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25 Mar
NEW: I spoke to Jennifer Weisselberg, a cooperating witness in the Manhattan DA and NYAG investigations into Trump.

She says she's given them 7 boxes of documents and spoken to Mark Pomerantz several times.

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Jennifer Weisselberg said the Trump Organization gives employees apartments and pays their kids tuition instead of raises as a way to control them.

"They want you to do crimes and not talk about it and don't leave," she said. "It's so controlling." businessinsider.com/manhattan-da-t…
Weisselberg told me the Manhattan DA's office sent a forensic accountant with experience analyzing mob finances to look at the Trump Organization documents in her possession. businessinsider.com/manhattan-da-t…
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24 Mar
An Oath Keepers member bragged about organizing an 'alliance' with the Proud Boys and Three Percenters ahead of the Capitol riot in Facebook messages obtained by prosecutors. insider.com/oath-keepers-a…
"This week I organized an alliance between Oath Keepers, Florida 3%ers, and Proud Boys. We have decided to work together and shut this shit down," Meggs wrote in Facebook messages, according to the filing. insider.com/oath-keepers-a…
This is the same dude whose wife says her court hearings should be delayed because her wedding ring is stuck. insider.com/oath-keeper-ca…
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23 Mar
The Justice Department is considering Civil War-era sedition charges against Capitol rioters.

Will prosecutors actually do it? That all depends on Merrick Garland. insider.com/sedition-charg…
The last time the DOJ brought sedition charges was in 1993, for the World Trade Center bombing.

It was such a rare move that SDNY prosecutors traveled to Washington, DC to convince Janet Reno to let them do it. insider.com/sedition-charg…
It's the rarity of the charges that make them so hard to prove.

Proving an assault charge is easy. Seditious conspiracy has few precedents. insider.com/sedition-charg…
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23 Feb
NEW: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he's losing $65 million over election fraud claims

It's proof — contrary to Dominion's $1.3 billion defamation — that he's not pushing the fraud narrative for the money, he says.

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"Lindell — a talented salesman and former professional card counter — sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows," Dominion lawyer Tom Clare wrote.

"I lost 20 retailers, and it's cost me $65 million this year," Lindell told me.

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The lawsuit paints a portrait of Lindell using the election conspiracy theory to boost his pillow business: advertising on far-right media outlets, conspiratorial discount codes, and pages of social media posts from conspiracy-mongering customers.

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22 Feb
Dominion's lawsuit against MyPillow guy CEO includes a lengthy section about how his OAN "docu-movie" features that weird guy who keeps insisting he invented email businessinsider.com/dominion-sues-…
aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh
There's pages and pages of screenshots of people who say they bought pillows from Lindell because of his false election claims
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22 Feb
BBC got a copy of Anna Sorokin's contract with Netflix. It was signed just 11 days after @jpressler's story in The Cut went viral. bbc.com/news/world-us-…
The story also confirms that HBO is doing a documentary about her, which frees me up to say: No I'm not in the doc, and yes I'm mad about it.
It's kind of funny that, after everything Rachel Williams went through, it all came down to successfully winning a credit card dispute bbc.com/news/world-us-…
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20 Jan
SCOOP: Trump-ally media outlet OAN quietly deleted articles about Dominion Voting Systems despite publicly doubling down on election conspiracy theories businessinsider.com/oan-deletes-ar…
If you look at the "Dominion Voting Systems" category tag on OAN's website, there's just one story.

Look at the @waybackmachine for that page — there's more than a dozen.businessinsider.com/oan-deletes-ar…
Legitimate news organizations usually issue retraction notices or editors' notes when they do something like this.

OAN hasn't said anything.

Dominion tells me they haven't been in touch with them about the deletions either. businessinsider.com/oan-deletes-ar…
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24 Dec 20
SCOOP: Dominion sent document preservation letters warning of "imminent" defamation litigation to individual right-wing media figures, including Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, and Maria Bartiromo. businessinsider.com/dominion-defam…
This article has been updated with links to all the relevant documents, as well as additional details. businessinsider.com/dominion-defam…
The letters Dominion sent to Hannity & Co. are spicy. I linked to all of them in my story. businessinsider.com/dominion-defam…
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21 Dec 20
Officials finally found a case of a dead person voting, and it was a Republican pretending to be his dead mom to vote for Trump businessinsider.com/voter-election…
I interviewed the attorney representing the guy who pretended to be his dead mom to illegally vote for Trump. He said his client was attempting "civil disobedience." businessinsider.com/why-pennsylvan…
The attorney, Samuel Stretton, told me that Bruce Bartman plans to plead guilty once they're through with initial hearings.

Bartman faces up to 19 years in prison for election fraud and perjury. businessinsider.com/why-pennsylvan…
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14 Dec 20
SCOOP: I got a copy of the letter voting technology company Smartmatic sent to Fox News, demanding retractions for election conspiracy theories. It accuses Fox of "a concerted disinformation campaign" that's led to death threats against its employees. businessinsider.com/smartmatic-vot…
The Smartmatic letter names Fox News hosts Lou Dobbs, Jesse Watters, and Maria Bartiromo as individuals who spread the conspiracy theories. A spokesperson told me that suing them individually is an option on the table. businessinsider.com/smartmatic-vot…
"This retraction must be done with the same intensity and level of coverage that you used to defame the company in the first place." businessinsider.com/smartmatic-vot…
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1 Dec 20
This is interesting. It seems to be someone who expects to be indicted but hasn't been yet.
If it's Giuliani, I would expect it to be SDNY rather than a DC court?
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30 Nov 20
Reading Sidney Powell's well-written Michigan "Kraken" lawsuit Image
A lot of the lawsuit is like this Image
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4 Nov 20
Following the USPS court case right now.

Judge Emmet Sullivan is furious the postal service didn't comply with his order.
Postal service lawyer says only "13 or 14" ballots were found misplaced in its sweep.
Lawyers on the opposing side say there's a pattern here:
- USPS says it's already doing what the court wants.
- Judge says, "OK, let's put that in a court order."
- USPS says "Actually we did something a little different."
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30 Jun 20
Claudia is doing a TikTok live now and taking questions from people.

"'Do your parents get along?' Uh, I guess."
"'Does your mom agree with all of Trump's policies?' I don't think anyone does."
"If I had to vote, I would vote for Biden. Because honestly I would prefer my 5-year-old cousin over [Trump.]"
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21 Jul 19
Here's my deep dive into the sexual misconduct allegations against Alan Dershowitz from one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers. insider.com/alan-dershowit…
It's a knotty story, spanning several lawsuits and bar complaints going years back.

The whole thing has been a side-plot to the Epstein case, of course, but the renewed scrutiny will inevitably blow the whole thing up.
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There's a lot at stake. Among those things are the reputations of Alan Dershowitz and David Boies, the two most important private attorney in the past quarter century of American history. insider.com/alan-dershowit…
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