House of Representatives to be heard in Rep. Chris Collins’ #SDNY criminal case on the “Speech and Debate” Clause. This may be a big deal.

There may be a lot of GOP members facing criminal scrutiny for their conduct during the 2016 election and after related to obstruction. This is their only immunity and it’s quite limited.

Letter from the House

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I’ve done some antitrust litigation. Just heard @SenWarren make case for Antitrust enforcement to change the way the internet works. @MSNBC

Senator Warren made an analogy comparing the current internet market to the steel and railroad monopolies of the late 19th century.  The ‘trains and steel’ analogy might work for the ISPs that are positioned best to abuse market power.  For them I believe regulation like any utility is appropriate.  Concepts of net neutrality should be the law of the land.

But once you leave the brick and mortar market for delivering the data service to the consumer, the way that content is created and marketed is less appropriate to the trains and steel analogy.

First, there are fewer barriers to market entry writing software and producing content compared to creating an ISP.

Second, the US need to regulate our data related providers may not be necessary for the largest internet content providers because the EU will do that for us.  For our companies to be safe from EU enforcement and competitive internationally, the US Congress should work to harmonize things like consumer privacy with our cousins across the pond.

Finally, the key to US remaining truly competitive is to create more US workers with skills necessary to exploit the current job markets for technical skills. Computer programing should be something that every US student has access to in high school.

I’ve reported on this earlier but I think it deserves another mention. From Jan 22 to the present, there are 17 documents missing from #Manafort DC docket. @Maddow @lawrence

Here is the relevant docket excerpt. Docket

Based on my experience, the court’s minutes entries and orders don’t get a document number because they are not a “document.”  So starting with January 22 entry I count 17 missing documents as follows:

522, 523, 525, 526, 529, 530, 531, 532, 534, 537, 539, 540, 542, 546, 547, 548 and 550.

I’ve seen the SDNY use an entry for documents placed in the “vault” that does not give a document number. Based on a review I did in the SDNY Zarrab case (that has a lot of these pending) the “vault” entries turned out to be either related to a secret plea or a superseding indictment before it was unsealed.

For all the folks who are docket watching and in particular those who are concerned Manafort got off too light, I think the one conclusion I can draw for sure about this is that we have not seen the last of Paul Manafort in the DC court.