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"Let's Go Brandon!" Straka's Cow Manure

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emptywheel
Brandon Straka's own sentencing letter conflicts with his lawyers' sentencing memorandum. If it wasn't already clear he has been bullshitting prosecutors, that makes it evident.

Enough With Hobbes And Rousseau

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Ed Walker
It's time to dump these old ideas. We know more now.
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Special Master Barbara Jones Turns Over Rudy's Chats

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emptywheel
Special Master Barbara Jones has now made over 30,000 items seized from Rudy's phones to investigators.
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Five Percent of Mueller Pre-Grand Jury Interviews Pertain to Still Ongoing Investigations

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emptywheel
Of 696 pages of Mueller interview materials withheld in the BuzzFeed FOIA earlier this month, 5% of pertained to ongoing investigations.
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Bennie Thompson to Ivanka: Come In from the Conspiracy

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emptywheel
In a letter inviting Ivanka to testify voluntarily to the January 6 Select Committee, Bennie Thompson very subtly said two things: Trump entered into an agreement with leaders of multiple conspiracies to engage in violence on January 6, and unless Ivanka turned over all her White House records to the National Archives as required by the Presidential Records Act, so did she.

Drive for Show, Putt for Dough, Cheat for Tax Deductions

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Rayne
Every time I think I’ve met the limit of repulsion for Trump, I meet a new threshold. This time it's at Seven Springs, the golf course that wasn't.
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"HOLD. THE. LINE!!!" DOJ's Late Research into Brandon Straka's Grift

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emptywheel
It's difficult to tell what really went down with the Brandon Straka plea. That's because -- as laid out here -- the government seems to have realized that Straka had been less than forthright in interviews, in which he was deemed cooperative…
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Guest Post: The Tie that Binds the Conspiracies

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Rayne
Guest post by long-time community member WilliamOckham examining oddities about the false certifications the "alternate electors" signed ahead of the January 6 insurrection.
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Pandora's Presidential Archives, Couy Griffin Edition

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emptywheel
Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin wants DOJ to provide him records that should be stored as part of Trump's records at the National Archives. If Judge Trevor McFadden were to order DOJ to start searching through Trump's presidential records for January 6 evidence, Griffin may regret asking.
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Reporting on the January 6 Investigation: emptywheel Brings Receipts

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emptywheel
People sometimes ask why I think I know more than TV lawyers about the January 6 investigation. So I thought I'd bring receipts.
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The Disappearing Willard Hotel and the Accused Seditionists' Other Interlocutors

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emptywheel
One thing the structure of the sedition indictment did was hide the current state of understanding about the back-and-forth between the Oath Keepers and those at the Willard the day of the attack. Even as it did that, there are hints of other interlocutors of the Oath Keepers.
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Stewie's Assault Rifle: Comings and Goings in the Sedition Militia

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emptywheel
Perhaps to increase paranoia, the sedition indictment adopts a new naming convention that helps to obscure who has flipped against other Oath Keepers.
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BREAKING (WaPo's Stenography): Prosecutors Are Asking about Rudy Giuliani's Ties to Militias

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emptywheel
In an article asking whether prosecutors are investigating Trump, the Washington Post buried evidence that prosecutors believe Rudy has ties to the militias who organized the event in paragraph 30. 

Breathing Room: What Are You Streaming?

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Rayne
We could use a little breathing room. What are you streaming these days?
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January 6 Deconfliction: "This Is Part of a Much Bigger Conspiracy"

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emptywheel
The many investigations into aspects of Trump's coup attempt each focus on parts of a much bigger conspiracy. And until we see all those pieces we won't see how they all work together. But there are increasing signs that others are putting those pieces together.
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One Man's Flourish Is Another Man's Seditious Conspiracy: DOJ's Typo and the Brandon Straka Plea Deal

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emptywheel
DOJ has confirmed that Brandon Straka is getting a ridiculously lenient plea deal because he "cooperated" with the government. That said, their sentencing memorandum includes more questions than answers.
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The First Seditious Conspiracy Charges Drop

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emptywheel
The sedition indictment against Stewart Rhodes may be an important tool to move up the food chain.
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The Structure of the January 6 Assault: "I will settle with seeing [normies] smash some pigs to dust"

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emptywheel
The effort to spark an insurrection at the Capitol was one implemented not by "foot solders," but some highly trained veterans, including an alarming number of Marines. And the network of people who stoked the normies to serve as useful bodies to this effort ties via just one or two steps right to Trump. 
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A Look at Michigan's "Alternate" Electors [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
There are several interesting tidbits about the slate of "alternate" electors who on December 14, 2020 signed a false certification of election fraudulently awarding Michigan's 16 electoral votes to loser Donald Trump.
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