If one actually looks at his track record, it becomes quite clear that Robert Mueller has never been a very effective prosecutor. Absent his preferred tools of process as punishment, coercion, perjury traps and plea bargains, his record positively sucks. The lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC seem to understand this, and thus have decided to play upon his weakness.
By Richard Pollock, the Daily Caller
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawyers for Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, formally entered a “not guilty” plea in federal court Monday in a case special counsel Robert Mueller probably never thought would happen.
Mueller, weathering significant criticism that his Russian collusion case was thin, unveiled a grandiose indictment Feb. 16 against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies. The 13 Russians in question were charged with waging “information warfare” in the United States, interfering with the 2016 presidential election, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Mueller generated headlines with the February indictment, safe in the knowledge the 13 Russians were beyond U.S. jurisdiction. Therefore, there would be no trial — only sensational Russian collusion accusations.
Mueller may now have to try the case, and Concord’s lawyers have put the special counsel on notice. The Russian company’s lawyers intend to invoke “discovery” to obtain U.S. intelligence about what they knew of Russian activities.
Compare and contrast, if you will, how the actual Attorney General of the United States is approaching the bad actors within the DoJ and FBI. Though criminal referrals have been forwarded by the Congress to his attention, he has not filed charges, and appears disinclined to do so until he is quite certain he can make those charges stick. This methodical approach is maddening for those of us who long to see justice done, but it is necessary to proceed thus to prevent endangering follow on prosecutions of those upstream in the conspiracy.
Mueller’s political play will likely be the beginning of the end of his fishing expedition.