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Crime in the Era of Encrypted Apps: The Relationship between the DOJ and January 6 Investigations into Fake Electors

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emptywheel
DOJ took overt steps in its investigation of the fake electors the day after the January 6 Committee presented information that's new to most of the public on the same topic. But it's unlikely that DOJ took the acts solely because of the Committee hearing.
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Amy Berman Jackson Gets a Two-Page Footnote in for the Appeal of Carl Nichols

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emptywheel
On the same day DOJ finally appealed Carl Nichols' decision rejecting their application of 18 USC 1512(c)(2) to January 6, Amy Berman Jackson joined 15 of her colleagues in upholding the application.
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Three Months Later, DOJ Finally Gets Interested in Sidney Powell's Militia Defense Fund

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emptywheel
The government is finally raising concerns about Sidney Powell paying for the defense of the Oath Keepers' conspirators. The question is why they've waited for three months?
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Rudy Giuliani Launched a Lynch Mob over a Ginger Mint

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emptywheel
The shocking and emotional part of the January 6 Committee hearing on Trump's pressure on states was the stories that targets of Trump's bullying told, including Shaye Moss' description of how Rudy Giuliani claimed a ginger mint her mom had handed her was instead a thumb drive used to steal the election. But the details in the hearing go a long way to substantiating a conspiracy to obstruct the vote certification.
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House January 6 Committee: Public Hearings - Day 4

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Rayne
This post is dedicated to content and comments related to Day 4 of the House J6 Committee's public hearings.
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Open Thread: SCOTUS Release Day 1 of 2

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Rayne
This is an open thread focused on Supreme Court orders and decisions expected to be released Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
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Maybe Merrick Garland Already Made Some of the Decisions Everyone Thinks Are Pending?

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emptywheel
The January 6 Committee hearings have renewed debates about what it would take to criminally charge Donald Trump, raising questions about what decision-making process Merrick Garland might use before approving such a prosecution. But he may already have taken steps to make such decisions easier.

Priti Patel Approves Julian Assange's Extradition

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emptywheel
Priti Patel's unsurprising of the extradition order for Julian Assange may mark just the beginning of the process.
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Forty Feet: Trump Sicced a Murder Weapon on Mike Pence

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emptywheel
The January 6 Committee got much closer last night to explaining how the many efforts by Trump to use the mob to pressure his Vice President turned into a real threat to his life from that mob.
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Why January 6 Committee Transcripts Are Urgent: Proud Boy Jeremy Bertino

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emptywheel
DOJ may be relying on the reliability of Jeremy Bertino for their Proud Boys case. Which means it may have been an unpleasant surprise to see that he had done a deposition with the January 6 Committee last week.
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House January 6 Committee: Public Hearings - Day 3

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Rayne
This post is dedicated to content and comments related to Day 3 of the House J6 Committee's public hearings.
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The "We the People Plan" Is Evidence of Tarrio's Motive, But Not His Plan

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emptywheel
The government included the "We the People" plan in the indictment charging the Proud Boy leaders with sedition not because it was Enrique Tarrio's plan, but because his discussions of it showed the motive behind his orally issued plan.

The Sophistication Of Forager Societies

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Ed Walker
Forager societies were more sophisticated than we think. Members of those groups prized their personal freedom but we've forgotten that.
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Junkets In Lieu of Investigation: John Durham Charged Ivan Danchenko without Ever Interviewing George Papdopoulos about Sergei Millian

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emptywheel
Thanks to Roger Stone's persistence we've learned another damning detail about the Durham investigation: He never interviewed George Papadopoulos before hopping on a plane with the Attorney General chasing the conspiracy theories the Coffee Boy was spreading.
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January 6 Committee Details The Big Fraud Monetizing The Big Lie

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emptywheel
The January 6 Committee presented evidence that Trump raised $250 million by lying to his supporters about vote fraud and then used that money to pay off Mark Meadows and Paul Manafort.
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House January 6 Committee: Public Hearings - Day 2 [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
This post is dedicated to content and comments related to Day 2 of the House J6 Committee's public hearings.
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Three Things: Something Truck-ed This Way Comes

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Rayne
Americans can increasingly see their wretchedness out in the open now that hate groups act as if they received a permission slip from Donald Trump.
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On Josh Schulte's Continued Attempts to Hack the Judicial System

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emptywheel
For over a year, Josh Schulte has been attempting to hack the justice system prosecuting him. As his trial kicks off tomorrow, it'll become more clear whether he succeeded.
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The Masters Of Faster Talk Of Trash

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bmaz
It is Trash talk time! For the doldrums of summer, there are a lot of sports to talk about and space needed for all things "not" January 6 related.
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