Michael Dreeben, formerly of the Mueller special counsel's office, has joined the legal team helping the Manhattan district attorney, Cy Vance, fight in the Supreme Court over subpoena for Trump's taxes and related financial records, new filing shows. supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/20/2…
The new filing is the Manhattan DA's opposition to a request by Trump's lawyers earlier this week, re whether Supreme Court should delay a ruling that Mazars has to turn over the records. nytimes.com/2020/10/13/us/…
My colleague @WRashbaum spots a ref to the NYT's obtaining Trump's tax data. Team Vance says the series has diminished Trump's interest in keeping his taxes confidential & asks why the grand jury should be deprived of knowing facts available to any newspaper reader.

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21 Sep
And that President Trump's lawyers, Ty Cobb, promised to give Mueller's team advance warning if Trump was about to fire them./4
Or how their worries that Trump would fire them and his DOJ would shred the evidence they had gathered, they started stuffing everything they were learning into their search warrant applications so a copy would be in the courthouse safe, beyond Trump's reach. /5
Weissmann recounts an early shot across the bow from the WH when it somehow learned SCO had subpoenaed DeutscheBank -- for info about Manafort's $, not Trump's, though WH didn't know that -- as pushing them toward timidity in not investigating his finances./6
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4 Sep
This WP story about how Bill Barr confidently, even pugnaciously, told CNN viewers about a massive mail-in ballots fraud incident in Texas that never happened, is a reminder of some other things like that. /1
Like that time in July when he said a surge of federal agents sent to Kansas City had made 200 arrests in two weeks, which was false. /2
Like that time in June when he told the public that the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, had resigned, which was false. /3 nytimes.com/2020/06/19/nyr…
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3 Sep
It'd be in my lane to write an explainer about the legal context of Trump's memo on purportedly restricting funding to "anarchist" cities like New York, except the White House didn't even bother to try to cite a legal basis. It's just the usual get-a-one-day-headline vacuousness. Image
Remember when Trump said the government would somehow designate the Antifa subculture as a terrorist organization?
Remember when Trump signed an executive order that was styled as going after social-media companies but didn't actually do anything? nytimes.com/2020/05/28/us/…
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2 Sep
Psyched to read “Donald Trump v. The United States” by my colleague @nytmike - now out! Image
Here are three interesting nuggets from my colleague @nytmike’s book which I haven't seen people picking up on yet elsewhere. (There's a lot more than these; anyone interested in this stuff should definitely get this book!)
1. When Comey in 2007 told the Senate & the public about the dramatic “Stellarwind" fight in Ashcroft’s hospital room 3 years earlier, he had been fighting stage 3 colon cancer and believed he would die soon and that hearing would be the last time he would testify publicly. 96-99
Read 11 tweets
24 Aug
I read @AndrewCMcCarthy’s nearly 3000 word take (just part 1 of 3!) on the Clinesmith plea. I agree with some of it, but think he is also serving up to readers of NR a distorted picture about certain empirical things. /1 nationalreview.com/2020/08/clines…
As a preliminary matter, tho, I note that McCarthy accurately describes Clinesmith as “a junior officer – support personnel.” Some pro-Trump voices get mad when Clinesmith is described as a lower-level FBI lawyer, so I wonder if they will give him flak for that. /2 Image
In 2008-13 Page was an “operational contact” for CIA, meaning it could contact him & talk to him about his work w/ Russians but not assign him tasks. McCarthy twists this, calling Page a “CIA operative” the agency somehow “authorized for ‘operational contact’ w/ Russians.” /3 ImageImageImage
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18 Aug
SSCI additional views:
GOP: "After >3 years of investigation by this Committee, we can now say with no doubt, there was no collusion."
Dems: "The Committee's bipartisan report unambiguously shows that members of Trump Campaign cooperated w/ Russian efforts to get Trump elected."
More starkly from the Dem additional views:
"This is what collusion looks like."
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