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1/ Given we know that @NaveedAJamali was @LouiseMensch's source for her November 7, 2016 @heatstreet article that disclosed the existence of the @carterwpage FISA warrant, a better question for John is, who was Jamali's source?…
2/ Recall that Jamali admitted himself that he was Mensch's source for the Heat Street article, claiming that it was a "mistake" and the existence of the FISA warrant was just a "rumor".
3/ Mensch pushed back on the "rumor" claim, given she was correct about the FISA warrant being granted in October, so Jamali was clearly engaged in a CYA operation, but who was his source?
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Awaiting presentment of Larry Ray in @SDNYLIVE Magistrates Court. US Attorney Berman held a presser 11 am. But first: release of drug suspect on dialysis on $50,000 bond. Now Ms de Jesus, also with Federal Defender. Thread
#SDNY Mag Court gallery more full than usual. Several generations of NYC journalists here. Report (of pre-trial services) for Larry Ray still not ready. Upstairs, Judge Marrero's Rollin' 30s Crips trial must be ending for the day…
OK, next is Larry Ray, accused Sarah Lawrence College sex slaver and Bernie Kerkik crony. He enters in plaid shirt, chrome dome. He has a Federal Defender, versus AUSA Sassoon. Mag Judge Lehrburger presiding. "All rise."
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Back in #SDNY Magistrates Court, there are four Court Security Officers and only one media. Inner City Press was asked by a source at 2:50 pm, You know about the cops being brought in, right? Now in gallery next to one defendant's parents. Thread
Both defendants are in white space-like suits. They are charged with armed robbery and drugs (pot).
Judge: "Let's begin with Mr Latimer."
AUSA: We seek detention. The robbery was in a lobby, in the afternoon, as a police officer
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Adidas prosecution cooperator Marty Blazer is here being sentenced by #SDNY Judge Ramos. AUSA says Blazer's recordings helped convict 10 in #Adidas scandal.
Inner City Press, in back row: Where are the #Nike prosecutions? Bol Bol, Deandre Ayton...
AUSA Boone says there will be an @HBO show sbout the #Adidas prosecutions.
Inner City Press has learned there will be a visual production about #OneCoin still-Missing Crypto Queen. In both,who will play Judge Ramos?
Adidas prosecution cooperator Marty Blazer is sobbing. Judge Ramos grants US motion under 5K1.1, sentences Blazer to time served, 1 year of Supervised Release. Restitution of $1,560,000, forfeiture of $2.35 million.
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OK - US v. Avenatti / Nike extortion trial Day 4, Boies Schiller's Scott Wilson still on the stand being cross examined by Howard Srebnick about Avenatti's "draft settlement agreement." Inner City Press will continue to live tweet: threat
@MatthewLeeICP @sdnylive @businessinsider @KTVZ @dcexaminer @newsobserver @nakednews @PDXBIZJournal @WashTimes Howard Srebnick is questioning Nike's outside counsel Scott Wilson about the draft agreement:… and video. Inner City Press published Jan 31:
@MatthewLeeICP @sdnylive @businessinsider @KTVZ @dcexaminer @newsobserver @nakednews @PDXBIZJournal @WashTimes Howard Srebnick: When parties are negotiating settlement of claims, the lawyers can negotiate either a specific release or a general release, right?
Wilson: I ever had any experience with this type of thing. This draft didn't address any particular claim.
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Meanwhile elsewhere in #SDNY, Robert De Niro is being sued by former employee Graham Chase Robinson for gender discrimination, not paying overtime - and retaliating. It's before a Magistrate Judge...
De Niro's lawyers complaint to SDNY Magistrate Judge Parker that the plaintiff won't say to whose salary she's comparing what she was paid.
Turns it was "Mr. De Niro's personal trainer," who was paid more than the plaintiff, a director of production.
Now the government is offering Exhibit 3, recording of a March 20 phone call. They will give jurors binders with transcripts. Judge Gardephe tells them the transcripts are only an aid - but that the audio itself is the evidence.
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Sentencing of ex-Rep Chris Collins about to begin in #SDNY court, we will live-tweet here. On way into 40 Foley Square, was told that Collins demanded to but was rejected from entering through side / staff entrance on Pearl Street. Waiting for "All Rise." Thread
@MatthewLeeICP @sdnylive @EdDrantch @politvidchannel @WBFO @kylegriffin1 @jilevin @axios @DanTelvock @NewsChannel9 While still waiting at 2:54 for 2:30 sentencing of Collins to begin, there's certainly video of Collins approaching that side entrance. But trusted source tells Inner City Press that because of elevator outrage, only swipe pass holders in through that door, so...
@MatthewLeeICP @sdnylive @EdDrantch @politvidchannel @WBFO @kylegriffin1 @jilevin @axios @DanTelvock @NewsChannel9 OK - we've begun. Judge Broderick: "This matter is on for sentencing today. If any point Mr Collins you don't understand anything I've said, just tell me." Says he's read pre-sentencing report of Nov 22/Dec 23. And defendant's 180 pages of letters from supporters.
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Now in #SDNY Magistrates Court, a shackled defendant is presented on a sealed indictment. Federal Defender says he has the right to see names of his co-defendants. Judge Parker asks AUSA Wright to email her, she'll print out for defendant to see. Threadette
If the purpose of blacking out the names of co-defendants is so they're not put on notice the law is looking for them, what's the rationale for keeping it sealed after this defendant is shown all names, without restrictions? @SDNYLIVE
Here in the Mag Court gallery, where Inner City Press is the only media, a woman is leaning forward and praying. US is requesting detention of defendant, saying he came from Cuba in 1996, was arrested in 1998 and not deported because of nationality
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In #SDNY, case of Joel Davis, who started an organization "to end sexual violence" - then solicited sex with 9 year old and toddler. He's just been brought in shackled and is signing an agreement. Threadette
AUSA tells Judge Daniels that Joel Davis is pleading guillty to lesser (pediphilia) charges. Davis tells judge he's under psychotherapy, taking anti psychotic medication. He's waiving indictment and pleading to 3 counts
Joel Davis is pleading guilty to child enticement, still waiting to learn of plea agreement. Judge Daniels says there's a mandatory $5000 fine. Federal Defender points out, Unless he's indigent.
He went through senior year of college.
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In #SDNY, now Natalie Edwards is pleading guilty after denying leaking Suspicious Activity Reports about Richard Gates, Maria Butina and Paul Manafort - whose lender Stephen Calk is still denying everything… threadette
During scripted allocution, we note tatted arms, male relative with braided pony tail. Judge Woods says, Do you understand possible sentence and restitution to victims, Doctor Edwards?" No, Sir.
Judge Woods turns to Jan 3 plea agreement co-signed by AUSA Maurene Comey. It's for 0 to six months, fine of $9,500
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Mag court madness: a client of part--time #Donziger prosecutor Rita Glavin is loudly pleading with #SDNY Judge Freeman to not be detained. Fill in CJA is trying to call Glavin
Judge Freeman has left "so I don't hear things that are off the record." AUSA and Probation officer lwft too.
Now CJA defense lawyer Ambrosio and AUSA have done into Judge Freeman's ribing room, where defendant, and Press and public, can't hear
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1. Now that EO 12333 is abrogated and the use of political assassinations is US policy, what other national leaders will be assassinated next? Xi, Putin and Kim are mass murderers. Do we now assassinate them now? If not, why not? Because they have nukes. Trust me, so does Iran.
2. It would be folly to presume that Iran will not immediately target top US officials. Trump is such a moron he's likely safe but our four stars in the Mid East will likely be targeted.

Trump's failure to notify the Gang of Eight and violation of EO 12333 are impeachable.
3. Tee him up for another article unless he has given Congress all the documents by the end of today. Nothing held back. @WhiteHouse @WHNSC @CIA

You could see the fear in @senatemajldr McConnell's eyes. Is he an Iranian assassination target?
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OK - in #SDNY, Monsey NY stabbing suspect Grafton Thomas is appearing in orange jump suit. The case is US v. Thomas, 19-mj-12065, before @SDNYLIVE Judge Paul E. Davison and Inner City Press will be live tweeting it, below - thread
@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @HuffPostPol @ElijahSchaffer @JURISTnews The Court: Have you been hospitalized for drug addiction?
Thomas: No your Honor.
Q: Are you clear in your head?
Thomas: No, not clear.
Q: You're tired? You understand what's going on?
Thomas: Yes.
@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @HuffPostPol @ElijahSchaffer @JURISTnews Judge: Ms. Brody, is Mr Thomas seeking court appointed counsel?
Ms. Brody: That's an interesting question. It's not clear, for the Federal court.
Judge: You have completed a financial [CJA form]?
Ms. Brody: Yes.
Judge: He's executing the affidavit now.
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Right now Virgil Griffith is seeking release on bail from charges of illegal travel to, & crypto currency assistance to, #NorthKorea. Inner City Press is the only media @SDNYLIVE Magistrates Court… -US Attorney cites $250,000 assets- thread
US Attorney says Griffith in text message claimed to maintain the world's largest portal to the Dark Web. Mag Judge Moses asks if gov't thinks North Korea will send a private plane to pick him up
US Attorney says Griffith faces 15 to 21 months and since he never served time before he may seek to flee, says it only takes one mistake at the border
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How many cases is #SDNY is working on that are one step away from the President of the Unites States? Fraud Guarantee/Rudy, Deutsche Bank/Feinstein/Kennedy, and plus this list…
And then there is the Eastern District of Virginia calendar which must be chock a block with Nader revelations but also has a history of deep cuts but no direct hits on Trump. 2018 List. Some are being linked together and phone calls have restarted.…
Has Trump's hiring of Barr, the erratic use of pardons (sorry Pauley) and his minion's use of proffers and deals shifted the DoJ strategy or are they just being damn careful with Trump insulting, blocking and sand bagging them at every turn? #RunTrumpRun…
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@SenateGOP @HouseGOP 9. Earlier today the #SDNY granted a motion in the case that was submitted on 12/13 and the relief was seeking to change pre-trial dates, the first one was going to be today. It may mean nothing to most folks but to a trial lawyer not knowing that you may have to
10 "file their motions in limine and other pretrial materials (including requests to charge, proposed verdict forms, and proposed voir dire) by Friday, December 20, 2019," and not knowing they won't have to do it until that morning would be mind blowing for me. I can only presume
11. the parties and the court are all on the same page and it likely means this is what's happening.

From the motion:

"This adjournment will also provide the parties with sufficient time to continue the productive discussions relating to a potential disposition of this matter
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OK - it's @Tmobile - @Sprint merger trial Day at #SDNY, @JohnLegere still on the stand @SDNYLIVE, questions getting a little testy, "I would never use the term four to three." Legere says, I'm not going to answer just Yes or No - thread
@TMobile @sprint @JohnLegere @sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @Mergers @DigitalTrends @RobertBryan4 @FierceWireless @Cablefax @Benzinga @TmoNews @mvnoblog @5g_innovation Q: This is a transcript of the earnings call in February 2018, do you see that?
Legere: Yes I do.
Q: You said, "Nobody is interest in the wi-fi phone... Charter will be irrelevance squared." You said that?
Legere: Among other things.
@TMobile @sprint @JohnLegere @sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @Mergers @DigitalTrends @RobertBryan4 @FierceWireless @Cablefax @Benzinga @TmoNews @mvnoblog @5g_innovation Q: You know Mr. Mack, he's the one you took your deposition.
Legere: And I'm still afraid of him.
Q: If you could look at Exhibit 1105. And please, do not put this up on the screen. [Why not?] It's an email from you to Mr. Huttges?
Legere: Correct.
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SENTENCE: ISIS recruit Sajmir Alimehmeti given 22 years by #SDNY Judge Engelmayer, who does not allow live tweeting. So this from hallway, story later
Just back to Press Room. Notably, Judge Englemayer told Alimehmeti that he would have gotten three years more if he had gone to trial and been found guilty.
(Judge Rakoff by contrast does not penalize defendant for going to trial, even for perjuring themselves)
@JURISTnews @SCOTUSblog Alimehmeti's mother was in the courtroom; she wrote a letter to Judge Engelmayer. His father returned to Albania from The Bronx and passed away. Engelmayer repeated referred to the "pocket chain saw" Alimehmeti was found with. And the gloves with steel knuckles
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In #SDNY Magistrates Court, Mr Brito of Jersey City remains detained until financially responsible co-signer on $10,000 bond, simple assault and misdemeanor marijuana. New @SDNYLIVE hashtag, copyright / TM: #JailOrBail
#SDNY Mag Court still going at 5:18 pm. Colon Cruz wants bail, lawyer offers he'd turn in his passport. Mag Judge snarks,"That's big of him." Has two illegal re-entries. #JailOrBail
Magistrate Judge Moses denies application for bail by Jose Luis Colon-Cruz. Then asks his lawyer up for a sidebar, as another Mag Judge did. #mentors?
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Last case of day in #SDNY Magistrates Court is Vitali Nilov, for export of rifle making equipment. He has Federal Defender Willis, and newest Mag Judge Cave. story later
Note: Nilov only has free Federal Defender for today's presentment. He has the (rifle) resources to hire his own lawyer after this. Export Control agent at gov table
Nilov will get out tonight on $150,000 bond, secured by residence, possess no gun. Hmm.
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OK - #Hezbollah aid sentencing of Ali Kourani by #SDNY Judge Hellerstein has belatedly begun. AUSA Bove says 20 year maximum (only only some of 7 counts) applies - thread
Judge Hellerstein says he admits he hasn't much researched whether 15 or 20 year maximum applies to Counts 1 and 2 - or Counts 6 and 7. AUSA Bove questions why this is being raised now. Others might postpone this sentencing...
Judge Hellerstein announces he has already signed an order canceling Kourani's US naturalization. Kourani says he hasn't read US sentencing memo until today. His lawyer confirms. Postpone?
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CRYPTO IN THE COURTROOM: For #North Korea Crypto-Currency Training, SDNY Arrests Virgil Griffith at LAX While Withholding Its #OneCoin US v. Mark Scott Exhibits despite requests and now FOIA filing from Inner City Press @SDNYLIVE…
@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @Yomiuri_Online @Sankei_news @chadocl This complaint on #NorthKorea crypto-currency was signed on Nov 21 by #SDNY Magistrate Judge Netburn, and defendant Virgil Griffith was arrested yesterday - but on Nov 29 the case is still listed as "under seal" on PACER @SDNYLIVE
@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @Yomiuri_Online @Sankei_news @chadocl @rcfp So Inner City Press @SDNYLIVE is putting the US v. Virgil Griffith complaint for sanctions violations by working / speaking on crypto-currency and blockchain in North Korea online here:…
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In #SDNY Mag Court, at time Zachary Clark was supposed to be here, it's a 3ple: Constantinescu, Hanes-Calugaru, Diaconu
It's access device fraud conspiracy, alleged. One has a French interpreter; one has retained (paid) counsel
Two were arrested in Florida, are appealing detention next Friday before Judge Swain. The 3rd = Francophone with free lawyer
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ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE: Man charged in #SDNY with dealing 280 grams of crack wants bail because speaking role in Bad Boyz 2
At 6:40 pm for what's hopefully the last case of the week in #SDNY Magistrates Court, pre-trial services report has arrived
Judge had already left through the front door but is apparently waiting in the wings to return for presentment @SDNYLIVE
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