Judge Orders Mueller

PUBLISHED: 1:00 PM 19 Oct 2018
UPDATED: 5:50 PM 19 Oct 2018

Mueller Case Against Russians Failing As Judge Weighs In On Unprecedented ‘Argument’

In the Concord Management hearing this week, the federal judge ordered Mueller’s special counsel to submit a brief clarifying the actual charges against the Russian company.

At least one of the companies indicted by Mueller's special counsel is fighting the 'made-up' charges and a federal judge sided with the defendants yesterday, ordering the government to produce clarification of the actual charge.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich delivered a court order yesterday in a high-profile case brought by Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel. She said Russian company, Concord Management’s conduct was not in violation of the law and ordered the government to present a brief clarifying its position in the case by next week.

Of course, that has not stopped the special counsel from essentially making up a charge against the Russian company, according to many people.

Concord Management pleaded not guilty in May. Reed Smith partner Eric Dubelier, who has described the election interference charge as ‘make believe,’ pressed his argument Monday that the indictment against Concord Management and the other Russian defendants ‘doesn’t charge a crime.’”

“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” he said.

He added that Mueller’s team had “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”

Under the theory of the government’s case, he said, “’everybody, even Americans’” who pretend to be someone else on the internet could be prosecuted.”

“This argument is beyond belief,” Dubelier said.

On Monday, Concord filed a motion to have Mueller’s case dismissed.

Dubelier made clear distinctions between the special counsel and the U.S. Department of Justice, which he referred to repeatedly as the “real Justice Department.”

He said the case underscored the issues of creating an office “inconsistent with the consistent behavior of the Department of Justice for the past 30 years.

He argued that it was the first case “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” by failing to register under FARA.

“I’ll give you, Mr. Dubelier, that this is an unprecedented case,” Friedrich replied.

The indictment Mueller’s team concocted was ‘conspiracy against the U.S.,” which basically involved failing to register for social media spending and political activities.

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

The special counsel prosecutor Jonathan Kravis claimed the alleged Russian deception was “hand-in-hand” with an “intent” to interfere with the FEC and the Justice Department unit tasked with enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a 1938 “law requiring the disclosure of advocates for foreign governments working in the United States.”

Mueller’s team must now file a brief clarifying its position (the charges) on or before October 23.

Read the court order here.