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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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Bannon's One-Time Co-Conspirators Admit They Cheated Trump Supporters in the Conspiracy Trump Pardoned Bannon For

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emptywheel
The Build the Wall fraud -- where Trump allowed close associates to cheat his supporters, only to have Trump selectively pardon the single important person accused in the fraud in seeming exchange for his role in an even bigger fraud -- perfectly captures Trump's parasitic relationship with the cult he has created. It's a pyramid scheme of abuse in which, thus far, the little guys at the bottom are the ones who pay the biggest price. 
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Three Things: Dead, Deader, Deadest

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Rayne
There's a heck of a lot of death and dying related to Russia and the invasion of Ukraine. Not all of it is on the battlefield; some death needs to be encouraged, like death to fossil fuels.
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The Posture of the Michael Sussmann Case

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emptywheel
There have been a slew of developments in the Michael Sussmann case, and in advance of two of them, I wanted to lay out what the posture of the case is. One thing that those swooping in for the conspiracy theories seem to miss is that what happens…
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Steve Bannon's "Alleged" Non-Contemptuous Behavior

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emptywheel
DOJ chose to call the claim by Steve Bannon's lawyer that he had not acted contemptuously in the past "alleged," rather than "bullshit." That suggests they may still plan on using his 2019 mostly-truthful testimony to a grand jury.

Open Thread: Spring Has Sprung

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Rayne
Whatever benchmark or holiday you observe, with family or by yourself, feel free to shout out here in this open thread.
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"professional embarassment" [sic]: Michael Sussmann Catches John Durham Accusing First and Investigating Later, Again

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emptywheel
Almost six months after charging Michael Sussmann with lying to James Baker, John Durham finally asked Baker for the evidence that proves Sussmann was not lying to hide the existence of a client. Yet Durham accuses Sussmann of taking steps to hide "professional embarassment." [sic]
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John Durham Continues to Hide How Michael Sussmann Helped Kill the NYT Story

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emptywheel
John Durham wants to submit a bunch of email conversations with journalists to which Michael Sussmann was not a party as proof against him. Meanwhile, he's hiding the role Sussmann and Rodney Joffe had in the FBI's extensive effort to kill the NYT Alfa Bank story in 2016, claiming that is not exculpatory.
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Matryoshka Doll: The Aleksandr Babakov Indictment

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emptywheel
The indictment against Deputy Chairman of the Russian Duma, Aleksandr Babakov, describes how he used cut-outs to recruit an American based off their interest in Cuba to come to parrot the Russian line on Ukraine.
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