Special counsel Robert Mueller was handed another humiliating moment in federal court last week when it was revealed one of the Russian companies he accused of meddling in the 2016 election did not exist during the time period he alleged it did.
Earlier this year, Mueller indicted three Russian companies — the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering — in addition to 13 Russian individuals for allegedly interfering in the election.
What happened in court?
According to reports, during a court hearing on Wednesday to arraign Concord Management, U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey asked one of Concord’s attorneys, Eric Dubelier, if he was also representing Concord Catering. They were not because the company did not exist during the time period Mueller alleges, Dubelier said.
“What about Concord Catering? The government makes an allegation that there’s some association. I don’t mean for you to — do you represent them, or not, today? And are we arraigning them as well?” the judge asked.
Dubelier responded: “We’re not. And the reason for that, Your Honor, is I think we’re dealing with a situation of the government having indicted the proverbial ham sandwich.”
“That company didn’t exist as a legal entity during the time period alleged by the government. If at some later time they show me that it did exist, we would probably represent them. But for purposes of today, no, we do not,” Dubelier explained.
Concord Management pled not guilty to the charges against them, according to Politico.
Some believe Concord is only challenging the charges in order to obtain sensitive information about Mueller’s investigation. However, the company’s attorneys maintain they are just defending their client from the criminal charges against them.