Robert Mueller has done a lot of stupid things (Not to mention illegal things and unethical things) during his witch hunt into Donald Trump but this could be the dumbest (illegal and unethical, too) he has done.
In order to score some propaganda points and give the impression that he had actually found Russian collusion, Mueller indicted 13 individuals and three companies he claimed were guilty of trying to rig the 2016 elections. Since all of those named were Russian entities, he thought he was safe because none of them would spend the time to the money to answer the charges.
He miscalculated as Concord Management and Consulting, LLC called Mueller’s bluff. Mueller then tried to get the trial put off into the distant future, but Concord insisted on their right to a speedy trial. The judge agreed with them and Concord made their first appearance in court and pleaded not guilty. Here is where it gets sticky for Mueller. Concord has demanded discovery and have requested all of the evidence Mueller claims he has against them. When Paul Manafort’s attorneys made the same demand, Mueller’s lawyers came back and admitted they had absolutely no proof of collusion.
Mueller may now have to try the case, and Concord’s lawyers have put the special counsel on notice. The Russian company’s lawyers intend to invoke “discovery” to obtain U.S. intelligence about what they knew of Russian activities.
“I guess Mueller thought it was a freebie, for sure,” former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy told The Daily Caller News Foundation after the court proceeding.
“He thought it could make this association (of Russian collusion) and it would never be challenged in court,” McCarthy, a National Review contributing editor, said after the proceeding.
Admitting at this stage of the game that they don’t have the evidence for a conviction, Mueller may drop the case and cite national security as the reason, which would be total BS since he probably used that same evidence to get an indictment. It will just be a CYA moment and nothing less.