The bad news just keeps piling up for Robert Mueller.
Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and the internet marketing companies they work for continues to disintegrate.
And now one piece of paper makes it clear that Mueller made the worst mistake of his life.
The attorneys for Concord Management and Consulting, LLC filed a motion in court that could deal a fatal blow to Mueller’s case.
They argued that when Mueller presented instructions to the grand jury before they handed down their indictments, Mueller had failed to include the section of the FEC and Foreign Agents Registration Act laws that states an individual has to know that what they were doing was illegal in order for it to be a crime.
The lawyers also argued that they invented crimes in order to indict their clients.
The Daily Beast reports:
“The attorneys lay out this somewhat unusual argument in a legal filing posted Monday afternoon. In it, they ask for the judge overseeing the case to review the instructions Mueller’s team gave to the grand jury before it indicted their client, Concord Management and Consulting LLC–which allegedly funded the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency. Mueller’s team failed to show “that the Defendant acted willfully, in this case meaning that Defendant was aware of the FEC and FARA requirements,” attorneys Eric Dubelier, Katherine Seikaly, and Reed Smith wrote.
Additionally, they write, Mueller accused their clients of a “make-believe crime” in order to advance a “political” agenda of prosecuting people for Russian interference in the U.S. election.
“The risk here is acute,” the filing continues, “that is, a foreign corporation with no presence in the United States is indicted in an unprecedented case of a type never before brought by the DOJ for conspiring to defraud the United States purportedly by not complying with certain regulatory requirements that are unknown even to most Americans.”
At issue is the question of—the mental state of the Russians who put together the social media disinformation campaign that used Facebook and Twitter to spread fake news stories and socially divisive videos and memes. Attorneys for the Russians are saying that Mueller hasn’t shown their clients knew what they were doing could have been against U.S. law.”
This is a case Mueller thought he would never have to try.
The initial indictment against the 13 Russians for alleged election meddling was a publicity stunt to feed the media narrative that the special counsel was closing in on Trump.
Mueller has already lost one motion in this case to delay the arraignment hearing.
Now the special counsel’s office could be on the verge of a fatal defeat because of sloppy lawyering in a case they never thought would see the light of day in a courtroom.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.