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The Publisher of the Steele Dossier, Ben Smith, Reports that the Hunter Biden Laptop Was Just a Political Dirty Trick

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emptywheel
In a piece talking about disinformation other than the Steele dossier, Ben Smith seems really sanguine that he can tell political dirty tricks from disinformation.
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Hillary's Candidate Briefing Was More Contentious than Mike Flynn's

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emptywheel
Since DOJ's IG revealed that the FBI briefer who attended the first Trump briefing was also part of the Mike Flynn investigative team, Republicans have complained about how badly he was treated. According to the CIA official history, Hillary seems to have been the one treated as a suspect.
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Where to Look (or Not) for Signs of Life in Rule of Law

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emptywheel
Those with a platform would be better off defending the rule of law -- selling independents and moderate Republicans on the import of the January 6 investigation -- than whining that the investigation is not proceeding quickly enough.
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Sting Ray: Project Veritas' Schrodinger's Proxy

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emptywheel
Project Veritas and one of its former staffers can't seem to agree when they first learned about Ashley Biden's diary.
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CTDT: Critical Turkey Day Theory

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Rayne
Thanks to you all for sharing this holiday with us, and every day as community members at emptywheel.
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Parallel Tracks: Project Veritas Served on Their Subpoena Stance

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emptywheel
Project Veritas' claims that they're being investigated for journalism would be a lot more convincing if they hadn't played games with an offer to share information for the investigation.
Photo: Pavan Trikutam via Unsplash
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Burners, Burning: The Heat's Turned up on Mark Meadows [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Sending someone who isn't a Kremer to buy a burner phone with cash to evade tracing suggests Kylie Kremer knew exactly what the role of her organization, Women to Save America First, was within the framework of the insurrection. Bet Meadows knows this
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The Disinformation that Got Told: Michael Cohen Was, in Fact, Hiding Secret Communications with the Kremlin

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emptywheel
If the dossier was significantly disinformation, then all Americans were victims of it. It turned a legitimate concern about real Russian interference into American elections into one of the biggest sources of political polarization in recent history. As such, disinformation injected into the dossier should increasingly be treated as central part of the 2016 Russian influence operation -- perhaps its most successful and lasting part.
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False Identifications and Two Delayed Arrests: Jeremy Baouche and Mark Mazza

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emptywheel
In recent days, the FBI arrested two January 6 defendants about whom there was confusion at the beginning of the investigation.
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Pressure Drop Trash Talk

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bmaz
Lot of stuff in the last couple of days, and things that have people hot and bothered. So, let's chill it out a bit with some late trash talk. First off, a bit of credit to Fernando Alonso, who finished on the podium in Qatar for the first…
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On CIPA and Sequestration: Durham's Discovery Deadends

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emptywheel
To bring try his case against Igor Danchenko, John Durham is going to have to convince the FISA Court to let him disseminate information damaging to Carter Page that has been sequestered to protect Carter Page.

The Rittenhouse Verdict

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bmaz
This will be quick, but I did not want Marcy's thread overcome by Rittenhouse discussion. So, just as a lead in, I'll quote a comment on the other thread by Rugger: "Indeed, that’s been the chatter elseweb for a while especially after Judge…
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In Story Purporting to "Reckon" with Steele's Baseless Insinuations, CNN Spreads Durham's Unsubstantiated Insinuations

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emptywheel
CNN is the latest outlet that has presented insinuations that John Durham doesn't substantiate in the Danchenko indictment with the same credulity as unsubstantiated insinuations in the Steele dossier.
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A Somewhat Charitable View Of Vaccine Refusers

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Ed Walker
We don't like to think our fellow citizens are dumb. Better to think they're normal but deluded.

Three Things: Fire, Fire, Fired [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Dear Executive: Please use your powers to execute the needs of the people by firing these failures. Thank you.
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Aleksej Gubarev Drops Lawsuit after DOJ Confirms Steele Dossier Report Naming Gubarev's Company Came from His Employee

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emptywheel
Just as the central role of one of his own employees in the Steele dossier has become central to the Igor Danchenko indictment, Aleksej Gubarev has dropped his lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing that report.
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Kevin Fairlamb and Jacob Chansley Sentences Affirm Judicial Legitimacy

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emptywheel
Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced two prominent January 6 defendants to 41 month sentences in the last week. One thing both sentencing hearings did -- whether motivated out of genuine remorse or as part of a cynical ploy to butter up a judge -- is reaffirm the legitimacy of the judicial process. Both these men recognized their actions as crimes. Both recognized the legitimacy of a judge imposing sentence for it. And both defendants recognized the professionalism of those at DOJ working to prosecute the case.
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John Durham's Cut-and-Paste Failures -- and Other Indices of Unreliability

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emptywheel
It would be a mistake to respond to the bad reporting on the dossier by replicating the same bad habits with the Danchenko indictment. But that is what Bill Grueskin does in a NYT op-ed treating the Danchenko indictment as a reliable source of the truth.
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John Durham: Destroying the Purported Victims to Save Them

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emptywheel
John Durham wrote the Igor Danchenko in a way that will allow Danchenko to make credible discovery requests on the counterintelligence investigations into Carter Page, Sergei Millian, and Oleg Deripaska, as well as two FISA orders.
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