Russian company attacks Mueller indictment as baseless

Russian company attacks Mueller indictment as baseless

A Monday court filing by Concord Management and Consulting, reported by CNN, said Mr. Mueller was trying to "justify his own existence" in the charges and needed "to indict a Russian - any Russian" for the Kremlin's purported interference in the 2016 presidential election. Prigozhin was placed on a US sanctions list earlier this year.

Eric A. Dubelier and Katherine Seikaly of Washington's Reed Smith LLP law firm claim that Mueller has accused Concord, their client, of engaging "in the make-believe crime of conspiring to "interfere" in a United States election", complaining that the charges "have a strong odor of hypocrisy". Prosecutors say the company provided millions of dollars in funding to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian social media troll farm that investigators say sowed discord in the USA political system from 2014 through 2017.

According to Law and Crime, Concord Management filed a motion with the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia requesting a "inspection of the legal instructions provided to the grand jury regarding Count One of the Indictment...in order to determine whether the instructions provided could support a motion to dismiss Count One of the Indictment".

US Judge Refuses to Dismiss Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort's Criminal Case
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Judge Dabney Friedrich, a Trump administration appointee, will hold the first face-to-face hearing in the case Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

In a court filing in Washington on May 14, the Concord consulting company headed by a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected Mueller's charge that it conspired to defraud the US government by funding a covert social media campaign during the 2016 presidential election aimed at helping get Republican Donald Trump elected president.

"Violations of the relevant federal campaign laws and foreign agent registration requirements administered by the [US] DOJ [Department of Justice] and the FEC [Federal Election Commission] require the defendant to have acted 'willfully, ' a word that does not appear anywhere in Count One of the Indictment", the document said on Monday.

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