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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Steve Bannon and Dirty Tricks

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emptywheel
Thus far in my Rat-Fucker Rashomon story, I've shown strong evidence that Roger Stone not only knew that John Podesta's emails were coming, but knew or had the contents of some documents pertaining to an attack he had already been making on…
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Steve Bannon, Guccifer 2.0, Glenn Greenwald, and Me: How Glenn Greenwald Defends "Smear Artist & Cowards"

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emptywheel
When Glenn got treated the way the NYPost treats others, he accused those who posted from authentic documents of being "smear artists & cowards." But when Steve Bannon does it, he defends its right to go viral.
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Docket Tea Leaves: Manafort, Bannon, and Flynn

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emptywheel
There are some curious happenings in various dockets -- which may mean nothing.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Roger Stone's Mid-Burglary Foreknowledge

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emptywheel
This post showed that the SSCI Report ignored a lot of evidence (laid out in the affidavits) that Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone had specific details -- possibly even the John Podesta emails themselves -- pertaining to Joule Holdings, which they…
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Jerome Corsi's Prescience about the Content of John Podesta's Emails

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emptywheel
On October 13, Roger Stone published a Jerome Corsi post under his own name that Corsi suggested had been started by October 6. It relied on documents, however, that didn't become public until October 11.
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"That's Rudy." Trump Proves, Yet Again, That He Would Just Ignore a Defensive Briefing

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emptywheel
For much of the last three years, Trump has claimed that, if only he had been given a defensive briefing about Russia's efforts to help his campaign (rather than launch investigations into four men who all turned out to be selling Trump out to one or another foreign country), he would have done something about it. By ignoring the warnings he got about Rudy being targeted for disinformation, Trump just made it clear that was not true.
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2020 Presidential Debates: Missing 'The Capital of Latin America' [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Here's a post so emptywheel community members can discuss the canceled second of three presidential debates — I mean, town hall on ABC with Biden and interview with Trump on NBC.
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SCOTUS Nomination: Coney Barrett's Beeswax and Goose Quills

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Rayne
Originalists like Amy Coney Barrett are not up to the task of deciding issues of contemporary law using criteria shaped by goose quills and beeswax.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Accessing Hollywood Cover-Ups of the Russian Attribution

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emptywheel
Rather than telling us what the Mueller team learned about Roger Stone's influence on the timing of the John Podesta release on October 7, 2016, the Mueller Report provided a comedy routine featuring Jerome Corsi's shifting claims about that day. It may have done so to hide that Stone timed the Podesta release to cover-up the US government's attribution of the DNC hack to Russia.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]
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The Frothy Right Proves Trump Buried 7 Details of Russian Outreach by Wailing about Carter Page

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emptywheel
The spreadsheet attempting to validate the Steele dossier shows that the FBI used information collected under the Carter Page FISA orders to corroborate or rule out claims in the dossier seven different times.
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Trump's Direct Line to the Rat-Fucking

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emptywheel
The Mueller Report laid out the case that Trump was obstructing an investigation into his own role in cheating to win in 2016 by trading a pardon for Roger Stone's silence. The SSCI Report lays out just how much Trump was obstructing.
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SCOTUS Nomination: Amy Coney Barrett's 2nd Day Before Senate Judiciary Committee

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Rayne
That's a pretty dull head, isn't it, for what's at stake, for the price Americans have paid for the GOP's SCOTUS nominee?
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Rat-Fucker Rashomon: Four Stories about Roger Stone (Introduction)

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emptywheel
Thus far, four different stories have been told about what Roger Stone did in 2016. None of those stories tells all the truth. But reading them together gets us closer to the truth.
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Roger Stone Was Parroting That Russian Intelligence Report a Month before FBI Got It

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emptywheel
Yesterday, I noted several key problems with the way the frothy right is trying to politicize some reports that John Ratcliffe just declassified: Russian intelligence analysis picked up before July 28 ascribes to Hillary foreknowledge of what…
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Roger Stone's Remarkable Interest in Donald Trump's Foreign Policy

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emptywheel
At two key moments in Trump's first election campaign, a guy with no known foreign policy chops sure seemed to have an acute interest in dictating the candidate's foreign policy views. 
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The Frothy Right Embraces CIA's Unmasking the Identities of Political Candidates

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emptywheel
John Ratcliffe just declassified documents that strongly suggest the very first person unmasked by CIA in reporting shared with the Crossfire Hurricane team was ... Hillary Clinton.
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Jeff Sessions HAD Shut Down the Investigation into Russian Interference

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emptywheel
The Mueller Report describes how, in June 2017, Trump tried to get Jeff Sessions to shut down any investigation into Russian interference in the election. A passage of Andrew Weissmann's book describes that, when he and Jeannie Rhee checked into what DOJ was doing at about the same time, DOJ wasn't actually investigating it.
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Government Caught Between a Recusal Motion and Desperation

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emptywheel
Emmet Sullivan got the government to weigh in in favor of ruling on the motion to dismiss immediately.
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The Desperation of the Jeffrey Jensen Investigation Already Made Clear that John Durham Won't Indict

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emptywheel
Even if John Durham wanted to prosecute someone, the desperate way Jeffrey Jensen has conducted a parallel investigation using the same evidence has undermined any chance that will happen.
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