USA v. Internet Research Agency LLC et al; USDC for DC: Re 2016 Election Interference

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NMgirl wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:27 pm
This trial is really heating up. Mueller is now accusing defendants of not only leaking documents, but falsifying documents submitted to the court as discovery. Oh, I do so hope Dubelier gets his. This is a Fiery Filing. Enjoy.
:smokeears: :cussing:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... ition.html
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The Hill
Mueller says some private case files were used in 'disinformation campaign' to discredit Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller said in filing Wednesday that materials in his criminal case against a Russian troll farm were released and apparently used in a “disinformation campaign” aimed at discrediting his ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Prosecutors with the special counsel’s office made the disclosure in a motion in the case involving Concord Management and Consulting that opposed the defendant’s request that “sensitive” discovery files be disclosed to the Russian company’s “officers and employees” for the purpose of preparing for trial.

“Certain non-sensitive discovery materials in the defense’s possession appear to have been altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed (apparently) at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. political system,” the filing states.

Prosecutors said that some non-public files supplied to Concord’s defense attorneys were apparently altered and disseminated using the Twitter account @HackingRedstone, which has since been suspended on the platform.
Adding:
The Guardian: Russians leaked Mueller investigation evidence online, prosecutors say

More than 1,000 files shared confidentially appeared to have been uploaded to a filesharing site, according to court documents

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This helps me a lot to boil it down to the Dummy version :bag: :swoon:


Shorter version of what happened: As required by US law, during the discovery process, Mueller shared sensitive documents with the indicted Russian troll farm. Then a Twitter account started posting the files, some of them doctored, to discredit Mueller.

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Gonna go out on that limb and predict that the judge will not look kindly upon Concord's request to disclose discovery, given the leak last week. But what do I know? Nothing.
GOVERNMENT'S AMENDED OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR APPROVAL TO DISCLOSE DISCOVERY PURSUANT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... ition.html

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GOVERNMENT'S OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT'S SECOND MOTION FOR DISCOVERY REGARDING SELECTIVE PROSECUTION
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... ition.html

There are so many documents in so many cases that I'm watching that I can hardly keep up with posting the links. I haven't read this one yet.

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Dubelier, Concord's notorious attorney, dumps all over Skadden Arps and the prosecutors, but doesn't cite any movie dialog to strengthen Concord's case. Weak tea, Dubelier. On the other hand, this is a seriously whiny filing: Prosecutors are discriminating against Concord Management because it is a Russian company, whereas Skadden Arps got to lie, lie, lie to the Feds and only had to pay a few million dollars to get off the hook. :crying: :crying: :crying:
Concord Management and Consulting LLC's Reply in Support of Its Renewed Motion for Discovery Regarding Selective Prosecution
Show us the discovery! Cross our heart and hope to die, we're not going to hand that discovery over to Putin.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... pport.html

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Russian Firm in Election Hacking Case Loses Bid to Check Mueller

Concord Management and Consulting LLC, the Russian company accused of bankrolling efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election in 2016 using social media, lost its bid for additional discovery to bolster its claim that it has been unfairly targeted simply for being from Russia.

Concord had sought documents to back up its claim that it was treated worse than international law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, which recently settled an investigation into its failure to register as a foreign lobbyist for Ukraine. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether there was any coordination with President Donald Trump’s campaign, fought the move.

Concord -- run by Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as “Putin’s chef” because Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted dinners at his restaurants -- was indicted in 2018, alleged to have conspired with two other Russian businesses and 13 individuals to defraud the U.S. government. The firm previously lost another bid against Mueller claiming Concord was targeted “for being Russian,” as its lawyer, Eric Dubelier, argued.

“The misconduct ascribed to Skadden in the declination letter is not similar in nature or scope to the conspiracy charged here,” Judge Dabney Friedrich wrote Wednesday in her ruling. “Concord has presented no new evidence to support its previous claim that the Special Counsel is prosecuting Concord because of its Russian nationality.”

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Cross-posting

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Why Mueller said Roger Stone’s case is “related” to his Russian hacker indictment

Roger Stone has asked for his case to be transferred to a different federal judge — and what seems like a minor procedural move could have intriguing implications for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as a whole.

Currently, Stone’s indictment for obstruction, false statements, and witness tampering is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson in the District of Columbia. But the case wasn’t assigned to her at random. It was given to her because Mueller designated it “related” to another case Jackson was already overseeing.

That “related case” was US v. Netyksho et al. — Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democrats’ emails during the 2016 campaign, and leaking them so they could be posted by WikiLeaks.

Mueller’s team said this case is related to Stone’s for two reasons: first, that certain “stolen documents” are a topic in both cases, and second, that warrants used in the Russian hacker case surfaced “certain evidence that is relevant” to Stone’s case.

Stone’s lawyers, however, objected to that designation in a filing last week, claiming the cases didn’t seem particularly related and asking to be randomly assigned a judge. Mueller’s team is due to respond sometime Friday.

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Reuters: Megaphones and more: Mueller details Russian U.S. election meddling
Salon - Lucian K. Truscott IV: Chase Donald Trump's Russia scandal way back to a beauty pageant and it starts to make real sense

Part One: Back in 2013 the only person who saw Donald Trump as a serious threat to America was Vladimir Putin

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Mueller team warns Russia may try to use 'sensitive' documents in troll farm case against US

A prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller's team said at a court hearing that if it is forced by the court to give "sensitive" documents to Russian officials, that information could be used against the U.S., according to ABC News.

Mueller team attorney Jonathan Kravis made the argument Thursday during court proceedings in a case against a Russian company that allegedly gave money to a troll farm accused of spreading misinformation and propaganda during the 2016 election.

He said the 3.2 million documents could be used to find out what information the U.S. government does and does not have and "recreate the steps of the investigation."

"That information, used by a foreign adversary, could be used to avoid detection in the future," Kravis reportedly said.

The company, Concord Management and Consulting, is reportedly run by Russian President Vladimir Putin's associate Yevgeny Prigozhin. It is one of three firms charged in the troll farm case. Thirteen people, including Prigozhin, were also charged.

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not sure if I should put this here. it's a podcast involving Russian interference in social media in general.


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Russians with links to infamous troll farm arrested in Libya

MOSCOW (AP) — Two people with links to an infamous Russian troll farm have been arrested in Libya, their employer, who has been put on the U.S. sanctions list, said on Friday.

The Foundation for the Protection of Traditional Values said in a statement that its employees, including well-known spin doctor Maxim Shugaley, have been kept in custody in Libya since May. It said that it has been working behind closed doors to secure the men’s release.

The obscure think-tank did not explain the charges the men are facing but insisted that its employees did not interfere in any elections in Libya.

“The members of the research group were dealing exclusively with opinion polls and have been studying the humanitarian, cultural and political situation in the country,” the statement said. A brief report on Libyan public opinion is available on the think-tank’s website dated Monday.

Shugaley and the think-tank are connected to the infamous Russian troll farm that featured prominently in the probe by U.S. special investigator Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The think-tank is chaired by Alexander Malkevich who also edits the English-language website USA Really which is part of a media empire reportedly run by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally Yevgeny Prigozhin. The magnate reportedly finances the Internet Research Agency, better known as the “troll factory.”

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U.S. to Expand Mueller Election-Fraud Case Against 13 Russians

American prosecutors plan to expand their long-running fraud case against 13 Russians, including an oligarch known as “Putin’s chef,” accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, court records show.

The government said Tuesday in court documents that it will file a superseding indictment to add to the charge of conspiring to interfere with a campaign finance rule banning certain expenditures by foreign nationals.

The case, begun by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller in February 2018, described a concerted effort by the Russians to pose as American citizens actively engaged in social media during the campaign, posting inflammatory messages designed to sow discord among voters.

A company owned by Yevgeniy Prighozin, a restaurateur nicknamed “Putin’s chef” because he catered the Russian president’s functions, opted to fight the case and hired Washington lawyer Eric Dubelier. Dubelier has repeatedly attacked the government’s decision to charge his client with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and related charges, demanding the prosecutors show how his client knowingly violated any statute.

The government said the superseding indictment will not add any new defendants and that it should not affect a scheduled trial date of April 6, 2020.

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DOJ moves to drop charges against Russians accused of funding troll farm

Justice Department prosecutors on Monday filed a motion to dismiss charges against the shell companies accused of financing the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm that engaged in a social media disinformation scheme to interfere in the 2016 election.

The big picture: Prosecutors claim that the Russians were essentially able to evade accountability and punishment while taking advantage of the discovery process to potentially harm U.S. national security.

Context: The shell companies, Concord Management and Concord Consulting, were charged by special counsel Robert Mueller in 2018 along with 13 Russian individuals and the troll farm itself — known as the Internet Research Agency. The scheme, outlined in the 2018 indictment and again in the Mueller report, sought to sow political discord ahead of the 2016 election.

Details: The Concord companies sought to fight the indictment in court, unlike the other Russians charged by Mueller. In doing so, prosecutors say they were able to "obtain discovery" from the U.S. government regarding its efforts to "detect and deter foreign election interference" — while also ignoring court-issued subpoenas.
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This was an incredibly stupid lawsuit for the Mueller team to have filed. It should only have been directed against individuals. And then it would only proceed when the defendants were in custody.

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What’s left of the DOJ is a rotting corpse. I thought the Judge was about to drop the hammer on the defense?
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