Robert Mueller made a huge splash when he began announcing indictments.
It fueled the media’s desire to report that Donald Trump was on the verge of being driven from office.
But he just suffered this massive defeat in court and now his whole case may get tossed.
Mueller’s grand announcement of indictments against 13 Russians who worked for the three Russian internet marketing companies was his first big reveal of his evidence that the Russians meddled in the 2016 election.
The media played up this story to try and mislead people into believing Trump’s election victory was illegitimate.
Now Mueller is in crisis mode.
A judge slapped down his investigation and rejected his request to delay the first hearing in the case—and it could lead to the entire matter being dismissed.
“In their request on Friday to put off the arraignment, prosecutors included the extensive demands for information that the lawyers for Concord Management have set forth since they stepped forward last month.
“Until the Court has an opportunity to determine if Concord was properly served, it would be inadvisable to conduct an initial appearance and arraignment at which important rights will be communicated and a plea entertained,” attorneys Jeannie Rhee, Rush Atkinson and Ryan Dickey wrote. “That is especially true in the context of this case, which involves a foreign corporate defendant, controlled by another, individual foreign defendant, that has already demanded production of sensitive intelligence gathering, national security, and foreign affairs information.”
The Mueller team proposed that both sides file briefs in the coming weeks on the issues of whether Concord has been properly served.
In a blunt response Saturday morning, Concord’s attorneys accused Mueller’s team of ignoring the court’s rules and suggesting a special procedure for the Russian firm without any supporting legal authority.
“Defendant voluntarily appeared through counsel as provided for in [federal rules], and further intends to enter a plea of not guilty. Defendant has not sought a limited appearance nor has it moved to quash the summons. As such, the briefing sought by the Special Counsel’s motion is pettifoggery,” Dubelier and Seikaly wrote.
The Concord lawyers said Mueller’s attorneys were seeking “to usurp the scheduling authority of the Court” by waiting until Friday afternoon to try to delay a proceeding scheduled for next Wednesday. Dubelier and Seikaly complained that the special counsel’s office has not replied at all to Concord’s discovery requests. The lawyers, who work for Pittsburgh-based law firm Reed Smith, also signaled Concord intends to assert its speedy trial rights, putting more pressure on the special counsel’s office to turn over records related to the case.
Friedrich, a Trump appointee based in Washington, sided with Concord and said the arraignment will proceed as scheduled Wednesday afternoon.”
Mueller’s conduct is now facing intense scrutiny in court.
A federal judge in Virginia scolded Mueller’s team for only charging Paul Manafort in order to flip him against Donald Trump.
That judge also ordered a review of Mueller’s ability to bring charges in that case.
It’s becoming clear that Mueller’s case is smoke and mirrors and nothing more.
Every indictment was designed to generate media hype, hoping no one took too close a look at his evidence.
He could face two embarrassing defeats in court that would call the basis for his entire investigation into question.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this case.