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Nov 29 4 tweets 2 min read
BREAKING: Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes found guilty of seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, per @swillmer. More to come All five defendants, incl. Rhodes, were found guilty of one or more of the most serious felony crimes charged in the case -- seditious conspiracy, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, and obstruction of an official proceeding. All carry max prison sentences of 20 years
Nov 28 5 tweets 3 min read
NEW: A federal judge rejected Donald Trump's claim of absolute immunity against a lawsuit accusing him and the RNC of conspiring to disenfranchise voters, esp. voters of color, in the aftermath of the 2020 election bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Judge Emmet Sullivan: "If Former President Trump disrupted the certification of the electoral vote count, as Plaintiffs allege here, such actions would not constitute executive action in defense of the Constitution."
Nov 28 4 tweets 2 min read
Just in: The special master in the Trump Mar-a-Lago doc fight, Judge Raymond Dearie, canceled a conference he'd set for 12/1, saying he no longer thinks in-person appearances are needed. Instead he's asking for clarification on the categorization of certain docs at issue Recall that during 11th Circuit args last week in DOJ's push to end the special master review, one judge asked if there's a point the case could become moot, and Trump's lawyer noted the upcoming 12/1 hearing and the special master's 12/16 deadline bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Nov 22 22 tweets 5 min read
Less than an hour to go until the 11th Circuit hears arguments in the fight over the fate of documents seized from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

Audio livestream (set to kick off at 2pm ET): video.ibm.com/channel/ggNZ2k…

What you need to know in advance: bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Minutes to go until the 11th Circuit hearing begins, and DOJ files in the district court docket to formally let Judge Aileen Cannon know about Jack Smith's appointment as special counsel (the govt filed a similar notice yesterday in the 11th)
Nov 22 4 tweets 2 min read
New: 11th Circuit panel hearing today's showdown in the Mar-a-Lago doc case is, per clerk's office:
- Chief Judge Bill Pryor (W. Bush)
- Judge Britt Grant (Trump)
- Judge Andrew Brasher (Trump)

Grant + Brasher last sided with DOJ re: classified docs: bloomberg.com/news/articles/… This hearing is at 2pm and the audio will be livestreamed here: video.ibm.com/channel/ggNZ2k…
Nov 16 6 tweets 3 min read
NEW: Donald Trump faces an unprecedented effort to disqualify him from being on the ballot again over his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, raising the specter of legal chaos in the 2024 election long before voters go to the polls bloomberg.com/news/articles/… The 14th Amendment features language barring officials who took an oath to the Constitution from serving if they engaged in insurrection.

Advocates ran post-Jan. 6 test runs of this provision to try to disqualify Trump allies, with mixed results bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Nov 14 4 tweets 2 min read
New: Trump's lawsuit challenging the Jan. 6 committee's subpoena has landed before another one of his nominees to the south Florida federal court. Like the Mar-a-Lago doc fight, the assignment highlights his long-term influence on the courts. bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Federal courts have a general rule of randomly assigning new cases, but geography and operating procedures in the south Florida district do boost the odds of a Trump case winding up before one of his nominees when he files in his home county of Palm Beach bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Oct 25 14 tweets 3 min read
Hello from the DC federal courthouse, where the Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy trial is about to pick up again after the lunch break.

Before the jury comes in, Kelly Meggs'** lawyer is challenging videos that show crowd buildup in a Senate hallway before Watkins enters **Deleted previous tweet that incorrectly said this was Jessica Watkins' lawyer, the discussion is about relevance to case and specifically Watkins' charge but different defense lawyer
Oct 21 19 tweets 4 min read
Hello from the DC federal courthouse, where I'll be filling in this morning on Oath Keepers trial coverage while my colleague @swillmer covers Steve Bannon's sentencing (follow her!). It's a lovely day, and the inflatable rat is here for all the excitement Image @swillmer Stewart Rhodes' lawyer James Bright continues his questioning of FBI agent Whitney Drew. Bright asks if it's "rational" that when she was reviewing text/Signal evidence, she didn't know "mindset" of sender/recipient, she only knows them in a "vacuum"

Drew: "With my eyes, yes"
Oct 13 4 tweets 2 min read
The House Committee investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol makes what might be its final return to live television. Here's what to watch out for. bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via @HouseInSession & @MikeDorning The Jan. 6 committee hearing is underway, you can watch live here: january6th.house.gov/legislation/he…

Chairman Bennie Thompson kicks it off: "In a staggering betrayal of his oath, Donald Trump attempted a plan that led to an attack on a pillar of our democracy"
Oct 7 6 tweets 3 min read
We got a little insight into what Mar-a-Lago docs Trump is claiming are privileged so far, via this order from special master Raymond Dearie about next steps on docs flagged by the DOJ filter team that did an initial sweep for potential privilege issues: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco… We previously reported on sealed filter team logs that were mistakenly made available on the public docket: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

These logs refer to "A" and "B" categories and Dearie refers to the same categories
Oct 6 4 tweets 1 min read
Here's the charging doc: assets.bwbx.io/documents/user…
This plea hearing is happening now before Judge Timothy Kelly, you can listen in on the public line (no broadcasting/recording):
Toll Free Number: 888-808-6929
Access Code: 3195989
Oct 6 5 tweets 2 min read
This pre-hearing conference is still going, if you'd like to watch you can, the DC attorney discipline system livestreams!
Asked if there's a concern that the discipline case covers deliberative/protected advice to a president, Disciplinary Counsel Phil Fox says it's not about that, it's about Clark attempting to have DOJ "engage in what was very serious conduct with no basis to do so"
Oct 1 5 tweets 2 min read
NEW: The night before a hearing in a high-profile Jan. 6 case this summer, police descended on the home of the judge. The "swatting" incident — a dangerous hoax that prompted a court-wide warning — illustrates the rising threats against federal judges. bloomberg.com/news/articles/… The US Marshals Service believed there was reason to think the swatting attempt was an effort to "intimidate" the judge into postponing a Jan. 6 hearing, while stressing they didn't know who had called it in, per message that went out courtwide bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Sep 29 4 tweets 1 min read
There's a hearing starting now in the Proud Boys seditious conspiracy case - Judge Timothy Kelly is hearing args on motions to dismiss the indictment. I may not be able to tweet, to listen in (no recording/broadcasting):
Toll Free Number: 888-808-6929
Access Code: 3195989 Kelly kicks off with one of the core challenges to the seditious conspiracy charge -- def Ethan Nordean's lawyer argues govt has to show Proud Boys knew what specific law they were allegedly trying to oppose on Jan. 6 (the Electoral Count Act, for ex.) and that's not in the case
Sep 29 6 tweets 2 min read
Trump got the special master review -- and candidate -- that he wanted. He and his lawyers now have some objections to how that process is taking shape:
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… In dueling letters to special master Raymond Dearie, Trump's lawyers and DOJ took swipes at each other. DOJ suggested Trump might not be totally committed to the review process he'd demanded. Trump's team accused the govt of "antagonistic" language
Sep 27 6 tweets 2 min read
Hello from a virtual courtroom for the federal district court in Milwaukee (gotta love technology!), where a judge is set to hold a hearing soon in Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos's challenge to a Jan. 6 committee subpoena.

Previously: bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Dial-in info to listen to the hearing (note no recording/broadcasting allowed)
Number: 888-557-8511
Access code: 4893665
Sep 27 4 tweets 2 min read
The 2nd Circuit handed Trump a partial win in his efforts to fend off writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation suit. But it's not a final ruling on whether he is, in fact, immune against her claim -- that question now goes to DC's highest local court.

Opinion: s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2293… ImageImage Carroll accused Trump of defaming her when he responded to her allegation that he raped her. 2nd Circuit found that Trump, who was president at the time, was a govt employee under a federal law that potentially serves as a shield against legal action -- reversing district court Image
Sep 17 5 tweets 3 min read
Now: DOJ has asked the 11th Circuit to immediately intervene in the Mar-a-Lago document fight with Trump and let investigators resume using seized materials with classified markings in the criminal probe. More to come.

Doc: s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2241… "The court erred in granting extraordinary relief based on unsubstantiated possibilities."

DOJ tonight urged the 11th Circuit to immediately step in and undo a judge's order that halted the use of docs with classified markings in the criminal probe: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Sep 15 9 tweets 3 min read
Lawyers from DOJ's Nat'l Security Division have been trickling onto the 11th Circuit docket in the fight over what happens next with the docs seized from Mar-a-Lago -- Sophia Brill and Julie Edelstein made appearances in district court, appellate specialist Jeffrey Smith is new The uptick in NSD lawyers isn't surprising -- Jay Bratt, head of NSD's counterintel and export control section, has been involved in the Mar-a-Lago investigation for a while and most active in court so far along with the acting US attorney in south Florida, Tony Gonzalez
Sep 12 5 tweets 3 min read
DOJ inspector general's office is busy today, we're up to three summaries so far of misconduct findings against AUSAs:
1) Finding of Misconduct by an Assistant United States Attorney for Indecent Exposure, Sexual Assault, and Lack of Candor
oig.justice.gov/sites/default/… 2) Finding of Misconduct by an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for Misuse of Position, Conduct Prejudicial to the Government, and Driving a Personal Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol