Thread: House Intelligence Committee Hearing on Special Counsel's Report

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Rayne
Post and thread dedicated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing already underway; it began at 9:00 a.m. EDT.
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On Joshua Schulte and Julian Assange's 10 Year Old Charges

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emptywheel
The reporting on why Julian Assange won't be charged in the Vault 7 leaks is missing some detail about what has happened in Joshua Schulte's case recently.
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Thread: House Judiciary Committee Hearing with John Dean

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Rayne
Post and thread dedicated to the House Judiciary Committee's hearing today at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
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Beryl Howell's Whack-a-Mole Grand Juries

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emptywheel
Two months before Beryl Howell upheld her contempt ruling against Andrew Miller because other investigations into Roger Stone remain ongoing, she learned that the investigation pertaining to the Mystery Appellant remains ongoing as well.
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On Once and Future Mueller Grand Juries: The Texts Obtained from Andrew Miller Overlap with Roger Stone's Voter Suppression

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emptywheel
The news of a second grand jury focusing on Roger Stone asked for texts between him and Andrew Miller recalls that Mueller was once quite interested in what Stone did with his dark money groups that engaged in voter suppression in 2016.
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Trump Claimed To Be Angry Flynn Didn't Make Good on Putin's January 21 Requested Phone Call

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emptywheel
We now know that Flynn at least claimed that Sergey Kislyak wanted to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin on January 21, 2017. That raises the stakes of a Trump claim that Flynn didn't tell him Putin called on January 21 significantly.
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Mike Flynn Assumed the FBI Agents Interviewing Him Would Be Trump Supporters

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emptywheel
One of the newly unsealed passages from Mike Flynn's 302 makes it clear he assumed FBI Agents would, by default, be partisan Republicans.
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Mike Flynn Believed the US Could Work with GRU's Director

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emptywheel
Until his counterpart died in early 2016, Mike Flynn had aspirations of working closely with the man who ran the agency who was planning to help Trump win.
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History’s Rhyme, Part 4: Contempt Then, Contempt Now

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Rayne
Next post in this series comparing the Articles of Impeachment against Richard M. Nixon with potential Articles of Impeachment against Trump -- this one focuses on Contempt of Congress.

Donald Trump Has a Roger Stone Problem

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emptywheel
Roger Stone has had several opportunities to try to address the DNC's complaint in their lawsuit against him and the Trump campaign. And thus far, he has offered no response.
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How to Read the Mueller Report Referrals

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emptywheel
The government's latest filing in the two FOIA suits involving the Mueller Report provide more insight on what the 14 referrals were.
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Carter Page Shared "Immaterial Non-Public Information" with Rosneft While "Working" for Trump

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emptywheel
In any other era, Republicans would be grateful that the FBI was tracking a guy who admitted sharing immaterial non-public with Rosneft while claiming to work for Trump. In this one, Republicans have decided that Carter Page is a latter day MLK Jr.
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BREAKING: Roger Stone Insists Russia Hacked the DNC

After insisting to Judge Amy Berman Jackson that Russia didn't hack the DNC, Stone lawyers Grant Smith and Robert Buschel are arguing to Judge John Koeltl that Russia did hack the DNC.
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Key Mueller Witness, George Nader, Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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emptywheel
George Nader -- Mueller's key witness on the Seychelles meeting and other Gulf State involvement in the Russian investigation, was just arrested for the child porn the FBI found on his phone while searching it for the Mueller investigation.
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History's Rhyme, Part 3: How Nixon's Impeachment Unfolded [UPDATE-2]

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Rayne
This post is one that I didn't foresee needing. It's about the sequence of events leading to Nixon's eventual resignation in August 1974.
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If FBI Had Spied on Trump's Campaign As Alleged, They'd Have Known Why Manafort Traded Michigan for Ukraine

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emptywheel
A timeline of the publicly confirmed steps of Mueller's investigation supports Attorney General Bill Barr's observation that the investigation into Trump's associates was "anemic" at the beginning of the investigation.
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On the Fizzle and Boom in Friday's Mike Flynn Friday Night News Dump

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emptywheel
Some events set in motion by a request WaPo made in April to unseal the sentencing files of Mike Flynn that have resulted in some fizzle, some pop, and a lot of premature speculation. In their response to the request, the government said…
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What the Stone Search Warrants Suggest about the Ongoing Investigation into Him

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emptywheel
Given what a filing submitted yesterday in Roger Stone's case, it looks like prosecutors may have returned to a consideration of CFAA-related charges for Stone after the raids on his properties in January.
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On Nine Different Occasions, Bill Barr Was Unable to Offer Any Evidence of Irregularity in Russia Investigation

In an otherwise supine interview with the Attorney General, CBS' Jan Crawford asked Bill Barr nine different times for evidence that there's some reason to investigate the Russian investigation. On nine different occasions, he was unable to answer her question.
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Two Factors that May Change the Impeachment Calculus, Part Two: Criminalizing a Roger Stone Pardon

There's one really cynical reason why Democrats should embrace an impeachment inquiry. If Stone's trial goes forward in November, it would present as damning a case against Trump's cheating as any impeachment trial could do. But to ensure that happens, Democrats need to make it clear that pardoning his way out of this will incur even greater costs for the President. 
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