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Lawyers spar at hearing on Russian troll farm case

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Politico

A court hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against Russian internet trolls accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election devolved into squabbling on Wednesday, as a defense lawyer for one of the Russian firms charged in the case squared off with a prosecutor about their initial interactions. The contentious but brief court session was the first hearing in the case before Judge Dabney Friedrich, President Donald Trump's newest appointee to the U.S. District Court in Washington. Mueller's office obtained a grand jury indictment in February charging 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies with using social media and other means to foment strife in the U.S. in 2016 with a goal of advancing Trump's electoral chances. None of the defendants were expected to appear to face the charges, but one of the companies, Concord Management and Consulting, hired American attorneys who announced plans to fight the case.
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