Concord Management and Consulting Company, the indicted Russian firm caught up in Mueller’s junk 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.
Concord Management and Consulting LLC said in a motion Monday that it spent less than $5,000 on campaign ads during the 2016 election and Mueller’s accusation of ‘meddling’ are ‘at best misleading and at worst demonstrably false.’
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.
Mueller was desperate to gin up some Russian influence to sate the ravenous appetite of liberals for blaming Russian collusion with Trump for Hillary’s loss. In the final analysis, though they did what they could to wield their influence, Russia had very little to do with the outcome. Even the “hacking” of the DNC is seriously in doubt. Google and illegal immigrants (prodded along by Democrats) had far more to do with untoward influence than Russia.
Simply more proof of what an utter witch hunt all the spying and investigations of Trump has been.