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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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Mueller Offers Trump an Open Book Test -- Trump Should Refuse

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emptywheel
Mueller's open book test for Trump seems designed to lull him into an interview about obtruction to get him to answer questions about his substantive "collusion."

It is Bitter Tea That Involves You So: A Sermon on Hope

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Quinn Norton
People often mistake hope for a feeling, but it's not. It's a mental discipline, an attentional practice that you can learn. Like any such discipline, it's work that takes time, which you fail at, succeed, improve, fail at again, and build over years inside yourself.
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On Manafort's Referral of the Papadopoulos Offer(s)

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emptywheel
The HPSCI Report provides a partial explanation for a footnote in the Papadopoulos plea. But the two reports together raise as many questions about the May 2016 outreach to Trump's people as they provide answers.
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The Context of Veselnitskaya's "Informant" Comment

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emptywheel
The big takeaway from Richard Engel's interview of Natalia Veselnitskaya -- that she admitted to being an "informant" to Russia's prosecutor general -- is not as interesting as her admission that she worked for an entity with some ties to FSB. And neither is the smoking gun on Russian involvement in the Trump Tower meeting.
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Was Trump's Birthday Present a Painting? Or Stolen Emails?

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emptywheel
When Trump sent Aras Agalarov a thank you note for a birthday gift on June 17, 2016, was he referring to a painting, or stolen emails?
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Baku, Belichick and the NFL Draft

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bmaz
Okay, it has been a while since we had a real Trash Talk. So here we go. Not a particularly deep one, but between the NFL Draft, which has been pretty interesting, and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, it seemed like a decent opportunity for…
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The Holes in Ike Kaveladze's Trump Tower Meeting Story

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emptywheel
The HPSCI majority report goes well out of its way to avoid mentioning key details about the Trump Tower meeting. But even with that effort, the story of Ike Kaveladze, the representative of the Agalarovs at the meeting, makes no sense.
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The Hole in the HPSCI Exoneration: Trump's Hiring of Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
The HPSCI Report suggests that if only Trump had gotten a warning that his campaign was infiltrated with people that FBI had Russian counterintelligence concerns about, he wouldn't have hired them. Except the example of Mike Flynn proves that's not true.

In 2017, the Government Withdrew Three FISA Collection Requests Rather than Face an Amicus Review

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emptywheel
On three occasions last year, the government has withdrawn an individual FISC request rather than risk facing the weak adversary of an amicus. Problematically, that doesn't mean that the government hasn't fulfilled its request via other means.
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Mueller's Entirely Redacted Three Bullets and a Theory of the Case

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emptywheel
Three redacted bullets in the Mueller response to Manafort's challenge of the search of his condo may lay out the theory of their case.

Continuance in MalwareTech's Case

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emptywheel
MalwareTech just got a month's continuance in his case. It's unclear what changed, but something appears to have.
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Counterintelligence versus Criminal: George Papadopoulos

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emptywheel
Sources very close to George Papadopoulos attempted to claim no collusion in an interview with the Daily Caller. The effort does nothing to disclaim it.

What Happened To The Cultural Elites: Entertainment Workers

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Ed Walker
Symbolic workers in the entertainment field do a great job of reproducing the class structure and cheerleading for capitalism.
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National School Walkout and LEO on Alert: Coincidence?

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Rayne
Memorial walkouts for Columbine mass shooting victims will take place today, part of a national school walkout. Is it coincidence LEO were on alert this week about protests?
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On the Comey Memos

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emptywheel
As you read the Comey memos remember that whoever leaked them is probably, as we speak, calling for Andrew McCabe's prosecution for leaking to the press.
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The Andrew McCabe Referral Is Unsurprising -- and Probably Justified

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emptywheel
I think the evidence against Andy McCabe is damning. And the criminal referral is probably necessary.
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The Fire Rosenstein Squad among Trump's Buddies

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emptywheel
In an apparent attempt to pressure Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein, his buddy Jay Goldberg appears to have created new legal exposures for the president.
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