Lawyers in Russian Bot Case Demand Judge Hold Mueller in Contempt For Making Allegations in Report That Were Left Out of Indictment
Defense lawyers for Concord Management, the so-called Russian troll farm indicted by Mueller, filed a motion this week demanding the judge hold Robert Mueller and US Attorney General Bill Barr in criminal contempt for releasing the redacted special counsel report.
Lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting asked U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich of the District of Columbia, a Trump appointee, to order the government to show cause as to why Robert Mueller and Bill Barr shouldn’t be held in criminal contempt for violating local criminal rule 57.7 by releasing Mueller’s report, therefore interfering with their right to a fair trial.
Concord’s lawyers argued that Mueller’s report contained allegations against Concord Management & Co. that were not in the indictment.
Via the National Law Journal:
“The practical effect of the broadside by AG Barr and SC Mueller on Concord was to advise the world (including potential jurors) that the allegations in the indictment are true and that the defendants in this case were operating as part of a Russian-government led interference campaign expressly linked to the allegations in United States v. Netyksho,” Reed Smith partner Eric Dubelier said in the filing. “This despite the fact that the indictment contains no such allegation.”
“Moreover, the statements of AG Barr and the report authored by SC Mueller are devoid of the demonstrably provable fact that of the nearly 4 million documents produced in discovery to date there is not a single document to indicate that the defendants were aware of the Federal Election Campaign Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” Dubelier added.
Concord’s lawyers also noted in the filing that they requested the special counsel’s prosecutor handling the case back in March to disclose any exculpatory evidence.
Via National Law Journal:
“With respect to your email dated March 12, 2019, the government is not aware of any exculpatory evidence,” Jonathan Kravis, an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., wrote back, according to the filing. “As Concord has noted in its filings, including its motion to dismiss for failure to state an offense under 18 USC 371, the absence of certain information from the target accounts (such as information reflecting an awareness of the requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act) could be viewed as exculpatory.”
Lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting have sparred with Mueller’s prosecutors ever since the special counsel indicted them for supposedly running a ‘Russian troll farm.’
Mueller wasn’t expecting Concord to fight back — the special counsel’s indictment of Concord was a publicity stunt to justify his salary and it backfired.
Concord’s lawyers put up a fight and have been a thorn in Mueller’s side since they were indicted in July of 2018.
The US Attorney’s office in DC is now handling the junk Russian bot case (more money wasted) after Mueller’s hit and run against Concord.
H/T Techno Fog