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On the Grassley-Feinstein Dispute

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emptywheel
The Grassley-Graham referral of Christopher Steele is more substantive than the Nunes memo. And it does raise important points, notably about the possibility it included disinformation. But there are still problems with the argument.

Negative Responses to Trumpian Motion

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Ed Walker
Centrists haven't figured out that their habitus isn't working, let alone how to change.

In Which Mark Warner Refuses to Repeat His Comment That He Hadn't Seen Evidence of "Collusion"

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emptywheel
At the end of January, Mark Warner refused to repeat a claim he made some time ago that he hadn't seen evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and the Russians.
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How a Russian Dangle about Shadow Brokers Started Dictating NSA's Twitter Feed

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emptywheel
The most interesting part of the dueling NYT and Intercept stories about a Russian peddling disinformation while promising Shadow Brokers files is the timing. Does the government still not know how and what Shadow Brokers got?
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George Papadopoulos' Social Media Call Records Were Not Subpoenaed Until After His Interviews

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emptywheel
The hearing transcript on the release of the Democratic memo had one nugget of news: The FBI hadn't even subpoeaned George Papadopoulos' social media call records until after he was interviewed two times.
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The Timing of Mark Warner's PseudoScandal Texts

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emptywheel
The Mark Warner texts that Fox just reported on, a week after Julian Assange promised news on Mark Warner to Sean Hannity, date to around the period of a massive T-Mobile hack in the DC area last year.
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How the White House's Tolerance for Wife-Beaters Exposed That It Was Harboring Counterintelligence Threats

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emptywheel
If the Rob Porter scandal hadn't broken, would the White House have just continued to let multiple staffers who couldn't get clearance continue to work with the nation's most sensitive secrets?
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What Journalist(s) Told Rinat Akhmetshin about the Steele Dossier?

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emptywheel
Rinat Akhemtshin told SJC he learned of the Steele dossier during the summer of 2016 from journalists. If that's right, who told him?
[Photo: Emily Morter via Unsplash]
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Ruin a Movie with a Name: Get Carter (Page)

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Rayne
Erstwhile Trump campaign adviser Carter Page comes off looking sketchier than ever after TIME reported last evening that Page characterized himself as an informal adviser to the Kremlin back in 2013. Let's take a step or two back and take a look at the bigger picture surrounding Page.
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Recently Released Mueller Emails Show How Conservative He Was, Not How Aggressive

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emptywheel
CNN is wrong to suggest two FOIAed email chains on the FBI's requests from GSA indicate Mueller hastened the investigation.
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Are There Other Emails about the June 9 Meeting?

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emptywheel
Something has been bugging me about this NYT story from last week reporting that, in a conference call with Mark Corallo on July 9, 2017 (see the timeline of events below), Hope Hicks told him emails on the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting…
[Photo: Annie Spratt via Unsplash]

Trumpian Motion

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Ed Walker
Even if you don’t want to pay attention, the threatening noise and action are everywhere.
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In Defense of Suspected Russian Agent Carter Page, Michael Mukasey Just Gave Defense Attorneys a Big Gift

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emptywheel
Michael Mukasey, who no doubt filed scores of declarations in criminal cases saying that letting a defense attorney view a FISA application to see if DOJ misled the FISA Court would harm national security, just endorsed releasing a FISA application publicly to do just that.

Nunes Is So Dumb He Missed the Most Likely Way the Trump Campaign Might Have Been Wiretapped

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emptywheel
Devin Nunes is so stupid his memo doesn't even mention the most likely way that the government, by targeting Carter Page, might have spied on the Trump campaign.

Asha Rangappa Demands Progressive Left Drop Bad Faith Beliefs in Op-Ed Riddled with Errors Demonstrating [FBI's] Bad Faith

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emptywheel
In a piece bizarrely blaming the "progressive left" for Devin Nunes' recent memo stunt, Asha Rangappa demonstrates how little she knows about what has happened with FISA in the last decade.
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What Jackie Wallace Said, And Less Important Super Bowl 52 Trash Talk

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bmaz
On Super Bowl Eve, two stories seem prime: The first is about former 3X Super Bowl player and NFL star Jackie Wallace, a story of the difficulty of recovery and redemption, and Will Bunch's story of the heartwarming good of the Eagles.
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The Harm Releasing the Nunes Memo Caused

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emptywheel
DOJ presumably believes the release of the Nunes Memo hurt national security in three ways: it helped those Mueller is trying to investigate, provided another reason for our foreign partners to hesitate before sharing intelligence with us, and makes it more likely some defendants will get to review their FISA application going forward. The latter is actually the sole benefit of this release, though it's probably the biggest worry DOJ has about it.
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Under Cover of the Nunes Memo, Russian Spooks Sneak Openly into Meetings with Trump's Administration

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emptywheel
When Chuck Schumer raised questions about why Russia's top spooks were visiting DC in the last week, Treasury and CIA both responded with contempt.

The Trey Gowdy Retirement

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emptywheel
Mock him all you want. But I suspect Trey Gowdy's decision to get out of partisan hackery may be an important development for the Mueller inquiry.