Russian Firm Indicted for Election Interference Accuses US of 'Hypocrisy'

Russian Firm Indicted for Election Interference Accuses US of 'Hypocrisy'

Russian Firm Indicted for Election Interference Accuses US of 'Hypocrisy'

The lawyer representing Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, Eric Dubelier, has asked a United States federal district court for permission to review grand jury instructions that may provide grounds for the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment against his client, court documents revealed.

In February, Mueller indicted three Russian companies - the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering - and 13 Russian individuals, accusing them of conspiring to interfere in the "US political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016".

Monday's filing asks a federal judge to allow Concord's American attorneys to privately review the instructions given to a Washington grand jury to ensure the panel was properly informed about what was required before it returned the February 16 indictment.

The indictment said Concord was controlled by Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, who USA officials have said has extensive ties to Russia's military and political establishment.

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.

Concord's legal team, according to the document, also accused Mueller of fabricating the very crime the indictment is based on. To win access, a defendant must show it is needed to prevent injustice and that the interest of disclosure outweighs the need for secrecy.

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

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".

A spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment.

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