President Biden's DOJ will have tough choices about investigations that Billy Barr attempted to kill, even if Biden would like to look forward (again). A more difficult decision, still, will pertain to the ICC investigation into crimes that happened, in part, under Barack Obama.
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Friend of the site William Ockham describes what he says was a multi-generation production of Andrew McCabe's altered notes. If he's right, neither DOJ nor FBI are going to have an easy time disclaiming knowledge of these deliberate alterations.
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There have been a lot of predictions of how Trump will pardon his way out of the legal trouble he has racked up over the last four years (even ignoring the New York state investigations). But that's far more complex than people are making out, as the dilemma of an Assange pardon presents.
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Amid uncorrected false claims about election results and tweets inciting violence in DC, Donald Trump tweeted this last night.
After respectable law firms withdrew in AZ and PA, Trump's legal team is now down to Rudy, DiGenova and Toensing,…
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Steve Bannon and Roger Stone both have ongoing legal exposure that under Joe Biden might lead to prison time. That makes the stakes of Bannon's Stop the Steal effort -- and its continuity with Stone's similar effort in 2016 -- all the more important.
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Trump's newly installed Chief of Staff it DOD couldn't get information about a fatal helicopter accident to his principals in timely fashion, even while President Elect Biden obtained it via open sources.
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When the Mueller team obtained the GRU indictment in July 2018, they still didn't know whether Roger Stone would eventually be charged in the conspiracy. Confirmation of that makes certain details of the indictment far more intriguing.
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The story that Donald Trump is telling is doing tangible harm to our country. If you are complicit in telling that story -- whether you are an anonymous enabler or a both-sides reporter -- you also are doing tangible harm to this country.
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The report that Trump is engaged in Deep State fuckery in an attempt to release is virtually worthless to rebut the strong case that he "colluded" with Russia. It would, however, serve as a consolation prize for Vladimir Putin on Trump's way out the door.
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Last night Bill Barr authorized what had previously been forbidden for over forty years, DOJ's conduct of investigations into claims of irregularities ginned up by the very same lawyers -- Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani -- who invented the complaints about the Flynn prosecution. That makes the fact that his last politicized investigation altered documents all the more pressing.
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"Well, the weeks went by and spring turned to summer
And summer faded into fall
And it turns out he was a missing person
who nobody missed at all"
Listen, this has been really over since mid Wednesday morning. Am not sure how long The…
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