Russian Charges Dropped

PUBLISHED: 1:28 PM 17 Mar 2020
UPDATED: 5:30 PM 17 Mar 2020

Mueller’s ‘Supposed’ Verification Case Against Russian Company Dropped By DOJ

Liberals were literally crying with joy over this “ham sandwich” indictment, claiming that it verified the Russian investigation ‘coup.’

It was nothing from the beginning. (Source: CBS New York YouTube Screenshot)

Americans were told that when Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three companies for “social media disinformation campaigns,” which allegedly interfered with the 2016 presidential election, that it legitimized the Russian investigation against President Trump and his campaign.

However, experts understood very clearly that the charges were based on the slimmest pretext, and basically used as the justification to remove a sitting president with what some labeled a soft coup.

On Monday, the Department of Justice dropped the charges against Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering, which accused them of funding a social media meme campaign to further their “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election.”

Fox News reported:

Late Monday, with jury selection in the case set to begin in just two weeks, a federal judge granted the DOJ’s motion to kill the prosecution for several counts of conspiring to defraud U.S. agencies tasked with combating election interference. The government acknowledged the Russian companies were never likely to actually face punishment anyway and cited possible national security risks with going forward to trial.

Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering were among three companies and 13 individuals charged in February 2018 by Mueller. Their alleged criminal effort included social media postings and campaigns aimed at dividing American public opinion and sowing discord in the electorate, officials said, although no impact on voters was ever demonstrated.

President Trump noted that no Russian collusion with his campaign was ever proven, and Republicans and even left-of-center commentators argued that Russian disinformation was mostly irrelevant, given that social media and other platforms are already rife with inaccuracies.

“Before a pandemic, there was a time when we were relentlessly told to fear Russian social media accounts,” mused journalist Aaron Mate on Monday. “Their juvenile memes not only elected Trump, but also ‘sowed chaos.’ When Mueller indicted 13 Russians over it, he was hailed as a hero. Well, DOJ just dropped the case.”

Various media outlets had hyped the indictment, with NPR calling the Russians’ activities an “attack” on democracy.

“For me, personally, hearing these charges and hearing what they were charging these Russians for — it was the first time that I felt like finally, finally, for the first time since we realized all this was happened, finally, it feels like someone is defending us,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said at the time, seemingly holding back tears.

Conservative Treehouse reported:

Almost everyone who researched the substance behind Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller’s heavily promoted Russian indictments knew the underlying claims were centered on the thinnest of evidence.

A few Facebook memes were used to accuse Russian company Concord LLC of violating FARA and FEC election laws.

In July 2018, Robert Mueller asked a federal judge in Washington for an order that would protect the handover of voluminous evidence to lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC, one of three companies and 13 Russian nationals charged in a February 2018 indictment. They are accused of producing propaganda, posing as U.S. activists and posting political content on social media as so-called trolls to encourage strife in the U.S.

Indeed, to an incurious media, a Russian catering company posting Facebook memes might sound like a good justification for a vast Russian election interference prosecution; however, when Concord & the accused Russians show up in court and request to see the evidence against them, well, the prosecutors might just have a problem.  It’s that problem that dogged the Mueller prosecution since 2018.

Today, predictably and finally, the DOJ dropped the nonsense case (full pdf below):

Here’s the Full Filing:

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The prosecution was always just a farce.  The ridiculous Russian indictments were only created to give some sense of validity to a premise that did not exist; and to allow the Robert Mueller investigation to continue operating when there was never a valid justification for doing so.

This was perhaps the biggest shell game operation, with a non-existent pea, using the DOJ and FBI to give the impression that something nefarious had happened; when factually the ‘Russian Conspiracy Narrative’ was all just one big hoax upon the American people.

The purpose of Robert Mueller was to create something, find anything that would lead to their political allies being able to remove a sitting president.  Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein participated in that hoax for those intents….

This purposeful fraud has yet to be addressed.

You can read the full Motion here:

This case has been quite entertaining. Concord attorney Eric Dubelier has, at time, run circles around Special Counsel and DOJ lawyers.

Starting with his claim that the DOJ “indicted the proverbial ham sandwich.”

— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) March 16, 2020

Concord lawyer Dubelier returns the Concord summons to Special Counsel Rhee because it doesn’t comply with the Federal Rules.

Dubelier: I find it disturbing that “you are already behaving in a manner that is inconsistent with the practices of the DOJ”

— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) March 16, 2020

Anyway, what was some of the illegal activity?

Bad memes posted by fake Facebook user “Bertha Malone”

— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) March 16, 2020

Mocking Mueller’s legal theories (partially via Tweetie Bird):

“‘Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself,’ the Special Counsel just did so.”

— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) March 16, 2020