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Jul 1 6 tweets 2 min read
DOJ responding to Bannon request to delay his trial:

Dude! The Jan6 Committee doesn't think you're all that impressive!

storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco… Image DOJ to Steve Bannon: You've barely been mentioned! [you narcissist]!!! Image
Jul 1 7 tweets 6 min read
Bc this story from @woodruffbets and @kyledcheney is ahead of where other outlets are on witness tampering & to help myself understand what Cheney & Thompson did at end of hearing, I want to illustrate what it says those two slides are.

politico.com/news/2022/06/3… @woodruffbets @kyledcheney First, per Politico, this slide is from a Meadows intermediary, speaking abt Meadows, on the eve of Hutchinson's March 7 testimony. Meadows' camp denies involvement (but Politico notes they can't confirm ID of intermediary). ImageImage
Jun 30 8 tweets 1 min read
Listening to the Oath Keeper B-Side hearing. Kathryn Rakoczy will provide "civilian Jencks" in a few weeks. Carmen Hernandez, who represents Zach Rehl in the Proud Boy case, says that the Rhodes team will ask for a continuance of their December date given Jan6 release of transcripts.

Mehta: News to me. We were all together last week. Nobody said pending motion to continue. Rakoczy?
Jun 30 4 tweets 2 min read
In plea hearing for George Tanney, his guilty pleas (to 231 and 1512) won't group, so he could be looking at 5+ years for opening the East door. Image As often happens, defense has reserved the right to challenge 8 level enhancement for involving a cop (some judges have been amenable to such challenges, arguing the official victim is baked into 231).
Jun 30 8 tweets 2 min read
This is an insanely stupid comment from the NYT. It suggests the only people who'll appear before a grand jury (or even just interview with FBI) are those who are subpoenaed.

That's not how it works.

nytimes.com/2022/06/29/us/… Image Just as an example: there's also no evidence that Jody Hunt was subpoenaed by Robert Mueller. Nevertheless, Jody Hunt gave really damning testimony.
Jun 30 5 tweets 2 min read
The Men Disputing Cassidy Hutchinson's Retelling of Trump's SUV Lunge Got Warnings about Plans to Flood the Capitol

emptywheel.net/2022/06/30/the… The SUV lunge is a distraction--and it certainly worked to distract credulous journalists like @PeterAlexander.

Why didn't Alexander asked his anon buddies about their foreknowledge of plans to flood the Capitol? Or of Proud Boy involvement?
Jun 29 4 tweets 1 min read
This conflicts, somewhat, with what Maggie previously credulously parroted from "person close to" Cipollone. Here's what Maggie credulously repeated (checks stopwatch) 80,000 seconds ago.

Jun 28 86 tweets 17 min read
This woman is 26. She's about to provide really damaging testimony about one of the most dangerous men in America. Image Thompson: Thanks to the courage of certain individuals, the truth won't be buried. Image
Jun 28 4 tweets 1 min read
Gonna repeat again: One of the most interesting aspects of Cassidy Hutchinson's surprise testimony is that between hear first 3 appearances with the committee and the lead-up to this one, she got a new lawyer: Jody Hunt.

politico.com/news/2022/06/0… Hunt was not only a decent witness for Mueller, but after Hunt resigned from DOJ in 2020, Clark was appointed as Acting for the job Hunt had: Civil Division.

Hunt was in the room when Trump fucked over Sessions.
Jun 28 5 tweets 1 min read
As Ali Alexander Returns to DC in Wake of Grand Jury Appearance, Alex Jones' Associates Owen Shroyer and Joe Biggs Share a Lawyer

emptywheel.net/2022/06/28/as-… Two weeks ago, Norm Pattis joined Joe Biggs' defense team, effectively meaning that Alex Jones and the Proud Boys are adopting a common defense.

Which is fairly stunning, for all the claims he was just trying to calm the violence.
Jun 28 10 tweets 2 min read
Reupping this from yesterday: People need to understand that the norm for DOJ these days is to obtain warrants for cloud content months before they get warrants to seize phones.

Meaning DOJ has had probable cause v. electors, Eastman, Clark for months.

emptywheel.net/2022/06/27/jef… With Eastman, for example, all the emails he's trying to hide with his bozo lawsuit about the phone have been available to DOJ via gagged warrant for months.

You get phones to get the Signal/Telegram content based on what you obtained from the cloud.
Jun 27 8 tweets 3 min read
Dear the DOJ beat:

You don't REALLY have to chase Bannon's latest stunt filing w/o giving context about what chance it has of working.

You really don't.

Don't be an aspiring fascist's slave. One of your jobs, as a DOJ reporter, is to know what Brady and Giglio are. To know what orders a judge in a case has already issued. To check whether the most basic claims made in a court filing are true.

I'm seeing 👀 lots of journos failing each of those job descriptions.
Jun 27 5 tweets 1 min read
Nate DeGrave pled guilty this morning, with a cooperation agreement. He'll be released pending sentencing. That leaves Ronnie Sandlin with two cooperators against him.

But the three of them (Josiah Colt, DeGrave, and Sandlin) are key players in tactical moments in the attack.
Jun 27 4 tweets 2 min read
Jeffrey Clark: Physics Takes Over the Investigation Now

emptywheel.net/2022/06/27/jef… Here's what the known details of some recent high-profile investigations look like. DOJ often gets cloud content first, then, four months later, uses it to seize phones. It takes upwards of 6 months to exploit a phone.

Jun 23 101 tweets 18 min read
Spouse, listening to his first bit of the Jan6 hearings, of Liz Cheney's promise we'll hear about what Trump did on 1/6: Is that called foreshadowing?

Me, lit PhD: She's making herself the omniscient narrator. Cheney: The text of this letter will sound very familiar. Text similar to Eastman and Giuliani.
Jun 23 5 tweets 1 min read
Meanwhile, in John Strand case, Stephen Brennwald is telling a long story about how his laptop died and it'll take Apple 10-12 business days to replace it.

Brennwald wants to file a 1512 motion to preserve pending USG appeal. Basically, he's asking for a continuance of 20 days.

This all started to go south before Gold's sentencing last week.
Jun 23 5 tweets 1 min read
Brad Smith, charged in one of the Lesser Conspiracies™, is about to plead guilty. His co-conspirator Marshall Neefe already pled guilty. Lamberth, reading from the Statement of Offense, "hot damn I wanna crack some commie skulls."
Jun 23 9 tweets 1 min read
In Jeremy Brown hearing, he's complaining that he hasn't gotten all the evidence (possibly from all cases). He has gotten cross discovery from all the other Oath Keepers, tho.

He's in jail in FL for having an allegedly illegal arsenal, which adds to the complications. Brown seems to believe he'll be added to a seditious conspiracy case.

He says there have been 5 prosecutors added to his case.
Jun 23 9 tweets 2 min read
Every day we get a new story on how frustrated Trump is that he can't set the narrative--tho each time, the "news" article stops short of describing that's what's going on.

First it was NYT claiming Trump's 12-page response = "legal defense."
nytimes.com/2022/06/18/us/… Then it was Rolling Stone repeating Trump's claim that he could protect himself by scapegoating John Eastman.

Jun 22 7 tweets 3 min read
Tom Barrack tried some of the same gimmicks that worked so well with Mike Flynn in his case in EDNY. Judge Cogan was none too impressed with his complaints abt FBI 302s.

documentcloud.org/documents/2206… Image Cogan was also unimpressed with Barrack's invocation of Kian. Image
Jun 22 16 tweets 6 min read
WaPo had a big scoop today on several more subpoenas in the fake electors plot.

Kudos to WaPo for the scoop! The report has led to ill-informed people claiming that these investigative steps only came about bc the Jan 6 Committee "shame[d]" DOJ to take this step.

But I can **guarantee** you that DOJ took a step critical to this prong of the investigation on April 28, 2021. Image