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Also, Judge Marrero is less than persuaded by the OLC memos' view that a siting president cannot be indicting, which he noted were not "inscribed on constitutional tablets so etched by the Supreme Court." h/t @davidrlurie

More of Marrero on indicting a president, here.
@davidrlurie * indicted. Typo.
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NEW: The Second Circuit comes out against a "two-tiered bail system" allowing wealthy defendants to fund their own bespoke, pre-trial jails, in the case of an accused money launderer.

Makes Epstein's appeal even more remote. cc: @CourthouseNews…
@CourthouseNews Notable: This ruling cites the Zarrab bail denial by Judge Berman, who is presiding over Epstein's case.


More on the Zarrab bail decision here:…
@CourthouseNews Even beyond the Epstein case, this is a big deal. Wealthy defendants have funded their private pre-trial jails for a long time in multiple cases.

No longer, where the Second Circuit has jurisdiction.
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Good morning from New York.

A federal judge issues his ruling on Jeffrey Epstein’s bail application in court at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Michael Cohen’s search warrant materials related to a closed campaign-finance probe to be unsealed at 11 a.m.

Covering both live for @CourthouseNews.
@CourthouseNews You're going to want some background on where things stand in both cases. This story on Epstein's passport has been updated for yesterday's revelations.…

Here's my write-up of Judge Pauley's order to unseal campaign-finance info:…
@CourthouseNews Remember: The search warrant materials were initially unsealed in March--specifically, eight documents and 895 pages.

So, how can reporters sift through them within 30 minutes before other major breaking news?

Only small portions remain redacted, and those will be lifted.
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Very much enjoyed appearing on @TheLastWord last night with @Lawrence to dissect the 14 mysterious criminal referrals in Mueller's final appendix, filled with redactions.

Here's the analysis that I shared on the air live last night in this thread.
Only those who have seen the unredacted report know for certain the nature of all of the referrals, but we do have some clues.

One is, Mueller tells us the list is alphabetical. There are two redacted referrals between Michael Cohen and Gregory Craig, the only names now public.
Mueller's second appendix provides a glossary of names that appear in the report, only a few of whom have last names that fall between Co- and Cr- in the alphabet.
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Federal prosecutors — including Trump's Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta — broke the law in keeping sweetheart plea with rich sex offender Jeffrey Epstein from his underage victims, judge rules.

By @JKBjournalist, on this story…
Key passage from the 33-page opinion and order, linked here:…
Also, #AlwaysReadTheFootnotes.

The judge explains why withholding information about the non-prosecution agreement from the victims is more damaging that concealing a plea agreement.
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From Mueller's memo:

In Nov. 2015, "Cohen received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a 'trusted person' in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign 'political synergy' and 'synergy on a government level.'"
"The defendant recalled that this person repeatedly proposed a meeting between Individual 1," i.e. Trump, "and the President of Russia. The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a 'phenomenal' impact 'not only in political but in a business dimension as well.'"
The memo states that Cohen didn't follow up on this meeting - but not for want of trying, if you read the footnote.
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BREAKING: Government requests that Cohen receive a "substantial term of imprisonment, one that reflects a modest downward variance from the applicable Guidelines range."

Probation recommends 42 months.

Story coming.
Note: Mueller and the SDNY are filing separately. This particular sentencing memo is from SDNY's deputy Robert Khuzami.
And here comes Mueller, saying that any sentence should be concurrent with the SDNY ones.
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"This case is about the disastrous human toll resulting from a complete bureaucratic breakdown of the largest public housing agency in the United States."

A judge blocks a proposed $2 billion consent decree to overhaul public housing.

One New York City public housing horror story: A tenant's teenage son was murdered in November 2017.

The mother tried for 10 months to move to another building, without success, until she went before the federal judge.

Pauley’s list of “politically unpopular” possible solutions to NYC public housing crisis:

* public-private housing partnerships
* infill development
* sale of air rights
* abrogating CBAs and vendor contracts.

Sounds like the judge is calling to (partially) privatize NYCHA.
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SDNY inbox: Senior FinCEN Employee Arrested and Charge with Unlawfully Disclosing SARS [Suspicious Activity Reports]

"The illegally disclosed SARs pertained to, among other things, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, the Russian Embassy, Mariia Butina, and Prevezon Alexander."
The 18-page complaint names the headlines of articles based on the leaked SARs.

Starting with this one in BuzzFeed: "Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments 'To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016'"…
Prosecutors describe the leak as to "a" news organization for 12 articles.

Here's the complaint:…
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BREAKING: @SecretaryRoss must sit for deposition about his decision to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

"Secretary Ross must sit for deposition because, among other things, his intent and credibility are directly at issue."

Here is the breaking 12-page ruling ordering Wilbur Ross to the hot seat.…
Placeholder breaking story on ordering Ross's deposition. More TK.…
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