Lawyers for a Russian “troll farm” that is being accused by special counsel Robert Mueller of interfering in the 2016 presidential election are alleging that investigators are withholding substantial evidence — including a “nude selfie” that has understandably piqued the interest of many.
Eric Dubelier, one of the attorneys for Concord Management and Consulting LLC, an agency accused of interfering in the election to help President Donald Trump win in 2016, made several “jabs” toward the Mueller investigation when it filed a court motion on Thursday.
At issue for Dubelier is the allegation he’s making that Mueller and his team of investigators are submitting evidence ex parte, or without consideration for their interests in knowing what the evidence actually is.
“[T]he Special Counsel asks the Court to accept secret ex parte communications from him to support the unprecedented argument that the Defendant itself cannot view millions of pages of non-classified discovery,” Dubelier said in his filing, according to reporting from Law and Crime.
But in his statement to the court, Dubelier also made mention of some of the evidence he said was withheld from him and his clients — including a purported nude selfie of an unknown individual.
“Could the manner in which he collected a nude selfie really threaten the national security of the United States?” Dubelier asked the court.
Also, apparently, among the millions of pages of records Mueller's has collected on Russian election interference is a "nude selfie." pic.twitter.com/E8eh3i0jxV
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 27, 2018
When members of the media attempted to ask Dubelier to elaborate on the point, the lawyer refused to do so.
His silence on the matter only brings forth more questions from pundits and observers who are following the Mueller investigation. Who is the selfie of? In what matter was it taken, and how does it pertain to the Russia investigation in general?
These questions as yet remain unresolved, but surely many are going to speculate on whom the selfie involves — especially given the fact that Trump himself is already facing questions of sexual improprieties and payoffs in other campaign-related investigations, per reporting from the Wall Street Journal. Does the nude selfie have anything to do with his campaign for president, or with the current president himself? Only time will tell.
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