A federal judge just unloaded on the lawyers of a firm charged by Mueller in Trump-Russia

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The much-anticipated results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia are expected to emerge sometime in the coming months, and if the indictments that have already rained down on Trump’s cronies are any indication, things could turn very grim for President Trump.

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The administration and its lackeys have sought to undermine Mueller’s probe since it first began, with little success. Trump’s efforts to smear Mueller are hamstrung by the former FBI Director’s sterling reputation and the president’s thoroughly demonstrated penchant for lying about everything.

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Today, a federal judge appointed by Trump defended Mueller in court. Judge Dabney Friedrich dressed down Eric Dubelier, an attorney representing Concord Management and Consulting as part of an ongoing legal battle over the company and its Russian oligarch’s interference in the 2016 election. They’ve been accused of exploiting social media to push millions of dollars in disinformation to help elect Trump.

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The judge was displeased with a recent court filing made by Dubelier, which apparently contained deeply unprofessional elements. The three-page document quoted the film Animal House to describe Mueller’s approach to the case: “You f*cked up. You trusted us.” Obviously, such a facile representation of the work done by Mueller’s team is deeply dishonest and built on the distrust for the probe that President Trump himself has been trying to spread.

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“I thought your brief was inappropriate and unprofessional and ineffective. You have undermined your credibility in this courthouse. Knock it off,” Judge Friedrich said to Dubelier. She described his bad faith attacks on Robert Mueller as “meritless.”

Dubelier responded by attacking the judge’s credibility indirectly, alleging that there was “bias” in the court. Judge Friedrich has set the next hearing for March 7th. It’s still unclear how the case will conclude, but hopefully it ends with the American people getting a better understanding of exactly how our democracy was attacked.

Original reporting by Josh Gerstein at NBC News.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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