Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller smiles as he speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, during his farewell ceremony. Mueller is stepping down in September after 12 years heading the agency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
I posted earlier in the week on the arraignment of one of the defendants in the only indictment Robert Mueller has managed to produce that even tangentially deals with Russia. The defendant, Concord Managment and Consulting, was indicted along with two other Russian companies and thirteen Russian nationals for buying Facebook ads and organizing rallies for and against Trump.
In the arraignment there is this interesting exchange:
The other two corporate defendants are the Internet Research Agency and Concord Catering. Concord Catering and Concord Managment and Consulting have the same owner, Putin crony Yevgeny Prigozhin and the magistrate asking if the legal team for one Prigozhin enterprise was going to represent another of his ventures.
From the day of its announcement, I’ve contended that this particular indictment was nothing but a public relations gimmick. Mueller was drawing fire over his failure to produce anything that seemed like collusion with Russia by anybody and a lot of stuff that fairly screamed that he was trying to collect as many scalps as possible for whatever reason. There is no real evidence that any of the thirteen Russians he indicted are actual human beings. And now we find out that one of the companies he indicted didn’t even exist during the time of the election. This looks like Mueller wanted to indict Prigozhin because of his relationship with Putin and just listed the companies he owned as defendants without any real investigation.