Mueller indictes "the proverbial ham sandwich"
If you read the WashPost, you would think that this latest development was a complicated legal question involving a sinister Russia spy.
Attorneys for a Russian company accused of funding and overseeing a troll farm operation to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sparred with the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday as they appeared in federal court for the first time.
Concord Management and Consulting, one of three Russian companies indicted in February along with 13 Russian individuals, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment before a federal magistrate in Washington — but not before its attorneys and prosecutors insinuated the other side was engaged in legal subterfuge.
...The clash Wednesday revolved around the appearance of attorneys only on behalf of Concord’s management business and not two related defendants under indictment — a subsidiary catering company and Concord’s founder, Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, a Russian businessman nicknamed “Putin’s chef” because of his close ties to President Vladimir Putin.
Legal subterfuge. Putin's Chef.
It all sounds very dark, konspiratorial and complicated.
On the other hand, if you read what was actually said, it all sounds laughably ridiculous.
"What about Concord Catering?" Harvey asked Dubelier. "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?"
"We're not," Dubelier responded. "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," Dubelier continued. "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."
So the FBI has indicted a company that did not exist at the time of the said crime?
Is this amateur hour?
How do you expect us to take this seriously?
Politico and CNN don't even mention this exchange.