Almost everyone who read former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s heavily redacted Russian indictments knew the underlying claims were incredibly weak and thin.
And apparently, the Department of Justice agreed.
The DOJ announced on Monday that it abandoned plans to move forward with a criminal trial against two Russian firms indicted by Mueller for financing efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
The two Russian companies, Concord Management, and Concord Consulting were charged in 2018 with conspiring to defraud the U.S. government by organizing efforts on social media to propagate disinformation and sow discord to affect the 2016 election.
As noted by Yahoo News, both firms are owned by Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a businessman known as “Putin’s chef,” who is also a defendant in the case.
Another Russian company, the Internet Research Agency, and 13 Russian individuals were also charged.
At the request of prosecutors, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich, a Trump appointee, dismissed the charge in the two-year prosecution.
“There is a substantial federal interest in defending American democratic institutions, exposing those who endeavor to criminally interfere with them, and holding them accountable, which is why this prosecution was properly commenced in the first place,” wrote Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers and U.S. Attorney for Washington Timothy Shea.
“In light of the defendant’s conduct, however, its ephemeral presence and immunity to just punishment, the risk of exposure of law enforcement’s tools and techniques, and the post-indictment change in the proof available at trial, the balance of equities has shifted. It is no longer in the best interests of justice or the country’s national security to continue this prosecution,” the prosecutors said.
President Donald Trump weighed in on Monday night after the trial was dropped by retweeting another user’s tweet mocking the move that read, “How embarrassing for Team Mueller.”
You can read the full Motion here:https://t.co/gdObHEzBCe
This case has been quite entertaining. Concord attorney Eric Dubelier has, at time, run circles around Special Counsel and DOJ lawyers.
Starting with his claim that the DOJ "indicted the proverbial ham sandwich." pic.twitter.com/9zh5t8L29M
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) March 16, 2020
Many have argued that the ridiculously weak Russian indictments were only created to give some sense of validity to Mueller’s investigation.
Mueller’s entire Russia investigation was nothing more than a two-long scam that failed to give Democrats their chance to remove Trump from office.
While his witch hunt backfired and vindicated the president, one top Republican is moving to ensure justice is served.
During a recent interview with Just The News, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes said House Republicans are planning to send criminal referrals against members of Mueller’s prosecution team.
Having examined witness reports and other new documents released by the FBI, Republicans now claim to have evidence that Mueller’s team misled the courts during their investigation.
“We’re now going through these 302s, and we’re going to be making criminal referrals on the Mueller dossier team, the people that put this report together,” the lawmaker said.
“It’s a lie. A total lie,” he added.