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Mueller's Emphasis: Russia's Greater than Two Efforts to Interfere in the Election

Mueller's press conference changes the emphasis of the outreach to Trump officials significantly.
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Whip It, Whip It Good: Who's Read the Report? [Updated]

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Rayne
How many Republican members of Congress have actually read the Special Counsel's Report? After Robert Mueller's statement today this question becomes more relevant.
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Mike Flynn Doesn't Want the Brazenness of His Lies to become Public

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emptywheel
The WaPo has graciously asked Emmet Sullivan to liberate Mike Flynn's unredacted 302. But Flynn is opposed to the motion.
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The Game of Telephone that Has Attorney General William Barr in a Lather

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emptywheel
The George Papadopoulos hearing that serves as the excuse to demand an investigation into the FBI investigation into Trump is actually a demonstration of how crazed Republicans are.

Memorialize This

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Rayne
What did we celebrate this Memorial Day? This is an open thread.
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There's a Discrepancy about When Papadopoulos Left the Trump Campaign

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emptywheel
Mueller says that the Trump Campaign dismissed George Papadopoulos after he wrote a column trashing sanctions on Russia. Papadopoulos told Congress last fall that he never left.
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Ted Stevens, The "Toobz", And The Idiocy Of The Internet

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bmaz
Alright, this will be a fairly short post, but I would like to remind people of some things. Namely, regarding Ted Stevens. As background, Marcy wrote a serious, and important, post on the Trumps Organization's curious, and semi-hilarious, use…
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George Papadopoulos' Changing Tune about Working for Trump

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emptywheel
George Papadopoulos' stories about whether or not he wanted a job in the Administration have been inconsistent.
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The FBI Went to Microsoft, not Trump Organization, for Emails Incriminating Individual-1

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emptywheel
Trump Organization hosted its emails with Microsoft. That means the FBI has been able to access emails from Trump's business directly from Microsoft since they put a preservation order on all Trump Organization business accounts in July 2017.
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Mike Flynn Was Renting His Name to the Highest Bidder While Ostensibly Working for Trump

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emptywheel
Unlike the other three people the FBI first focused on in the Russian investigation, Trump didn't fire Mike Flynn during the campaign. Still, the things Flynn did during the campaign easily merited a the counterintelligence investigation he got.
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The Logic of Assange's EDVA Indictment Is Inconsistent with Mueller's Apparent Logic on Assange's Declination

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emptywheel
In the case of election interference, then, Barr does not consider the publication of documents identified on a wish list that hackers subsequently steal to amount to joining a conspiracy. But in the case of Chelsea Manning's leak, his DOJ does.
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History's Rhyme, Part 2a: 'Abuse of Power' Sounds So Familiar

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Rayne
It's not just Nixon's obstruction of justice Trump's acts have mirrored, though Trump has kicked Nixon's butt with regard to abuse of power. Achievement unlocked, Donnie. *golf clap* This is an open thread.
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For Three of the Four Early FBI Subjects Tied to the Trump Campaign, the Campaign Agreed with the Mueller Report Conclusions

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emptywheel
Of the first four people tied to Trump's campaign who were investigated by the FBI -- Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Paul Manafort -- the Mueller Report came to remarkably similar conclusions as the campaign did when all three were fired in 2016. That makes Bill Barr's investigation into the origins of the investigation all the more scandalous.
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Trump Claims He Was Joking When He Gave Russian Hackers a Wish List to Hack Hillary, But His Senior Aides Disagree

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emptywheel
Like a child whose mother catches him saying something improper, Trump claimed -- in his responses to Robert Mueller -- that he was joking when he asked Russia to find Hillary's missing 30,000 emails (a claim he repeated on March 2). d. On…
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The Three Theories of Prosecution for Julian Assange

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emptywheel
There are three theories of prosecution EDVA used in the superseding indictment against Julian Assange. One charges him for soliciting the leaks of stolen information, which will endanger people like Jason Leopold. One charges him for attempting to help hack and therefore obtain classified information, which is relatively risk free. And one charges him for disclosing the identities of US sources, which is dangerous because, on a smaller scale, journalists do the same.

The Charges Against Julian Assange

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emptywheel
An overview of the new charges against Assange.
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Here for Misogyny's Ratio

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Rayne
It's 2016 all over again when the woman frontrunner is trashed by white dudes' tweets and crappy reporting. Come on already. This is an open thread.
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Did Some Republican in Congress Leak Details of the Mueller Report to Roger Stone?

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emptywheel
Did one of the 7 Republicans in Congress who have seen the less-redacted Mueller Report already leaks details of it to Roger Stone?
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Bill Barr's Bullshit Claim that Trump Obstructed the Investigation Out of Frustration and Anger

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emptywheel
I've grown increasingly bothered by the justification William Barr made for Trump's obstruction of the Russian investigation. Basically, the Attorney General of the United States argued that because the President was "frustrated and angered"…
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