Before her appointment, Rhee provided a conflicts list to Mueller – including her representation of the Clinton’s.
Mueller, knowing the Clinton funding of the dossier, hired Rhee anyway. He KNEW of the conflict. IOW, the former attorney for the Clinton’s is prosecuting an investigation started by potentially illegal payments by the Clinton’s.
Rhee is actually the lead prosecutor in the George Papadopoulos case. The investigation of Papadopoulos was triggered by an Australian diplomat who secured a $25 million deal for the Clinton Foundation.
New: Transcript from the May 16 hearing on the Special Counsel’s Russian troll case. Biggest takeaway: Special Counsel Rhee is a passive aggressive liar.
Court starts by addressing discovery.
Rhee states there is “1.5 to 2 terabytes of data, covering hundreds of facilities that compromise the defendant’s operational accounts.”
“Hundreds of facilities”? Wow. Sounds serious.
Like those top secret Cold War bunkers in the frozen Soviet Union with ICBMs pointed at New York or DC or wherever.
Come to find out that by “facilities” she means “social media accounts.”
“Hundreds of fake profiles” just doesn’t sounds sexy, I guess.
Another great exchange, as described by the Defense.
Rhee: We have 2tb of social media data.
Defense: What language is it in?
Defense: Have you translated it?
Defense: Then how do you know what’s in it?
1) Unconstitutional statute
2) Indictment fails to state a crime
3) Due process violation
4) Selective prosecution
Here is the part where Rhee makes her accusation:
After a discussion of case issues, “Defense counsel hung up the phone and ended the call within 9 minutes” though it was “scheduled for an hour.”
Then the passive aggressive, going on offense with lies then maintaining pure motives:
Rhee: Now, I’m not here to say he hung up on the government because I want a “he said/she said” – I just want the court to know we still have a lot to talk about.
Defense counsel is having none of it:
What Special Counsel Rhee told the court is “absolutely false.”
“It is demonstratively false.”
Defense counsel continues:
“I resent” what the Special Counsel implies to the Court.
“It didn’t happen. She knows it, and the two guys sitting at the table know it.”
Rhee had the opportunity to defend herself but never spoke up.
“If Ms. Rhee is going to continue to . . . ascribe stuff to my client that we didn’t do and is not alleged that we did, I’m going to get up and contradict that.
My take: this guy was made to be a trial lawyer.
And finally, the trial date might not come as soon as we would like.
My guess is a September start date at the earliest.