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DOJ Moves Towards Parallel Conspiracy Prosecutions of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys

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emptywheel
DOJ is now pursuing conspiracy prosecutions against both the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, both having the same object (to delay the vote certification) and both using some of the same overt steps.
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The January 6 Investigation Remains in an Early Stage

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emptywheel
It will take DOJ some time to fully investigate the January 6 insurrection. But there's no sign, yet, that it won't be fully pursued.
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The Soft Bigotry of Expecting the Commander in Chief to Only Tweet

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emptywheel
One remarkable thing about the House impeachment brief is it doesn't even focus on what the Commander in Chief normally would do as his country was under attack.

The Mob Party

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Ed Walker
How crazy is crazy enough?
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Trump's Impeachment Defense Is Silent about His Unconstitutional Demand of Mike Pence

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emptywheel
In his impeachment defense, Trump says that his incitement of violence was protected by the First Amendment. But he doesn't address the illegal demand he made of Mike Pence, and the way Trump focused the anger of the insurrectionists as a result.
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The Selfie Cops: Obstructing an Official Proceeding

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emptywheel
As insurrectionists begin to get indicted on evidence that the government won't have to share publicly, we'll likely see more obstruction of an official proceeding charges.
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Donnie The Wimp And His Impeachment Coffin

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bmaz
Lol, for the uninitiated, that means Trump never paid a dime as to a retainer, and never signed a fee agreement. Same old clown car, same old song and dance my friends.
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The Role of Trump's Incitement in Providing Violent Foot Soldiers [Updated]

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emptywheel
The case of Emanuel Jackson -- one of the January 6 rioters charged with assaulting police -- ties Trump's rally directly to violence in the service of halting the vote certification.

Dewey On The State

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Ed Walker
Is there such a thing as the state?
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Spaz: More than Just a Thumb Drive [Updated]

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emptywheel
The government points to proof that Dominic Pazzola can be violent to justify their big to deny him bail. But their motion presents as much evidence that they want him jailed to protect their conspiracy investigation.
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Kevin Clinesmith Sentenced to a Year of Probation

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emptywheel
James Boasberg just gave Kevin Clinesmith sentence of one year of probation.
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Trump's Role in a Seditious Conspiracy Won't Go Away with an Impeachment Vote

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emptywheel
Political journalists are describing this Trump impeachment vote like the last one, as something to get done before moving back to everyday political squabbling. That fails to account for the way a massive investigation into the insurrection must, inevitably, account for Donald Trump's role and might even one day include him.
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Tunnels and Trump: The Missing Details in the Oath Keeper Conspiracy

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emptywheel
DOJ crafted a clean conspiracy indictment for the three Oath Keepers charged so far. It's clear where Oath Keepers from North Carolina, whoever directed the Oath Keepers around the Capitol, and even Mike Flynn or Donald Trump might be included in this conspiracy, as drawn.
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Whither the Douglass Mackey Investigation?

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emptywheel
A trusted Bill Barr associate, Seth DuCharme, just rolled out a prosecution of pro-Trump voter suppression from 2016.
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A Tale of Two Zip-Tie Guys: Criminal Protestor or Armed Insurrectionist?

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emptywheel
Prosecutors in Tennessee and in DC told very different stories about the actions of Eric Munchel, AKA Zip-Tie Guy, and his mother. The difference
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Peter Strzok Subpoenas Trump's Soccer Ball from Putin

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emptywheel
While it's unclear whether Strzok will succeed, he appears using his lawsuit for more than just obtaining recourse for the damage to his career and his reputation done by Trump's attention. Rather, he seems intent on unpacking how and why Trump used his texts to compromise the US government. 

A DOJ IG Investigation Is Insufficient to Investigate Trump's Attempt to Get DOJ Help to Steal the Election

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emptywheel
Michael Horowitz' announcement he'll investigate whether anyone at DOJ was involved in Trump's attempt to steal the election is welcome but not sufficient to reviewing what happened.
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Some Key Gaps in the January 6 Story [Updated]

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emptywheel
Some of the things we still haven't seen among the arrests of the January 6 insurrectionists: those who assaulted about 100 officers, Brian Sicknick's murderer, the DNC bomber, and Rudy Giuliani's interlocutors.
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Grits: The Difference between Joshua Schulte's Complaints about SAMs and Those of His Attorneys

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emptywheel
Joshua Schulte is renewing the same complaints he made about SAMs almost two years ago.
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Bill Barr's Entire DOJ Chased Trump Conspiracy Theories and Plotted Inappropriately

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emptywheel
Sure, Jeffrey Bossert Clark should be shunned in the respectable legal profession for helping Trump attempt a coup. But so should the men who willfully let DOJ champion Trump's conspiracy theories for the two years before that. 
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