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On Nappies and Law Enforcement Spying

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emptywheel
Everything in the public record suggests the really intrusive surveillance that Julian Assange was subjected to in the Ecuadorian Embassy was part of the many criminal investigations of him--investigations that mostly weren't for anything to do with journalism.
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20 Months: A Comparison of the Mueller and Durham Investigations

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emptywheel
In 20 months, John Durham has charged one person and had his top investigator quit due to improper political pressure. In 20 months, the Mueller investigation charged 33 people and 3 corporations and paid for their entire investigation.
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John Durham and the First Fight over a Doctored MemCon of Trump's Meetings with Russia

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emptywheel
Among the very last documents released via FOIA from the Mueller investigation deals with the complex issues surrounding Trump's efforts to cover up that he shared highly classified information with Russia.

America The Can-Do Nation

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Ed Walker
We have a long history of working to solve our problems. We are the Can-Do Nation!
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Failsons and Kraken Conspiracies: Three Mike Flynn Hypotheticals Trump May Have Tried to Preemptively Pardon

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emptywheel
There are three easily foreseeable circumstances where Mike Flynn may try to claim that Trump's pardon covers future actions.
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The Clinesmith Sentencing Memos: Politically Biased Data In, Politically Biased Data Out

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emptywheel
John Durham's prosecutors continue to prove in court filings that they don't understand key details about what they're investigating.
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John Durham Has Unaltered Copies of the Documents that Got Altered in the Flynn Docket

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emptywheel
Bill Barr could come to regret his neat effort to place a ticking time bomb inside the Joe Biden DOJ, because John Durham has evidence in hand that Bill Barr's DOJ tampered with documents. I've been thinking ... There's something that doesn't…
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A Mike Pence Pardon of Trump for Flynn's Pardon Would Obstruct the Mueller Investigation

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emptywheel
Mike Pence would own Trump's obstruction of the Mueller investigation if he were to pardon Trump for Trump's pardon of Flynn. That makes his silence about the topic all the more interesting.
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The Facts "Known to" the Mueller Investigation: Judge Sullivan Should Demand the December 22, 2016 Flynn Transcript

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emptywheel
I wrote up four things that, if I were Judge Emmet Sullivan presiding over the Mike Flynn case, I would do: Make Trump name Flynn’s crimes Establish a record about whether Flynn or Sidney Powell traded electoral assistance for this…
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The Last Trickle of the Mueller 302s before the Biden Storm

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emptywheel
It appears a small side investigation within the larger Mueller investigation pertained to how the MemCon from Trump's May 2017 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov got leaked to the press.

Bill Barr Hid Evidence of a Bribery for Pardon Investigation During the Election

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emptywheel
Bill Barr hid that someone was trying to bribe Trump for a pardon through the entire election.
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The Investigations into the Russian Investigation Have Lasted 69% Longer than the Russian Investigation Itself

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emptywheel
The Russian investigation and its offshoots seems to have ended by September 18, for a total of 1510 days. Meanwhile, the Durham investigation remains ongoing, meaning that the investigations into the Russian investigation have lasted 2557 and still counting.
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Hours before Trump Pardoned Flynn, "Phil" Weighed in a Pardon

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emptywheel
The guy I went to the FBI about -- whom I call Phil -- was weighing in on a Flynn pardon hours before Trump issued it.
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Four Things Judge Emmet Sullivan Should Do in the Wake of Flynn's Pardon

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emptywheel
Judge Sullivan will undoubtedly honor Trump's pardon of Mike Flynn. But there are things he could do to raise the cost of the pardon for Trump.
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Trump Attempts to Invalidate the Mueller Investigation

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emptywheel
The language Trump used to pardon Mike Flynn attempted to invalidate the Robert Mueller investigation. But it did not go far enough to protect Mike Flynn from legal jeopardy.
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The Trump Team Covered Up Flynn's Calls in Real Time

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emptywheel
Mike Flynn didn't just lie about his calls with Sergey Kislyak. He and other Transition officials also lied in real time.
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Waiting on the Flynn Pardon Paperwork: What Happened with the Roger Stone Commutation

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emptywheel
We should expect to learn the details of Mike Flynn's pardon the same way we learned the details of Roger Stone's commutation: from the grant when it gets posted to the docket.
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Kraken Clemency: Did Trump Issue the Flynn Pardon Wednesday To Avoid Potential Conflict with Sidney Powell's Batshittery??

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emptywheel
Trump sandwiched his Mike Flynn turkey pardon between his announcement he had no ties with Sidney Powell and the moment she submitted her "kraken" -- several conspiracy riddled lawsuits challenging Trump's resounding loss. Do Powell's election efforts explain the timing of the pardon?
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When Secret Servers Bump Up against Prosecutorial Independence and Following the Evidence

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emptywheel
CNN says that the White House will soon start sharing stuff from Trump's secret server with President-Elect Biden. But a more difficult question may pertain to whether Biden will share it if prosecutors ask for it.
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Thanksgiving Day Cheer

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bmaz
Okay, the football gods did not smile on fans today. But, hey, there is a lot else to be thankful for. Especially here, thanks to all of you. And so we are thankful for all of you!
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