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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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Just Another Manic Sunday Conference Championship In Pandemic

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bmaz
The conference championships are here. Both seemingly great matchups on the surface. So, who is going to win today and go to the Super Bowl?
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Prosecuting the Trump Coup Attempt Compared to the J20 Prosecution

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emptywheel
The question of how many of the non-violent insurrectionists DOJ should charge compares in interesting ways to the Trump DOJ's failed attempt to prosecute a large number of protestors at Trump's inauguration because a handful cause some property damage.
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The Baraitser Decision's Impact (or Not) on Journalism

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emptywheel
Contrary to a lot of discussion about UK judge Vanessa Baraitser's decision in the Assange extradition, it should not have a significant impact on journalism.
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Productive Ways to Hold Trump Accountable

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emptywheel
There are ways to obtain accountability for the Trump Administration that don't necessarily require non-criminal investigative committees.
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Larry King Is Dead, Long Live The King

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bmaz
Larry King has died at 87. He was not necessarily a journalist, per se, even if news was often broken on his show. He was a massive media presence, and a good one. Unlike so many others, he did not get in the way of his guests and interviewees letting themselves be themselves, for better or worse.
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Zip-Tie Guy's Release on Bail Is Why Donald Trump Must Be Prosecuted

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emptywheel
The thing that makes Eric Munchel's grab for the gavel and the zip-ties particularly dangerous is Trump's illegal plan to steal an election. Until prosecutors start naming Trump as a co-conspirator, start naming the Big Lie of a stolen election as the motivating cause of the violence, guys like Munchel are going to continue to get bail. 
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The DOD Flunkies' Convenient Lapse of Executive Privilege

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emptywheel
There's good reason to believe the claims Kash Patel and other Trump flunkies made in a Vanity Fair profile are an attempt to burnish their tainted legacy.
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Now We Know Why Jeffrey Rosen Has Been Silent, How About Chris Wray?

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emptywheel
During the two weeks between Trump incited an insurrection and Joe Biden's inauguration, Jeffrey Rosen remained virtually silent about that coup attempt. Last night we learned he's also a witness.
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Crowdsourced Timeline: Tick-Tock to Insurrection and Beyond [UPDATE-3]

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Rayne
This is a crowdsourced timeline of events related to the January 6 Capitol Building insurrection and Trump's attempted a takeover of the DOJ, with the intent to use the department's powers to persuade one or more states to overturn election results.
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"Stand Back and Stand By:" The Proud Boys Node of the January 6 Attack

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emptywheel
The government has not yet alleged a conspiracy on the part of Proud Boy members in conjunction with the January 6 attack. But they have laid out elements of a conspiracy.
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In November, Emmet Sullivan Suggested He Might Not Be Done with DOJ and Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
In his November opinion dismissing Mike Flynn's prosecution, Judge Emmet Sullivan did not resolve certain issues -- documents that got altered and Flynn's lies to Sullivan. I expect he may return to them next week.
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Amanda Gorman Made Silvester Beaman Sad, Joe Biden Happy, and John Lewis Dance

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Peterr
Just as the 23 year old John Lewis spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, so the 22 year old Amanda Gorman stood at the other end of the Mall, on the steps of the Capitol in which John Lewis served until he died, and she is taking this nation one more step forward.
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Inauguration Day 2021: Celebrate!

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Rayne
Let's celebrate the moral universe's arc shifting toward justice again with the inauguration of Biden and Harris.

Bannon Turned Out to Be the Irreplaceable One

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emptywheel
Donald Trump decided to pardon Steven Bannon even though it probably doesn't help Bannon all that much and may hurt Trump. Which makes the pardon all the more interesting.
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Minority Report: Biden's Waiver-Needed SecDef Nominee Lloyd Austin

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Rayne
President-elect Joe Biden nominated for Secretary of Defense a retired general, Lloyd James Austin III, who's only been out of the military since March 2016. Why should Congress consider a waiver for Austin?
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The First Node of the Insurrection Conspiracy: The Oath Keepers

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emptywheel
The FBI charged a key player in the Oath Keeper with conspiracy in what is likely to be one of the key nodes of the attack on the Capitol.
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Trump's Second Impeachment Has Already Had a Beneficial Effect

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emptywheel
To restore legitimacy and belief in the rule of law, the story of Trump's crimes needs to be told, and told in a way that makes the damage he caused and the betrayal of his supporters clear. If impeaching Trump convinced him not to pardon his lawyer, his spawn, and himself, it will be one important step in that process. 
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