Indicted Russian Firm Accuses US Of Inventing 'Make-Believe Crime'

Indicted firm: Mueller trying to 'justify his own existence' and 'indict a Russian — any Russian'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti defends right to release Cohen's financial info Pruitt's 24/7 security requested over fears of Trump policy backlash Senate GOP anger over McCain insult grows MORE's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says Trump and his legal team plan to use the one-year anniversary of the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE on Thursday to push for the end of the federal Russian Federation probe. Prigozhin was placed on a US sanctions list earlier this year.

In a court filing on Monday, lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC said Mueller had wrongfully accused the company of a "make-believe crime", in a political effort by the special counsel to "justify his own existence" by indicting "a Russian-any Russian". Prosecutors say the company provided millions of dollars in funding to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian social media troll farm that investigators say sowed discord in the USA political system from 2014 through 2017. "The obvious reason for this is that no such crime exists in the federal criminal code".

The lawyers said the case "has absolutely nothing to do with any links or coordination between any candidate and the Russian government", and thus does not carry out Mueller's mandate from Congress to pursue alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In Monday's filing, the attorney claimed that the indictment does not allege that the company meant to break the law, even though the specific federal campaign and foreign agent registration laws at issue require the government to show willfulness.

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Mr. Mueller has indicted three Russian corporations and 13 persons, but only Concord has yet responded in court. The lawyers also said a foreign company could not possibly have known the intricacies of USA federal election and foreign lobbying laws.

Concord's attorneys said Mueller's claim that Concord conspired to defraud the United States was fatally flawed because it does not allege the company meant to do so.

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