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On July 30, Judge John G. Koeltl declared that the materials WikiLeaks published from the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election cycle were “a matter of public concern,” even “highest public concern.” He wrote that the DNC’s published internal communications allowed the American electorate to look behind the curtain of one of the two U.S. major political parties during a presidential election: “This type of information is plainly of the type entitled to the strongest protection that the First Amendment offers.”
Remember that, approximately a year ago, the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit in New York, New York, alleging that Donald Trump and a bunch of other people engaged in a conspiracy with the Russian Federation to hack and disseminate emails stolen from the DNC’s server. The lawsuit, much like the special counsel report and the mainstream media coverage of the Russiagate hoax, relied upon innuendo and guilt by association.
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The clear-thinking judge drilled into DNC’s allegations and concluded, “The DNC does not allege that any of the non-Russian Federation defendants actually participated in any of the hacks on the DNC’s computer system.” Although Trump might have rejoiced in the exposure of truthful but embarrassing information about the DNC, he is not legally culpable, the judge ruled, so long as he did not help steal the information.
For nearly a year and a half, I and others have cataloged an almost unbroken string of perversion of the law in the Get Trump era (here, here, and here, to name a few examples). The mob seemed to just trample over bedrock principles like attorney-client privilege, the presumption of innocence, and freedom of speech. The Get Trump forces seemed unstoppable, terrifying, and vindictive. Then, on July 30, 2019, a brave, Clinton-appointed judge presiding in the liberal stronghold of New York in the “sovereign”...
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