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"every time you turn around the washington croud are tinkering with something they ha…"

herbert f galloway replied Nov 17, 2013 to Legislators Scramble to Postpone Flood Insurance Rate Increase They Triggered

26 Nov 18, 2013
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"HERE ARE SOME TEA PARTY CANDIDATES FOR THE SENATE THAT WILL STAND WITH MIKE LEE AND…"

herbert f galloway replied Oct 27, 2013 to GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee

55 Mar 4, 2014
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"there are tea party candidates running in most if not all in the upcoming senate rac…"

herbert f galloway replied Oct 26, 2013 to GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee

55 Mar 4, 2014
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"why don't they grow their own food in something called a garden?"

herbert f galloway replied Sep 21, 2013 to The House Food Stamp Bill has Liberals in an Uproar

29 Sep 22, 2013
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"How can there only be 19 cosponsors? The U.S. Senate sucks"

herbert f galloway replied Sep 12, 2013 to Ted Cruz Press Release: Democrats Block Cruz Resolution to Create Joint Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi Attacks

49 Sep 16, 2013
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herbert f galloway replied Aug 25, 2013 to DOJ SUES TO KEEP LOUISIANA KIDS IN FAILING SCHOOLS

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herbert f galloway replied Aug 25, 2013 to DOJ SUES TO KEEP LOUISIANA KIDS IN FAILING SCHOOLS

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"With advisors like her the other side can't loose"

herbert f galloway replied Aug 24, 2013 to Failed GOP "Strategist" and Professional Shrew Nicolle Wallace Calls Brilliant Constitutionalist Ted Cruz a Liar

50 Aug 26, 2013
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" Where are the public hearings on this?"

herbert f galloway replied Aug 24, 2013 to Defense Department guide calls Founding Fathers ‘extremist’

64 Aug 28, 2013
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"  The daily grind of going toe to toe with the other side can wear a person out. Wha…"

herbert f galloway replied Aug 24, 2013 to Question of the Day: RINO HUNTING

47 Aug 26, 2013
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 Judge Orders Mueller To Prove  Russia Meddled In Election 

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich

A Washington federal judge on Thursday ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to clarify election meddling claims lodged against a Russian company operated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg.

Concord Management and Consulting, LLC. – one of three businesses indicted by Mueller in February along with 13 individuals for election meddling, surprised the special counsel in April when they actually showed up in court to fight the charges. Mueller’s team tried to delay Concord from entering the case, arguing that thee Russian company not been properly served, however Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request – effectively telling prosecutors ‘well, they’re here.’

Concord was accused in the indictment of supporting the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian ‘troll farm’ accused of trying to influence the 2016 US election.

On Thursday, Judge Freidrich asked Mueller’s prosecutors if she should assume they aren’t accusing Concord of violating US laws applicable to election expenditures and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Concord has asked Dabney to throw out the charges – claiming that Mueller’s office fabricated a crime, and that there is no law against interfering in elections.

According to the judge’s request for clarification, the Justice Department has argued that it doesn’t have to show that Concord had a legal duty to report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Rather, the allegation is that the company knowingly engaged in deceptive acts that precluded the FEC, or the Justice Department, from ascertaining whether they had broken the law. -Bloomberg

On Monday, Friedrich raised questions over whether the special counsel’s office could prove a key element of their case – saying that it was “hard to see” how allegations of Russian influence were intended to interfere with US government operations vs. simply “confusing voters,” reports law.com.

During a 90-minute hearing, Friedrich questioned prosecutor Jonathan Kravis about how the government would be able to show the Russian defendants were aware of the Justice Department and FEC’s functions and then deliberately sought to skirt them.

“You still have to show knowledge of the agencies and what they do. How do you do that?” Friedrich asked.

Kravis, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, argued that the government needed only to show that Concord Management and the other defendants were generally aware that the U.S. government “regulates and monitors” foreign participation in American politics. That awareness, Kravis said, could be inferred from the Russians’ alleged creation of fake social media accounts that appeared to be run by U.S. citizens and “computer infrastructure” intended to mask the Russian origin of the influence operation.

“That is deception that is directed at a higher level,” Kravis said. Kravis appeared in court with Michael Dreeben, a top Justice Department appellate lawyer on detail to the special counsel’s office. -law.com

Concord pleaded not guilty in May. Their attorney, Eric Dubelier – a partner at Reed Smith, has described the election meddling charges as “make believe,” arguing on Monday that Mueller’s indictment against Concord “doesn’t charge a crime.”

“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” said Dubelier, who added that Mueller’s office alleged a “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”

Dubelier added that the case against Concord Management is the first in US history “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” through their failure to register under FARA.

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