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Judge Orders Mueller To Prove Russian Company Meddled In Election

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A Washington federal judge on Thursday ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to clarify election meddling claims lodged against a Russian company operated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg.

Concord Management and Consulting, LLC. – one of three businesses indicted by Mueller in February along with 13 individuals for election meddling, surprised the special counsel in April when they actually showed up in court to fight the charges. Mueller’s team tried to delay Concord from entering the case, arguing that thee Russian company not been properly served, however Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request – effectively telling prosecutors ‘well, they’re here.’

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Concord was accused in the indictment of supporting the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian ‘troll farm’ accused of trying to influence the 2016 US election.

On Thursday, Judge Freidrich asked Mueller’s prosecutors if she should assume they aren’t accusing Concord of violating US laws applicable to election expenditures and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Concord has asked Dabney to throw out the charges – claiming that Mueller’s office fabricated a crime, and that there is no law against interfering in elections.

According to the judge’s request for clarification, the Justice Department has argued that it doesn’t have to show that Concord had a legal duty to report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Rather, the allegation is that the company knowingly engaged in deceptive acts that precluded the FEC, or the Justice Department, from ascertaining whether they had broken the law. –Bloomberg

On Monday, Friedrich raised questions over whether the special counsel’s office could prove a key element of their case – saying that it was “hard to see” how allegations of Russian influence were intended to interfere with US government operations vs. simply “confusing voters,” reports law.com.

During a 90-minute hearing, Friedrich questioned prosecutor Jonathan Kravis about how the government would be able to show the Russian defendants were aware of the Justice Department and FEC’s functions and then deliberately sought to skirt them.

You still have to show knowledge of the agencies and what they do. How do you do that?” Friedrich asked.

Kravis, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, argued that the government needed only to show that Concord Management and the other defendants were generally aware that the U.S. government “regulates and monitors” foreign participation in American politics. That awareness, Kravis said, could be inferred from the Russians’ alleged creation of fake social media accounts that appeared to be run by U.S. citizens and “computer infrastructure” intended to mask the Russian origin of the influence operation.

That is deception that is directed at a higher level,” Kravis said. Kravis appeared in court with Michael Dreeben, a top Justice Department appellate lawyer on detail to the special counsel’s office. –law.com

Concord pleaded not guilty in May. Their attorney, Eric Dubelier – a partner at Reed Smith, has described the election meddling charges as “make believe,” arguing on Monday that Mueller’s indictment against Concord “doesn’t charge a crime.”

“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” said Dubelier, who added that Mueller’s office alleged a “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”

Dubelier added that the case against Concord Management is the first in US history “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” through their failure to register under FARA.

 

14 COMMENTS

  1. I like her, about time somebody, make the PUT UP or SHUT UP, to the corrupt cop mule ears mueller. He needs to be deeply investigated, and have his property seized and he forfet it to the courts. mueller and rosenstein and clapper and brennan and comey and mccabe, all need to stand trial for their gang of theives corrutption. and then get out the ropes

    • Fact: Mueller took part in a much earlier FBI frame up that sent four innocent men to prison for more than 30 years, and resulted in an eventual settlement of more than $100 million for false imprisonment of Joe Salvati, Louie Greco, a World War II hero, Peter Limone, and Henry Tameleo for lies of Mueller’s…

      Then there was Dr Steven Hatfill – we paid $4,600,000.00 because Mueller and Comey destroyed this innocent man’s life – only Mueller didn’t count on the DNA from the Anthrax Dr Hatfill worked with (legally) was not the same as the DC attacks Muller tried to frame him for.

      Time will tell if Mueller broke some more rules with Manafort.

  2. I agree 100%
    This was a farce!!!!
    There was no collusion.
    Made up by democrats.
    #mueller needs to pay back the money he got!!!!!!!!!

  3. What else can these conspirators add, it was all a lie made by those FBI officials, there was never any intervention by Russia in the elections and more than that, there was never a relationship between Donald Trump and the Russians to win the elections.

  4. And the really sad PART is the $20 million dollars spent on a democrat smear campaign which was BOGUS from the start AND THEY KNEW IT!!!

  5. IT IS ALREADY PROVEN THAT EVERYTHING HAS BEEN A MANEUVER BY OBAMA-HILLARY AND FBI AGENTS, DONALD TRUMP DID NOT MAKE COLLISION WITH RUSSIA EVEN THOUGH THEY TRIED TO MUDDY HIM..!!

  6. trump needs to fire jeff sessions , replace him with someone he can trust and then have him fire peanut head rosenstien , and prosecute all involved including that bitch hilliary clinton

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