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Remaining Evidentiary Disputes in Hunter Biden Case

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emptywheel
Abbe Lowell wants to exclude virtually all laptop communications that won't be authenticated by Hallie Biden based on evidentiary grounds.
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On Eve of Hunter Biden Gun Trial, Judge Maryellen Noreika Covers Up Possible Gun Crime

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emptywheel
Judge Maryellen Noreika has prohibited Hunter Biden to tell the jury that the gun shop owner was willing to skip key administrative steps when selling him a gun because he wanted to get Joe Biden's son out of his shop.

Breathing Room: What Are You Growing?

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Rayne
We could use a little breathing room before the next big thing comes along and occupies our energy. This is a Trump-free open thread.
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"Swept Up!" The Russian Payments that Led to Trump's Felony Conviction

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Michael Cohen was investigated because he lied to his bank and then, even as he was making public comments about entertaining a "peace deal" with Russian involvement, used the bank account associated with the Stormy Daniels hush payment to accept big payments from a prominent Russian oligarch.
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Compelling Hallie Biden

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emptywheel
In Los Angeles, David Weiss has moved to compel Hallie Biden's testimony. That raises questions about whether, and if so how, he has compelled her testimony in Delaware.

Fridays with Nicole Sandler

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emptywheel
Nicole and I talked, a lot, about the Trump verdict, but also Aileen Cannon, Hunter Biden, and more.
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Trump Undone by the Truth of His Pecker

Trump's success, his persona, has always been a careful creation built on fraud. And that fraud became criminal in significant part because David Pecker told the truth about the fictions that go into sustaining the fraud.
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"True:" Hunter Biden Prosecutor Derek Hines Claims 80-Plus Equals "A Couple"

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The same guy who claimed a Keith Ablow photo showing sawdust was proof of Hunter Biden's cocaine use now claims that he can use the content of digital communications to prove their authenticity.
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How the Steele Dossier Broke MAGAts' Brains

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emptywheel
The story of how the Steele dossier broke MAGAts' brains involves a brutal double game from Oleg Deripaska, injection of disinformation into the dossier, and use of the dossier to discredit totally unrelated parts of the Russian investigation.
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Chris Kise Asks Aileen Cannon to Sanction Jack Smith because Chris Kise Doctored a Filing

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emptywheel
Rather than responding to Jay Bratt's request to modify Trump's release conditions, Trump's lawyers have instead demanded that the request be stricken because prosecutors didn't wait three days before filing the request.
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There are Heroes, and Then There are Heroes

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Peterr
Memorial Day often lifts up heroes like Medal of Honor recipients, but there are others whose service was even more heroic, like Hugh Thompson, Jr., Glenn Andreotta, and Lawrence Colburn.
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Jack Smith Invites Aileen Cannon to Protect the Country Rather than Just Donald Trump

It's not just that Jack Smith asked Aileen Cannon to order Trump to stop lying about being targeted for assassination, it's that he asked in a way that makes her bias clear.
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Fridays with Nicole Sandler, with Updates

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emptywheel
This time, with updated links about everything that happened in the five short hours since we taped.
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Derek Hines' Disappearing [Three Colors of] Ink

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emptywheel
Derek Hines has twice tried to hide the fact that the guy who sold Hunter Biden a gun used three different color inks on the form on which Hunter Biden is accused of lying.
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Natalie Harp: Gatekeeper to the Reich

Marc Caputo describes the woman who posted the Reich meme to Trump's Truth Social account as his digital gatekeeper.
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David Weiss Maintains He Can Use Hunter Biden's Diversion Statements at Failed Plea Hearing

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emptywheel
David Weiss is trying to claim to agree not to use Hunter Biden's statement as his plea colloquy against in his gun trial, while doing the exact opposite.
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Hunter Biden Prosecutor Leo Wise Aspires to Be the James Comer of John Durhams

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emptywheel
Leo Wise aspires to make the Hunter Biden tax case -- what Wise claims is just a "straightforward tax case" -- into the largest Special Counsel trial in recent history. He aims to do that by airing a bunch of irrelevant influence peddling allegations.
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How David Weiss Plans to Prove the Gun Case against Hunter Biden

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emptywheel
Fully half the communications that David Weiss wants to use to prove Hunter Biden was an addict when he owned a gun in 2018 are sourced to the laptop. The success of his case may rely, then, on conflating summarization of evidence with technical admissibility.
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