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The Significance of the Trump-Firing-Masha Recording

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emptywheel
Lev Parnas admitted last night he has always had the damning video of Trump ordering Marie Yovanovitch to be fired, sitting in his iCloud account.
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Mike Pompeo Can Find Proof that Obama Addressed Ukrainian Corruption in Trump's Joint Defense Agreement

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emptywheel
Mike Pompeo claimed today that, "The previous administration did nothing to take down corruption in Ukraine." He need look no further than President Trump's Joint Defense Agreement to find proof he's wrong.
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How Many Other Grifters and Spies Have Incredibly Damning Recordings of Donald Trump?

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emptywheel
Lev Parnas just demonstrated that it is child's play to get a compromising recording of President Trump.
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Emmet Sullivan Invites Mike Flynn to Lie Under Oath One More Time

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emptywheel
To get out of his guilty plea, Mike Flynn is going to have to argue, under oath, that he lied under oath twice.
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NSA Is Probably Withholding Details of the Alleged Burisma Hack from Congress

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emptywheel
Last night, Adam Schiff described his efforts to learn about the alleged Burisma hack in such a way that suggests that's what NSA is withholding.
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Joshua Schulte Spoke Positively of Edward Snowden the Day Snowden Came Forward

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emptywheel
The government revealed a bit more of how it plans to argue Joshua Schulte specifically intended to damage the United States when he leaked to WikiLeaks.
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Sidney Powell Wants to Have Mike Flynn's Acceptance of Responsibility and Claims of Innocence Too

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emptywheel
In her sentencing memo arguing that Flynn should suffer no penalty for reneging on his plea deal, Sidney Powell leaves Flynn's motion to withdraw his guilty plea in tatters, and any claim he is taking responsibility for his crimes shot to hell.
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The Glenn Greenwald versus the Julian Assange Charges, Compared

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emptywheel
The retaliatory indictment of Glenn Greenwald in Brazil has raised comparison with the US indictment of Assange. This post tries to unpack the similarities and differences.
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Joshua Schulte's Plans from Jail: "#TopSecret#FuckYourTopSecret"

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emptywheel
In new descriptions of Joshua Schulte's prison notebooks, the government reveals he wanted to recruit intelligence professionals to leak to WikiLeaks to avenge government slights.
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Lev Parnas' Own Delays Ensured His Evidence Couldn't Be Considered in the House Investigation

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emptywheel
Lev Parnas claims the government caused any delay in cooperating with the House. But his 16 day delay in providing a hard drive to obtain discovery guaranteed he could not have cooperated before the House had already voted out articles of impeachment.
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Lev Parnas Says Bill Barr Should Recuse ... But Doesn't Say Why

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emptywheel
Lev Parnas says Bill Barr should recuse from his case and he's absolutely right about that. But his letter making that request is not entirely candid.
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Impeachment = Grounds for Firing

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Rayne
You'd think we were all in Newfoundland buried beneath multiple feet of snow given the blizzard of bullshit Trump and his reality TV cast have been spewing. The truth they want to bury is a rather familiar phrase.
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Trump Flunkies Trading Legal Relief for Campaign Dirt: Julian Assange and Dmitro Firtash

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emptywheel
Trump seems to be developing a pattern where his closest associates offer legal relief in exchange for shoddy campaign dirt.
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As Accused Co-Conpirators, Donald Trump and Lev Parnas Should Be Treated with Same Skepticism

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emptywheel
Donald Trump and Lev Parnas are both defending themselves against serious allegations of criminal wrong-doing. But just one of them has released evidence to substantiate their defense. And the press ought to take that into account when deciding who is more credible. 
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Championship Sunday Trash Talk

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bmaz
Last Sunday of football before the Super Bowl, so only two games today. But they should be great ones. Couple of other things in the news too.
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Kevin Downing Was "in the Loop" of Silencing Lev Parnas on October 8

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emptywheel
Lev Parnas appears to believe he was arrested when and how he was to keep him silent.
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Beware the Deep State Bearing Granola Bars: George Papadopoulos' 302s

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emptywheel
The George Papadopoulos 302s laid out yesterday definitely show why the government believed Papadopoulos was deliberately lying to them in interviews in January and February 2017 -- though he did keep saying he wanted to help them. The 302s also raise real questions about whether Papadopoulos reached out to Trump's lawyers during this process.
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The Procedural Weakness of Sidney Powell's Attempt to Blow Up Mike Flynn's Plea Deal

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emptywheel
Sidney Powell has been planning the high stakes bid to overturn Flynn's plea for six months. But she still doesn't seem to have come up with a good reason for it.
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