May the farce be with you

One

According to CNBC, special counsel Mueller – who was given the task of investigating alleged “Russia collusion” in the 2016 presidential election – has requested witnesses to turn over their cell phones for their encrypted messaging programs to be inspected. Mueller (pictured above, right) wants to examine conversations on messaging programs like WhatsApp, Confide, Signal, and Dust, which are designed to keep conversations private. Some witnesses have already complied out of fear of subpoena if they don’t.

Whats next, the President’s High School transcripts? His private letters? The First Lady’s wardrobe?

it gets better:

A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking “unfettered power” and are more interested in bringing down the president.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller’s team. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”

Further, Ellis demanded to see the unredacted “scope memo,” a document outlining the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe that congressional Republicans have also sought.

Two

A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich offered no explanation for her decision to deny a request prosecutors made Friday to put off the scheduled Wednesday arraignment for Concord Management and Consulting, one of the three firms charged in the case.

The attorneys for the accused want discovery..and Muellers team is backpedalling at warp nine.

Three

So . . . guess what? One of those Russian businesses, Concord Management and Consulting, wants its day in court. It has retained the Washington law firm of Reed Smith, two of whose partners, Eric Dubelier and Katherine Seikaly, have told Mueller that Concord is ready to have its trial — and by the way, let’s see all the discovery the law requires you to disclose, including all the evidence you say supports the extravagant allegations in the indictment.

Needless to say, Mueller’s team is not happy about this development since this is not a case they figured on having to prosecute to anything more than a successful press conference. So, they have sought delay on the astonishing ground that the defendant has not been properly served — notwithstanding that the defendant has shown up in court and asked to be arraigned.

End this idiocy.

11 comments

  1. 1
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    Tain’t going to happen until after the midterms in November unless something really blows up in their faces.

    This is ALL the “D” deep state has to make goad their base to froth at the mouth and show up (maybe, if it is not raining/snowing and/or it is not a government check payday) come November 6th.

    Between now and November is aeons in political time, anything can happen. Pass the popcorn and some single malt.

  2. 2
    readerjp growls and barks:

    Are we (the taxpayers) paying for all of this? All the attorneys, researchers and their travelling and lodging? I bet they’re not bunking at the Motel 6 and eating at Mickey D’s.

    In the real world, if you’re given a project to do and you come up with nothing after more than a year, you’re fired. As should Mueller be.

  3. 3
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Time to give Mueller the treatment they gave Senator McCarthy.

  4. 4
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Mike in Chi @ #:
    I’d prefer the treatment they gave Ernst Kaltenbrunner.

  5. 5
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    *YAWN*

    Rather than go into another long-winded comment about how wrong you are in legal terms, I thought I would simply point you in the direction of some actual legal experts.

    LAWFARE is a non-partisan blog by legal experts, talking about the legal cases in the news.

    I’ve stopped paying attention to the media reports on all of this — 99.999 percent speculation. Unless I see it in a court filing, it’s meaningless.

    There is a pretty good write up in Lawfare yesterday called, “Where the Heck Did the Term “Collusion” Come From?” that I found to be interesting.

  6. 6
    irish19 growls and barks:

    Terrapod @ #:
    Popcorn with single malt???!!!! Never!
    Popcorn and beer.
    Single malt and fine cigars or a favorite pipe.
    Dark rum and chocolate.

  7. 7
    LCBren growls and barks:

    Rather than go into another long-winded comment about how wrong you are in legal terms, I thought I would simply point you in the direction of some actual legal expert

    In a motion late Friday, Mueller’s prosecutors disclosed that Concord’s attorneys, DC-based Eric Dubelier and Kate Seikaly, had made a slew of discovery requests demanding nonpublic details about the case and the investigation.

    ..and Muellers team executed a screeching 180.

    Oh it gets even more amusing

    Lawyers for the company accused of funding Russia’s election interference trolls are demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller turn over reams of information, including the identities of informants, details of any electronic surveillance, and a list of “each and every instance” since 1945 in which the U.S. “engaged in operations to interfere with elections and political processes in any foreign country

    ?w=500&c=1

    The US kinda has a history of that..dont they?

  8. 8
    LCBren growls and barks:

    Yknow the part that makes me actually want to laugh the hardest?

    Mueller etc are up in arms about how “another nation interfered in your elections”.- after a long history of the US STICKING ITS NOSE INTO THE ELECTIONS AND GOVERNMENTS OF OTHER NATIONS AND CALLING IT “NATIONAL SECURITY”

    I see people whine about how “other nations spy in them”: when the NSA and CIA have been spying on everyone, AND interfering in the affairs of foreign nations for FUCKING DECADES.

  9. 9
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    LCBren @ #7:

    So apparently, your stubbornness will not allow you to head over to LAWFARE and actually LEARN something about the process here.

    Because arguing with a person who knows absolutely nothing about American jurisprudence is like discussing quantum physics with a six-year-old.

    In other words, pointless.

    But I did try to point you in a couple of non-biased areas where you can understand it better. But then, you would first have to have the desire to WANT to know what is really going on.

    I will say this:

    The US has done a LOT of ‘influencing’ in the world over the past hundred years. Most of it has come back to bite us on the butts a generation or two down the road. I’ve said this numerous times right here on this website over the years only to get slammed by all of you clowns as being ‘anti-American’.

    But NONE of that is the point here. The case you referenced? Conrad? Defendant’s motions were denied. It was a ridiculous motion that had no real basis in law.

    A Russian intelligence cut-out company requesting ALL United States intelligence going back to WWII?

    Again, you should actually READ THE CASE along with the supporting affidavits and briefs. Actually learn who all the defendants are so far.

    THEN, maybe you wouldn’t look like an idiot when you say something.

  10. 10
    LCBren growls and barks:

    Doesnt matter if it was denied The point was made.

    Mueller cant escape discovery either.

    . It was a ridiculous motion that had no real basis in law.

    If there isnt discovery and the prosecution doesnt pony up..the trial will have no basis in law. Its a farce, A sick joke. And now after the defendants did what Mueller didnt think they would do…turn up in court, he’s been backfooted.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Russian company accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a propaganda operation to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is asking a federal judge for access to secret information reviewed by a grand jury before it indicted the firm.

    https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Concord-Opposition.pdf

  11. 11
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LC Mike in Chi @ #:3

    Time to give Mueller the treatment they gave Senator McCarthy.

    Or the treatment given to Senator Robert Kennedy.