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A Discussion of a Pardon for Assange Is Why Stone's Threats against Credico Worked

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emptywheel
Testimony from Roger Stone's trial suggests it was Randy Credico's role in putting Stone in touch with Margaret Kunstler about a pardon for Julian Assange that served as a key point of leverage over Credico.
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The Frothy Right Is Complaining that Amy Berman Jackson Sentenced Roger Stone to 57% of Lower Guidelines

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emptywheel
Contrary to what the frothy right is saying, Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Roger Stone quite leniently, given the Sentencing Guidelines. Contrary to what anonymous DOJ flunkies are saying, Amy Berman Jackson's sentence in no way vindicates Barr.

Does DOJ Plan to Get Henry Kyle Frese's Cooperation to Prosecute Journalists?

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emptywheel
The government included a cooperation agreement in Henry Kyle Frese's plea deal today. That suggests the government may be targeting the journalists he leaked to.
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Bill Barr's Past Statements Say Pardoning Roger Stone Would Be Obstruction

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emptywheel
Bill Barr is already on the record saying that the clemency Trump will one day give Roger Stone is a crime. That won't matter, though.
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DOJ Is Withholding the Mike Flynn 302 Describing How the Campaign Considered Reaching Out to Julian Assange after the Podesta Leaks

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emptywheel
Among the really damning information that DOJ is withhold in the BuzzFeed CNN FOIA are Mike Flynn's 302s where he describes a discussion about reaching out to WikiLeaks in October 2016.
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Back Channel: How Sean Hannity Came to Believe "Every Word [Assange] Says"

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emptywheel
Julian Assange is preparing to unleash some of his blackmail against Donald Trump. He's got a witness who will tell he was offered a pardon if he would say that Russia was not behind the 2016 attack.

What Happens After You're Cancelled

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Quinn Norton
I was folding laundry with my partner one day when I looked up at him and said, "Do you think they'd be happy if I did kill myself?" He looked at me, and took a long breath, and said, "No." "You're right," I said, "I know it. Nothing makes them happy."
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DOJ's Ukraine Fire Sale: The Jerry Nadler Questions Bill Barr Didn't Answer

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emptywheel
The buzz over the news that Jeffrey Rosen put EDNY US Attorney Richard Donoghue in charge of all Ukrainian investigations distracted from the fact that Bill Barr refused to answer Jerry Nadler's question about whether he should recuse from the investigation he has been personally implicated in.
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What Do These 'Missing' Candidates Have in Common?

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Rayne
If Trump gets re-elected — gods help us all — a big part of the blame will sit firmly on the media for its entrenched misogyny, racism, and its failure to adapt a coverage model for contemporary politics.
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The President's Conspiracy Theories Get More Whacko than George Papadopoulos'

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emptywheel
The attacks Trump has used in the past to attack criminal investigations that expose him personally simply don't apply in the case of Roger Stone. Which may be why Trump is so unhinged this morning.
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Joshua Schulte Doubles Down on Forcing Mike Pompeo to Testify in His Trial

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emptywheel
Joshua Schulte still wants former CIA Director Mike Pompeo to testify.
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CIA Put Joshua Schulte's Buddy on Administrative Leave Last August

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emptywheel
Last week, it was revealed that one of accused Vault 7 leaker Joshua Schulte's closest friends at the CIA has been on administrative leave since last August because there are concerns he's not telling the full truth about what he knew of Schulte's actions when.
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Roger Stone Admitted to Violating 18 USC 115 Under Oath

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emptywheel
Roger Stone might want to think whether his bid for new trials will turn his threat against Amy Berman Jackson into a charge of its own.
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The Nonmoderns

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Ed Walker
Getting past modernity without losing its benefits.
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The Stakes and Misinformation about the Andrew McCabe Declination

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emptywheel
The frothy right is making a comparison between the Roger Stone and Mike Flynn cases and that of Andrew McCabe. Not only is that inapt on its face, but all the more so when you see how dodgy the case against McCabe really was.
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SSCI Has Already Dismissed One of the Key Issues John Durham Is Investigating

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emptywheel
One of the prongs of the John Durham investigation that Bill Barr is trying to criminalize is actually a conclusion that SSCI said the IC should have reached more quickly and with more alarm.
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Bill Barr Trying to Dig Sidney Powell out of the Hole She Dug for Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
Bill Barr tries to undo the damage he did last summer by further politicizing justice.
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The Timeline Suggests Bill Barr Removed Jesse Liu to Intervene for Trump's Rat-Fucker

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emptywheel
Far be it for me to doubt Bill Barr's ability to manufacture a cover-up. He's damn good at it, that's why he was hired, and he's got a lot of power to use to execute one. But it'll be harder this time around than it was for Poppy Bush, in…
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