Indicted Russians fighting Mueller because they ‘Didn’t know meddling was illegal’ (Details)

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A Russian company that was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for meddling in the 2016 presidential election is fighting back.

Concord Management and Consulting LLC is alleging that it didn’t understand their actions could be illegal.

The company has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They are requesting an “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.”

According to Concord’s motion, Mueller’s language was too vague and there was no specific crime that was committed.

The motion reads, “[T]he DOJ never brought any case like the instant Indictment, that is, an alleged conspiracy by a foreign corporation to ‘interfere’ in a Presidential election by allegedly funding free speech. The obvious reason for this is that no such crime exists in the federal criminal code.”

They also add that the charge is invalid because Mueller didn’t include the ‘necessary knowledge requirement’ in the indictment against them.

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It continues, “As such, Count One of the Indictment appears to be facially invalid because it fails to charge an essential element of the offense of conspiracy to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing and defeating the functions of the FEC and the DOJ, that is, that the Defendant acted willfully, in this case meaning that Defendant was aware of the FEC and FARA requirements, agreed to violate those requirements, and ultimately acted with intent to violate those requirements.”

The motion also includes a jab at Mueller.

It reads, “[T]he Deputy Attorney General acting for the recused Attorney General has rejected the history and integrity of the DOJ, and instead licensed a Special Counsel who for all practical political purposes cannot be fired, to indict a case that has absolutely nothing to do with any links or coordination between any candidate and the Russian Government. The reason is obvious, and is political: to justify his own existence the Special Counsel has to indict a Russian – any Russian.”

The company is hoping the courts will reinvestigate Mueller’s claims and hope they find the claims are incomplete or vague. If the court were to find that the claims are either incomplete or vague, the case will be dismissed completely. This is due to a U.S. law that states that an indictment must include all elements of the crime charged.


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