The FBI Has No Idea What Time MalwareTech Waived Miranda

In addition to not memorializing whether they asked Marcus Hutchins if he was drunk during his interview, agents also didn't try to correct the time of his Miranda warning until a week after that interview.
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Ron Wyden Makes It Clear Gina Haspel Pushed for Torture to Continue in 2005

One of Ron Wyden's questions of Gina Haspel makes it clear she was part of a successful effort to force DOJ and the White House to reauthorize torture in 2005 by torturing a detainee before approval had been finalized.

Gina Haspel's Fluid Moral Compass

Gina Haspel's testimony was remarkably damaging for her.
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The Gaping Holes in the SSCI Voting Security Report: Vendors and Mitch McConnell

Among the weaknesses of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on election tampering are that it remains silent about Congress' past and future role -- including that of Mitch McConnell -- but it also never considered Russian compromise of vendors.
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Roger Stone, Rick Gates, and Michael Caputo Met Right Around DNC/Podesta Hack

Roger Stone insists there's an innocent explanation for why he, Rick Gates, and Michael Caputo were meeting around the same time as the Russians hacked the DNC and then offered emails as dirt to the campaign.
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With the Upcoming Concord Consulting Not Guilty Plea, Russians Continue to Win the Lawfare Hockey Title

The Putin crony whose companies and person got charged in the Internet Research Agency indictment has made it clear he's going to inflict a cost on DOJ for doing so. It may have repercussions on how Mueller will proceed with other legal cases, not to mention similar cases in the future.
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Did Mueller's Team Decide They No Longer Need Manafort to Flip?

Given TS Ellis' focus on the probability Mueller charged Paul Manafort with tax charges only to get him flip in the investigation against Trump, I find it notable that Mueller's EDVA brief did not include language the DC brief did on doing just that.
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On the TS Ellis Show and the Lies about Lying

TS Ellis may have ripped Mueller's prosecutors a new one on Friday. But that came amid several signs that he thinks Mueller's team is operating within normal bounds of prosecutorial discretion.
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Mueller Homing in on Trump's Inauguration Graft

While it has been known for some time Mueller is investigating Trump's inauguration committee, the twin scoops that Mueller questioned Tom Barrack and Viktor Vekselberg suggest it's a very key part of the current inquiry.
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The Quest: Trump Learns of the Investigation (Part Four)

When Trump learned the FBI was investigating Mike Flynn for actions that would disclose his effort to pay off his election debts to the Russians, he fired Mike Flynn.

Contrary to Reports, We Cannot Say FISC Rejected a Record Number of FISA Applications Last Year

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The DOJ has released its numbers for FISA approvals. It shows that DOJ's numbers remain pretty useless, even in the fact of FISC numbers that show real concerns from the court.
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Trump Repeats the "Tapp" Story Line from Season One

The President who cried "wiretap" once too often should be treated with a great deal of skepticism when another story he was wiretapped comes out.
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The Quo: Policy and Real Estate Payoffs to Russia (Part Three)

During the transition period, Mueller's team (led by now cooperating witness Mike Flynn) engaged in a series of communications with Russia that appear to confirm an effort to pay off their election debt to Russia.
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The Quid Pro Quo: a Putin Meeting and Election Assistance, in Exchange for Sanctions Relief (Part Two in a Series)

In Part Two of a series on how the Mueller questions map out cultivation, a quid pro quo, and a cover-up, I show how over the course of the campaign the Russians and Trump danced around a quid pro quo trading election help for sanctions relief.
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The Mueller Questions Map Out Cultivation, a Quid Pro Quo, and a Cover-Up (Part One, Cultivation)

In a series of posts, I will argue that the Mueller questions lay out a structure of cultivation, quid pro quo, and cover-up for his investigation. This post lays out the evidence Russia was cultivating Trump before the election.
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After Reiterating Orin Kerr's Arguments, MalwareTech Asks for the Indictment to be Dismissed with Prejudice

Adopting an argument Orin Kerr advanced not long after Marcus Hutchins was charged, his defense argues his indictments should be dismissed outright.
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Paul Manafort's iPod (and Other Apple Product) Habit Rivals His Antique Rug Habit

Paul Manafort seems unreasonably concerned that the FBI has the contents of either two or eight iPod devices.
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"Just Obstruction" Is the New "Red Line"

Before the press fact checks Trump's claims that Robert Mueller's questions don't include any addressing "collusion," they might consider how they've been complicit in setting up that narrative.
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