October 21, 2018

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Today's Rapid Response Tuesday takes an in-depth look at OA's new favorite clownhorn, Carter Page, and his delightfully mad lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, the law firm of Perkins Coie, and (I think) the Ancient Order of the Illuminati. Strap in!

We begin with some good ol'-fashioned yodeling, with a roundup of stories with Yodel Mountain implications, including (1) the report that Mueller's probe will conclude after the midterms; (2) Paulie Manafort's latest motion; (3) the departure of White House counsel Don McGahn; and (4) some news regarding Michael Avenatti's White House run in 2020.

Then — oh man — it's time for a deep dive into Carter Page's lawsuit regarding this September 23, 2016 Yahoo news story, written by esteemed reporter Michael Isikoff, that Mr. Page delightfully believes is defamatory.

After all that, we end with an all new Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #98 regarding constitutional law standards for a group home.

Show Notes & Links

  1. This is the Bloomberg News article suggesting that Mueller's probe will conclude after the midterms.
  2. You can click here to read Judge Ellis's order denying Manafort's motion to appear in street clothes.
  3. This is the New York Times story on McGahn's departure.
  4. Click here to read the FEC data on Michael Avenatti's Fight PAC.
  5. This is the Sep. 23, 2016 Yahoo story
  6. This is the Carter Page lawsuit, which you absolutely must read. Oh, and check out the (heavily redacted) FISA application showing that the FBI believes Page to have been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.
  7. This is the September 23, 2016 Isikoff story in Yahoo that Page believes is defamatory; we also referenced Page's trip to Moscow, the terrorism statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2332b, and, of course, the fact that Page previously sued Yahoo over this exact same story and lost.

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:03:18] Yodel Mountain: Mueller to release information
    • [00:08:30] DOJ guidelines that prohibit influencing an election
    • [00:12:10] What can Trump do between now and then
    • [00:17:20] Paul Manafort's attire in court
    • [00:25:30] Donald F. McGahn II
    • [00:32:40] Michael Avenatti's campaign
  • [00:38:47] Commercial
  • [00:40:35] Carter Page
    • [00:47:25] Yahoo Story false claims
    • [00:53:00] Count 2
  • [00:58:00] New Patron Tuesday
  • [01:00:45] Thomas Takes The Bar Exam: Special use permit (answer)
  • [01:11:15] Outro

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