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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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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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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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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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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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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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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