Russian company indicted by Mueller says charge is baseless

Lawrence Kim
May 16, 2018

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Concord Management and Consulting LLC was indicted in February, accused in a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 presidential election through a covert social media campaign. Prigozhin was placed on a US sanctions list earlier this year.

If the court determines, the document added, that Mueller's team "did not provide a complete and accurate mens rea [criminal intent] instruction then the instruction should be disclosed to the Defendant because there may be grounds to dismiss Count One of the Indictment on that basis".

Concord is one of three entities and 13 Russian individuals charged earlier this year by Mueller's office, in an alleged criminal and espionage conspiracy to meddle in the USA race, boost then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and disparage his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

The motion also attacked Mueller's character. He has been hit with sanctions by the US government.

Besides arguing that the government has no proof that Concord meant to defraud the US government, the company's attorneys argued that a foreign company like Concord could not possibly have known the intricacies of USA election and foreign lobbying laws "that are unknown even to most Americans".

So far, Concord is the only company or person listed in Mueller's indictment to challenge the charges against them.

"A foreign corporation with no presence in the United States is indicted in an unprecedented case. for conspiring to defraud the United States purportedly by not complying with certain regulatory requirements that are unknown even to most Americans", the lawyers argued.

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