Mueller asks court to protect evidence from Russians in case against 'Putin's chef'

Source: The Hill | June 12, 2018 | John Bowden

Attorneys for special counsel Robert Mueller want a judge to limit how much evidence can be shared with a defendant accused of aiding Russia’s ongoing election interference efforts, arguing that such a disclosure could aid Russian intelligence.

The Associated Press reports that lawyers on Mueller’s team asked a judge on Tuesday to impose limits on the information that can be shared between defense attorneys and Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy Russian businessman charged in Mueller’s probe of 2016 Russian election meddling efforts.

According to the court filings, evidence sought by Prigozhin’s attorneys include the names of individuals thought to be part of the election interference effort who have yet to be charged by Mueller’s team.

“The substance of the government’s evidence identifies uncharged individuals and entities that the government believes are continuing to engage in interference operations like those charged in the present indictment,” the prosecutors wrote.

Prigozhin, who has not personally appeared in court, is accused alongside his company, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, of providing millions of dollars to a St. Petersberg-based “troll farm” that Mueller’s attorneys say used stolen American identities to spread discord and false information in swing states before the election.

The Russian businessman is referred to as “Putin’s chef,” due to his ownership of restaurants frequented by Russia’s leader.

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