Breaking: Mystery Foreign Company Gets No Help From SCOTUS

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A few weeks ago, there was a super-secret hearing in DC Court regarding a subpeona issued to an unknown foreign company from the Mueller investigation. The company was fighting the subpoena. This just happened: "(Bloomberg)—The U.S. Supreme Court refused to shield a mystery company from having to provide information in what’s believed to be the criminal investigation being conducted by … Read More

Breaking: Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Lying To Congress And Investigators

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Michael Cohen made a surprise appearance in a Manhattan courtroom this morning and pleaded guilty to a new criminal charge. Cohen admitted to making false statements to Congress about his efforts to build a Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. That real estate deal has been a focus of the special counsel investigation into whether the Trump … Read More

Breaking: Attorney General Sessions Resigns (at President Trump’s Request)

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Interesting. It’s not dated. ….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018 Matthew Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will be the Acting Attorney General of the United States. … Read More

Breaking: Bomber of 12 Trump Critics In Custody

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have detained a person in connection with the mail-bomb scare that widened to 12 suspicious packages, a Justice Department official said Friday. Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said authorities planned to announce more information at a press conference. Earlier Friday, authorities said suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence … Read More

Got One

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2018, L'Affaire Russe, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From the Department of Justice, just now: Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A criminal complaint was unsealed here today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election. “The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to … Read More

Breaking: Rosenstein Resigning? Fired?

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Hard to tell what is happening. There are conflicting reports: Lost of conflicting reports — now @washingtonpost says he offered to resign, which is consistent w/ @jonathanvswan https://t.co/v6cflnHFnY All good reporters, not sure how much difference it ultimately makes. Like I said, we’ll find out soon enough. (I think.) — Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) September 24, 2018 Rosenstein… CBS: Expects to … Read More

Lot Of “Smaller” Mass Shootings This Month – Here’s Today’s

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Yahoo: Multiple people have been killed at a Maryland Rite Aid distribution center when a female shooter opened fire Thursday.  The lone shooter, who has not been identified, is currently in critical condition, but it’s not clear how she was injured, reports said. At least three people are dead and two more wounded during the shooting spree just after 9 a.m. The suspect was armed with a … Read More

Who Is Sam Patton And Why Might This Be A Huge Story?

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A guy named Sam Patton was arrested yesterday on the charge of violating FARA, the Foreign Agent Registration Act. Here is his Information Here is the Statement of Offense: Here is “Foreigner A”:  Konstantin Kilimnik Here is “Foreigner B”:  Serhiy Lyovochkin And now and explanation of its larger relevance: Konstantin Kilimnik set up a lobbying firm in Washington, DC, Incorporation … Read More

Once Again, The GOP-Led NC Legislature Gets Foiled By The Courts In Their Attempt To Gerrymander

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Yesterday, a federal district court once again struck down North Carolina’s Republican-drawn congressional map as a partisan gerrymander in violation of the Constitution. This ruling reaffirmed the court’s January decision, which the Supreme Court vacated and told them to reconsider in June under a different legal theory of who has standing to sue. Indeed, while the Supreme Court said each district would have to be challenged individually … Read More

Breaking: Michael Cohen Enters Plea Deal With Prosecutors [UPDATE: Manafort Jury Finds Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts]

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pic.twitter.com/O8Myfxnt3W — Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 21, 2018 Later today, we should have a better idea of the terms of the deal. The most significant part of his plea deal, expected to be told in court today at 4 pm (SDNY), will be the terms of the campaign finance plea. Do they implicate/leave room for misconduct by the Trump … Read More

Breaking: Trump Revoking Security Clearance Of Former CIA Director John Brennan

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The Hill: President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. “As the head of the executive branch and the commander and chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it,” Trump said in a statement, read by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Wednesday’s press … Read More

In Other News, The OTHER Trump-Russia Connection

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This is getting almost no coverage (update: okay NOW it is), but there is breaking news on another front. The DOJ just announced the arrest of an unregistered Russian agent, Maria Butina. Right now, the only charge is that Ms. Butina was an unregistered foreign agent, but the FBI was investigating her on the belief that she worked at the … Read More

Breaking: Senate Confirms Benczkowski to Justice Department And He Could Decide Fate Of Russia Investigation

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On purely partisan lines (Manchin broke Dem ranks; McCain unable to vote), the Senate has just confirmed a top Justice Department official who could help oversee the Trump-Russia investigation, despite his own troubling connections to Russia and his close ties to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Brian Benczkowski, a former Senate aide to Sessions, will now lead the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, a job … Read More