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Sep 4, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
Sen Sasse’s statement is very in sync with Kavanaugh’s longstanding judicial concern — Congress hands off too many decisions to federal agencies, which abdicates accountability and leaves too much power with bureaucrats. This is a more straightforward version of what conservative legal activists say about the administrative state, Chevron jurisprudence, etc.
Jun 15, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
LOL well @craigmelvin is literally like coffee he adds energy to any moment .. maybe we’ll post some of the videos here
Jun 14, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Not the one that @yogottikom is addicted to IG report also rejects Comey's famous claim that trying to follow longstanding policy put him in a dilemma between speaking or "concealing."

That's a "false dichotomy," Horowitz writes, which is DOJ IG speak for a #roasting
Jun 14, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
IG has odd take on Lynch: She didn't discuss anything wrong with Bill Clinton & maybe it was okay to meet him, but was an "error" not to "cut the visit short"

So short meeting that doesn't discuss probe is OK -- but long meeting that doesn't discuss probe is an error?

#Horowitz IG is clear on Comey, finding:

- he "concealed" secret plan to do the Seacresting presser re Clinton (as he admits in his book) &
- he was "insubordinate" to do so

(#Seacresting is a ref to how Comey's family said he was wrong to do the presser with reality show style mystery)
Apr 15, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Comey casts himself as the one independent person in a sea of partisan hacks, while he released letter for the good of the nation, “most” of his critics would “do what was best for their favorite team.”

Does that include all the former DOJ officials who critiqued him? Comey’s own account does show why he was totally wrong - credit for candor there - within *days,* they learned most of the emails were duplicates (the FBI had already reviewed them), and they changed nothing.

So had he waited a few days, he could have announced that or nothing.
Apr 15, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
James Comey writes that partisans will misconstrue what the FBI does no matter what, but then he says he made decisions out of concern about what partisans would say about the FBI. This book is damning in ways he may not even realize. He writes he worried that a potential attack on AG Lynch, which might have been a lie, “would allow partisans to argue, powerfully, that the Clinton Campaign, through Lynch, had been controlling the FBI’s investigation.”
Mar 23, 2018 17 tweets 4 min read
It's been a minute but I am about to ....


... about Facebook The Cambridge-Facebook story is important .. not just because of Russia or Trump or Zuckerberg or John Bolton (who used Cambridge) or Bannon or Peter Thiel or the tremendous number of intersections of important people in this story.
Mar 17, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Breaking: AG Sessions makes late Friday announcement that he is firing Comey deputy Andrew McCabe, who is a key investigator in Russia probe and witness to Comey’s accounts of dealings with Trump.… We don’t have the DOJ’s full basis for this because the underlying report hasn’t been released. But what is known raised profound questions.
Sep 22, 2017 18 tweets 2 min read
Ok I read What Happened, a few thoughts..

@HillaryClinton Clinton is most revealing on the campaign strategy - frustrations running against a candidate like Trump; inside view of decisions, media