Blago Lesson: It’s Okay to Sell a Senate Seat, So Long as You Don’t Lie about It

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 3:00 pm

All you Californians ought to be getting awfully nervous about Senate-Select Carly Fiorina about now. Because the lesson I take from the Rod Blagojevich verdict–he was found guilty of just one charge of lying to the FBI, while the jury remained deadlocked on 23 other charges–is that it’s okay to sell a Senate seat, so [...]

“He didn’t threaten anybody. He opined.”

By: Monday August 16, 2010 7:21 am

When Hal Turner was led away to jail for writing that three judges who had upheld the Chicago gun ban (which has since been overturned at SCOTUS) “deserved to be killed”–and provided maps to help his readers find the judges–his son insisted Turner didn’t threaten anybody, he opined. But the third jury that ruled on [...]

Remember Scooter Libby’s Lost Emails?

By: Monday May 17, 2010 7:48 pm

Turns out they’re still lost. When we last heard from Libby’s lost emails, CREW and National Security Archive had reached a settlement with the White House to restore 33 days worth of email and examine 21 days of low volume email to see whether prior restorations had really worked (among other things). I’m still reading [...]

The Protective Order on Khadr’s Interrogators and the John Adams Project

By: Tuesday April 27, 2010 9:08 pm

In addition to the bombshell that Omar Khadr’s military commission will start Wednesday, less than a day after lawyers in the case will have received the thick manual laying out the rules for the newfangled military commissions, Gitmo released one more thing today: the protective order covering “intelligence identities” that applied to Khadr’s old-fangled military [...]

John Adams and Patrick Fitzgerald

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 12:16 pm

About a million of you, seeing Isikoff and Hosenball’s and Justin Elliott’s coverage of a story about Fitzgerald getting involved in an investigation of how photos of torturers ended up at Gitmo have emailed me the story in alarm. (This is a story I first covered 8 days ago.) I’m going to attribute the alarm [...]

The Torture Apologists Ratchet Up the Attack

By: Monday March 15, 2010 7:33 am

You know how the Moonie Times let go almost all of its “journalists” last year? Well, apparently they haven’t let go of their CIA mouthpiece (not a surprise, I guess, since MT has always been one big disinfo campaign), Bill Gertz. And he’s out this morning suggesting (though not saying explicitly) that the CIA wants [...]

Pat Fitzgerald Chose Not to Consult with Margolis on Rove Indictment

By: Tuesday March 9, 2010 7:03 pm

I recognize that at some point I’m going to have to read Karl Rove’s book propaganda. But until I find it lying around somewhere for almost-free right next to at least a six-pack of equally almost-free beer, I’m going to let Main Justice read it so I don’t have to. They’ve got a fairly detailed [...]

Cheney’s Betrayal Made an IIPA Charge for Libby Possible

By: Sunday November 1, 2009 11:44 am

There is one important implication of the way Cheney hung Libby out to dry: it would have made an IIPA charge against Libby possible, if not for the inconclusive nature of Judy Miller’s testimony.

Hung Out to Dry: One Former VP Chief of Staff

By: Saturday October 31, 2009 12:29 pm

If I were Scooter Libby and saw how my former boss had hung him out to dry, I’d be seething right now.

Does Lanny Breuer Have a Conflict in the Cheney Interview FOIA Case?

By: Wednesday August 5, 2009 2:37 pm

Lanny Breuer provided John Kiriakou, who responded to Dick Cheney’s inquiries at CIA about Joe Wilson, with at least $5000 of legal services. Doesn’t that mean he probably shouldn’t have been the guy at DOJ who submitted a declaration insisting on keeping Cheney’s interview with Patrick Fitzgerald secret?

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