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The Invisible Game of Chicken: The Things the People Claiming to Understand the Manafort Extension Don't Know (Nor Do I)

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emptywheel
I don't know what the delay in the Manafort status report is. But there's a whole lot more going on than just the possibility of some indictments.
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On Rick Gates' Expansive Cooperation

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emptywheel
Rick Gates' cooperation probably parallels, but is more expansive than, Sam Patten's. So it's no surprise he's now cooperating in "several" investigations.
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Trump Appointee Dabney Friedrich Continues to Trounce the Trolls' Hopes of Discrediting Mueller

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emptywheel
Dabney Friedrich, the Trump appointee presiding over the Concord Management challenge to its indictment, just released her opinion rejecting their attempt to argue they can't be indicted for conspiring to illegally tamper in our elections. The…
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What OLC Says Happened with Matt Whitaker's Appointment

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emptywheel
There are a number of legal problems with the OLC memo defending the appointment of Matt Whitaker. But the memo is as interesting for what it claims about what happened last week.

First Steps Towards Change

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Ed Walker
Democrats must govern aggressively.
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The InfoWars Embed in the CNN First Amendment Lawsuit

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emptywheel
While I'm happy CNN Is suing the White House for revoking Jim Acosta's press hard pass, I'm not a fan of how they've argued the case, as it seems to argue for a privilege, not a right.
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WSJ's Curious Mueller Editorial

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emptywheel
Almost immediately after Trump too the rash step of firing Jeff Sessions and replacing him with Matt Whitaker, the WSJ warned him not to do any more damage to the Republican party with his efforts to undercut the Mueller investigation.
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Neal Katyal Helps Mueller Write Monday's Brief

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emptywheel
Neal Katyal just provided another argument about why Matt Whitaker can't supervise the Mueller probe.
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Dear Lindsey: Not Even Trump Gives a Shit What You Think about the Whitaker Appointment

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emptywheel
Apparently, Lindsey Graham and CBS' Face the Nation think the Senator and that chamber's Judiciary Committee matters in the Matt Whitaker appointment. The entire point, though, is that they do not.
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In Defending His Whitaker Pick, Trump Attempts to Placate Both Republicans and Lawyers

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emptywheel
Trump's tweets trying to convince lawyers and Republicans to embrace the Whitaker appointment suggest a heavy-handed move he probably imagined would bring him salvation have just added to his headaches. 
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The Kremlinology (Ha!) of the Sessions' Huddle

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emptywheel
I don't pretend to know what happened in that huddle or in the half day afterwards when Jeff Sessions uncontestedly retained his authority as Attorney General.But I'm not really bugged that Rod Rosenstein is doing what he needs to do to remain the person who, if Whitaker's appointment were illegal, would serve as the Acting Attorney General. 
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Did Emmet Flood Mean to Create a Legal Morass, or Is He Off His Game?

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emptywheel
I expect basic competence out of Emmet Flood. But this whole scheme could only be judged competent if the point was to totally discredit anything DOJ does, including but not limited to the Mueller probe. 
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Are Mueller and Matt Whitaker Already Battling over Immunity or a Plea Deal for Jerome Corsi?

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emptywheel
Jerome Corsi seems to suggest something is going down with Mueller today -- whom he makes veiled allusions to as Pontius Pilate. That may force Matt Whitaker to deem such an activity totally inappropriate under DOJ practices.
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In Thursday Hearing, Mueller's Team Gets Specific about What They Can Do without Whitaker's Pre-Approval

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emptywheel
In the argument over Andrew Miller's challenge of a Miller subpoena yesterday, Michael Dreeben seemed to be making the first argument about limits to how much Matt Whitaker can tamper in the Mueller investigation. 
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John Kelly's Legally Fraught Role in the Sessions Ouster

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emptywheel
On top of all the potential legal problems with picking Matt Whitaker to replace Jeff Sessions, there may be legal problems that John Kelly is the one who did so.
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Trump Won't Hand in His Open Book Test Until He Checks His Answers with Matt Whitaker and Putin

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emptywheel
Trump is still trying to decide whether an open book test of questions pertaining to the Russian investigation is too hard for him or not. Before he decides, he's may consult with both Matt Whitaker and Vladimir Putin.
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Trump Risks that Every Action Matt Whitaker Takes as Attorney General Can Be Legally Challenged

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emptywheel
Both the author of the statute governing Mueller's appointment, Neal Katyal, and the people who will oversee DOJ in a few months have real questions about the legality of Whitaker's appointment. That could mean every single action vested exclusively in the Attorney General (including those pertaining to Mueller) can be challenged in court.  
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Matt Whitaker Has Authority to Share Proceedings of National Security Grand Jury Investigations with Trump

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emptywheel
Under a 2002 OLC memo interpreting the PATRIOT Act, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker can share information about Mueller's grand jury with the President.
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Has This Been the Plan Since August 2017?

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emptywheel
While it sounds like Sessions only resigned today, it's possible this has been in the works for far, far longer.

Matt Whitaker Can't Prevent Mueller from Unsealing Any Sealed Indictments

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emptywheel
If Mueller prepared for this very predictable eventuality of the firing of Jeff Session, then Trump may have just fired a key player in his racist agenda for naught. 
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