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Brandon Straka Assures MAGAts That He Didn't Share Evidence of Any Pre-January 6 Crimes

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emptywheel
Brandon Straka wants to assure MAGAts that he didn't share evidence of any crime before January 6th.
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The First Mike Flynn-Inspired Insurrectionist Sentenced to 44 Months in Prison

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emptywheel
The first QAnon-inspired January 6 assault defendant to be sentenced, Nicholas Languerand, attributed his radicalization to Mike Flynn, among others.
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The Paulie Plot in Ukraine

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emptywheel
The claim that part of Russia's plans with Ukraine are akin to the plans that Paul Manafort got involved with in 2016 -- to place a Russian-backed puppet in charge -- reminds us of the ties between Ukraine and that earlier Russian attack.
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Three Things: Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine

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Rayne
We all should have and could have seen the current tensions over Ukraine coming. It's a bigger surprise that tensions didn't increase earlier.
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John Durham Had No Idea Michael Sussmann Provided Another Anonymous Tip on Behalf of Rodney Joffe

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emptywheel
Among the things John Durham didn't know for accusing Michael Sussmann of criminal intent when sharing an anonymous tip from Rdoney Joffe about weird forensic data is that in the period under investigation, Michael Sussmann shared another anonymous tip from Joffe about weird forensic data.
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Why It Would Be Counterproductive To Appoint a Special Counsel to Investigate January 6

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emptywheel
If you believe that Trump's actions played a central role in the insurrection -- if you believe that the violent mob mobilized on January 6 was an important part of plans hatched at the Willard Hotel -- then creating a separate investigation to investigate Trump does nothing but remove him from his liability in crimes already charged as sedition.
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"Let's Go Brandon!" Straka's Cow Manure

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emptywheel
Brandon Straka's own sentencing letter conflicts with his lawyers' sentencing memorandum. If it wasn't already clear he has been bullshitting prosecutors, that makes it evident.

Enough With Hobbes And Rousseau

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Ed Walker
It's time to dump these old ideas. We know more now.
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Special Master Barbara Jones Turns Over Rudy's Chats

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emptywheel
Special Master Barbara Jones has now made over 30,000 items seized from Rudy's phones to investigators.
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Five Percent of Mueller Pre-Grand Jury Interviews Pertain to Still Ongoing Investigations

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emptywheel
Of 696 pages of Mueller interview materials withheld in the BuzzFeed FOIA earlier this month, 5% of pertained to ongoing investigations.
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Bennie Thompson to Ivanka: Come In from the Conspiracy

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emptywheel
In a letter inviting Ivanka to testify voluntarily to the January 6 Select Committee, Bennie Thompson very subtly said two things: Trump entered into an agreement with leaders of multiple conspiracies to engage in violence on January 6, and unless Ivanka turned over all her White House records to the National Archives as required by the Presidential Records Act, so did she.

Drive for Show, Putt for Dough, Cheat for Tax Deductions

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Rayne
Every time I think I’ve met the limit of repulsion for Trump, I meet a new threshold. This time it's at Seven Springs, the golf course that wasn't.
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"HOLD. THE. LINE!!!" DOJ's Late Research into Brandon Straka's Grift

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emptywheel
It's difficult to tell what really went down with the Brandon Straka plea. That's because -- as laid out here -- the government seems to have realized that Straka had been less than forthright in interviews, in which he was deemed cooperative…
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Guest Post: The Tie that Binds the Conspiracies

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Rayne
Guest post by long-time community member WilliamOckham examining oddities about the false certifications the "alternate electors" signed ahead of the January 6 insurrection.
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Pandora's Presidential Archives, Couy Griffin Edition

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emptywheel
Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin wants DOJ to provide him records that should be stored as part of Trump's records at the National Archives. If Judge Trevor McFadden were to order DOJ to start searching through Trump's presidential records for January 6 evidence, Griffin may regret asking.
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Reporting on the January 6 Investigation: emptywheel Brings Receipts

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emptywheel
People sometimes ask why I think I know more than TV lawyers about the January 6 investigation. So I thought I'd bring receipts.
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The Disappearing Willard Hotel and the Accused Seditionists' Other Interlocutors

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emptywheel
One thing the structure of the sedition indictment did was hide the current state of understanding about the back-and-forth between the Oath Keepers and those at the Willard the day of the attack. Even as it did that, there are hints of other interlocutors of the Oath Keepers.
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Stewie's Assault Rifle: Comings and Goings in the Sedition Militia

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emptywheel
Perhaps to increase paranoia, the sedition indictment adopts a new naming convention that helps to obscure who has flipped against other Oath Keepers.
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BREAKING (WaPo's Stenography): Prosecutors Are Asking about Rudy Giuliani's Ties to Militias

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emptywheel
In an article asking whether prosecutors are investigating Trump, the Washington Post buried evidence that prosecutors believe Rudy has ties to the militias who organized the event in paragraph 30. 
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