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Source 6A: John Durham's Twitter Charges

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emptywheel
John Durham charged Igor Danchenko with lying about a call he believed came from Sergei Millian without ever bothering to get Millian under oath for his denials about the call.
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Daisy-Chain: The FBI Appears to Have Asked Danchenko Whether Dolan Was a Source for Steele, Not Danchenko

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emptywheel
Igor Danchenko may have lied about the role of Charles Dolan in several of his dossier reports. Except that may not have been the question he was asked.
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Minority Report: Botheration Benefits Bannon

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Rayne
Americans are becoming deeply disappointed: Bannon has blown off Congress without any repercussions so far. It's not obvious to the public why it takes so long to bring the scruffy bucket of excess shirtage, whiskers, and pudge to answer their representatives' questions.

The Office of Special Counsel Report on Trumpsters' Crimes: Toothless, But Useful?

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emptywheel
On Office of Special Counsel showing how rampantly Trump encouraged his flunkies to violate the Hatch Act may do little more than demonstrate how toothless the OSC is. But in this case, the report may be useful for demonstrating that Trump cannot be treated with presidential prerogatives in the last months of his Administration.
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Three Things: North by East by Northeast on January 6

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Rayne
Three things along First Street along the east side of the Capitol have niggled at me as the investigations into the insurrection have progressed.
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Gina Bisignano: If a Plea Deal Falls on the Docket and No One Hears It ...

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emptywheel
Gina Bisignano claims she entered into a plea deal in July. Which goes to show that there may be significant developments in the January 6 investigation that don't show up on public dockets.
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"Yes and No:" John Durham Confuses Networking with Intelligence Collection

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emptywheel
John Durham claims Igor Danchenko lied about whether he ever mentioned Christopher Steele to his friends. The question the FBI actually asked is whether he told his friends he collected intelligence for Christopher Steele, a question to which Danchenko answered, "yes and no."
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Not-So-Casual Water: Insurance Fraud Alleged at Trump-Westchester

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Rayne
Rolling Stone published another piece about the Trump Westchester course; this time ex-employees dished about insurance claims made related to flooding at the course in 2011. Will we learn what really happened?
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John Durham May Have Made Igor Danchenko "Aggrieved" Under FISA

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emptywheel
In substantiating the case that Carter Page was wrongly aggrieved under FISA thanks to rumors passed along by Igor Danchenko, Durham appears to have similarly made Danchenko aggrieved himself. And that may help him defend himself in ways that would not otherwise be available. 
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The Igor Danchenko Indictment: Structure

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emptywheel
John Durham included three sections in the Igor Danchenko indictment where he basically made unfounded accusations (and in at least one case, a provably false claim) without charging them.
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Bullshit Brigade: Now with More NYT Bullshit [Action Item Included]

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Rayne
The New York Times editorial board pumped out another "Dems in disarray" piece, just in time to cover for some obstructive and intransigent centrists. This is my unending surprised face.

This Is the Morning After: Virginia Isn't the Whole Story

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Rayne
Snap out of it. Pity parties don't do anything constructive except sell facial tissues. Far more happened yesterday than Virginia's gubernatorial race.
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January 6 Defendants Succeed in Proving They Were Treated Better than Other DC Detainees

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emptywheel
Thanks to the January 6 defendants, whose complaints about their own treatment just got a bunch of other detainees moved to a better jail.
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Bullshit Brigade: State and Local Election Day Edition [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
It's election day across the country with lots of local and state elections still underway. Take a look at some bullshit while waiting for the polls to close and votes to be counted.
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Donald Trump Would Withhold Evidence about Whether Enrique Tarrio Really Did Visit the White House Last December

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emptywheel
Trump's attempt to claim privilege over White House records pertaining to January 6 is not, just, an obvious attempt by Donald Trump to cover up his own crimes. It's not just an attempt to hide how, in contrast to his predecessors, he did nothing as the nation's capital was attacked. It's also an attempt to hide whether Trump invited the terrorists inside the White House to plot the event. 
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3 Things: Memory, Memory, the 6th of January

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Rayne
Will children have a rhyme to recall Trump's January 6th autogolpe plot? This is a fresh thread to discuss recent developments in the investigation of the insurrection.
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Steve Bannon Was Made to Testify, Truthfully, Once

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emptywheel
Chuck Rosenberg argues that you might as well hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt, because he'll never testify truthfully anyway. That's likely true, in the short term. But it's worth noting that Mueller's team got Bannon to testify truthfully, once, though in the grand scheme of things his testimony ended up to be no use.
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Bullshit Brigade – Book Burner Edition

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Rayne
This week has been rife with bullshit. Here are three egregious examples including a contemporary "book burner."
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January 6 Defendant Kevin Creek Ends Up with a Single Assault Charge

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emptywheel
There's some indication that DOJ is letting cooperative January 6 defendants plead down from felony counts. Kevin Creek, whose alleged "multiple assaults" and civil disorder charge became a single assault charge after he provided "substantial cooperation" is the latest example.
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