BOOM: Another Judge Rules Against Mueller Team

BOOM: Another Judge Rules Against Mueller Team

And the hits just keep on coming. But these hits are being taken in the gut by Mueller and team.

By now most Americans know that Mueller is a stooge of the Democratic Party. His “investigation” has netted nothing, except Mueller’s attempt to get Donald Trump at all cost.

It hasn’t worked and it won’t work.

The Wall Street Journal wrote recently that Mueller may have to “go dark” on his investigation. The reason given involves the November 2018 election cycle. Wishful thinking on behalf of the WSJ and other Democrats, as Mueller will soon admit that he has no case.

Recently, District Court Judge T. S. Ellis forced Mueller’s team to sh*t or get off the pot. They now have two weeks to produce evidence that Manafort, et al colluded with the Russians in the 2016 elections, or the case ends.

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In his ruling, Judge Ellis called out Manafort’s case for the witch hunt against the president. This ruling was so damaging that even the fake news media was forced to cover it.

Now we have another judge pressuring Mueller’s team. And what a backfire for Mueller.

A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich offered no explanation for her decision to deny a request prosecutors made Friday to put off the scheduled Wednesday arraignment for Concord Management and Consulting, one of the three firms charged in the case.

The 13 people charged in the high-profile indictment in February are considered unlikely to ever appear in a U.S. court. The three businesses accused of facilitating the alleged Russian troll farm operation — the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management, and Concord Catering — were also expected to simply ignore the American criminal proceedings.

But Concord responded quite differently, putting the Mueller team in deep kimche.

Concord actually responded, and that’s horrible news for Mueller and team.

The 13 people charged in the high-profile indictment in February are considered unlikely to ever appear in a U.S. court. The three businesses accused of facilitating the alleged Russian troll farm operation — the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management, and Concord Catering — were also expected to simply ignore the American criminal proceedings.

Last month, however, a pair of Washington-area lawyers suddenly surfaced in the case, notifying the court that they represent Concord Management. POLITICO reported at the time that the move appeared to be a bid to force Mueller’s team to turn over relevant evidence to the Russian firm and perhaps even to bait prosecutors into an embarrassing dismissal in order to avoid disclosing sensitive information.

From the looks of things, Mueller never expected this. But the man has been busy.

He likely has too many cover-ups to juggle, and overlooked the possibility that the Russians would fight back.

On Friday, Mueller’s prosecutors disclosed that Concord’s attorneys, Eric Dubelier and Kate Seikaly made a slew of discovery requests. The attorneys for the Concord demanded nonpublic details about the case and the investigation.

This caused Mueller’s team to ask a judge to postpone the formal arraignment of Concord Management set for next week. In their weak request, the prosecution team sought the delay on the grounds that it’s unclear whether Concord Management formally accepted the court summons related to the case.

Next, Mueller’s prosecutors revealed that they tried to deliver the summonses for Concord and IRA through the Russian government, without success.

“The [U.S.] government has attempted service of the summonses by delivering copies of them to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia, to be delivered to the defendants,” prosecutors wrote. “That office, however, declined to accept the summonses. The government has submitted service requests to the Russian government pursuant to a mutual legal assistance treaty. To the government’s knowledge, no further steps have been taken within Russia to effectuate service.”

A technicality, at best.

Mueller’s team sent a copy of the formal summons to Dubelier and Seikaly and asked them to accept it on behalf of Concord Management. However, Dubelier wrote back on Monday saying that the government’s attempt to serve the summons was defective under court rules. He did not elaborate.

In the prosecution’s request to put off the arraignment, Mueller’s team included the extensive demands for information that the lawyers for Concord Management require by law.

“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,” attorneys Jeannie Rhee, Rush Atkinson and Ryan Dickey wrote. “That is especially true in the context of this case, which involves a foreign corporate defendant, controlled by another, individual foreign defendant, that has already demanded production of sensitive intelligence gathering, national security, and foreign affairs information.”

Stall tactics. Should sound familiar.

Mueller’s team should have all necessary documents prepared to present its case. Thus disclosure should be a formality, short and sweet.

Nevertheless, the Mueller team proposed that both sides file briefs in the coming weeks. The technicality hinges whether Concord has been properly served, the prosecution claims.

However, in a blunt response the day after the prosecution’s request, Concord’s attorneys accused Mueller’s team of ignoring the court’s rules and suggesting a special procedure for the Russian firm without any supporting legal authority.

“Defendant voluntarily appeared through counsel as provided for in [federal rules], and further intends to enter a plea of not guilty. Defendant has not sought a limited appearance nor has it moved to quash the summons. As such, the briefing sought by the Special Counsel’s motion is pettifoggery,” Dubelier and Seikaly wrote.

Further, the Concord lawyers accused Mueller’s attorneys of seeking “to usurp the scheduling authority of the Court” by waiting until Friday afternoon to try to delay a proceeding scheduled for next Wednesday.

And the real issue involves discovery, whereby Mueller’s team must present all evidence against the defendants to their attorney.

As Dubelier and Seikaly complained, the special counsel’s office has not replied at all to Concord’s discovery requests. Why not? Because Mueller never figured on the defense mounting a defense.

But now Concord attorneys are in the driver’s seat. The lawyers, who work for Pittsburgh-based law firm Reed Smith hinted that Concord intends to assert its speedy trial rights. If this is the case, the pressure for discovery escalates.

The indictment, obtained by Mueller but announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accused the defendants of mounting an “information warfare” operation in connection with the 2016 election. Now Mueller and team must prove these allegations. Something tells me they won’t be able to.

 

 

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