[Ed. – That’s a blow to the narrative-spinners. The case would have been the premier way to insert a lot of selectively-framed “evidence” on the “Russian interference!” theme into federal records. Fortunately, the Concord entities decided to defend the case in court, meaning they’d get discovery. Not surprising that a Justice Department under new management would decide it has no good reason to continue with this particular charade.]
In a remarkable turnabout, the Justice Department on Monday moved to drop a prosecution of Russian companies charged with financing efforts to use social media to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.
The Department filed the motion to dismiss the case first brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Concord Management and Consulting and a related catering firm.
“Upon careful consideration of all of the circumstances, and particularly in light of recent events and a change in the balance of the government’s proof due to a classification determination, as well as other facts described in more detail in a classified addendum to this motion, the government has concluded that further proceedings as to Concord, a Russian company with no presence in the United States and no exposure to meaningful punishment in the event of a conviction, promotes neither the interests of justice nor the nation’s security,” the motion states.