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A Newfound Obsession with Paul Manafort's iCloud Account

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emptywheel
For over a year after the end of the Mueller investigation, some material pertaining to Paul Manafort has been stored somewhere other than standard FBI evidentiary files, inaccessible to normal searches on DOJ systems.
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Jeff Wall: It Would Cause Attorney General Barr Irreparable Harm If He Had to Reveal His Secret Reason He Moved to Dismiss Flynn's Prosecution

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emptywheel
Today Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall claimed that DOJ would suffer irreparable harm if they had to explain why they moved to dismiss Flynn's prosecution AND ALSO admitted there were secret reasons Barr was trying to hide.
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Semi-Open Thread: Biden's Vice President Will Be... [UPDATE-4]

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Rayne
It's that time - the VP announcement has been made. Bring your comments about the Democratic Party's VP nominee here in this thread alone though other topics are welcome.
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Hurricane COVID-19: GOP's Fiscal Restraint Pisses into the Winds

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Rayne
Trump, Meadows, Mnuchin...they just don't get it. They are unable to lead in the face of this massive ongoing catastrophe which has wiped more than 162,000 American lives off the map, even though they had experts and forecasts.
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Trump's Latest Executive Orders: Head Fakes and Head Games

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Rayne
The White House isn't interested in addressing the pandemic's economic problems any more than they are interested in addressing the pandemic itself. It's snowing the media with head games and propping up Trump using head fakes while letting the country burn.
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Social Security And Other Entitlements

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Ed Walker
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and SNAP are essential sources of funds for huge numbers of us. Republicans use them to scare old people.
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GOP Senate Walked Out of DC for a Reason: Voter Foreclosure, 2020 Edition [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
The media needs to stop bothsides journalism and get the GOP on the record: why has the GOP not already funded financial aid and stimulus along with a moratorium extension on evictions? Is the GOP going foreclose on voters to save Trump's ass this November?
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DOJ's Accounting of Its FISA Errors Cannot Be Compared to the Carter Page Report

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emptywheel
Many people are suggesting that the results of DOJ's review of 29 FISA applications in which DOJ IG found a bunch of errors shows that Carter Page's application was exceptionally bad. On the contrary, it only shows that Bill Barr's DOJ applies different rules to measure the Russian investigation than it has other investigations.
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Three Things: Death, Death, and More Death

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Rayne
During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, every step along the way Trump failed to do what was necessary to save American lives.
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In Previously Undisclosed December 2018 Interview, Jared Kushner Got Warned Falsely Claiming to Not Recall Is Still a Lie

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emptywheel
A heavily redacted Jared Kushner interview report makes it clear he attempted to skate using the same strategy his father-in-law used: by not recalling the damning things he had done.
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The Maryland US Attorney's Office Included Erik Prince in a FOIA Response on the Stone Sentencing

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emptywheel
Perhaps the most interesting detail in the response from Maryland's US Attorney's office to a Jason Leopold FOIA request on the Roger Stone sentencing is that they included an email on the Erik Prince investigation.
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Killer Clown Attacks American's Freedoms...and Dr. Fauci

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Rayne
'Gym' Jordan went off as he does regularly, this time on Dr. Fauci in Friday's hearing before the House Select Committee on COVID Oversight. We need a better circus act -- one which doesn't further genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Ben Wittes Gets Stung by the Trump Effect

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emptywheel
Federal intelligence targeting networks -- especially when wielded by those who don't understand the networks they're looking at -- will always impinge on First Amendment activities. It just so happens that now it is impinging on the First Amendment activities of those who used to applaud such approaches. 
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Three Things: Look Over There, Not at Trump's Failures [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Trump's Thursday morning tweet stirred up people more than his average tweets do -- which is saying a lot since his average tweets are pretty annoying. From what was he trying to redirect our attention?
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Full DC Circuit Shifts Mike Flynn Analysis Back to What It Should Be: Unusual Remedy

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emptywheel
The full DC Circuit is going to re-hear Mike Flynn's petition for a writ of mandamus, this time reviewing what they should have reviewed the first time, whether Flynn has any remedy other than a writ. (He does.)

This is Impossible, Part One: Climbing the Mountain

There's no second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and there never really was a first wave. Like generals always fighting the last war, that's a metaphor we lifted from the 1918 Flu Pandemic. Whether it was a good metaphor then or not, it's not…
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Bill Barr Repeatedly Lied, Under Oath, about Judge Amy Berman Jackson

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emptywheel
Bill Barr lied repeatedly yesterday when asked to explain his intervention in Roger Stone's sentence, falsely claiming that Amy Berman Jackson agreed with his analysis finding threats to a judge a "technicality."
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Bill Barr Testifies He's Unfamiliar with the Obstruction Portion of the Mueller Report

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emptywheel
Attorney General Bill Barr's sworn testimony as of today is that he's not familiar with the obstruction case against Trump and -- arguably -- never read it, or at least is unfamiliar with the case it lays out about why, if Trump gave Stone clemency, it would be a crime. 
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Billy Barr Admits, for the Third and Fourth Time, that He Intervenes without Knowing the Facts

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emptywheel
In his opening statement for his House Judiciary Committee testimony today, Billy Barr spends five paragraphs explaining he returned to office to right what he believes was a wrong in the "Russiagate" investigation. That means his entire decision to return to government was based off a mistaken understanding of that investigation.
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HJC Should Ask Bill Barr Why It Would Do Irreparable Harm if He Had to Explain His Actions in the Flynn Case

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emptywheel
DOJ has argued that DOJ would face irreparable harm if they had to explain their actions in the Mike Flynn case under oath. Which is reason enough that HJC should focus on that question when Bill Barr comes to testify tomorrow.
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