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The Persistence of Jared in the WikiLeaks Operation

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emptywheel
Jared Kushner lurks behind a lot of details on Stone, Manafort, and WikiLeaks.
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The Trump-Mueller Answer the Stone Trial Really Implicates: Pardoning Assange

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emptywheel
The Stone trial made it clear that, as suspected, Trump lied to Robert Mueller about his conversations about WikiLeaks during the campaign. But a far more damning lie may pertain to pardoning Julian Assange.
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Impeachment Hearings: Big, Busy Week Ahead [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Better get all your big tasks done today or hold off until Friday because the week is stacked with hearings and witnesses.
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The Conflict between the GOP's "Hearsay" and "Whistleblower" Defenses

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emptywheel
Sometimes Byron York is useful because he clarifies just how stupid and contradictory right wing talking points are. Today, he claims that, for both the Russian investigation and impeachment, Democrats don't want anyone to know how the investigation…

Bill Barr's Screed: Blindness about Current Threats

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emptywheel
Bill Barr thinks that a strong President has led all the most important historical advances in this country. But he is blind to the most urgent risks facing the country now, and the way that President Trump accelerates those risks.
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Too Roger Stoned Trash Talk

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bmaz
As you may have heard, Roger Stone was convicted on all counts yesterday. Marcy's post is here. A jury still deliberating on a Thursday is one thing, but they like to get the fuck out of Dodge by a Friday afternoon, and this one did. Predictable.…
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Jim Jordan Accuses Trump of Lying to Mueller in Latest Defense against Impeachment

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emptywheel
Why is Jim Jordan defending President Trump against impeachment by accusing him of lying under oath? 
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Impeachment Hearings: Day 2 - Marie Yovanovitch [UPDATE-2]

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Rayne
Post and thread dedicated to today's impeachment hearing. Former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is the key witness this morning.
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Devin Nunes Calls an Experienced Organized Crime Researcher Funded by Paul Singer a Democratic Operative

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emptywheel
In Devin Nunes' closing statement in yesterday's impeachment hearing, he suggested that an expert on Russian and Ukrainian organized crime doing open source research into Paul Manafort paid for by Republican billionaire Paul Singer must be a Democratic operative.
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BREAKING: The First Amendment Is Part of Something Called the Constitution

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emptywheel
There's been a weird phenomenon during the Trump presidency, where journalists and media organizations loudly defend one small part of the Constitution -- the one that benefits them personally, the First Amendment -- but seem to believe…
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Time to Start Calling Bill Barr "Prosecutor General"

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emptywheel
It's time to stop calling Bill Barr the Attorney General -- a title he has sold out -- and instead use the title we use for political hacks covering up for the self-dealing of Oligarchs, Prosecutor General.
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The 900 Pages of George Nader Testimony the Government Wants to Keep Hidden

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emptywheel
The transcripts memorializing George Nader's grand jury appearances are 900 pages long and include questions about ongoing investigations.

Trump Team's Extortion Demands To Ukraine Started Before The April 21 Call To Zelensky

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Jim White
Even if a "transcript" from the April 21 call from Trump to Zelensky is released and contains no extortion demand from Trump for Zelensky to investigate the Bidens, such a demand was indeed delivered to a Zelensky associate less that a month later by Parnas and Fruman. The threat was then carried out when Pence did not attend Zelensky's inauguration since no investigation was announced.

Private Government By Corporations

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Ed Walker
Corporations as Communist Dictatorships: great for masters but infringes on freedom of workers.
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It Doesn't Matter for Prosecutors' Case that Randy Credico Was Bragging or (Purportedly) Drunk

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emptywheel
Reporters who claim that Randy Credico's credibility (or lack thereof) in any way affects the abundant evidence proving the case against Stone seem to have missed that Stone's current defense strategy amounts to pleading guilty to four of the false statements charges against him.
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Why Won't Sean Hannity Defend Trump against Impeachment Under Oath?

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emptywheel
For some reason, Sean Hannity seems uninterested in defending the President against impeachment under oath.
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Rick Gates Got Sent Two Key Jerome Corsi Posts

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emptywheel
Two Jerome Corsi posts that are central to a theory I proposed about what Corsi and Stone were up to in 2016 got sent to the Trump campaign.
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