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"Looking Forward" Will Be Harder for President Biden than It Was for President Obama

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emptywheel
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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Sidney Powell Implicates Barbara Ledeen in Her Effort to Undermine Democracy

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emptywheel
Sidney Powell just made it clear that Lindsey Graham staffer, Barbara Ledeen, is involved in her effort to undermine democracy.
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Ockham's Cut: How the Andrew McCabe Notes Were Doctored

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emptywheel
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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Trump's Pardon Jenga, Starting with the Julian Assange Building Block

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emptywheel
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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Convergence: Mueller Obstruction, Ukrainian Favors, and DOJ's Altered Documents

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emptywheel
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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Andrew McCabe's Comments about Trump More Likely Reference What an Easy Mark Russia Thinks He Is than Any (Unexpected) Thing He Did

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emptywheel
McCabe's comments to Chris Cuomo about the damning information in the Intelligence Community Assessment implicating Trump probably say more and less than folks are making out.
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Roger Stone's 2016 "Stop the Steal" Effort May Have Been Coordinated with Russia

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emptywheel
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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Gate-Keeper for Propaganda Kash Patel Failed His First Test as DOD Chief of Staff

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emptywheel
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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Some Details of Mueller's GRU Indictment You Probably Missed

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emptywheel
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.

The GOP Lawsuit in Michigan May Include Sworn Admissions from People Who Were Illegally Present

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emptywheel
Reporters continue to be sloppy about whether Republicans complaining about voting procedures had a legal right to even be in the room.

Those Complicit in Trump's False Story about the Election Are Willingly Damaging This Country

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emptywheel
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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Palace Intrigue: Trump Prepares His Consolation Prize for Vladimir Putin

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emptywheel
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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The Last Time Billy Barr Ordered a Politicized Investigation, DOJ Altered Documents for Public Consumption

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emptywheel
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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Afraid? Who, Us? We're Not Afraid!

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Peterr
Politco writes about Trump staffers and what they will face in a post-Trump world. They say they'll be just fine, but I think they are more worried than they are letting on . . .
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Don Jr's Demand to "Declassify Everything" and the Secret Grand Jury Information His Buddy Shared about Julian Assange

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emptywheel
Don Jr might want to stop advertising how happy he is to leak America's secrets given how Julian Assange got advance notice of his indictment.
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Trump's Enablers Are Mistaking an Insurgency for an Off-Ramp

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emptywheel
Trump's enablers are excusing his efforts to discredit his electoral loss as a means to get him to come to accept it. That's a dangerous game.
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It Didn't Go Away: COVID, COVID, COVID

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Rayne
Remember Trump's gaslighting the American public, telling them COVID would simply go away after the election because it was just a hoax?
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Goodbye Earl Trump

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bmaz
"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…

Congratulations, America — Once More, with Feeling [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
We have a lot to celebrate, not only because we can finally see an end to the Trump administration in 74 days. We can celebrate real change is coming.
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