The lawyer representing Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, Eric Dubelier, has asked a USA federal district court for permission to review grand jury instructions that may provide grounds for the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment against his client, court documents revealed.
Concord is accused of providing funding for a Russian troll farm based in St. Petersburg that directed a social media campaign that investigators say was aimed at sowing discord among Americans and at generating favorable opinions of Trump while denigrating his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
In a court filing on Monday, lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC said Mueller had wrongfully accused the company of a "make-believe crime", in a political effort by the special counsel to "justify his own existence" by indicting "a Russian-any Russian".
Concord is controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman known as "Putin's cook" because his catering business has organized banquets for the Kremlin.
The company is controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman who was placed on a USA sanctions list earlier this year and who has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The motion also stated: "T$3 he DOJ never brought any case like the instant Indictment, that is, an alleged conspiracy by a foreign corporation to "interfere" in a Presidential election by allegedly funding free speech".
"The reason is obvious, and is political", Dubelier wrote.
Concord is one of three entities and 13 Russian individuals charged earlier this year by Mueller's office, in an alleged criminal and espionage conspiracy to meddle in the US race, boost then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and disparage his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
The first of the 16 Russian entities to respond to indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller has denounced the charges as a political witch hunt in service of a non-existent case.
They say there's no allegation in the indictment that the company meant to break the law, even though the specific laws at issue require the government to show willfulness.
So far, Concord is the only company or person listed in Mueller's indictment to challenge the charges against them.