June 7, 2016 / by emptywheel

 

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Ishmael, the All-American Boy

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Ed Walker

Ishmael demonstrates fundamental American values, that must be part of any social or political change.

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A Fine Crop of Golf

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Rayne

Grain crops may fail this year in a big way but don’t worry — Trump will probably collect farm aid. This is an open thread.

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Trump’s Greenlight: Asking for Foreign Aid and Assistance via Prime Time TV

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Rayne

After watching Trump interviewed by ABC News’ George Stephanopolous last night you have to marvel at the size of the balls on that spray-tanned schmuck.

Thread: House Intelligence Committee Hearing on Special Counsel’s Report

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Rayne

Post and thread dedicated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing already underway; it began at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

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On Joshua Schulte and Julian Assange’s 10 Year Old Charges

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emptywheel

The reporting on why Julian Assange won’t be charged in the Vault 7 leaks is missing some detail about what has happened in Joshua Schulte’s case recently.

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Thread: House Judiciary Committee Hearing with John Dean

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Rayne

Post and thread dedicated to the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing today at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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Beryl Howell’s Whack-a-Mole Grand Juries

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emptywheel

Two months before Beryl Howell upheld her contempt ruling against Andrew Miller because other investigations into Roger Stone remain ongoing, she learned that the investigation pertaining to the Mystery Appellant remains ongoing as well.

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On Once and Future Mueller Grand Juries: The Texts Obtained from Andrew Miller Overlap with Roger Stone’s Voter Suppression

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emptywheel

The news of a second grand jury focusing on Roger Stone asked for texts between him and Andrew Miller recalls that Mueller was once quite interested in what Stone did with his dark money groups that engaged in voter suppression in 2016.

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Trump Claimed To Be Angry Flynn Didn’t Make Good on Putin’s January 21 Requested Phone Call

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emptywheel

We now know that Flynn at least claimed that Sergey Kislyak wanted to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin on January 21, 2017. That raises the stakes of a Trump claim that Flynn didn’t tell him Putin called on January 21 significantly.

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Mike Flynn Assumed the FBI Agents Interviewing Him Would Be Trump Supporters

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emptywheel

One of the newly unsealed passages from Mike Flynn’s 302 makes it clear he assumed FBI Agents would, by default, be partisan Republicans.

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Mike Flynn Believed the US Could Work with GRU’s Director

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emptywheel

Until his counterpart died in early 2016, Mike Flynn had aspirations of working closely with the man who ran the agency who was planning to help Trump win.

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History’s Rhyme, Part 4: Contempt Then, Contempt Now

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Rayne

Next post in this series comparing the Articles of Impeachment against Richard M. Nixon with potential Articles of Impeachment against Trump — this one focuses on Contempt of Congress.

Donald Trump Has a Roger Stone Problem

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emptywheel

Roger Stone has had several opportunities to try to address the DNC’s complaint in their lawsuit against him and the Trump campaign. And thus far, he has offered no response.

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How to Read the Mueller Report Referrals

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emptywheel

The government’s latest filing in the two FOIA suits involving the Mueller Report provide more insight on what the 14 referrals were.

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Carter Page Shared “Immaterial Non-Public Information” with Rosneft While “Working” for Trump

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emptywheel

In any other era, Republicans would be grateful that the FBI was tracking a guy who admitted sharing immaterial non-public with Rosneft while claiming to work for Trump. In this one, Republicans have decided that Carter Page is a latter day MLK Jr.

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BREAKING: Roger Stone Insists Russia Hacked the DNC

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emptywheel

After insisting to Judge Amy Berman Jackson that Russia didn’t hack the DNC, Stone lawyers Grant Smith and Robert Buschel are arguing to Judge John Koeltl that Russia did hack the DNC.

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Key Mueller Witness, George Nader, Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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emptywheel

George Nader — Mueller’s key witness on the Seychelles meeting and other Gulf State involvement in the Russian investigation, was just arrested for the child porn the FBI found on his phone while searching it for the Mueller investigation.

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History’s Rhyme, Part 3: How Nixon’s Impeachment Unfolded [UPDATE-2]

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Rayne

This post is one that I didn’t foresee needing. It’s about the sequence of events leading to Nixon’s eventual resignation in August 1974.

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If FBI Had Spied on Trump’s Campaign As Alleged, They’d Have Known Why Manafort Traded Michigan for Ukraine

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emptywheel

A timeline of the publicly confirmed steps of Mueller’s investigation supports Attorney General Bill Barr’s observation that the investigation into Trump’s associates was “anemic” at the beginning of the investigation.

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On the Fizzle and Boom in Friday’s Mike Flynn Friday Night News Dump

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emptywheel

Some events set in motion by a request WaPo made in April to unseal the sentencing files of Mike Flynn that have resulted in some fizzle, some pop, and a lot of premature speculation.

In their response to the request, the government said…

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