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Three Times William Barr Said Trading Pardons for False Testimony Was Obstruction of Justice

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emptywheel
In the discussion of the Bill Barr memo in the last two days, the discussion of Barr's claimed views on obstruction have mostly focused on the crazier parts of the memo that got him the job, and not even the passage at the bottom of the first…
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The Politics Of The Green New Deal: OMG It’s Socialism!

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Ed Walker
It’s time for government to exercise its democratically earned power to protect us from Capitalism, and to protect Capitalism from itself. That's the meaning of the Green New Deal.
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Rod Rosenstein Didn't Even Clear Trump on All the Topics He Hired Mueller to Investigate

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emptywheel
In conspiring with Barr to give Trump the all-clear, Rosenstein didn't address a significant part of the job he gave Mueller. 
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How William Barr Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump

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emptywheel
William Barr just did something totally cowardly to avoid fulfilling the promises he made in his confirmation process.
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The Mueller Report, the Short Version

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emptywheel
Robert Mueller punted to both William Barr and Congress, but it's clear the case against Trump is fairly damning.
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Rod Rosenstein's Unfortunate Vocabulary: Defining a Criminal Investigation by "Links" and "Collusion"

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emptywheel
Rod Rosenstein is the very unlikely hero of the Mueller investigation. "Rod is a survivor," Jim Comey said after getting fired. "And you don’t get to survive that long across administrations without making compromises." Yet here we are,…
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After Mueller: An Off-Ramp on Russia for the Venal Fucks

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emptywheel
Now that Mueller has said whatever he has to say about why the evidence of Trump's ties to Russia do not amount to a crime, both sides need to focus on preventing Russia from attacking the country again.
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The Mueller Report Has Been Delivered

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emptywheel
The Mueller Report is done. But the only thing we know ... yet is that neither the Acting AGs nor Barr vetoed any of Mueller's decisions.
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There's a Decent Chance Jon Karl's Source Is Being or Was Investigated for Obstruction

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emptywheel
If Jon Karl's certainty about the Mueller Report comes from one or another of Trump's lawyers that is or was being investigated for obstruction, he ought to be a lot more circumspect about their claims.

The Politics of The Green New Deal: The Opposition Of The Rich

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Ed Walker
The good things about the Green New Deal, including the things it does for capital, are not enough to stem the outrage of the capitalists.
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The Predictable Result of Asymmetry in Terrorism Policing: Andrew McCabe's Demise

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emptywheel
The white supremacy that brought us the Trump presidency -- and with it, Andrew McCabe's demise -- would not be possible if we had treated violent white supremacist terror as terror for the last twenty years. 
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The More Interesting Michael Cohen Redactions: On Viktor Vekselberg

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emptywheel
The most interesting redactions in the hundreds of pages of Michael Cohen warrant material yesterday pertain to Viktor Vekselberg, not the hush payments.
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The (Unsealed Parts of the) Michael Cohen Investigation

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emptywheel
Here's the serial process the government used to lead up to Michael Cohen's raid on April 9, 2018.
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By July 18, 2017, Mueller Had Probable Cause Michael Cohen Was an Unregistered Foreign Agent

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emptywheel
Affidavits backing the April 9, 2018 search of Michael Cohen show that Mueller already had probable cause he was acting as an unregistered foreign agent -- the "soft" spy statute -- by July 18, 2017.
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"I Can't Be Seen Taking Credit for HIS Victory:" The Purpose of Roger Stone's Paperback

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emptywheel
In January, Stone rejected a title for his new paperback claiming credit for Trump's win. If Stone's efforts to maximize the value of Russia's active measures campaign really were key, then the last thing he'd want to do is release a paperback crowing about that. Of course, because of the boneheaded efforts of his lawyers, his concerns about doing so are now public. 

The Politics of the Green New Deal: Part 2 on Capital

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Ed Walker
Capital faces disruptions and major losses due to climate change. The Green New Deal offers protections for the interests of capital.
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The "at Least One Other District" Mike Flynn's Cooperation Live In

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emptywheel
Details from a hearing in the prosecution of Mike Flynn's business partner yesterday suggest still more complexity to the investigations that have spun off of Mueller's primary investigation.
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Lisa Page Confirms that the Trump Campaign Investigation Was Different than Russian Info Ops Investigation

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emptywheel
Lisa Page confirms a point I've long made about the Mueller investigation: at the start, the investigation was separate from the investigation into Russia's efforts to hack the election.
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