In February of 2018, Robert Mueller’s investigative team charged 13 Russian citizens and 3 companies with interfering with US elections. The charges went largely unanswered as Russia refused to extradite any of the accused to the United States.
One company, Concord Management, did hire an American legal team to fight the charges. During court proceedings today, the judge hearing the case ripped into the lawyers’ “unprofessional, inappropriate, and ineffective” court filings.
The strategy, developed by lawyer Eric Dubelier, “used quotes from pop culture to attack Mueller, including Looney Tunes, Casablanca, Animal House.” The filings included lines such as, “The special counsels argument is reminiscent of Otter’s famous line, ‘Flounder, you can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You f**ked up…you trusted us. Hey, make the best of it.”
Judge Dabney Friedrich was having none of it. She told Dubelier, “I will say it plain and simple: knock it off.” Dubelier countered this rebuke by accusing the judge of bias. The two then engaged in a heated exchanged where Friedrich peppered Dubelier with questions about the case. Shortly after the argument, the courtroom was closed and Dubelier left the building.
Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef” is a key executive for Concord Management. The FBI has accused the company of acting as a Russian troll farm.
In October of 2018, Prigozhin was accused by a former aide, of carrying out murders at Putin’s request. Prigozhin was also charged by Mueller in the February indictments, but has not faced the charges in court.