Bragging about US Intelligence Assistance Increases the Value and Solidarity of NATO Membership

There's been a lot of complaining that the US is bragging about its role in Ukraine's sinking of the Moskva. But I think those complaints ignore the many benefits declassifying such intelligence have for America's alliances, particularly as Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO.
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John Durham Wails about Michael Sussmann Adopting His Own Evidentiary Standards

John Durham doesn't want Michael Sussmann to be able to rely on the same kind of evidence that Durham has made the core of his case.
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John Durham May Lose His Battle But Gain New Ammunition to Fight His War

Yesterday, Judge Christopher Cooper ruled that he will review 38 Fusion emails to test the claims of privilege the Democrats and Rodney Joffe made over them. But because of procedural issues, it's possible Durham will win his privilege battle but lose his ability to use those emails at the Michael Sussmann trial.
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Todd Wilson: The Seditious Conspiracy Grows Branches

Oath Keeper Todd Wilson's guilty plea brings us very close to a point where the networked conspiracy behind January 6 is going to coalesce such that it's no longer about discrete militia groups, but it's about people sitting in hotel rooms blocks away from the direct assault on the Capitol. 
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WaPo Polls Whether Trump Should Be Charged Without Polling His Most Serious Suspected Crimes

WaPo decided to poll whether Trump should be prosecuted for something that, as described, is not a crime. It would be far more interesting to see polling on whether Trump should be prosecuted for the far more serious crimes being investigated.
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The Conspiracy to Use a Very Large Trump Sign as a Weapon To Obstruct the Vote Certification

Given the way Marshall Neefe pled guilty yesterday to using a very large Trump sign as part of his conspiracy to obstruct the vote certification, Trump could be directly on the hook for that symbolic assault.
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Chad Wolf Covered Up Russia's 2020 Support for Trump

The United States learned, at great cost, about how intently Russia was attempting to sow divisions in the United States by pushing certain campaign attacks. Even under Trump's control, the government put in place efforts to prevent that from happening again.  And then Chad Wolf ensured those efforts would fail to identify Russia's repeat performance of its 2016 attacks. 

Six Weeks: The Tactics of Sammy Alito's Abortion

The leak of a Sam Alito draft opinion on Hobbs won't change the outcome: abortion will be all-but gone by June anyway. But it gives those who support equality for women and LGBTQ people six weeks to lay a foundation for what comes next.
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Durham Prosecutor Brittain Shaw Gets Cute with Forfeited Claim

John Durham's prosecutors are resorting to thoroughly dishonest tactics in an attempt to pierce the Democrats' privilege claims.

Muskian Stupidity, Market Cupidity

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Rayne
I'm on the verge of blocking every occurrence of the name "Elon Musk" from my Twitter timeline.
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Hillary Clinton's Devious Plot to Get Oleg Deripaska to Install Paul Manafort as Trump's Campaign Manager

The frothers are wrong about the most basic details of the Michael Sussmann campaign. But they also believe Hillary Clinton is so devious she got Oleg Deripaska to install Paul Manafort as Trump's campaign manager.
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Judge Cooper Probes Andrew DeFilippis' Conspiracy Theory about "Worker Bees" in a "Cabal"

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emptywheel
In addition to calling some of the top cybersecurity researchers in the US "worker bees" in a recent Michael Sussmann hearing, Andrew DeFilippis also admits that those "worker bees" were working on the DNS anomaly at the core of Michael Sussmann's case before the Democrats ever got involved.
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The Tactics of the Louis Enrique Colon Cooperation Agreement

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emptywheel
Louis Enrique Colon got what appears to have been the sweetest plea deal thus far of the January 6 investigation. There are a number of things that may explain that.
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Old Friends: Scooter Libby and CIPA

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emptywheel
In his first decision about the scope of evidence that will come in at Michael Sussmann's trial, Judge Christopher Cooper applied the principles Judge Reggie Walton adopted in the Scooter Libby trial.
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John Durham's Irregular Now-Sealed Timeline

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emptywheel
The times on the exhibit that John Durham failed to seal are bolloxed, thereby obscuring a key issue on the privilege claims that Judge Cooper is considering.
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"Not Us at All:" In His Bid to Pierce Privilege, John Durham Makes Strong Case for Immunizing Rodney Joffe

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emptywheel
John Durham says the only way he can get testimony about what Rodney Joffe said to Laura Seago is to immunize Seago and breach both the Democrats' and Joffe's assertions of privilege. In fact, that's a better argument to immunize Joffe, just as Sussmann has requested he do.
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Three Things: Dial M for Michigan

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Rayne
It was a big week for the Mitten State which I call home -- big ups and equally big downs, like a roller coaster.
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Confirmed: John Durham Has Withheld Discovery That DOJ Already Disproved His Claims of Political Malice

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emptywheel
John Durham's entire trial strategy consists of claiming that it was obviously political to investigate a real forensic anomaly to see whether it explained why Russia responded to Trump's call for more hacks by renewing their attack on Hillary. He's doing so while withholding abundant material evidence that DOJ already decided he's wrong.
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Josh Marshall's "Team on the Field:" Putting GOP on Defense Over Russia Requires Reversing Their Offense

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emptywheel
People believe that Biden is weak on Ukraine not just because Democrats aren't screaming about how complicit Trump and his enablers are. They believe it because Trump has seeded two screaming conspiracy theories that have filled that void with false denials that all the suspicions about Trump turned out to be true, and virtually no reporters are countering those conspiracy theories.
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