Indicted Russian Firm Rails Against Mueller’s ‘Nude Selfie’
Newser — Jenn Gidman
Not surprising: There are lots of nude selfies floating around.
Perhaps surprising: Robert Mueller has one of them. That’s the claim being made by a Russian firm indicted by Mueller over the summer on charges it helped a Russian troll farm interfere in the US 2016 elections, per the Hill—a claim made in a Thursday court filing that likely wouldn’t have caught anyone’s attention if not for the nudie nugget.
In the defense motion for Concord Management and Consulting, which accuses the special counsel’s team of illegally keeping information from the defendant, attorney Eric Dubelier “casually” slips in a mention of the photo at the very end of the five-page document, Law&Crime notes, with just one intriguingly cryptic sentence: “Could the manner in which [Mueller] collected a nude selfie really threaten the national security of the United States?”
Fox News notes it’s unclear who or what the alleged photo depicts, how Robert Mueller purportedly came to get his hands on it, or why it would be important to his case.
Per Law&Crime, the filing is an overall scathing rebuke of the special counsel, consisting of a “series of acrid one-liners and blistering attacks on Mueller and his legal theories.” One particularly pointed Dubelier burn compares Mueller to a “first-year law student,” while another calls the indictment a “make-believe case.” Dubelier argues that the special counsel is holding onto “millions of pages of non-classified discovery material” that Concord has the right to see.
Prosecutors say that Concord is controlled by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, said to be a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.