Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scrambling to limit pretrial evidence handed over to a Russian company he indicted in February over alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, according to Bloomberg.

Mueller asked a Washington federal Judge for a protective order that would prevent the delivery of copious evidence to lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, one of three Russian firms and 13 Russian nationals. The indictment accuses the firm of producing propaganda, pretending to be U.S. activists online and posting political content on social media in order to sow discord among American voters

The special counsel's office argues that the risk of the evidence leaking or falling into the hands of foreign intelligence services, especially Russia, would assist the Kremlin's active "interference operations" against the United States. 

“The substance of the government’s evidence identifies uncharged individuals and entities that the government believes are continuing to engage in interference operations like those charged in the present indictment,” prosecutors wrote.

Improper disclosure would tip foreign intelligence services about how the U.S. operates, which would “allow foreign actors to learn of those techniques and adjust their conduct, thus undermining ongoing and future national security operations,” according to the filing.

The evidence includes thousands of documents involving U.S. residents not charged with crimes who prosecutors say were unwittingly recruited by Russian defendants and co-conspirators to engage in political activity in the U.S., prosecutors wrote. -Bloomberg

Mueller also accused Concord of "knowingly and intentionally" conspiring to interfere with the election by using social media to disparage Hillary Clinton and support Donald Trump. 

And Concord Management decided to fight it... 

As Powerline notes, Mueller probably didn't see that coming - and the indictment itself was perhaps nothing more than a PR stunt to bolster the Russian interference narrative. 

I don’t think anyone (including Mueller) anticipated that any of the defendants would appear in court to defend against the charges. Rather, the Mueller prosecutors seem to have obtained the indictment to serve a public relations purpose, laying out the case for interference as understood by the government and lending a veneer of respectability to the Mueller Switch Project.

One of the Russian corporate defendants nevertheless hired counsel to contest the charges. In April two Washington-area attorneys — Eric Dubelier and Kate Seikaly of the Reed Smith firm — filed appearances in court on behalf of Concord Management and Consulting. Josh Gerstein covered that turn of events for Politico here. -Powerline Blog

Politico's Gerstein notes that by defending against the charges, “Concord could force prosecutors to turn over discovery about how the case was assembled as well as evidence that might undermine the prosecution’s theories.”

In a mad scramble to put the brakes on the case, Mueller's team tried to delay the trial - saying that Concord never formally accepted the court summons related to the case, wrapping themselves in a "cloud of confusion" as Powerline puts it. “Until the Court has an opportunity to determine if Concord was properly served, it would be inadvisable to conduct an initial appearance and arraignment at which important rights will be communicated and a plea entertained.”

The Judge, Dabney Friedrich - a Trump appointee, didn't buy it - denying Mueller a delay in the high-profile trial.

The Russians hit back - filing a response to let the court know that “[Concord] voluntarily appeared through counsel as provided for in [the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure], and further intends to enter a plea of not guilty. [Concord] has not sought a limited appearance nor has it moved to quash the summons. As such, the briefing sought by the Special Counsel’s motion is pettifoggery.

And the Judge agreed...

A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich offered no explanation for her decision to deny a request prosecutors made Friday to put off the scheduled Wednesday arraignment for Concord Management and Consulting, one of the three firms charged in the case. -Politico

In other words, Mueller was denied the opportunity to kick the can down the road, forcing him to produce the requested evidence or withdraw the indictment, potentially jeopardizing the PR aspect of the entire "Trump collusion" probe.  

And now Mueller is pointing to Russian "interference operations" in a last-ditch effort

Of note, Facebook VP of advertising, Rob Goldman, tossed a major hand grenade in the "pro-Trump" Russian meddling narrative in February when he fired off a series of tweets the day of the Russian indictments. Most notably, Goldman pointed out that the majority of advertising purchased by Russians on Facebook occurred after the election, were hardly pro-Trump, and they was designed to "sow discord and divide Americans", something which Americans have been quite adept at doing on their own ever since the Fed decided to unleash a record class, wealth, income divide by keeping capital markets artificially afloat at any cost.

Comments

I Am Jack's Ma… gmrpeabody Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:05 Permalink

The indictment accuses the firm of producing propaganda, pretending to be U.S. activists online and posting political content on social media in order to sow discord among American voters

...

"knowingly and intentionally" conspiring to interfere with the election by using social media to disparage Hillary Clinton and support Donald Trump. 

 

Wait a minute, hold on - what exactly is the 'crime' here?  Facebook ads that said Clinton sucks?  That's a crime now?  I'm missing something obviously - I just don't know what.  Anyone willing and able to shed light on the crime alleged here?

How about CNN and NYT absolutely slanted and biased coverage?  [And no - 'the press' in the 1st Amendment meant and means still the written word, not news corporations].

So far as I know "meddling" isn't a crime outside of Scooby Doo cartoons and MSNBC.

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CuttingEdge D503 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 02:27 Permalink

There are a few I can think of - morally and ethically devoid corrupt vermin who do not belong in the world with the rest of us. Soros is the obvious one who springs instantly to mind. And in the past year, a self-inflicted spotlight has been shining on many others in the roach motel. By his actions, and his own previous prosecutorial history coming to light, Mueller's own nefarious black and empty soul has been laid bare.

 

Cancer would be nice, but I surmise cancer cannot catch itself.

And one of his victims wood-chipping the evil cunt would be far more entertaining.

I'd pay to watch that.

 

A small detail few realize.

The primary motivation for Mueller's farcical desperation in taking down Trump isn't to wipe clean Comey's or Hillary's or Obama's ass.

Nope, he has as much skin in the game as any of them.

Uranium One, for starters.

And what else, as an FBI Director probably as corrupt as Comey?

 

For Robert Mueller, this is CYA. First and foremost.

And maybe someone should tell him (the article a case in point) it's not advisable to stand directly in front of a fan when you are throwing shit at it. It just bolsters popcorn sales, and reinforces what an abject cunt he is.

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inosent CuttingEdge Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:01 Permalink

As I am currently studying for the CA bar, and I just happened to read the Fed code of civ procedure Sunday afternoon, this is a classic case where the Defendant has waived service of summons, and has consented to the jurisdiction of the court. It almost borders on legal malpractice for the prosecution to actually argue that the defendant's motion be quashed. That is just totally crazy. In all my case studies, all the fact patterns, all the MBE hypotheticals, I have never come across an instance where the prosecution will argue to quash the defendant's service of summons.

Mueller, certainly in this instance, makes a complete mockery of an already dubious legal system. This incident does a pretty good job of what a total crock of crap our 'justice' system has become. People like Mueller are supposed to be at the top, the gravitas folks who soberly follow the law, and respect the sanctity of it. Well, what the little kids who I will be sitting next to during the exam probably still don't realize is everything they are taught as 'true' and the 'right answers' on the exam are simply inapplicable as you move up the ladder.

Muellers motion was a pure political stunt to cover his sorry ass, and his total bulls- agenda. But will he get sanctioned by the court? No.

It's all bad faith. The 'law' is only manipulated and tortured to advance a political agenda, not as it is meant to, and that is to promote truth and justice.

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>>  "I made $7500 last week on the Internet sucking cock!": that's me.
>>  Biblicism: that's me.
>>  All the porn at Celebrity-leaks: that's me.
>>  Daily Westerner: that's me.

>>  "In the news....SPAMMER broomsticked by furious readers" -- registered in Nigeria) :: that's me TOO!! 

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ll951983  <<< NEWBIE  sucks cock on the Internet!
Wadalt
Leakanthrophy
PrivetHedge
bobcatz
Jumanji1959
Annunaki
Powow
  <<<  NEWBIE
Cheoll   <<<  NEWBIE

Mr Hankey  [R.I.P]   <<<  total utter WHACK JOB  -- joined "The Fallen"
gzcekkyret     <<<  NEWBIE

You know SPAMMERS never die on ZH -- here's just a sampling of the banned log-on's ("The Fallen Spammers") ---

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Adullam Newspeaktogo Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:49 Permalink

His first time was kind of funny. Second time was a bore. Third time is downright aggravating.

(@ravolla - For the last time ... your credibility is shot when you don't even take the time to make sure you have the right names in your 'hit list'. My challenge to you remains. Check out my posts and see if I belong in your multi-personality spammer's profile. It doesn't. But you're too lazy or embarrassed to take up the challenge).

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Mr. Universe Leakanthrophy Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:11 Permalink

I can picture Mueller sitting at the poker table with a huge stack. As he looks over his hand, with a sly look on his face and a wink, he goes all in. Surprise suprise, they call his bet. Now we wait for the reveal except that Bobby is screaming, wait, no fair, it was an accident, I didn't mean to go all in. Turn those machines back on! The dealer then looks him dead in the eye and says "Tough shit" as he turns over Mueller's losing hand.

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janus JRobby Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:37 Permalink

mueller, you are so screwed.  so supremely and royally screwed.  now your investigation is coming to a crashing halt without POTUS having to step in.  all that was ever needed is transparency.  and now the good guys will have the IG report, Session's investigation, the declassification of spy-gate materials and discovery from your Keystone cop operation all at once.

best timeline ever.

take it from janus, extracting a troll from the interwebs and thinking you can crush him IRL ALWAYS blows up in your face.  

the only way you can win the game is with the deck stacked like a tower in your favor and warping the rules to effect a desired outcome.  tptb, you are up against superior people with superior minds animated by an indomitable will.  devastating defeat is inevitable. 

surrender now,

janus 

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bh2 monkeyshine Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

"the government believes"

Whatever happened to "the government will prove" as a basis of conviction?

The government "believes". But we don't have any actual evidence we can provide the court. You'll just have to take our word for it.

Good grief. How perfectly Star Chamber.

These people should be embarrassed to even show up before an honest judge.

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monkeyshine bh2 Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

That is part of the defense's argument. Many are asking "what is the actual crime" being charged. Mueller charged them with campaign finance violations and failing to register as a foreign agent. These crimes have a high burden of proof in that they require the state to prove that the defendant knowingly broke the laws. No foreign corporation has ever been charged with these crimes before. And the defense argues that there is nothing in the indictment to show that they knew they were breaking these laws - hence no way to prove the case against them. They also raise the 1st Amendment as defense saying political speech is protected.

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SybilDefense monkeyshine Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:06 Permalink

Did/do these companies have any other function besides buying $500 worth of "I Like Trump" ads like selling something?  So only Americans can have free speech in America, unless you identify you and your coworkers as foreign free speech speaker-people?  It sounds too tricky.  Only a progressive could figure out the legalities involved, as they are the free speech professionals.  The rest of us must get permission first, and then it will only be grafted IF we say things that are officially approved by the free speech Nazi party.

Just think if these Ruskies could have voted!  It would have been 30-40 more Trump votes and he would have really really won bigly.

Can't Mueller be prosecuted himself if he knows there is no collusion or whatever... No Russian anything, yet he continues to steal tax payer monies to fabricate false leads?  He has no incentive to be honest or to limit the investigation and if having the case remain open benefits his party affiliates and he himself financially.  If I got hired to do a one day job and lied to make it a one year job, wouldn't that be theft of services??  The cuss must show or he must go!

The pettifoggin dickbrain bitchfuck!

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