Yes, Mueller indited some Russkies. What is going on with that? Well, ueller figured that he could get some headlines to the effect he was actually "doing something" with little risk of actually having to prove his allegations.
WASHINGTON — One of the Russian companies indicted for what special counsel Robert Mueller alleged was a wide-ranging scheme to undermine the 2016 elections pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and said through its lawyer that it planned to contest the charges.
Mueller's office charged in February that 13 Russian nationals and three businesses sought to meddle in the election election by posing as Americans, launching social media campaigns to pick at Americans' political division and staging rallies. The operation, prosecutors said, was aimed at "spreading distrust toward the candidates and the political system," and in particular at "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump."
Gotta ask minds greater than mine, does not everyone here have protection of the constitution? Is there not freedom of speech?
None of the charges had been expected to go anywhere because the companies and all of the individuals charged over the scheme are Russian. But on Wednesday, one of them, Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, dispatched a pair of lawyers to federal court in Washington to plead not guilty to the charges. One of the lawyers, Eric Dubelier, said Concord would "exercise our right to a speedy trial."
One can only smirk smile
The two other companies and 13 individuals indicted along with Concord did not appear. Mueller's office has said in court filings that the Russian government has not cooperated with their efforts to serve summonses on them. "The government would be thrilled if they were here," one of Mueller's prosecutors, Jeannie Rhee, said on Wednesday.
Mueller's office said in a court filing last week that Concord's lawyers had already demanded that prosecutors turn over "sensitive intelligence gathering, national security, and foreign affairs information," including details on electronic surveillance of the company and its employees.
Partly in light of those demands, prosecutors asked the court to put off Concord's arraignment. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request without explanation.
Mueller's office said the Russian campaign was clear about its objectives. In one internal memo prosecutors said the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency told its employees to "use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump - we support them)." In another, they said it is "imperative to intensify criticizing Hillary Clinton."
I think we have seen examples of "Intensive criticism" of Hillary.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/201 ... 594454002/
Even the Time is reporting on this. In their story, they make this point:
The legal burden to gain access to grand jury materials, such as testimony and jury instructions, is very high because such information is carefully safeguarded to protect the integrity of investigations.
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/05 ... ncord.html
A little secrecy can't hurt.
This thing is appearing increasingly rotten to me. And while I am no fan of Trump and while I think the government being shut down is probably a net good, I also think that there are things going on that are sorta serious and that this bullshit is a diversion that is serving no good whatsoever.
To summarize: Mueller indites a bunch of americans for lying. The Russians he scares up fight back and am I willing to make a wager with anyone here that nothing (0, zip, nada) will ever go to court.
Let me remind you all that there is no crime of "collusion".
And, upon introspection, the thing that really annoyed me is the wanton expenditure of many that is not theirs, it is ours, and the fuckers spend it without a care because they really are entitled fuckers, at the base of it, and they think that money is limitless.