John Dowd is not just a bull in a china shop, he is a raging bull in a china shop. He blows things up. Still, he is a longtime, and big time, defense lawyer. He can be more than abrasive, but, unlike Jay Sekulow, he is a serious lawyer. And…
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Donald Trump has generated the support of angry white voters by claiming to oppose "globalists," a racialized term for the downsides of globalization. But in reality, the friendly and adversarial oligarchs behind Trump's policy choices are using the tools of globalization to purchase influence over him.
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Jeff Sessions' lawyer, Chuck Cooper, sucked at defending anti-gay bigotry, but he's skilled at executive branch cover-ups. That's why his carefully worded statement about whether the Attorney General was still being investigated is so telling.
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For months, the GOP has insisted that the Trump campaign's ties to Cambridge Analytica didn't last very long (though they occurred during a key part of the Russian operation). But that says nothing about the Mercer PAC's ties to CA and whether the two entities succeeded in maintaining the legally required firewall.
Yesterday's Russian victory lap over receiving congratulations from Trump doesn't surprise me that much. What surprises me is Putin's victory lap over getting Rex Tillerson fired the day after the Secretary of State condemned Russia for trying to assassinate Sergei Skripal.
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Carl Sandberg once said, “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell." Trump's hiring of Joseph Di Genova while pretending he's hiring far better lawyers suggests he's at that terminal table-pounding stage.
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What did the president do and what the fuck was he thinking when he did it are questions not about the cover-up, but about the substantive crime.
And that's the question Mueller's Watergate prosecutor has now posed to the president's lawyers.
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In addition to attacking Robert Mueller by name over the last few days, Trump also used two new terms to describe Mueller's investigation: "fraudulent activities" and "conflicts of interest." As always, Trump's projections serve as a perfect mirror of himself.
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Ten years ago this week Bear Stearns crashed. It was a surprise to see Bear Stearns' name pop up in the middle of recent HPSCI testimony. Ditto seeing Trump linked to Bear Stearns' bond financing before the 2008 crash. Have we learned nothing?
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The difference between whether Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of both Abu Zubaydah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri or just the latter is critical to claims that she only did things authorized by the OLC memo.
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