Dossier Lead to a Murder before It was Published?

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emptywheel
Glenn Simpson's lawyer seems to have suggested in August that Oleg Erovinkin was "killed as a result of the publication of this dossier." If he was, he was killed because Fusion leaked HUMINT to the press.
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What Glenn Simpson Said about the Relationship with the FBI

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emptywheel
Glenn Simpson's testimony actually suggests the souring of the relationship between Christopher Steele and the FBI was a two-ways street.
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Divisional Playoffs 2018

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bmaz
Four more games, two today, two tomorrow. Win or go home. All the platitudes. I have been spending a great deal of my time the last week with the porcelain god in the bathroom, and nearly all of it the last 24 hours. Also have a pretty important…
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The Simpson Transcript: The Dossier as Predicate

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emptywheel
The Simpson transcript doesn't do as much as Democrats would like for establishing solid ties between the FBI investigation and the Steele dossier. But there's so much else that predicated the investigation that that doesn't matter.
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Incidental Collection Under Section 702 Has Probably Contributed to Trump's Downfall, Too

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emptywheel
Paul Ryan got Trump to revise his complaints about FISA yesterday by assuring him that Section 702 couldn't have hurt him. But there's a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest Section 702 was important in getting Papadopoulos to flip as Title I was in getting Flynn to flip.
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Let me tell you a story

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Quinn Norton
People often wonder about how attraction affects whether an interaction is sexual harassment or not. I have an answer for that, a story from my own life. This is my story, but I'm so damn tired of starring in it. Let's make it your story this…
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Stephen Miller Claims that Trump's Russian Investigation Line Was a Disclaimer

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emptywheel
Before having to be escorted off Jake Tapper's set the other day, Stephen Miller explained how the second letter firing Comey was designed to obstruct justice.
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Trump's Obstruction Defense: Rod Rosenstein Wrote a Letter

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emptywheel
Trump apparently believes he's get off of obstruction charges by pointing the meaner things Rod Rosenstein said about Jim Comey than he said in his own firing letter.
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Mark Corallo's Obstruction Concerns: "The President...did not attend the meeting."

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emptywheel
The last words Mark Corallo issued before leaving the Trump White House out of concerns of obstruction of justice were, "The President was not aware of and did not attend the meeting."

The Misrepresentations of the Simpson-Veselnitskaya Meetings

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emptywheel
It seems like both Natalia Veselnitskaya and Fox News mischaracterized meetings between her and Glenn Simpson the week of the Trump Tower meeting in 2016.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]

What HPSCI Wants to Protect in 702: Back Doors, the Tor Exception, and a Dysfunctional FISC

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emptywheel
You can tell a lot about what HPSCI wants to protect from the flyer they released attacking the USA Rights reauthorization of 702. For example, HPSCI Wants to Protect encryption back doorrs, the Tor Exception, and a dysfunctional FISC.