For the entirety of 2016, Oleg Deripaska was using Christopher Steele to push DOJ to investigate Paul Manafort even while he was using Konstantin Kilimnik to try to get Manafort to help him carve up Ukraine. That double game may explain why and how the Steele dossier includes disinformation.
For this first day of the 2020s I would like to share with you some of the frustrating, hopeful, and baffling things I've learned over the last decade about humans and the planet we share. Most of what anyone learns in any decade isn't particularly…
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The DOJ IG Report finding errors in the Carter Page FISA application makes some of the same kind of errors it suggests are a firing offense. That ironically shows how important transparency is to combatting confirmation bias.
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The DOJ IG Report on Carter Page has some important evidence on the FISA process. But its treatment of Bruce Ohr threatens to undermine the information sharing that DOJ has been trying to encourage for almost two decades.
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There has been a joke here at Emptywheel from longer than you can imagine. Good Eli versus Bad Eli. There has been so much of both. But Easy Eli Manning is, arguably, going into arguably his last game as a Giant, if not in the NFL, an incredibly…
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Yeargh, I bollixed this up. Meant to post this several hours ago, and told Marcy I was going to, but instead had a giant nap on the couch with an overly large puppy right beside.
We deal with a lot of hard subjects here on this blog, and…
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An examination of the really damning stuff the DOJ IG Report on Carter Page says is exculpatory may be best understood to suggest that Papadopoulos' denials should have led the investigation to focus on him far earlier than it did.
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In one of a number of corrections, the DOJ IG report clarifies that it conflated FARA and 18 USC 951 in at least one mention of the crimes FBI was investigating. That confusion may totally undermine the Report's analysis on the import of the First Amendment in targeting Carter Page.
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The DOJ IG Report on Carter Page fills in a lot of the details about which Steele reports the FBI obtained when. While it doesn't excuse their use of the report for later Page FISA applications, they had not received two of the sketichiest reports before they used Steele's reports in the first application.
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There's a small detail in the DOJ IG Report on Carter Page that deserves further mention.
When the FBI was sending informants -- including Stefan Halper -- to talk to people in conjunction with its investigation, it always asked them about…
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As part of my deep dive into the DOJ IG Report on the Carter Page FISA, I've tried to capture the key events in it, which are discussed in iterative fashion in the report so hard to understand. Note, too, that the much-touted 17 problems with…
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The DOJ IG Report on the Carter Page FISA debunks a key conspiracy behind GOP claims that Ukraine tampered in the 2016 elections: that the investigation into Paul Manafort was only resuscitated after Serhiy Leshchenko published the Black Ledger. That investigation was opened in January 2016, well before Trump hired Manafort.
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Amy Berman Jackson has seen more of the underlying evidence from this investigation than anyone. And, in her comments during Rick Gates' sentencing yesterday, she sure seems to think that Bill Barr, Donald Trump, and Michael Horowitz are dismissing the seriousness of this investigation.
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