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The Curiosity of Norm Pattis' Third January 6 Client's Delayed Arrest

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emptywheel
Why would a Maryland guy in legal trouble in DC hire CT lawyer Norm Pattis, and was the InfoWars hat he wore to insurrection just a wild coincidence?
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Trash Talk: Dead on the Field

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Rayne
FIFA's dead bodies below the field, Kyrie Irving's hate speech, Detroit not at Detroit but Buffalo instead. This is an open thread.
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What If the Special Counsel Is about Scott Perry, not Just Donald Trump?

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emptywheel
Given how narrow the GOP majority in the House is, any investigation into a sitting member of Congress could more immediately disrupt the status quo power than an investigation into a potential Presidential candidate. Which means the appointment of Jack Smith as Special Counsel may also pertain to the investigation of Scott Perry's actions leading up to January 6.
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Merrick Garland Names War Crimes Prosecutor Jack Smith to Oversee Trump Investigations

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emptywheel
I mostly feel like the decision to appoint war crimes and public corruption prosecutor Jack Smith as Special Counsel is a "meh" decision. But it will make subpoenaing Ginni Thomas easier.
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Aileen Cannon's Special Master Review Helped DOJ Prepare for a Key Witness Interview

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emptywheel
As part of the Special Master process, DOJ got Trump to confirm certain details, including dates, about a "mini smoking gun" that was in a desk drawer in his office. Which means he has helped DOJ prepare to interview whatever witness had control over that desk drawer.
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What that Report Purportedly Authenticating the "Hunter Biden" "Laptop" Really Said

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emptywheel
James Comer has kicked off his tenure as Oversight Chair by proclaiming that the forensic mess left behind by frothy conspiracy-mongers is, instead, "REAL." 
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Three Things: Twitter Death Watch in Progress

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Rayne
It's difficult to imagine a social media platform the size of Twitter surviving nearly 90% loss of employees across the organization inside a three-week timeframe.
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Welcome to the Jim Jordan and James Comer Look the Other Way Committees, Brought to You By Access Journalism

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emptywheel
As the DC press corps scrambles to cover the press conference today at which Jim Jordan and James Comer will announce that Hunter Biden will be their first order of business, we're about to find out how few DC journalists have the self-respect to cover what a waste all this is.
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"An Entire Universe of Malfeasance, Corruption, and Depravity:" Joel Greenberg Promotes the Value of His Snitching

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emptywheel
The Joel Greenberg sentencing memo reads like a Coen Brothers movie: Sex, ecstasy, rat-fucking, and flaming cryptocurrency servers. But the dispute over how much credit Greenberg should get for his cooperation provides important insight into press coverage about Matt Gaetz' ties to Greenberg.
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Spy Versus Spy Amid the Proud Boys, Again

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emptywheel
The Proud Boys are once again complaining that the government isn't letting them publicly release information on Proud Boy informants who were not in the Proud Boy Leaders' inner circle.
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Devlin Barrett's "People Familiar with the Matter"

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emptywheel
Devlin Barrett's sources would have you believe that a man in whom the Saudis have invested upwards of $3B would have no financial interest in stealing documents on Iran's missile system.
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Government Asks Raymond Dearie to Recommend Judge Cannon Lift Injunction on 2,794 Documents

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emptywheel
The government has asked Raymond Dearie to treat this Special Master review as he would any other Special Master review, and to recommend to Judge Cannon that she lift the injunction over all the documents--2,794 out of 2,916--over which Trump has made no privilege claim.
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Merrick Garland Hasn't Done the Specific Thing You Want because DOJ Has Been Busy Doing Things They Have to Do First

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emptywheel
We know why DOJ has not yet indicted Trump. The reason is that DOJ has been very busy taking steps that have to happen before they could indict Trump.
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Andy McCarthy Gives Frothers Permission to Approve of a Trump Indictment

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emptywheel
Andy McCarthy is full of shit. But the shit he says is important because he tells Republican activists what they should think and say about legal matters. And he just gave those activists permission to support the indictment of Donald Trump.
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In the Wake of Trump's Third Electoral Failure, NYTimes Boasts of Hiring a Third Trump-Whisperer

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emptywheel
As they did in 2020, voters gave democracy another lifeline. They voted, affirmatively, for democracy. But it's not clear the press view protecting democracy, as opposed to protecting access, with anywhere near the same urgency.
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Trump's Secret Document, with the Post-Administration Pollster Communication, in His Desk Drawer

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emptywheel
A document found in a desk drawer in Trump's Mar-a-Lago office shows he was commingling stolen classified documents with his ongoing affairs after leaving the White House. The document gets investigators far closer to showing that Trump was using government secrets for his own personal affairs even after he left the White House. 
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