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According to the first charges filed against Tom Barrack's alleged co-conspirator, Paul Manafort had a much bigger role in Barrack's successful influence over a Trump speech than the current indictment reveals.
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When challenged to explain why January 6 defendants are being brought to trial after lots of Portland protest cases have dismissed, DOJ explained that January 6 defendants made their alleged crimes much easier to prosecute.
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There were a bunch of stories about the results of Commerce Inspector General report yesterday: That the IG had found that Wilbur Ross lied twice to Congress, but that after Commerce IG referred his conduct to DOJ, Bill Barr's DOJ refused to prosecute. But the most interesting parts of the stories may be what got left out, like the possibility of a parallel investigation at DOJ IG.
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The sentence that Paul Hodgkins gets on Monday may have as much to do with how Judge Randolph Moss thinks his behavior compares to that of other defendants charged with obstruction before him as it does with the government's bid for an 18-month sentence.
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The story told in a questionable story from Luke Harding -- that the 2016 operation didn't get approved until January 22, 2016 and all got tasked through Russia's intelligence agencies -- deviates in interesting ways from the known facts of the operation.
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Since the days before Lev Parnas was arrested he and those around him have been trying to hide their actions in an interlocking nest of attorney-client privilege claims. Yesterday, Judge Paul Oetken just denied Parnas' latest attempt to exploit that effort in his defense.
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The Twitter rant that Trump supporters claim provides an excuse for the Trump attack on the Capitol ultimately amounts to a claim that likely 2016 Russian disinformation led a bunch of Trump supporters, inexorably, to attack the US Capitol.
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The claim a purported subsource for the Steele dossier makes about the purpose of the Alfa Bank report in the dossier matches the testimony one of the oligarch's behind the suit, Petr Aven, reportedly gave Mueller's investigators.
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In the days after January 6, there was a false conception that the insurrectionists might all be found via their social media use. Johnny Pollock, who appears to have been on the lam since at least March, shows that some of the more dangerous insurrectionists were smarter than that.
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Among the details revealed in some Proud Boy texts released the other day is an explanation for why an unindicted co-conspirator was not present at the riot: He claimed at the time he was trying not to fuck up a new job he had just started.
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