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Stealing Elections: The Underlying Assumption behind Billy Barr's Flip-Flop on the Materiality of Flynn's Lies

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emptywheel
Bill Barr is saying it was illegitimate for the FBI to investigate whether the incoming President engaged in a quid pro quo to get elected and therefore Flynn's lies that hid key details needed to answer that question are not material to any investigation that FBI should be engaging in. And he's saying it just before campaign season begins again in earnest. 
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On the Two ECs Opening the Investigation into Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
A former top FBI official looks at one piece of paperwork in the Trump investigation and declares it was all made up. For some reason, he didn't consult the other piece of paperwork.

In a Bid to Remain Relevant, PCLOB Will Treat Carter Page as a Suspected Terrorist

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emptywheel
PCLOB plans to review FISA applications targeting counterintelligence subjects. They'd be better off fighting to expand their mandate such that they were allowed to do just that.

Ric Grenell Confesses He Was Worse than Samantha Power at the UN

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emptywheel
Three years after the frothy right first started targeting Samantha Power for reading intelligence while serving as Ambassador to the UN, Ric Grenell admits that when he was in a subordinate position to the one Power had, he also was an avid consumer of intelligence.
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The Eight Investigations into the Russian Investigation Have Already Lasted 47% Longer than the Investigation Itself

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emptywheel
The at least eight investigations into the Russian investigation have gone on, collectively, 47% longer than the investigation itself.

Is COVID-19 Why Florida Has About 1300 More Pneumonia Deaths This Season Than Average Over Previous Five?

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Jim White
Last week, I asked how many COVID-19 deaths Ron DeSantis is hiding. We can now account for about 1300 and it seems likely there may well be more.
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Adam Schiff Makes Clear FBI Is Using Section 215 Like the 2014 Exception

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emptywheel
Adam Schiff's objections to a Ron Wyden fix to Section 215 reveal that the government is using Section 215 to collect on Americans who use the same web functions as foreigners.

Negotiating a New Routine in the Time of Pandemic

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Rayne
In which a multi-generational household fumbles its way to new cooperative living routines in the time of pandemic.
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Judge Emmet Sullivan Makes A Serious Holiday Move on DOJ and Flynn

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bmaz
I have expressed some qualms over Judge Sullivan naming John Gleeson as the court's amicus on the crazy Flynn situation. But today there is a new player on the pitch, Beth Wilkinson. Judge Sullivan has engaged a hired gun. Folks need to…
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"In truth, I never lied;" Mike Flynn's Materially Conflicting Sworn Statements

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emptywheel
The DC Circuit did not address Emmet Sullivan's order to John Gleeson to consider whether Flynn should be held in criminal contempt. Here's the evidence Gleeson would look at.
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How to (Not) Hydroxychloroquine COVID-19

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Rayne
Given the last study results, there’s simply no good reason for Trump’s plugging hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 drug therapy except to harm and kill Americans.
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George Papadopoulos Tied the Utility of Russian Dirt to the Campaign's Plan to Use Dirt to Win

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emptywheel
Judicial Watch has liberated the memo passing along the Alexander Downer tip to the FBI. It shows that in context -- Papadopoulos tied the possibility that Russia would anonymously release dirt to the campaign's plan to use dirt on Hillary to win -- Papadopoulos' comments were more incriminating than previously let on.
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In an Attempt to Absolve Mike Flynn, Eli Lake Accidentally (and Erroneously) Accuses Flynn of "Outright Espionage," Then Lies about the Evidence

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emptywheel
In a bid to excuse Mike Flynn's actions, Eli Lake calls 18 USC 951 -- the crime Flynn entered a plea deal to avoid -- is "outright espionage."
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DC Circuit Orders Judge Sullivan to Respond to Mike Flynn's Mandamus Petition

The DC Circuit just ordered Judge Sullivan to respond to Mike Flynn's petition for a write of mandamus within 10 days, before the scheduled filing from Amicus John Gleeson.
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Prosecutors Have Discovered the Joshua Schulte Is a Hack-and-Leak Case, Not a Personnel Dispute

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emptywheel
In a status hearing on Monday, prosecutors said a planned retrial of accused Vault 7 leaker Joshua Schulte would be shorter than the first one.

Ron Wyden Hints at How the Intelligence Community Hides Its Web Tracking Under Section 215

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emptywheel
Ron Wyden wrote a letter to Ric Grenell asking him to explain how the IC is hiding the impact of using Section 215 to get web searches and Internet traffic.
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Flynn Was Hiding that He Coordinated His Kislyak Call with Mar-A-Lago

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emptywheel
The frothy right has taken to claiming Mike Flynn's lies on January 24, 2017 weren't material because the FBI already knew what Flynn had said to Sergey Kislyak. Except Flynn wasn't lying to hide what he said to Kislyak. He was lying to hide that he had coordinated with Mar-a-Lago before speaking with Kislyak.
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Barr's Micro-Management of the Durham Investigation May Demolish the Premise of Flynn Motion to Dismiss

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emptywheel
A FOIA showing how closely Bill Barr and his aides have micro-managed the John Durham inquiry provides evidence John Gleeson can use to argue that DOJ is prohibited from adopting the stance they took in the Flynn motion to dismiss.
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Trump Should Worry about How Prosecutors Came to Learn Which Subset of His Calls with Roger Stone to Ask About

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emptywheel
Roger Stone is boasting that when prosecutors asked him to confirm that 29 or 36 calls he had with Trump during the election pertained to WikiLeaks and Russia, he refused. But Trump should worry about how prosecutors came to ask about a specific subset of the calls he did have with Stone.
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