By ann summersTrump tried to claim the government can’t walk and chew gum, but fails three days later at getting a Temporary Restraining Order in an attempt to isolate Cohen raid booty.
Darned irony for a guy who has emolument issues and has spent 100 million tax dollars on golf. T’aint nothing to a guy who doesn’t use prophylactics when he has flings at tournaments.
“U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood on Monday afternoon rejected a motion by the lawyer that attempted to block the FBI from reviewing the files they seized from Cohen last week.”
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A taint team (what used to be referred to as a Chinese Wall, thanks to quaint Anglo-American legal tradition) is just to separate unrelated and client privileged information from legitimately seized items.
Biglygate features some structural coordination of external and internal 2016 election mischief, both foreign and domestic.
That includes the data-mining and the stolen Facebook info, the hacking, the troll-bots, the stolen emails, all less related to the vaporware and behavioral influence/persuasion claims and more about affecting GOTV in swing states. Wisconsin’s vote suppression alone should have brought compensatory legal action.
The 2016 US election was a lawfare battle-space, where force symmetry was not a governing principle, and information asymmetry is at a premium.
There was collusion and criminal intent, but like neoliberal capitalism, there was no single agency / cause other than the creative destruction of US democracy. Many institutions and individuals wanted to maximize money and power. The GOP was sufficiently mercenary to seek and accept Russian assistance to achieve their goals.
The perfect storm emerged from having the optimal candidate with decades of kompromat sufficient to manipulate money and power, and to enlist Americans willing to expedite active measures.
As we saw with the perfect storm of the 2016 election, the margins decided things, regardless of Russians, but they were a contributing factor if only because finance capital has the means, motive and opportunity to corrupt democratic elections.