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DOJ Falsely Claimed that McCabe and Strzok Confirmed that the Content of Their Notes Was Not Altered

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emptywheel
In the declaration certifying the accuracy of the documents, Jocelyn Ballantine claimed that lawyers for Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe had confirmed that the content of the notes had not been changed.
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Shorter DOJ: We Made Shit Up ... Please Free Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
DOJ not only made a slew of new errors in their "authentication" of the documents in the Mike Flynn case, but they admitted that they lied when the called Bill Barnett's interview report a 302, which raises questions about its regularity.
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(Part of) What I Shared with the FBI

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emptywheel
On September 29, the same day that Roger Stone wrote Paul Manafort boasting that "Good shit" was happening in his efforts to optimize the next WikiLeaks releases, I was told a puppeteer would find a way to get Assange out of the embassy to ensure the documents came out in a way to benefit someone.
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The Government Agent Who Altered Andrew McCabe's Notes Remains Unnamed

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emptywheel
When DOJ submitted new versions of the Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe notes they altered, they did not, in fact, submit unaltered versions. Instead, they submitted realtered versions, editing out the previous note rather than showing what the unscanned notes look like. I suspect that's an effort, in part, to hide what unnamed "government agent" altered the McCabe notes.
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Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson Produce a 285-Page Confession They're Unfamiliar with the Public Record

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emptywheel
Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson just released a 285-page report confessing that they're no familiar with the public record on the Russian investigation. Perhaps they should ask for help from the Democrats on their committee?
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Ten Days To Go Trash Talk

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bmaz
There are ten days left to insure the Trump Train leaves the station forever. Let Mr. Springsteen tell you to drive that train on out of town.
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From Failed Whistleblower to Journalistic Source: Natalie Sours Edwards Mounts a Credible Public Interest Defense

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emptywheel
Natalie Sours Edwards -- Jason Leopold's source for his reporting on Suspicious Activity Reports -- has done what every other leaker I've covered has tried to do with far less success: mount a public interest defense.
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Judge Emmet Sullivan Just Created Four Big Problems for DOJ in the Mike Flynn Case

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emptywheel
Judge Emmet Sullivan just ordered DOJ to comply with the order he already issued, that it certify all the exhibits submitted in this proceeding. He added a nearly impossible deadline and a requirement that DOJ transcribe hand-written notes and provide the author and date. This order will create a whole heap of problems for DOJ.
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675 Days after Mike Flynn Blew Up His Probation Plea Deal, We Learn There Never Was an "Original 302"

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emptywheel
It turns out the Holy Grail Mike Flynn has been searching for throughout the 675 days during which he has utterly blown up his plea deal -- an "original 302" -- doesn't exist.
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2020 Presidential Debates: The Battle of Nashville [UPDATE-3]

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Rayne
FINALLY, the last presidential debate of this election cycle. Here's a post for emptywheel community members' discussion about the debate.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Guccifer 2.0 the Go-Between

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emptywheel
When you separate the story of Roger Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0 from the WikiLeaks one, the August 15, 2016 asking how he liked the documents Guccifer 2.0 posted looks totally innocuous. But when you combine them, it looks like Guccifer 2.0 is Stone's go-between.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Getting the "Highest Level of Government" to Free Julian Assange

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emptywheel
On June 10, 2017, Roger Stone told Julian Assange he was "doing everything possible to address" Assange's plight "at the highest level of Government." On June 19, 2017, Trump tried to send a back channel order to Jeff Sessions to shut down any investigation into past Russian meddling in the election, effectively an attempt to shut down any investigation into Assange.
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GRU Adopted the Identity of Two UK Journalists to Phish the OPCW

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emptywheel
The only detail about the GRU hack of the OPCW and Porton Downs included in a new GRU indictment is that the phishes laying the groundwork for the attack were done using spoofed identities of real journalists.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Trolling for Russia

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emptywheel
Roger Stone has played a key role in undermining the Russian attribution of the 2016 election year operation. But the SSCI and Mueller Reports barely mention how closely Stone's efforts mirror those of WikiLeaks.

Dr. Fauci Has No More Fucks Left To Give

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bmaz
This point was always going to arrive. An actually educated and aware specialist trying to deal with an obtuse oaf. "The impact of a vaccine, he said, would depend on both its efficacy and the proportion of people who take it. Fauci cautions…

The Public In Dewey's The Public And Its Problems

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Ed Walker
Dewey's definitions start with understanding human actions in the context of the humans they affect.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Steve Bannon and Dirty Tricks

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emptywheel
Thus far in my Rat-Fucker Rashomon story, I've shown strong evidence that Roger Stone not only knew that John Podesta's emails were coming, but knew or had the contents of some documents pertaining to an attack he had already been making on…
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Steve Bannon, Guccifer 2.0, Glenn Greenwald, and Me: How Glenn Greenwald Defends "Smear Artist & Cowards"

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emptywheel
When Glenn got treated the way the NYPost treats others, he accused those who posted from authentic documents of being "smear artists & cowards." But when Steve Bannon does it, he defends its right to go viral.
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Docket Tea Leaves: Manafort, Bannon, and Flynn

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emptywheel
There are some curious happenings in various dockets -- which may mean nothing.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Roger Stone's Mid-Burglary Foreknowledge

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emptywheel
This post showed that the SSCI Report ignored a lot of evidence (laid out in the affidavits) that Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone had specific details -- possibly even the John Podesta emails themselves -- pertaining to Joule Holdings, which they…
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