Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea of making false statements to the FBI regarding his contacts with Russia. The motion cites the government’s “bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement” as reasons for withdrawing the plea and requests a delay of Flynn’s sentencing by 30 days, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27. The motion is available here and below.
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The FBI has filed a response to the order of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) requesting further information on FBI and Justice Department practices in filing FISA warrants before the court in the wake of the Justice Department inspector general's report identifying failures in the Carter Page FISA application. The document is available here.
On Dec. 18 at 10:00 a.m., the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Horowitz will be discussing the methodology, scope and findings of his report on four FISA applications and other aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation. A livestream of the hearing is available here courtesy of C-SPAN.
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz about his recent report reviewing four FISA applications and other matters related to the FBI's investigation into whether members of the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. A livestream of that hearing is available through CBS News here and below.
Democrats should focus on the president’s effort to get White House counsel Don McGahn to falsify evidence.
Yes, the investigation had problems—some of them serious. But the problems were not political in character. There was no effort to “get” candidate Trump. There was no “insurance policy,” no coup, no treason.
Attorney General Bill Barr, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, FBI Director Christopher Wray and President Donald Trump have each released statements about the release of the Justice Department's inspector general's report into the Russia investigation. Those statements are available below.
On Monday, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General released a report on its review of the four FISA applications and other aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation, which explored any possible coordination or connection between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. The document is available here and below.
Somewhat lackluster attention to Roger Stone’s trial raises the question of who still cares about the Mueller investigation.