Judge rips at­tor­ney as ‘un­pro­fes­sional’ in Rus­sia probe case

StarMetro Halifax - - BIG OPINIONS - Chad Day

WASH­ING­TON—A fed­eral judge on Mon­day rep­ri­manded an at­tor­ney for a Rus­sian com­pany ac­cused of in­ter­fer­ing in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, say­ing his ref­er­ences to Looney Tunes and An­i­mal House in re­cent court fil­ings are in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

U.S. District Judge Dab­ney Friedrich con­fronted at­tor­ney Eric Dube­lier af­ter his most re­cent court fil­ing in­cluded quotes from the 1978 com­edy An­i­mal House to crit­i­cize spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia probe.

“I’ll say it plain and sim­ply: Knock it off,” the judge told Dube­lier. The judge’s rep­ri­mand prompted a heated back-and-forth in which Dube­lier ac­cused Friedrich of bias.

Dube­lier has mounted a com­bat­ive de­fence of Con­cord Man­age­ment and Con­sult­ing LLC, which Mueller has ac­cused of fund­ing a large-scale Rus­sian con­spir­acy to use in­ter­net trolls and fake so­cial me­dia ac­counts to sway Amer­i­can pub­lic opin­ion dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion. The case was the first brought by Mueller to di­rectly at­tach crim­i­nal charges to Rus­sian at­tempts to in­ter­fere in the elec­tion. Pros­e­cu­tors say those ef­forts were in part aimed at help­ing Don­ald Trump de­feat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

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