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Judge Orders Voter Fraud Alarmist To Be Deposed Again After Docs Raise New Questions

J. Christian Adams — a former member of President Trump’s voter fraud commission who has been sued for defamation for his reports claiming mass fraud — will have to sit for another deposition in the case, after a last-minute discovery dump raised new questions about how the reports came together. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis said at a hearing Friday that he was granting the plaintiffs’ request to reopen the deposition. He said the topics should be limited to the materials  —some 1000 page...
Tags: Muckraker, J. Christian Adams, Voter Fraud, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed


Manafort Lender Steve Calk Indicted For Loan Linked To Trump Cabinet Post Hopes

Bank CEO Stephen Calk has been charged with financial institution bribery for the $16 million in loans he extended former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in late 2016 and early 2017, allegedly in the hope that Manafort would secure him a position in Trump’s cabinet. The indictment, filed in the Southern District of New York and unsealed Thursday, accused Calk of misleading his bank’s primary regulator, including by claiming he never desired a position in the Trump administration. Many o...
Tags: News, Virginia, Ukraine, Army, Manhattan, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Trump Tower, Southern District of New York, Federal Savings Bank, Jared Kushner, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Mueller Investigation, Calk, Stephen Calk


Avenatti Hit With New Charges, Accused Of Defrauding Stormy Daniels

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan unveiled Wednesday new charges against Michael Avenatti. Among the allegations in the new indictment are diverting and stealing money owed to his client, identified in news stories as Stormy Daniels, for a book deal Avenatti helped secure. In a Wednesday afternoon tweet, Avenatti denied that he mishandled any payments to Daniels. “No monies relating to Ms. Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled. She received millions of dollars worth of legal services...
Tags: News, Nike, Manhattan, Ncaa, Tierney Sneed, Stormy Daniels, Daniels, Michael Avenatti, Avenatti, Muckraker, Nioke


Court Docs: US Elections Commission Member Helped With Sketchy Fraud Report

Before he was named by President Trump to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, Donald Palmer, a former GOP-appointed secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections, assisted in the creation of sensational voter fraud reports that prompted a defamation lawsuit, documents released in the litigation Friday revealed. Palmer helped devise an approach to collecting certain voter registration data, which was then used to claim that there were thousands of noncitizens on Virginia’s voter rol...
Tags: News, Virginia, America, Gop, Social Security, Palmer, Trump, Voting Rights, Breitbart, Tierney Sneed, Adams, Terry McAuliffe, Eac, Christian Adams, Virginia State Board of Elections, Albertson


Will McGahn’s No-Show Tip Dems Towards Impeachment?

Democrats are very angry that former White House Counsel Don McGahn, at President Trump’s instruction, defied a subpoena Tuesday for his testimony. But what they intend to do about it is not yet clear. McGahn’s no-show may prove to be an inflection point in pushing Democrats towards an impeachment process for Trump. But so far, there is still a major division among the caucus — and even among those on the House Judiciary Committee — over whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings, w...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Georgia, House, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Donald Trump, Committee, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Pelosi, Steve Cohen, House Judiciary Committee, Jamie Raskin


Cohen To Congress: I ‘Believe’ Sekulow Knew About Trump Tower Moscow Lie

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow knew Michael Cohen was lying about the dates of the President’s involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow project, Cohen told lawmakers according to a newly released transcript of his Congressional testimony. In the documents, a congressional staffer asked Cohen if Sekulow knew that discussions around building the Trump-branded Moscow skyscraper “carried past the Iowa caucus into June of 2016.” “I believe so, yes,” Cohen said, before telling lawmakers that he recalled d...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, Fbi, Iowa, Moscow, House Intelligence Committee, Obstruction, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Don, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Congressional, Oval Office, Jay Sekulow


White House Moves To Block McGahn From Testifying In Front Of House

The Justice Department on Monday issued a legal opinion claiming that Congress could not compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The opinion was released not long after reports that the White House was planning to instruct  McGahn to not comply with a House subpoena that he testify at a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. The White House has already instructed McGahn to not turn over certain documents that were subpoenaed by Hous...
Tags: News, Dc, Donald Trump, Tierney Sneed, House Judiciary Committee, Don McGahn, Mueller report


Trump Wants McGahn To Defy House Subpoena For Testimony

President Trump is planning to tell his former White House counsel Don McGahn to not comply with a House subpoena that he testify at a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, the New York Times and CNN reported Monday. The White House has already instructed McGahn to not turn over certain documents that were subpoenaed by House Democrats, as they delve into the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. A Justice Department legal opinion is in the works explaining the White Hous...
Tags: News, Dc, Donald Trump, Tierney Sneed, House Judiciary Committee, Don McGahn, Mueller report


Voting Rights: GOPers Struggle To Pass Anti-Voting Rights Bills In Texas And Missouri

Missouri’s effort to gut the anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative voters recently approved flamed out, thanks to an unforced procedural error last week. That doesn’t mean that Missouri Republicans won’t try again next year. But this year’s legislative session ended without the GOP being able to get on the 2020 ballot a measure that would have reversed or undermined key redistricting provisions in the 2018 so-called Clean Missouri ballot initiative. They failed, in part, because not enough Repub...
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SCOTUS Wife Ginni Thomas Floated Anti-Fraud Campaign For ‘Questionable’ Precincts

Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, wanted to “target” the “most questionable” precincts in Virginia with an anti-voter fraud campaign, according to an October 2016 email exchange she had with a prominent voter fraud alarmist and other conservative activists. The emails were made public Friday in the litigation over a sensational report released by the group of the alarmist, J. Christian Adams, who also served on President Trump’s short-l...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Virginia, Gop, Va, Republican, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Richmond, Trump, Thomas, Tierney Sneed, Black Panthers, Adams


Must Read

Please don’t miss this new Tierney Sneed piece on emails showing Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Thomas, directly involved in voter suppression efforts. Indeed, even one of the top kingpins of voter suppression in the country thought her plan was so over the top that it might boomerang and drive up turnout in targeted communities. [Author: Josh Marshall]
Tags: News, Thomas, Josh Marshall, Tierney Sneed, Ginni Thomas, Editor’s Blog


Missouri GOP Effort To Gut Gerrymandering Reform Is Dead — For Now

Thanks to an unforced procedural error earlier this week, it looks like Missouri’s GOP legislature will not — during this year’s session at least — be able to get on the 2020 ballot a measure to gut a recent, voter-approved anti-gerrymandering overhaul to redistricting. Of course, it’s possible, and probably likely, that Missouri Republicans try again in next year’s legislative session. Nonetheless, the failure to do so this year is embarrassing for the legislature, where Republicans talked a...
Tags: News, Senate, Gop, Missouri, House, Gerrymandering, Redistricting, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, Missouri Senate, Kansas City Star, Missouri Republicans, Muckraker, Clean Missouri, Clean Missouri Republican


Unsealed Flynn Doc: Trump Camp Floated Reaching Out To WikiLeaks In Oct 2016

A court document partially unsealed Thursday revealed some of what special counsel Robert Mueller’s team told a federal judge back in December about former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s . The filing revealed that Flynn had “relayed” to prosecutors “statements made in 2016 by senior campaign officials to which only a select few people were privy.” “For example, the defendant recalled conversation with senior campaign officials after the release of the Podesta emails, during which the...
Tags: News, Russia, Wikileaks, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Flynn, Roger Stone, Mueller, Podesta, Mike Flynn, Donald Trump Jr, Michael Flynn, Robert Mueller, Emmet Sullivan, Trump Jr, Jerome Corsi


Bipartisan Rage At FBI For Hiding Details Of Russia Cyberattack On FL Elections

Republican and Democratic members alike from the Florida delegation in the U.S. House expressed extreme frustration on Thursday at the FBI’s lack of transparency regarding the 2016 Russian cyber-intrusion into the voter systems of two counties in the state. After the intrusion into one of the county’s systems was revealed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report last month, it wasn’t until Thursday that the House lawmakers learned which county’s network was accessed. The FBI also confirmed ...
Tags: Florida, News, Russia, Fbi, House, Gru, Dc, Department Of Homeland Security, Bureau, Tierney Sneed, Sen Marco Rubio R FL, U S House, Mueller, Ron DeSantis, Florida County, Robert Mueller


Prosecutors: We Still Need Stone Aide’s Testimony For An ‘Ongoing Investigation’

Prosecutors stressed in a court filing Thursday that the government still needs the testimony of Andrew Miller — a former aide to Roger Stone who has challenged a grand jury subpoena issued last year by special counsel Robert Mueller — for the purposes of an “ongoing criminal investigation” in D.C. The court filing did not say who the target of that investigation was or what it pertained. However, Stone’s own attorneys in a court filing in his case last week revealed that he has been investig...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Fbi, Miller, Tierney Sneed, Roger Stone, Stone, Andrew Miller, Robert Mueller, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Paul Kamenar


What Will The Biggest Obstacles To The Ballot Box Be In 2020?

The blue wave of 2018 featured historic midterm turnout, while voters in some states, like Michigan and Florida, approved ballot initiatives that would further expand access to the ballot box. But those gains in voter participation have reinvigorated GOP efforts to make it harder to vote. Voting rights advocates are already tracking new obstacles — legislative or otherwise — that Republicans are putting between voters and the ballot box ahead of the 2020 election. Several legislatures have qu...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Russia, Alabama, Georgia, Gop, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Trump, Voting Rights


Nadler Blasts ‘Outrageous’ White House Rejection Of House Obstruction Probe

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) called the White House’s sweeping rejection of his committee’s requests related to whether President Trump obstructed justice “outrageous” while speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon. “The White House is making the outrageous claim that a president cannot be held accountable in anyway to the American people, ” he said.”They say the Justice Department cannot hold him accountable since a sitting president can’t be indicted, and now they...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Justice Department, Trump, Tierney Sneed, House Judiciary Committee, Robert Mueller, Nadler, House Democrats, Jerry Nadler, Jerry Nadler D NY


NRA-Linked Russian Maria Butina Is Appealing Her 18-Month Sentence

Maria Butina, the NRA-linked Russian national who to acting as an unregistered foreign agent, is appealing her 18-month sentence, according to a court notice filed by her lawyers Wednesday. A federal judge handed down the sentence — which will take into account time served for her detention since her July 2018 arrest — last month. The sentence was harsher than many were expecting, given that the probation office recommended only 12 months in its sentencing report. Prosecutors, however, had ...
Tags: News, Russia, Oklahoma, Nra, Tierney Sneed, Tanya Chutkan, Muckraker, Maria Butina, Butina, Grady County Jail


Nadler Is Seriously Considering ‘Very Large’ Fines For Subpoena Defiers

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said Wednesday that he is seriously considering imposing fines, via the arcane congressional authority known as inherent contempt, for those resisting the House’s subpoenas. Asked by reporters on Capitol Hill whether this would include Attorney General Bill Barr — whom Nadler’s committee recently recommended should be held in contempt by the full House — Nadler said “i t would be for anybody who is held in inherent contempt.” Barr has r...
Tags: News, Congress, House, Capitol Hill, Dc, Trump, Tierney Sneed, House Judiciary Committee, Barr, Robert Mueller, Nadler, Jerry Nadler, Jerry Nadler D NY, Bill Barr


White House Rejects House Obstruction Probe In Letter Blasting The Investigation

In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the White House said it would not comply with demands from the committee for its wide-ranging probe into possible obstruction by President Trump, arguing that the committee had no authority to launch the investigation. “Unfortunately, it appears that you have already decided to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered. I ask that you...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, House, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Committee, Obstruction, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Watergate, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Nadler, Don McGahn, Jerry Nadler


Don Jr. And Senate Intel Reach A Deal For Him To Talk Again To Committee

Donald Trump Jr. and the Senate Intelligence Committee have reached a deal for him to speak to the committee again, the New York Times, The Hill and CNN reported. The agreement heads off a major dispute over a subpoena the committee issued Trump Jr., after he reportedly twice bailed on plans to come in voluntary for additional question. Under the agreement, according to the Times, Trump Jr. will speak to the committee for two-four hours in mid-June. The scope has been limited to five topics, ...
Tags: News, Cnn, Dc, Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Sen Richard Burr R NC, Richard Burr, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr, Senate Intel, Don Jr, Times Trump Jr, New York Times The Hill


FL Guv: Russians Hacked Two Counties’ Voter Files In ’16, Didn’t Change Vote

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) confirmed Tuesday that two Florida counties “experienced intrusion” in 2016 by Russian hackers who were then able to access voter data as a result of their hacking efforts. But the hacks did not affect the vote count, DeSantis said. The Republican governor announced the news in a press conference after a recent meeting with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. “Two Florida counties experienced intrusion into the supervisor of election networks” in 2016, D...
Tags: Florida, News, Fbi, Marco Rubio, Gru, Department Of Homeland Security, Tierney Sneed, Sen Marco Rubio, Fla, Tampa Bay Times, Rick Scott, Mueller, Bill Nelson, Illinois State Board of Elections, Ron DeSantis, Robert Mueller


McConnell Steers Clear Of Internal GOP Fight Over Don Jr. Subpoena

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) avoided putting himself in the middle of the intra-GOP dispute over a Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena of Donald Trump Jr., in comments Tuesday that suggested the committee’s business was up to its chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). “None of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee,” McConnell said at a press conference in the Capitol, when asked by a reporter about some Republican senators’ criticism of Burr’s issuance of the subpo...
Tags: News, Senate, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Dc, Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Capitol, Mitch McConnell R Ky, McConnell, Sen Richard Burr R NC, Burr, Richard Burr, Donald Trump Jr, Russia Probe


Judge Skeptical Of Trump Effort To Block Subpoena Of Accounting Firm

A federal judge had tough questions for the lawyers leading the effort by President Trump and his businesses to block a House subpoena of Trump’s accounting firm for his financial records. At a hearing on Tuesday in D.C., U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta grilled Trump’s lawyer William Consovoy about his arguments that the subpoena exceeded Congress’ constitutional authorities. At one point, Mehta asked Consovoy if it was his view that Congress’ investigations into Whitewater and Waterg...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, House, Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, Letter, Thompson, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Whitewater, Mehta, House Oversight Committee, Kilbourn, Subpoena, House Democrats


Courthouse Dispatch

A federal judge had some tough questions this morning for the President’s lawyers about his attempt to block a congressional subpoena. Tierney Sneed reports from the courthouse. [Author: John Light]
Tags: News, Tierney Sneed, John Light, Editor’s Blog, Courthouse Dispatch


Judge To Weigh Consolidated Decision On House Subpoena For Trump Finances

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta on Tuesday will consider the House Oversight Committee’s attempt to obtain President Donald Trump’s financial records, in what is likely to be a landmark decision in the mushrooming feud between Congress and the Trump administration. Mehta is expected to issue a decision after an 11 A.M. hearing in Washington. TPM’s Tierney Sneed will be covering it. According to the Washington Post, Mehta announced last week that he would decide the entire case after Tues...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Federal Judges, Donald Trump, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Mehta, House Oversight Committee, Team Trump, House Democrats, U S District Court Judge Amit Mehta, Kate Riga, Trump Finances, Washington Post Mehta


Judge To Weigh Consolidated Decision On House Grab For Trump Finances

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta on Tuesday will consider the House Oversight Committee’s attempt to obtain President Donald Trump’s financial records, in what is likely to be a landmark decision in the mushrooming feud between Congress and the Trump administration. Mehta is expected to issue a decision after an 11 A.M. hearing in Washington. TPM’s Tierney Sneed will be covering it. According to the Washington Post, Mehta announced last week that he would decide the entire case after Tues...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Federal Judges, Donald Trump, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Mehta, House Oversight Committee, Team Trump, House Democrats, U S District Court Judge Amit Mehta, Kate Riga, Trump Finances, Washington Post Mehta


Prosecutors Not Ready To Schedule Rick Gates’ Sentencing Yet

Rick Gates and the prosecutors handling his case are not ready to schedule a sentencing date, they said in a court filing Monday, noting both his continuing cooperation and the trials later this year for former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig and for ex-Trump advisor Roger Stone. It is not clear whether the reference to the trials was an implication that Gates was cooperating in those specific cases, or merely a note that the judge — who is overseeing all three cases — already has a busy...
Tags: News, Congress, Virginia, Ukraine, Manhattan, Wikileaks, Gates, Craig, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Roger Stone, Mueller, Obama White House, Greg Craig, Robert Mueller, Manafort


Voting Rights: Census Bureau Puts Out New Estimate Of Cost Of Citizenship Question

At a field hearing in Florida last Monday, House Democrats looked a various measures that restrict the vote in the state as they consider legislation to reimplement the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance process. Under preclearance, the formula for which the Supreme Court invalidated in 2013, some jurisdictions with histories of disenfranchisement, including five counties in Florida, would have to get federal signoff on new voting rules. But even if a new preclearance formula were to pass the Hous...
Tags: Florida, News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Gop, Tennessee, House, Aclu, Naacp, Taylor, Trump, Bureau, Rnc, Tierney Sneed, Scott Taylor, Census Bureau


With Abortion Cases On Horizon, Breyer Warns Of SCOTUS Eagerness To Overturn Precedent

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer sounded the alarm about the court’s conservative majority’s eagerness to overturn decades-old precedent in a dissent to a 5-4 decision where the court reversed a 1979 ruling regarding state sovereignty. Breyer’s statement was widely interpreted to be a warning about Roe v. Wade, given that he teed up his warning with a reference to a 1992 abortion case that upheld the 1973 landmark decision enshrining the constitutional right to abortion. “Today’s decision...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Court, Indiana, Abortion, Nevada, Dc, Hall, Hyatt, Trump, Thomas, Tierney Sneed, Roe, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Clarence Thomas