Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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The Justice Department won’t say whether acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s ethics review is still incomplete, 14 months after he joined that department, as congressional Democrats have asserted.

Whitaker spokesperson Kerri Kupec declined to comment on the claim, which Democrats made in a letter Thursday reiterating a request that they be notified if ethics officials advise Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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The North Carolina Republican Party said Thursday that it would be open to a new election in the state’s ninth U.S. congressional district, where an absentee ballot probe is underway, if investigators can show “substantial likelihood” that the alleged fraud scheme changed the outcome of the race. Republican candidate Mark Harris unofficially leads in the race by just 905 votes over the Democrat Dan McCready.

“If they can show with certainty that the outcome could NOT have been changed, they need to certify Mr. Harris and continue to support all state and federal criminal investigations,” Dallas Woodhouse (pictured above), the executive director of the state’s GOP, told TPM in an email.

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The North Carolina Senate gave final passage to a new voter ID requirement Thursday morning, implementing a constitutional amendment voters approved last month. The legislation, passed by the House Wednesday, is now heading to the desk of Gov. Roy Cooper (D), whose potential veto Republicans can override with their supermajority in both chambers.

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Voters who requested mail-in ballots in the county that is now ground zero of a North Carolina election fraud investigation received mailers from election officials in the days before the election reminding them of the proper procedures for absentee ballots.

The mailer, titled “Absentee Voters: Know Your Rights,” informed voters that only the voters themselves or their close relatives could turn in mail-in ballots. It also gave them a number to call if someone else turned in their ballots, as well as for if someone else filled out their ballot or if they wanted to check on their ballot’s status.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn receive a sentence for lying to the FBI that included no prison time, in a court filing Tuesday that called Flynn’s cooperation “substantial.” The filing indicated that Flynn’s assistance was useful to two investigations besides the Russia probe, but elaboration of his assistance on those yet unknown investigations was redacted.

The filing was a sentencing memo ahead of a sentencing hearing Flynn will have before a federal judge in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Last year, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about communications he had with a Russian official about sanctions during the presidential transition, and Flynn has since been cooperating with Mueller’s probe.

Mueller, noting the credit Flynn deserves for “accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government,” is now asking the judge to hand down a sentence that “does not impose a term of incarceration.”

The filing included an addendum with some redactions that goes into more specifics about his a cooperation. According to the addendum, Flynn has assisted with two other matters — at least one of them a criminal investigation — besides Mueller’s Russia probe, but those other matters are redacted.

For the Russia investigation, the filing said Flynn provided “content and context” of interactions that the Trump transition team had with Russian officials regarding sanctions that the Obama administration sought to impose at the end of 2016, as well as a vote on a United Nations Security Council resolution about Israel. Both of those matters had been previously referenced in the court filings and hearings for Flynn’s plea last year. Three lines are redacted at the end of the paragraph discussing the sanctions-related communications.

The filing goes on to say that Flynn assisted on another front in the Russia probe, but that that section is redacted.

Flynn sat for 19 interviews with Mueller’s investigators and other offices with the Justice Department, the filing said. It notes that some of the investigations are “ongoing,” so the benefit of Flynn’s assistance “may not be fully realize.” Flynn and prosecutors, however, agreed to move forward with sentencing now because “sufficient information is available to allow the Court to determine the import of the defendant’s assistance to his sentence.”

While praising Flynn’s cooperation, Mueller also called Flynn’s initial false statements to the government “serious.” In addition to the lies he told the FBI in late January, after Trump had been inaugurated and while Flynn was serving in the administration, Flynn also made false statements on forms he submitted to the Justice Department under the Foreign Agent Registration Act about his work for Turkey. As Flynn previously admitted during his plea but was not charged for, he omitted in those March 2017 FARA forms that his Turkish lobbying work was done under the direction of officials for the Republic of Turkey.

Read the memo, which includes a redacted addendum, below:

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