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In many since-deleted videos saved by CNN's KFile, Greene repeatedly calls Aguero "amazing" and a "friend." On social media, Aguero has called Greene "one of my closest friends." They attended a number of pro-Trump causes and worked together closely. https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/politics/kfile-marjorie-taylor-greene-close-ally-in-capitol-mob/index...
NEW from @andrew kaczynski and me: A close ally of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in the Capitol mob on 1/6. "A message was sent," said Anthony Aguero, a conservative activist who said on video he was able to make it in the chambers. https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/politics/kfile-marjorie-taylor-greene-close-ally-in-capitol-mob/index...
Want to know who the Proud Boys are, what they believe, what they allegedly did on Jan 6, and how close they are to Trump confidantes like Roger Stone? Watch @Sara Sidner’s on-camera interview with their leader>>>>
No empathy, no sympathy https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/politics/capitol-riot-proud-boys-enrique-tarrio-soh/index.html
Please read this beautiful comment from @Liv like a Unicorn, a foundation founded by the parents of Liv Lipnicky, a nine-year-old girl who lost her life to DIPG – a rare and fatal pediatric brain tumor. The lives we live will never be the same and all we can is fight to honor them.
My husband @andrew kaczynski wrote a piece about the incredibly tough experience of our daughter's cancer treatment & what us adults should do to make the world a better place for all these innocent babies. (also I love how the picture captures how sassy Beans was) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/25/andrew-kaczynski-daughter-brain-cancer-pediatric-...
“Yeah, we lied.” Emails Show Panic At U.S. Attorney's Office In Manhattan Over Ali Sadr Case https://www.npr.org/2021/02/25/971003739/yeah-we-lied-messages-show-prosecutors-panic-over-missteps-...
What happens next with the Trump tax returns? First, think about grand juries like they’re Vegas. What happens in the grand jury stays in the grand jury—until it doesn’t anymore. @Zach Wolf and I talked more about Trump’s legal troubles here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/politics/what-matters-february-22/index.html
BREAKING: Tax records that former President Donald Trump tried to keep secret for years are now in the hands of the New York district attorney after the US Supreme Court denied Trump's last-ditch effort to keep them private https://cnn.it/3klcsJB
Donald Trump Jr. was deposed as part of the Washington, DC, attorney general's lawsuit alleging the misuse of Trump inaugural funds, per @Sonia Moghe http://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/politics/donald-trump-jr-deposition/index.html
The Justice Department is facing a tougher climb trying to keep Capitol rioters locked up | @Katelyn Polantz https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/politics/doj-capitol-proud-boys-oath-keepers/index.html
Theme of the day is going to be that this was an intelligence failure. It wasn’t. This was a failure of leadership and there are many owners of that. Including by the body holding the hearing. Hard truths.
Klobuchar begins questions by asking about an FBI Intelligence report from Norfolk warning of online threats, which Sund, Irving and Stenger say they never saw, though Capitol Police did receive it on 1/5
Both witnesses called by Republican Senators to testify at day two of the Merrick Garland hearings *support* his nomination to be Attorney General. "He should be swiftly confirmed," says law prof @Josh Blackman. Former Judge Ken Starr is coming up soon.
Garland: "My first love in law school was antitrust."
Partisan behavior by en banc courts used to be rare, but that changed in the Trump era. A new study found “a dramatic and strongly statistically significant spike in both partisan splits and partisan reversals.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/us/politics/courts-partisanship.html
Oath Keeper changes her story about convo with Secret Service http://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/politics/oath-keepers-watkins-changed-story/index.html
Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney leading the investigation into Trump’s finances, is not expected to run for re-election, according to a person familiar with the matter. Vance’s term expires at the end of the year.
Cotton just told Garland that the Yale discrimination case "is no longer a pending case." However, the department has said the investigation is continuing
Dick Durbin told me that Merrick Garland’s nomination will be approved by his panel next Monday and he expects the full Senate will confirm Garland next week. He said Republicans have agreed not to delay next Monday’s committee vote, which they can do for one week under the rules
Sheldon Whitehouse urges Merrick Garland to “look upstream” in Jan. 6 probe to include “ringleaders” and people not in the Capitol. Whitehouse doesn’t mention Trump’s name. Garland: “We will pursue these leads wherever they take us.”
Dominion sues MyPillow and its CEO Mike Lindell for $1.3 billion https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/business/dominion-voting-systems-sues-mypillow-ceo/index.html
Following Judge Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing today? Read this sweeping look at what Garland faces as the AG nominee, both politically and legally, via @David Shortell @Christina Carrega: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/politics/garland-challenges-attorney-general-hearing/index.html
Supreme Court allows Manhattan DA to obtain Trump's tax returns and records. This clears the way for Vance's investigation to move forward.
New in the Capitol riot investigation: Alleged Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins now says in court she was protecting VIPs at the Trump rally on Jan 6 and that she met with Secret Service agents https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/politics/oath-keepers-vip-security-capitol-riot/index.html
#FBIWFO is still seeking info about pipe bombs placed in DC between the hours of 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. The @FBI & @ATF Washington reward totals $100K. If you have info call 1800CALLFBI or submit online at http://tips.fbi.gov. https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/suspected-pipe-bombs-in-washington-dc
Breaking: DOJ indicts nine alleged associates of Oath Keepers in largest insurrection conspiracy charged to date. The men & women allegedly planned for days to travel to Washington with a goal of breaking into Capitol to disrupt certification of presidential vote.
The lawyer who killed a federal judge’s son and seriously wounded her husband at their New Jersey home last summer also had been tracking Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the judge said in a television interview. https://to.pbs.org/2NIf4Fb
Happy #FOIAFriday. Today's FOIA artwork is courtesy of the Office of Government Ethics in response to a request I filed about Elaine Chao