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Law Professor at the Western New England University School of Law and author of the new book BIG DIRTY MONEY (Viking) on-sale September 29.
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5 Aug
“The New York prosecutors who are seeking President Trump’s tax records have also subpoenaed his longtime lender, a sign that their criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known.”
“The Manhattan district attorney’s office issued the subpoena last year to Deutsche Bank, which has been Mr. Trump’s primary lender since the late 1990s, seeking financial records that he and his company provided to the bank, according to four people familiar with the inquiry.”
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28 Jul
🧵 Will be live-tweeting when the @HouseJudiciary
committee hearing on "Oversight of the Department of Justice" begins at 10:45 am. Attorney General Barr is the sole witness.

(Delay in start time due to Chair Nadler's car accident. Don't worry; no one was injured).

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Waiting for the hearing to begin, listening to @mayawiley's excellent commentary.

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The Barr hearing will air on @MSNBC and other cable networks. You can also watch via the committee's website on Youtube here:



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27 Jul
⚖️It's here!

Trump's amended complaint in Trump v. Vance
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24 Jul
🧵 Okay. I'm listening by phone to the hearing in McCarthy v. Pelosi. In this case, the Republicans sued to block the Dem-controlled House from using a proxy voting system to allow for remote legislating

Parties are appearing by video. Hearing begins momentarily at 2 p.m.

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The judge presiding is Rudolph Contreras. To listen, call:

Toll Free Number: 888-636-3807
Access Code: 8481056

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Judge said, good afternoon. He's read all of the pleadings. Lots of bad feedback as he's talking.

"I'm completely open to persuasion," the judge said. "Give me your best pitch."

Deputy asked everyone to mute their phone if they are not addressing the court.

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16 Jul
🧵 Getting ready for the Trump v. Vance teleconference at the SDNY with Judge that begins at 10 a.m. Just dialed in. Will "live tweet" when it commences. Back soon

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Judge Victor Marrero is on the call. He asked for "Arun," to confirm he was getting things ready. Assuming that he is a law clerk. Arun will "give a signal" when everything is ready.

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Judge Marrero greeting everyone with a good morning. He is confirming that the parties can hear him. They can.

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14 Jul
💥BOOM! Judge Nathan denies Ghislaine Maxwell bail. She faces up to 35 years in prison. Poses a substantial actual risk of flight risk.

Rules government met it's burden no combination of conditions imposed by government would be sufficient to assure her future court appearance.
did not need that extra "risk" at the end

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Nathan addressed the Covid-19 risk. Notes that Maxwell did not argue that she's differently situated than other federal inmates. Did not make arguments based on age or health. Not grounds for her release on its own.

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14 Jul
☎️Waiting on the phone for the arraignment and bail hearing at the SDNY to begin for Ghislaine Maxwell. Begins at 1 p.m. More soon.
Here we go. They are doing audio checks. They are calling the case now.

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Judge Nathan is calling the case. US v. Ghislaine Maxwell. First Mark Cohen counsel for Maxwell and two others.
Alison Moe for government with two other colleagues.

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8 Jul
Holy expletive!

@rgoodlaw: "Why would the Russian government think it could get away with paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers?"

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justsecurity.org/71279/trump-pu…
"One answer to that question may be the extraordinary response that Moscow received when the Trump administration learned of a precursor to the bounty operation."

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"From mid-2017 and into 2018, Pentagon officials became increasingly confident in intelligence reports that the Kremlin was arming the Taliban, which posed a significant threat to American and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan."

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8 Jul
Predictions: Tomorrow SCOTUS will (1) grant a victory to Manhattan DA Cy Vance who will then be able to obtain years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns from Mazars; and

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(2) remand for lower court to determine whether the congressional committees had a proper legislative purpose to obtain tax returns from Mazars and records from the banks; and

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(3) express skepticism that House Financial Service’s committee money laundering investigation had a proper legislative purpose.

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24 Jun
Zelinksy said he and others said this was wrong. Told to disregard guidelines. Said no. Told he could be fired. Said he'd rather withdraw. So wrote sentencing memo with legitimate recommendation. Trump saw it and objected by Twitter. Then a new recommendation was made.

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Decision to go light on Stone was not based on facts or the law, but on politics. "Truth still matters."

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Opening statements are complete. Now questioning will begin. Nadler starts for 5 minutes.

Nadler asked if Zelinksy recommended 7 -9 years, based on guidelines?

Zelinksy said yes. Was warrented.

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24 Jun
🧵 Here we go!

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Oversight of the Department of Justice: Political Interference and Threats to Prosecutorial Independence.”

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Chair Nadler is talking about the firing of the US Attorney for the SDNY, Geoffrey Berman.

President's allies get special treatment, and his perceived adversaries are targeted

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Now Nadler is reprising how AG Bill Barr misled the public about the Mueller Report last March. "A federal judge later said that" he questioned Barr's credibility.

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12 Jun
Judge Rao jumped in. Isn't it your argument that the rules of the court do not permit amicus briefs in criminal matters?

Powell said she's seen it done

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Now Jeff Wall for the U.S. is arguing. He is the Principal Deputy Solicitor General.

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Wall says, "here there are problems with this particular appointment of the amicus."

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12 Jun
Judge Naomi Rao: "What about appointing amicus for the contempt charges?"

(Rao was appointed by Trump)

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Powell said there's no basis to do that either. "It's not the judge's place to add on charges."

Rao asks about SCOTUS decision in Young. "Isn't that inconsistent?"

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Wait, What? Rao is skeptical of Flynn's lawyers argument too!

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12 Jun
Here we go! Flynn hearing

Sidney Powell (Flynn's lawyer): She says she's here to stop an "impermissible intrusion." She says this is a "clear abuse of discretion" and that Judge has no power to do anything further in this case.

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Judge Wilkinson disagrees with Powell. Citing a case called Rinaldi. While there is a presumption of regularity, it's okay to look behind the DOJ's filings.

She is also citing Fokker (which can be distinguished too)

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Powell said Sullivan can only look at face of documents that were filed. She says he cannot consider amicus filings (such as the one from Gleeson that was so damning).

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9 Jun
🧵 Asking each and every Senate Republican what they think of this tweet. Let's see how many responses we get.

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Hi Alaska Senators @lisamurkowski and @SenDanSullivan, would you care to comment on this tweet? Thank you.

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Good morning Alabama Senator @SenShelby, would you care to comment on this tweet? Thank you.
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1 Jun
Kapernick is a peaceful protester. Trump verbally attacked him. He is gaslighting us now
Trump is threatening to send in the military to cities. “We have one beautiful law” says Individual-1
He took no questions
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1 Jun
The kids are alright in Northampton. #BlackLivesMatter
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29 May
Trump announces that he is terminating the US relationship with the WHO. Blaming the 100,000 deaths (he’s mostly responsible for) entirely on China.
Now he seems to be saying that he wants to delist Chinese companies from the US stock exchanges. Not entirely clear
Without irony, he stands up for the protesters in Hong Kong but does not seem to care at all about the protesters in Minneapolis
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29 May
Just a few weeks ago the president and his lackeys were telling us all we need to sacrifice our lives — really let black and brown people, and all grandmas, the “essential” perish from Covid in order to get the economy going.

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This was a cynical justification for letting states that were not prepared — to open. This is why the president tweeted out “Liberate Michigan”. And now, people rise up in order to demand justice, to protest yet again about the murder of a man in the streets.

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And they are called thugs. If the killer cop had been arrested none of this would’ve happened. If we had addressed this problem years ago. If we had positively to Kaepernick peacefully kneeling.

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29 May
Thinking a lot about George Floyd. This was suspicion of forgery. Why even cuff someone for an economic offense? I don’t recall any white Wall Street guys getting cuffed for selling fraud-laced, toxic mortgage back securities. Hell, not one senior executive was prosecuted.
And yes, I know the answer. Wrote a book about this — Comes out on September 29th with @VikingBooks
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