Not long ago, Democrats were praising Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his work in indicting two Russian companies who were accused of funding troll farms to influence and sway opinion for the election in 2016.
In the indictments, Robert Mueller accused 16 individuals of launching a disinformation campaign, which involved posting memes on social media in an attempt to “sow chaos” in American politics.
The news of the indictments spread throughout social media headlines nationwide and largely continued the Democrats’ Russian collusion narrative, but the Justice Department has now dropped the case against two of the defendants altogether.
The Justice Department claimed that the individuals took advantage of the indictment by fighting it in court and obtaining confidential information for “information warfare.”
Here is more from Axios:
The Concord companies sought to fight the indictment in court, unlike the other Russians charged by Mueller. In doing so, prosecutors say they were able to “obtain discovery” from the U.S. government regarding its efforts to “detect and deter foreign election interference” — while also ignoring court-issued subpoenas.
“In short, Concord has demonstrated its intent to reap the benefits of the Court’s jurisdiction while positioning itself to evade any real obligations or responsibility,” prosecutors argued in the filing.
“It is no longer in the best interest of justice or the country’s national security to continue this prosecution.”
Prosecutors in the case justified their motion to dismiss, citing national security reasons meant to protect law enforcement procedures.
“The Government has identified several considerations in its motion to dismiss that relate to the national security interests implicated by proceeding against defendants Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering (‘Concord Defendants’).”
“Upon careful consideration of all of the circumstances, and particularly in light of recent events and a change in the balance of the government’s proof due to a classification determination, as well as other facts described in more detail in a classified addendum to this motion, the government has concluded that further proceedings as to Concord, a Russian company with no presence in the United States and no exposure to meaningful punishment in the event of a conviction, promotes neither the interests of justice nor the nation’s security,” they added.
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