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Roger Stone Lawyer Bruce Rogow Concedes His CrowdStrike Ploy Was Just That

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emptywheel
Roger Stone's lawyers effectively admitted yesterday they didn't really need the CrowdStrike reports they've used to stoke conspiracy theories to defend Stone.
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Renewing My Obsession with Paul Manafort's iPods: Robert Mueller's 2,300 Media Devices

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emptywheel
DOJ just told Jason Leopold that Mueller obtained the contents of around 2,300 media devices.
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The Original Subpoenas in the Mike Flynn FARA Investigation

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emptywheel
Now that the government is trying Bijan Kian without Mike Flynn's cooperation, they're moving to compel production of documents that he had previous provided voluntarily.
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On CNN's WikiLeaks Exclusive: Remember the Other Document Dumps

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emptywheel
CNN has a piece that focuses on visitor logs when it should instead focus more on the Ecuadorian politics over Julian Assange's presence in their embassy and the inventory of devices accessible to Assange. It also
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On Mike Flynn's Previously Undisclosed Interactions with Ekim Aptekin

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emptywheel
The news that Flynn and Turkish cut-out Ekim Alptekin had more ties than previously known makes some of his claims to Rob Kelner -- which his current firebreather lawyer Sidney Powell just released thinking it helped him -- may actually prove that he lied.
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A Feud for Fun and Profit

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Rayne
None of the internecine squabbling between House Democrats' factions gets them any closer to doing what the 2018 Blue Wave told Democrats needed to be done. When will House Dems pull out of their navel-gazing spiral?

Sidney Powell Believes She Can Bullshit Emmet Sullivan at No Risk to Her Client Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
Sidney Powell made an claim in a June 27 meeting with Bijan Kian's prosecutors designed to blow up the prosecution. But she still wants to claim -- the cooperation schedule notwithstanding -- that her client is cooperating in that prosecution.
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The Gina Haspel Honorary 2020 Intelligence Authorization Might Criminalize Linked In Resumes

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emptywheel
Gina Haspel is trying to make it harder to hold the CIA accountable and legally more risky to leak classified identities to WikiLeaks. But the effort may backfire, making it easier for Assange to beat charges for leaking the identities of informants (which is a good thing).
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With Latest Stunt, Mike Flynn May Save Bijan Kian from Prison Time But Double His Own

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emptywheel
When Mike Flynn hired new counsel, it became clear he was ... up to something. Now that something might get him -- and possibly even his son (concerns about whom motivated Flynn to cooperate in the first place) -- sent to prison. Or, it might…
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Ann Donaldson's Code Makes Richard Burr's Tip-Off to the White House Far More Damning

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emptywheel
Ann Donaldson generally used a code to not answer the House Judiciary Committee's questions to her. But the way in which she applies that code to questions about Richard Burr tipping off the White House to the FBI's investigation are quite damning.
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The Steele Dossier and the Mueller Investigation: Michael Cohen

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emptywheel
The frothy right thinks it's really important to ask Robert Mueller about the role of the dossier in his investigation of Trump people like Michael Cohen. But the public record suggests it didn't predicate the investigation into Cohen, who was the villain of the Steele dossier.

OPEN THREAD: FIFA Women's World Cup Final — U.S. vs. Netherlands

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Rayne
The U.S. meets the Netherlands today. Grab a beverage and watch along with us. This is an open thread.
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Joshua Schulte Keeps Digging: His Defensible Legal Defense Continues to Make a Public Case He's Guilty

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emptywheel
Schulte appears to be the author of CIA's obfuscation tool. But that detail -- offered as purported exoneration by his lawyer -- doesn't do anything about all the other evidence implicating him. 

In Order to Form a More Perfect Union

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Rayne
Noting our nation's grim slide this past year it's important to recall this holiday has always been aspirational, its full potential unrealized. We still have work to do.
[Photo: Emily Morter via Unsplash]
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The Mysterious Rapid Reverse Veep with a Press Backflip

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Rayne
VP Pence did a rapid reverse and his communications people have since performed backflips. What inspired these awkward gymnastics to avoid disclosure?
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The Steele Dossier and the Mueller Investigation: Carter Page

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emptywheel
In the first of a series on what the public record shows about the Steele dossier's influence on the Mueller investigation, I'll show that it definitely had a role in the investigation of Carter Page, but for different reasons than commonly understood.
Graphic: Quino Al via Unsplash (mod by Rayne)
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Whip It Good: Impeachment Inquiry — Do You Even Math? [UPDATED]

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Rayne
Yelling at House Speaker Pelosi is useless when it's is on you to exercise representative democracy. This is an open thread.
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Jim Jordan's Bubble Has Allowed Him to Remain Painfully Stupid about the Mueller Investigation

Jim Jordan thinks he has a doozy question for Robert Mueller: Why Mueller didn't decide he couldn't charge conspiracy until after the mid-terms. Jordan would more productively ask Donald Trump that question than Mueller.
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