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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:39 AM

Judge was about to cite Mueller team for contempt. Presser last ditch effort to avoid.

The DOJ has now admitted that the Mueller report “itself does not state anywhere that the Russian government was behind the Internet Research Agency activity.” Whoa. The judge then asked, “So it is the government’s position that tying Concord and its co-defendants to the Russian government is not prejudicial?”

In the subsequent order, Judge Freidrich wrote: “On May 29, 2019, following the Court’s hearing, the Special Counsel held a press conference… carefully distinguished between the efforts by ‘Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military’ and the efforts of” Concord. This, the Judge found, made the criminal contempt proceedings she contemplated against Mueller’s team “unnecessary and excessive under the circumstances.”

A narrow escape it was indeed. Freidrich found that both the release of the Mueller report and Barr’s statements boosting the report violated DC Rule 57.7 prohibiting lawyers from trying cases in the press. Judge Freidrich rejected the government’s argument that the Mueller report did not smear Concord with unproven links to the Russian government.

Russia or Russian Entities?
“By attributing to ‘Russia’-as opposed to Russian individuals or entities—the report suggests that were undertaken on behalf of, if not at the direction of the Russian government,” she wrote. Remember, the government has now denied in court that it even alleged Concord worked for the Russian government to post political messages on the internet.

The government, Freidrich found, “violated a standing court rule” by making these public pronouncements that intruded upon the question to be tried in her courtroom. To save Mueller’s team from “criminal contempt,” Freidrich exercised her discretion to decline to “initiate criminal contempt proceedings in response to the government’s Rule 57.7 violation.”

With the benefit of these newly unsealed documents from Judge Freidrich’s court, we now can see that Mueller’s May 29, 2019 press conference, held the day after the hearing on Concord’s contempt motion, must have been a desperate but successful effort to avoid the wrath of a judge whose authority Mueller insulted by “concluding” the guilt of defendants yet to be tried. And in that desperate effort, the U.S. government threw overboard the key assumption that the Russian government (as opposed to freelancing Russians) was behind the dubious internet troll case.


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Response to Let it go (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:54 AM

1. I still want to know how they conclude Russia hacked the DNC

When they weren’t allowed to examine the Servers

It was an inside job, the DNC is hiding it and Julian Assflange confirms it to my satisfaction

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:14 AM

2. I find it highly suspicious that Isikoff is trying to blame Seth Rich on the Russians

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Response to Let it go (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:22 AM

4. I believe Isikoff was used to leak the Dossier

He’s up to his eyeballs

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:17 AM

3. It's also interesting that 1 week after that murder, Sanders suddenly endorsed Hillary..........

...wonder if any crime scene pictures were used to change his mind?

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