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26 Jun 20
DOJ has confirmed the existence of an OLC memo laying out why they didn’t charge Trump: citizensforethics.org/doj-non-prosec…
Good catch by Rod Rosenstein here. s3.amazonaws.com/storage.citize…
Rosenstein working on memo edits from his phone at 1:34 AM.
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26 Jun 20
MUST READ: @aterkel looks back at that time a number of Senate Democrats cowered to the Fraternal Order of Police when they smeared Obama’s nominee to head the Civil Rights Division: huffpost.com/entry/fraterna…
"I think if you look into it, it would be a rare situation in which somebody was blocked from public service for having successfully vindicated the Constitution of the United States," Debo Adegbole told me after his confirmation vote failed. huffpost.com/entry/debo-ade…
Chris Coons now tells HuffPost he regrets his vote.

“I was ascribing to Debo Adegbile some of the consequences of the actions of a client of his. As a matter of law, that’s not right.”

huffpost.com/entry/fraterna…
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11 Jun 20
A really insane scheme by a former Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman here: justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/f…
“...repeatedly threatened anyone who questioned his legitimacy with revocation of their security clearance and criminal prosecution if they ‘leaked' or continued to look into the supposedly classified information.” justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/f…
Here he is when he was with ICE in 2004.
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9 Jun 20
Federal authorities are making some pretty broad interstate commerce arguments when charging rioters with federal crimes. The latest, from a complaint against a woman who allegedly smashed a police window: courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
DOJ: "Despite the fact that protesters did not succeed in walking onto I-10, this civil disorder still affected interstate commerce” because a Alabama Department of Transportation truck had to take a detour. courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
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5 Jun 20
BREAKING: law enforcement officials have seized thousands of cloth masks that were mailed to four different cities to protect Black Lives Matter protesters from COVID-19: huffpost.com/entry/black-li…
“[I]t appears they want to ensure that people who protest are susceptible to the same deadly pandemic that they have failed miserably at stopping.” —@fulloffaith22 huffpost.com/entry/black-li…
DOJ has previously used possession of a mask as evidence in a (failed) felony rioting trial: huffpost.com/entry/protesti…
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4 Jun 20
NEW: a senior Justice Department official brushed off concerns about having anonymous federal law enforcement officers who won’t even identify their agency on the streets of D.C. huffpost.com/entry/william-…
The official credits Barr with coming up with the idea of putting federal prison riot officers on D.C. streets. Said it was an example of his “outside the box” thinking. huffpost.com/entry/william-…
I sent BOP a photo of the line to see if they’d confirm they were with BOP. “We cannot verify the individuals in the photos you referenced. For safety and security reasons, we are not providing more specific information about law enforcement operations.” huffpost.com/entry/william-…
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1 Jun 20
As @WesleyLowery has tweeted, the scale of police harassment of journalists is certainly beyond what we saw in the past, but that’s really only because there are so many more protests. If there ever were “norms,” they were broken years ago. washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/medi…
Dozens of reporters were arrested in Ferguson, and they were often specifically targeted by the police because they were media. Police shot projectiles at camera crews then too.

They seized a photojournalist because he briefly paused on a sidewalk!
Any story on police harassing journalists now should probably also note that you couldn’t post videos directly to Twitter in 2014. Livestreaming was nowhere near as simple as it is now. That actually explains a lot!
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31 Jan 20
Sen. Alexander has been reading from a small, gray hardcover book during the impeachment trial. But when Patrick Philbin explained why the Senate shouldn’t hear from John Bolton, he folded the book over his leg, switched out of his reading glasses, crossed his arms and listened.
When Philbin finished his answer, Alexander switched back to his reading glasses and his book.
Sen. Alexander had his neighbor Sen. Mike Lee read a passage from the unidentified book.
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24 Jan 20
Schiff says there’s no doubt on facts. “Does anyone really question if the president is capable of what he’s charged with? No one is really making the argument ‘Donald Trump would never do such a thing’ because of course we know that he would and of course we know that he did.”
Schiff: You might be asking how much damage can he really do in the next several months until the election. A lot. A lot of damage.
Schiff: Can you have the least bit of confidence that Donald Trump will stand up to them and protect our national interest over his own personal interest? You know you can't, which makes him dangerous to this country. You know you can't, you know you can't count on him.
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9 Dec 19
The DOJ IG also uncovered a number of messages from pro-Trump FBI employees (in addition to issues with the FISA process):
One FBI supervisory special agent IMed that they were "so elated with the election" and compared the election coverage to "watching a Superbowl comeback.”

“it was just energizing to me to see .... [because] I didn't
want a criminal to be in the White House."
"if you hear talk of a special prosecutor… I will volunteer to work [on] the Clinton Foundation."
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25 Nov 19
BREAKING: Federal judge rules Don McGahn must comply with House subpoena, but can assert legal privileges during his testimony when appropriate. huffpost.com/entry/don-mcga…
JUDGE JACKSON: "To make the point as plain as possible, it is clear to this Court for the reasons explained above that, with respect to senior-level presidential aides, absolute immunity from compelled congressional process simply does not exist.” huffpost.com/entry/don-mcga…
Jackson says OLC opinions that say senior-level aides don’t have to show up "do not themselves constitute legal precedents and are manifestly inconsistent with the constitutional jurisprudence of the Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit in many respects.” huffpost.com/entry/don-mcga…
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16 Oct 19
DOJ employees delivered a standing ovation after a former FBI agent read a statement from Matthew Shepard’s parents calling AG William Barr a hypocrite. huffpost.com/entry/matthew-…
That ovation, in GIF form:
DOJ also announced that government funds that were intended for a police reform program DOJ effectively killed will now go to a hate crimes initiative run by an assortment of police unions known as "CRI-TAC.” huffpost.com/entry/trump-do…
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27 Sep 19
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit filed by a gay, married teacher who was fired by a Catholic high school at the insistence of the archdiocese. DOJ sided with the archdiocese. justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
"The First Amendment also precludes the Court from entangling itself in a quintessentially ecclesiastical question: whether the Archdiocese properly interpreted and applied Catholic doctrine.” justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
"The United States has no reason on this record to doubt that Plaintiff was an excellent
teacher… But like this Court, the United States can cast no judgment on whether the Archdiocese’s decision is right and proper as a matter of Catholic doctrine or religious faith.”
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6 Sep 19
A St. Louis police officer admitted to lying in an attempt to cover up for three colleagues (including her boyfriend) after they beat up a black undercover colleague they thought was a protester.

stltoday.com/news/local/cri…
Officer Bailey Colletta initially claimed the black undercover officer was “brought to the ground very gently.” huffpost.com/entry/st-louis…

The officer says it was a “free for all” and that he was beaten "like Rodney King.” stltoday.com/news/local/cri…
St. Louis cops went wild on protesters that night and brutalized a journalist, cameramen, an Air Force captain and peaceful demonstrators.

But city officials have taken the ludicrous position that this was an isolated incident.

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26 Aug 19
Here’s a really incredible data project on towns that survive through taxation-by-citation, by the soon-to-be-defunct @GOVERNING. #finesandfees governing.com/topics/finance…
Here’s a list of towns that should come under tremendous scrutiny from state or federal authorities, and should probably cease to exist as municipalities.

Some of these percentages would make St. Louis County municipalities blush.

governing.com/topics/finance…
"Governing identified at least 123 other jurisdictions across the country that collect more than $500 a year for every adult resident….” governing.com/topics/finance…
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15 Aug 19
Trump’s U.S. Attorney in Philly issues a stunning attack on DA Larry Krasner after the shooting of six officers yesterday.
He’s also holding a press conference, so expect this to hit the cable news circuit this evening.
He’s already appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to attack Krasner
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10 Aug 19
Inmate suicides are almost always preventable, and Epstein attempted last month. Huge failure by the feds here.
“If you run a jail with an appropriate degree of suicide prevention, you get almost zero.” highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/sa…
Suicide has been the no. 1 cause of deaths in jails in every year since 2000. The rate of jail suicides in 2014 — the last year when data was available — was the highest on record. huffpost.com/entry/jail-dea…
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6 Aug 19
NEW: former FBI special agent Peter Strzok has sued the government over his firing. The lawsuit: documentcloud.org/documents/6244…
Strzok’s lawyer: “The lawsuit shows that, in bowing to the president’s desires, FBI leaders trampled Pete’s free speech and due process rights in ways that should be deeply troubling to all in government, and indeed, to all Americans.”
.@petestrzok would like to know what’s up with those New York Field Office leaks.
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6 Aug 19
The FBI Agents Association issued a new statement calling on Congress "to make domestic terrorism a federal crime.” Background: huffpost.com/entry/domestic…
The head of the FBI Agents Association previously offered a few more details on the vision, saying Congress should “make domestic terrorism a crime subject to specific penalties that apply irrespective of the weapon or target involved in the crime.” huffpost.com/entry/domestic…
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23 Jul 19
BREAKING: A D.C. neo-Nazi who stockpiled racist memorabilia and idealized the Pittsburgh shooter and Dylan Roof reached a plea deal that could see him released as soon as September. With @Travis_Waldron: huffp.st/fG9YCtv
@Travis_Waldron Jeffrey Clark’s case really illustrates the struggles the feds face in domestic terrorism investigations. If he was an ISIS supporter instead of a Nazi, this case is a layup. huffpost.com/entry/jeffrey-…
@Travis_Waldron Instead they had to dig into the federal code and deploy an unrelated law that makes it illegal for marijuana users to possess a weapon.

His attorney said he’d never seen the government go forward with that charge in his 30 years of practice.

huffpost.com/entry/jeffrey-…
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23 Jul 19
Domestic terrorist Cesar Sayoc — a Donald Trump “super fan” who saw the president as a “surrogate father” — came to believe in an “alternative reality” because of Trump’s attacks and his media diet, his attorneys say: huffpost.com/entry/cesar-sa…
Sayoc “began watching Fox News religiously at the gym, planning his morning workout to coincide with Fox and Friends and his evenings to dovetail with Hannity.” huffpost.com/entry/cesar-sa…
“A rational observer may have brushed off Trump’s tweets as hyperbole, but Mr. Sayoc took them to heart.” huffpost.com/entry/cesar-sa…
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