Was Mueller Bluffing with his Conspiracy Indictment?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The defendant has asked for a speedy trial but Mueller wants to indefinitely delay prosecuting the conspiracy indictment.

The news of a conspiracy indictment made great headlines. But now that a defendant has claimed to be not guilty and asked to resolve the matter in court… Mueller wants an indefinite delay until he’s ready.

As Andrew McCarthy writes at the National Review,

Well sure, we filed an indictment. And yeah, we took a victory lap in the big bells-n-whistles Main Justice press conference. But that doesn’t mean we, like, intended to have a trial . . .

That seems to be the Justice Department’s position on its mid-February publicity stunt, the indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian businesses for interfering in the 2016 election.

Joe DiGenova told Tucker Carlson basically the same thing.

The Daily Caller reports, “Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial.

Former federal prosecutor and National Review Contributing Editor Andrew C. McCarthy told TheDCNF it was too late for Mueller to claim that the complexity of the case warranted a delay.

“Speedy trial rights belong to the defendant, and if the defendant pushes for a trial within the 70 days, the government has little cause to complain,” McCarthy said. “If the case was too complex, the government had the option of holding off on seeking an indictment until it was ready to proceed to trial. When a prosecutor files an indictment, it is tantamount to saying, ‘We are ready to go.’”

Mueller originally filed the indictment against the Russians on Feb. 16, charging that they “engaged in a multi-year conspiracy” to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Because none of the defendants were U.S. citizens, law experts said it appeared unlikely that the case would ever go to trial.

McCarthy called the indictment “more theater than prosecution.”

On May 9, Eric A. Dubelier, a partner with Reed Smith, a prestigious American law firm that represents Concord, entered a not guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He also repeated his client’s interest for a speedy trial.

According to the same story, Robert Mueller’s team threatened to enter two terabytes of data into the court as evidence. That is enough to fill several hard drives. It would bog the court down. But it also invites the question: When did the Mueller team have time to go through it all? If they didn’t have time, how do they know it is evidence of anything?

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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