In a joint status report, both prosecutors and Michael Flynn's defense team agree that Flynn has completed his cooperation with the government, both with the special counsel's office and in the Bijan Rafiekian case in the Eastern District of Virginia. While the government argues that Flynn's case is ready for sentencing, however, Flynn's lawyers takes the position that more time is needed. The document is available here and below.
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Today, we released the seventh episode of Lawfare’s narrative audio documentary, The Report. This episode covers the Special Counsel’s charging decisions—which individuals Mueller decides to prosecute, whose prosecutions and declines, and the reasons for his decisions.
The inspector general of the United States Department of Justice says that a witness to gross misconduct by the president of the United States has a duty to keep his mouth shut.
This is the story of outreach by the Russians to the Trump campaign and the Trump transition on policy matters—the effort to reboot U.S.-Russian relations one secret meeting at a time.
Judge John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the U.S. District of New York has dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against the Trump campaign, President Trump and other associates and high-level members of his campaign, Wikileaks, the Russian government, and others associated with Russian election interference efforts. The ruling is available here and below.
The good news is that national security bipartisanship in Congress lives. The bad news is that the only place it lives is in the pages of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russian election interference.
The House Judiciary Committee has filed an application with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requesting the release of grand jury material redacted from the Mueller report, along with additional related grand jury material concerning President Trump and former White House Counsel Don McGahn.
The former special counsel’s testimony is not ultimately important for any bombshells or revelations but for initiating the long-belated creation of an Article I record of the president’s conduct.
For those who want to figure out what Mueller has said about Trump, here is a list: all of Trump’s actions as detailed in the Mueller report.