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  1. He'll walk one way or another -- by pardon if by no other way. I really don't know what the courts will do, but I'll enjoy the spectacle.
  2. I believe it's normal for a court to hold off on sentencing after a plea deal until the defendant's cooperation is complete. The degree of his cooperation affects his sentencing.
  3. I guess when accusations of misconduct appear to have legs, this happens. Normally, if the prosecution seeks to drop a case, the judge will grant the request for dismissal without thinking twice. After all, he can't make the prosecutor go to trial if the prosecutor doesn't want to. But this case has a weird disposition because there's literally nothing left for the prosecutor to do. He doesn't have to go to trial. Flynn already pleaded guilty. The only thing left is the sentencing, and that's for the court to do, not the prosecutor. There is case law regarding the circumstances under which a judge should deny a prosecutor's request for dismissal. If you're interested, there's a discussion starting on page six of the document embedded here.
  4. Roughly as often as the prosecution drops the case after a guilty plea was entered?
  5. I don't know a lot about Henderson, but what little I do know suggests that she's a decent judge -- not a crackpot like Rao. (She did rule against the House in its attempt to subpoena Don McGahn, but I think I agree with her about that.)
  6. The judge decides what's contrary to the public interest. In order to make that decision, he'll receive argument from the amicus curiae designated to represent the public interest as well as from the government attorney designated to oppose it. The point is that the district court judge isn't sitting on his hands. He's scheduled briefing and oral argument to help him decide whether the dismissal would be contrary to the public interest. After that happens, he'll make a ruling. If Flynn doesn't like the ruling, he can appeal at that point. In the meantime, I don't see how the court of appeals can lawfully intervene before that process plays out. (They can't say: "You need to dismiss regardless of whether it serves the public interest." Or: "You need to dismiss without having the chance to evaluate whether it serves the public interest." Or: "We haven't heard argument about whether dismissal serves the public interest, but we nonetheless find that it does, so we instruct you to dismiss." What can they say?)
  7. I may not be understanding the current disposition of the case correctly, but it seems to me that's an easy bar to clear: "Because under legal precedent that I am bound by, I'm not supposed to grant motions to dismiss that are contrary to the public interest, and argument on that issue is still pending."
  8. ElectionBettingOdds currently has the Democrats as slight favorites to take the Senate in 2020 -- 50.4% to 49.5%. (The Presidential election is similarly a toss-up.)
  9. It took Mueller 100 pages of his report to describe all the contacts between Trump campaign personnel and Russians. In setting up the Trump Tower NY meeting, Don Jr. expressed delight at the prospect of receiving disparaging information about Hillary Clinton from Russia as part of Russia's ongoing efforts to help the Trump campaign. Trump falsely claimed he had nothing to do with Russia while, throughout the campaign, he was negotiating to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow. Paul Manafort provided internal Trump campaign polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik for purposes unknown (because Manafort won't say). There was insufficient evidence of conspiracy to bring criminal charges against Americans. Insufficient evidence doesn't mean no evidence.
  10. I just looked at my Fitbit before bed: 29,998 steps. No, I'm not going to walk two more steps. I'm no slave to round numbers.
  11. Today I had to reset my Tecumseh Challenge. Yesterday I exercised for approximately zero minutes. I did 120 push-ups (not in a row), but no walking or running or HIIT or yoga or anything else of note. I think I had made it around 60 days (including retroactively qualifying days before I knew I was doing the challenge) -- but the exact number is now moot. As of tonight, I've got 99 more days to go.
  12. Update: This seems like a good summary of what "Obamagate" is. Changing Subject Amid a Pandemic, Trump Turns to an Old Ploy: Blame Obama After pressure from the president, Senator Lindsey Graham agreed to hold a hearing, but he rebuffed Mr. Trump’s suggestion that his predecessor be called to testify. By Peter Baker Published May 14, 2020 Updated May 15, 2020 WASHINGTON — President Trump has embarked on an aggressive new drive to rewrite the narrative of the Russia investigation by making dark and unsubstantiated accusations that former President Barack Obama masterminded a sinister plot to bring him down.
  13. In-depth QAnon update: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/
  14. Wikipedia seems stumped as well.