Another nail in the Russiagate coffin...
Federal judge has issued a significant rebuke of a core Mueller claim. Mueller claims that the IRA -- a Russian troll farm -- was the 2nd of "two principal interference operations" by Russian gov't. But as judge notes, Mueller's implied link between IRA & Russian gov't was false: pic.twitter.com/UyzApdP5BH
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- This is a major blow not just to Mueller but to the entire "Russian Active Measures" talking point. As the judge acknowledges, the IRA (which, btw, put out juvenile clickbait mostly unrelated to the election) is a private entity & Mueller never establishes a Kremlin connection.
- I point out this disconnect in my latest piece: Mueller says the social media operation was the 2nd major component of a "sweeping and systematic" Russian gov't interference campaign -- yet he never actually shows how it's connected to the Russian gov't.
- This inconsistency, confirmed by a DC judge, raises new Qs about the validity of Mueller's claim of a "sweeping and systematic" Russian gov't interference campaign. If Mueller was disingenuous in falsely trying to link it to Russian gov't, what else was he disingenuous about?
- For more on why the IRA was a juvenile operation mostly unrelated to 2016 election, see also:
Hyping the Mueller Indictment
Here is the DC Judge's order that I'm quoting from. Judge rebukes Mueller & DOJ for falsely suggesting a link between IRA & Russian government, and for suggesting that IRA carried out a Kremlin "Active Measures" campaign -- a "central" Mueller allegation.
I should clarify re: validity, above: given how disingenuous Mueller is overall -- ignoring Steele dossier; obscuring how weak the official Papadopoulos predicate; omitting Kilimnik's extensive State Dept ties & falsely hyping him as GRU indictment -- this is only latest example.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s claim of “sweeping and systematic” Russian meddling in the 2016 US election just took another body blow, as a federal judge ruled that his indictment of a ‘troll farm’ is not actual proof of it.
Mueller’s charges against Concord Management & Consulting, the Russian company accused of running a “troll farm” and “sowing discord” on US social media in 2016, do not establish a link between that private company and the Russian government, US District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich pointed out.
Yet the special counsel’s much-publicized final report claims to have “established” and “confirmed” Russian government activities based in part on the indictment against Concord, which is a breach of prosecutorial rules, Friedrich said.
For example, Mueller’s report says that Concord CEO Yevgeny Prigozhin “is widely reported to have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.” That’s an assertion, not evidence.
The special counsel’s report argued that Moscow sought to meddle in the election by Concord’s “sowing discord” on social media while Russian intelligence stole Democrat emails and released them through WikiLeaks, but neither of those assertions is backed by actual evidence, and now the insinuated link between Concord and the Kremlin has been rejected, Lazare pointed out.
“Americans assume that Russians and Russia are the same thing. But they’re not, any more than an individual American and the Trump administration are the same thing,” he told RT.
The ruling is “a major blow to the entire ‘Russian Active Measures’ talking point,” journalist Aaron Maté argued on Twitter. The Internet Research Agency put out “juvenile clickbait mostly unrelated to the election,” and is a private entity whose connection with the Kremlin Mueller never established, he added.
“If Mueller was disingenuous in falsely trying to link it to Russian government, what else was he disingenuous about?”
Whoboy! This is a major dent in the Russia Gate saga isn't it?
Oh yeah..let's not forget that 60% of the Russian Internet Troll agency's ads were placed after the election! I'm still waiting to see how cute pictures of puppies and a few about Jayzus could get people to change their vote.