Trump says he will let Justice Department decide handling of Mueller report

01 February, 2019, 00:38 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Non-public materials from special counsel case used in pro-Russian effort to discredit Russia probe

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 USA based law firm Reed Smith LLP.

Mueller is continuing to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion by the Trump campaign in that interference, and possible obstruction of justice by Trump himself.

"We've got access to the Special Counsel Mueller's probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case", a tweet from the account said.

Concord's 13 alleged co-conspirators, who are all Russian, haven't appeared in USA court, and are unlikely to be extradited to the U.S. to face their charges. Prigozhin is known as "Putin's chef" because of his catering firm and close ties to the Russian president.

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

And Reuters reported that a journalist had received a message from a hacker claiming to have hacked a Russian legal firm that had received the evidence from Concord's United States law firm, Reed Smith LLP.

The special counsel's office said that the online account used to publish the discovery materials was registered by a user with an internet address who resides in Russian Federation.

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A Russian company charged by special counsel Robert Mueller shouldn't be permitted to review sensitive evidence outside of the United States because confidential material it has already received was improperly released as part of a "disinformation campaign".

The prosecutors' filing said the matching files included images of political memes from Facebook and other social media accounts used online by the Internet Research Agency, many of which are presumably still available elsewhere on the Internet, but not with the unique identifiers used in materials turned over by prosecutors.

More than a thousand files match those given to Concord as evidence, meaning "that the person (s) who created the webpage had access to at least some of the non-sensitive discovery produce by the government in this case".

The prosecutors stated that the filesharing site confirmed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the account which had these materials was registered from a Russian IP-address.

Prosecutors said in their filing that an Federal Bureau of Investigation review found no evidence of a hack of the special counsel's office.

However, non-sensitive documents the Justice Department had shared as evidence with Concord's legal team during the process of preparing for the trial were altered and leaked online, the Justice Department alleges.

As part of protective measures ordered for the case in May 2018, the defense is allowed to share the sensitive information, but only if the individuals who want to see it come to the U.S.to do so. Prigozhin was indicted in the same case along with 12 other people.

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