Mueller Probe Surrounded With 'Mayhem', Produced No Serious Output Yet

Minnie Murray
February 1, 2019

On the same day, a journalist contacted Mueller's office to report receiving a Twitter message from someone who said they had hacked a Russian legal firm that had received the evidence from Concord's US based law firm Reed Smith LLP.

Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and any possible links to the Trump campaign began in May 2017, shortly after Mr. Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey.

Prosecutors allege that on October 22, a "newly created" Twitter account, @HackingRedstone, tweeted, "We've got access to the Special Counsel Mueller's probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case Concord LLC v. Mueller".

Concord is accused, along with 13 Russian individuals and two other business entities, of being part of a conspiracy to defraud the USA government through a scheme to create hundreds of false online personas who masqueraded as Americans while they aggressively sowed social and political discord during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The sensitive material includes "information describing the government's investigative techniques, identities of cooperating individuals and companies, and personal identifying information related to USA persons who were victims of identity theft".

His company Concord did hire U.S. lawyers, however, to fight the charges.

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election has produced no materials (available from open sources) thus far that might be worthy of attention, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

Lawyers for Concord Management had no immediate comment.

The prosecutors said the filesharing site had confirmed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the account which posted the material was registered from an IP address - an identifier for devices connected to the internet - in Russian Federation.

The two other Russian companies that have been charged Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.

Prosecutors said in their filing that an Federal Bureau of Investigation review found no evidence of a hack of the special counsel's office. "We got into a Russian lawyer company local net that had permission from ReedSmith (Russian attorneys) to view and download all the files they need from their database through the remove server". Russian Federation rejects the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies that Moscow ran an operation to hack Democratic Party computers and spread disinformation to undermine candidate Hillary Clinton and the American electoral process.

In an indictment past year, Mueller's office said Russian defendants adopted false online personas to push divisive messages, traveled to the United States to collect intelligence and orchestrated political rallies while posing as Americans.

Prosecutors say they do not oppose allowing Concord's corporate officers to see the evidence.

The Mueller team said that of the 300,000 files on the webpage, more than 1,000 matched the files given to Concord in discovery.

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