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Russian firm indicted by Mueller intends to disclose ‘sensitive’ information for defense

November 27, 2018

A Russian firm indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller intends to ask a federal judge to share information the U.S. government declared “sensitive,” as part of its defense strategy, according to a court filing Tuesday.

Concord Management and Consulting LLC filed a motion arguing to halt proceedings in the case until U.S. Judge Dabney L. Friedrich decides if it can disclose the information to Concord officers and employees.

The company did not say what information it wants to release, but said the material was critical to its defense.

″[T]he resolution of this motion will significantly affect the defense position with respect to how it can proceed,” Concord’s attorneys wrote.

Concord said it has agreed with the special counsel’s office to file motions and counter-motions regarding the disclosure through February.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, declined to comment.

Concord is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government by hiding its election-related activities and failing to register as a foreign agent. Federal prosecutors say Concord operated a Russian troll firm that saturated the internet with political propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.

The company is among the 13 Russian nationals and three business entities indicted for meddling in the election. Concord has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this month, Concord lost a bid to have its indictment tossed by arguing there is no U.S. law prohibiting election interference. Judge Friedrich rejected saying there was “plenty” of evidence the company’s actions were intended to “frustrate the lawful government functions.”

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