Monday - Lawyers for Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, entered a “not guilty” plea in federal court in a case Special Counsel Robert Mueller probably never thought would come to fruition.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mueller indicted a company that didn't even exist. From May 9 hearing in Russian troll case:<br><br>Judge mentions Concord Catering, says gov't alleges an association w/Concord Mgmt.<br><br>Attorney for Concord Mgmt: "That company didn't exist as a legal entity during the time period…" <a href="https://t.co/I3i0nbVPXk">pic.twitter.com/I3i0nbVPXk</a></p>— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/995175385959620614?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Mueller, under increased pressure from the left to make indictments, and weathering significant criticism that his Russian collusion case was flimsy, unveiled a grandiose indictment Feb. 16 against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies.
The 13 Russians were charged with waging “information warfare” in the United States, interfering with the 2016 presidential election, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Mueller produced headlines with the February indictment, safely knowing the 13 Russians were beyond U.S. jurisdiction. There would never be a trial - only Russian collusion accusations.
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Concord’s lawyers have put the special counsel on notice that Mueller may just have to try this case. The Russian company’s lawyers intend to invoke “discovery” to obtain U.S. intelligence about what they knew of Russian activities.
“I guess Mueller thought it was a freebie, for sure,” former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy told The Daily Caller News Foundation after the court proceeding.
“He thought it could make this association (of Russian collusion) and it would never be challenged in court,” McCarthy, a National Review contributing editor, said after the proceeding.
Concord retained the services of two attorneys at mega law firm Reed Smith, and the company is demanding a speedy trial. The lawyers indicated they would exercise Concord’s rights under discovery to examine all of Mueller’s “evidence” of the conspiracy.
Wednesday, at the beginning of the trial, Eric A. Dubelier, a Reed Smith law partner, entered a “not guilty” plea in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He also repeated his client’s interest to have a “speedy trial.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mueller had his bluff called. A Russian company, Concord, who Mueller brought charges upon filed a reply in court. Mueller tried to delay the trial claiming he had not properly served the company & filed a motion that the judge denied. Mueller was counting on them to not show up. <a href="https://t.co/t3xfta8TGT">pic.twitter.com/t3xfta8TGT</a></p>— 'Proud Texan' ▄︻┻═━一 (@starcrosswolf) <a href="https://twitter.com/starcrosswolf/status/995106656198389761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
McCarthy called Mueller’s entire indictment an “unforced error.”
“One thing you never want to do is to indict in a case that you’re not prepared to try,” McCarthy said.
Mueller requested a delay for Wednesday’s hearing and claimed Concord had not been properly served notice.
“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,” Mueller’s lawyers filed in federal court.
But Concord opposed the motion. “The Special Counsel is not entitled to special rules and is required like the Attorney General to follow the rules of the Court,” Dubelier stated in his response to Mueller.
U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich agreed with Concord and rejected Mueller’s request for a delay in the trial without comment, which led to Wednesday’s arraignment.
Concord wants a “speedy trial” as provided by federal law, the company’s lawyers also repeated Wednesday. The case will resume July 9.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Robert Muller has been botching investigations since the Anthrax attacks. <br>/1<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mueller?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mueller</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpColluded?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TrumpColluded</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Comey?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Comey</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoCollusion?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NoCollusion</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FBICorruption?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FBICorruption</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@realDonaldTrump</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DineshDSouza?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DineshDSouza</a> <a href="https://t.co/jCnAPauuWw">pic.twitter.com/jCnAPauuWw</a></p>— Lexy (@PoliticallyRYT) <a href="https://twitter.com/PoliticallyRYT/status/966143271452979200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 21, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
This will be the trial of the century. Mueller may have met his match. He has been unjustly accusing people of crimes for years. Never forget about the Anthrax fiasco. I don’t believe they ever captured the true culprit(s).
Related Sources: https://www.westernjournal.com/the-russian-collusion-trial-is-on-and-mueller-may-be-the-first-casualty/; http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/09/russian-collusion-trial-robert-mueller-first-casualty/
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