Concord Management and Consulting Company, the indicted Russian firm caught up in Mueller’s Russian bot case lashed out at the former special counsel in a court filing on Monday.
Mueller previously indicted Concord Management and Consulting Co in order to justify his witch hunt and salary and wasn’t expecting them to actually show up in court to fight.
The motion challenges the US government’s allegations that the firm somehow disrupted the American election process, arguing that their online ads for August of 2016 mentioned in Mueller’s indictment cost a whopping $7.58 — yes, that’s correct, $7 dollars and some change.
Mueller’s indictment accuses Concord of funding the IRA (Internet Research Agency) and subsequently charged the firm for failing to file with the FEC (Federal Election Commission).
“The allegation in the Indictment claiming that IRA spent thousands of dollars each month to purchase advertisements is at best misleading and at worst demonstrably false because the discovery indicates that many of the advertisements took place after the 2016 presidential election or did not involve any clearly identifiable candidate,” Concord’s Eric Dubelier argued in a Monday filing in U.S. District Court, reported the Washington Times.
In its filing, Concord cited cost figures based on evidence from U.S. prosecutors. The indictment listed ads that were required to be reported in campaign finance reports to the FEC.
The filing’s main argument has to do with the identities of defendants. It claims the government refuses to say which company employees violated FEC laws. Only one Concord employee is listed: its head, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a food service mogul close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This means that the responsible conspirator would have had to know that of the millions of rubles equating to hundreds of thousands of dollars of Concord’s money allegedly spent by IRA, at worst approximately $2,900 were spent for advertisements and $1,800 were spent for rallies that the FEC could possibly conclude were independent expenditures for express advocacy,” Mr. Dubelier said in a 24-page motion.
Mr. Dubelier took from the indictment the cited internet ads that could be subject to an FEC filing requirement. Two ads in early April 2016 cost about $60. Three online ads in May totaled about $230. An ad in August cost $7.58.
The indictment said the Internet Research Agency purchased ads on Facebook and Instagram to promote rallies. The cost, says Mr. Dubelier: $1,677.
There’s more… Mueller’s indictment stated that Concord and it’s chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, a caterer, launched Project Lakhta in order to wage an information war in “various countries, including the United States.”
So naturally, Mueller once again charged Concord with defrauding the US by failing to file as a foreign agent (FARA).
Concord’s lawyers argued that the firm has no presence in the United States to even work on behalf of a foreign agent.
“If the Court does not require the government to identify which defendant(s) were required to register under FARA (and on behalf of whom) or file under FECA it will be impossible for Concord to prepare for trial; and moreover, the Court will not know until sometime during trial whether or not the indictment should be dismissed as a matter of law,” Dubelier argued.
Mueller really got himself into trouble with this indictment and many believe his bizarre May presser was actually an opportunity for him to do some damage control on order from Judge Dabney Friedrich.
Just one day after Judge Friedrich threatened to hold Mueller and his goons in contempt for smearing Concord Management with lies, Mueller comes out in a bizarre presser and said the Russian firms he indicted were “private” entities and “presumed innocent.”
Mueller was questioned about his presser and order by Judge Friedrich by Republican Rep. McClintock of California during the July hearing and Mueller likely perjured himself when he denied there was any connection between his presser and the bot case.
The trial for the bot case is supposed to be scheduled for Spring of 2020.