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Wall Street Journal: Bigger Dupes of John Durham or Alexsej Gubarev?

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emptywheel
Six months after the Igor Danchenko indictment, John Durham is still getting journalists to misreport what the indictment says.
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Senate Democrats' Unanimous Fail

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Rayne
Pat yourselves on the backs, Senate Democrats. Way to prove you're worth re-electing.
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Three Years into the Durham Investigation, a Jury Will Get to Hear about Trump's Request that Russia Hack Hillary

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emptywheel
Marc Elias will have an opportunity next week to tell a jury about what it was like to advise a Presidential campaign whose opponent asked Russia for help to beat her.
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The Witness List for the Michael Sussmann Trial

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emptywheel
The most intriguing witness for the Michael Sussmann trial may be DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
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Fun with Bates Stamps, Part One: John Durham Confuses His Two Defendants to Rile Up the Frothers

In his exhibit purporting to get preapproval to use Fusion GPS emails at trial, John Durham provided a bunch of emails that were useless for that purpose but really useful for riling up the frothers.
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A 'Dicks Out': On the Reported U.S. Intelligence Assist to Ukraine

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Rayne
An alternate perspective: the publication of news confirming the U.S.'s role providing intelligence to Ukraine may not be just dick-wagging.
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The March 6, 2017 Notes: Proof about Materiality

Michael Sussmann likely wants to submit evidence surrounding a March 6, 2017 meeting at trial to show what actions the FBI would take to respond to the Alfa Bank allegations even if they knew that Sussmann had a client.
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Judge Cooper Rules for Durham on Key Issues, But Rules against His Conspiracy Theory

In the Sussmann case, Judge Christopher Cooper has, overly optimistically, I think, set up a framework (primarily by excluding discussion about the accuracy of the information) that he thinks will guide all these decisions. But even within that framework, the rules of evidence will still apply.  And that will leave significant parts of Durham's conspiracy theory out of the trial. 

Alito’s Horrifying Opinion

This screed is Alito's actual opinion. No change in the final form changes that central fact.

Kentucky Derby Day

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bmaz
There is nothing like Derby Day. The hats are as insane as they look. And yet it is one of the greatest pieces of Americana ever.
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Tick Tock: SDNY Tells Project Veritas, Again, To Wait Until James O'Keefe Is Indicted to Complain

During the six weeks that Judge Analisa Torres has been considering Project Veritas' demand to claw back materials obtained in SDNY's investigation of Ashley Biden's allegedly stolen diary, Special Master Barbara Jones has gotten almost through the process of handing those materials over to SDNY.

Bragging about US Intelligence Assistance Increases the Value and Solidarity of NATO Membership

There's been a lot of complaining that the US is bragging about its role in Ukraine's sinking of the Moskva. But I think those complaints ignore the many benefits declassifying such intelligence have for America's alliances, particularly as Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO.
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John Durham Wails about Michael Sussmann Adopting His Own Evidentiary Standards

John Durham doesn't want Michael Sussmann to be able to rely on the same kind of evidence that Durham has made the core of his case.
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John Durham May Lose His Battle But Gain New Ammunition to Fight His War

Yesterday, Judge Christopher Cooper ruled that he will review 38 Fusion emails to test the claims of privilege the Democrats and Rodney Joffe made over them. But because of procedural issues, it's possible Durham will win his privilege battle but lose his ability to use those emails at the Michael Sussmann trial.
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Todd Wilson: The Seditious Conspiracy Grows Branches

Oath Keeper Todd Wilson's guilty plea brings us very close to a point where the networked conspiracy behind January 6 is going to coalesce such that it's no longer about discrete militia groups, but it's about people sitting in hotel rooms blocks away from the direct assault on the Capitol. 
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WaPo Polls Whether Trump Should Be Charged Without Polling His Most Serious Suspected Crimes

WaPo decided to poll whether Trump should be prosecuted for something that, as described, is not a crime. It would be far more interesting to see polling on whether Trump should be prosecuted for the far more serious crimes being investigated.
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The Conspiracy to Use a Very Large Trump Sign as a Weapon To Obstruct the Vote Certification

Given the way Marshall Neefe pled guilty yesterday to using a very large Trump sign as part of his conspiracy to obstruct the vote certification, Trump could be directly on the hook for that symbolic assault.
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Chad Wolf Covered Up Russia's 2020 Support for Trump

The United States learned, at great cost, about how intently Russia was attempting to sow divisions in the United States by pushing certain campaign attacks. Even under Trump's control, the government put in place efforts to prevent that from happening again.  And then Chad Wolf ensured those efforts would fail to identify Russia's repeat performance of its 2016 attacks. 
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