The Revelations about FISA Bureaucracy in FBI's FISA Fix Filing

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emptywheel
The filing DOJ and FBI submitted to FISC on Friday included some interesting details about how the FISA process works.
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NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend

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bmaz
The wildcards have been played, and resulted in a couple of surprises. The Vikes took out the heavily favored Saints in Nawlins, and the Titans took out the Pats in Foxborough. The latter less shocking given how well the Titans played closing…
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Steve Bannon's 302 of Laughter and Forgetting

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emptywheel
The interview Steve Bannon had with Mueller's team on February 14, 2018 was full of fairly aggressive forgetting and reinventing. The stories he told are all the more interesting given what he has since testified to under oath.
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Joshua Schulte's Carefully Crafted Plan to (Metaphorically) Blow Up His Trial

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emptywheel
Joshua Schulte's legal strategy seems to be making his attorneys crazy which is unsurprising because it's making me crazy just reading about it.
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The Republican Party Is No Longer the Party of Personal Responsibility

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emptywheel
Trump is already preparing to scapegoat Democrats, Iranians, and NATO for a decision he owns entirely. The implications of that are particularly dangerous.
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Nunes Memo v Schiff Memo: Neither Were Entirely Right

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emptywheel
It turns out the Nunes Memo and the Schiff Memo got stuff wrong and got stuff right. This post uses the IG Report to test the claims made in both.
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The Bigger Threat for Flynn than Six Months in Prison: the Counterintelligence Language

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emptywheel
The Flynn sentencing memo gives Emmet Sullivan all he needs to throw the book at Flynn. But it does something more. It talks, obliquely, about the counterintelligence damage Flynn did.
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Prosecutors Invite Emmet Sullivan to Throw the Book at Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
The government's sentencing memo doesn't tell Emmet Sullivan they want Flynn to be sentenced for six months, but it gives him all the ammunition he'd need to impose that sentence himself.
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The DOJ IG Report on Carter Page: Policy Considerations

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emptywheel
A set of questions that members of Congress should ask in the wake of the Carter Page IG Report.
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A Few Thoughts On Carter Page Warrants, Franks v. Delaware and Michael Horowitz

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bmaz
The thought that the Page affidavits would not stand up under the mere ex-parte probable cause standard of Franks is ridiculous. Of course they would have.
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DOJ IG Report on Carter Page and Related Issues: Mega Summary Post

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emptywheel
This post is an overall summary of what the DOJ IG Report on Carter Page says about his targeting. It explains the problems with his applications, but also raises questions policy makers should be asking about whether he should have been targeted.
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Jerome Corsi's Descent into Madness

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emptywheel
Among the Mueller documents released to BuzzFeed under FOIA the other day are five of Jerome Corsi's six interview reports (called 302s). Two 302s from Ted Malloch were released as well. I suspect these were released now so that they could be…
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The Joker Is Wildcard Weekend

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bmaz
The college season is down to one game, not to be played for another week. Wildcard weekend it is. Will the Pats survive, or is the end?
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How Paul Manafort Lied to Mueller to Protect Jared Kushner

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emptywheel
The day before Paul Manafort got a plea deal, he appears to have incriminated Jared Kushner. After prosecutors conducting a related investigation showed up to hear that story, however, he changed his tune.
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The Government's Coy Dance on FISA and Rudy's Grifters

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emptywheel
In response to a request for discovery on FISA from the co-defendant of Rudy's grifters, DOJ said, "yes, yes, yes, no, psst, Judge, yes."
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Was Chris Ruddy a Second Back Channel between Manafort and Trump?

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emptywheel
Paul Manafort admitted to Mueller's prosecutors that he used Sean Hannity as a back channel to Trump. But there's reason to believe he also used Chris Ruddy that same way -- and in a way that remains legally perilous.

With Suleimani's Assassination, Trump Unites A Divided Iran

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Jim White
Here's hoping that Trump decides to pull back from war by "negotiating" a "whole new agreement" that takes us right back to the JCPOA from which he unilaterally withdrew and takes the world back from the brink of disaster.
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Twenty Years of Continuity

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emptywheel
For the last twenty years, politicians of both parties have been setting precedents that makes what come next with Iran far, far more dangerous.
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