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Judge Dabney Friedrich sparked a tense back-and-forth with the American lawyer for a firm charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation during a status conference on Monday.

Defense attorney Eric Dubelier, representing the firm Concord Management & Consulting, which is charged for it involvement in Russia’s troll farm activities aimed at influencing the 2016 election, had filed a harshly critical attack on Mueller as a part of his work for the client. Friedrich was not impressed.

“Judge slams defense lawyers for Russian firm charged by Mueller as ‘unprofessional, inappropriate & ineffective. ‘Knock it off!’ she added,” reported Politico’s Josh Gerstein, in an account matched by several other reporters in attendance.

“Judge Friedrich told defense attorney Eric Dubelier that she didn’t appreciate the ‘cute’ movie references. ‘You have undermined your credibility in this courthouse,’” she said,” said to NBC News producer Charlie Gile. “Friedrich told Dubelier that his ‘meritless personal attacks’ on the Special Counsel will play no role in her decision-making.”

One of the movie references was the following quote from the “Animal House,” which the defense attorney said represented Mueller’s argument:

Flounder, you can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You f**ked up . . . you trusted us. Hey, make the best of it.

Debelier fought back when criticized in court.

“Dubelier pushed back, saying the judge had personally attacked him, and Friedrich replied by saying he had made personal attacks on Mueller’s office. Dubelier said he was just telling the truth,” reported BuzzFeed News’ Zoe Tillman.

Eventually, the judge forced to close the courtroom to discuss a sealed grand jury matter, so some of the rest of the discussion went unreported.

 

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It's become apparent that, even as Donald Trump tries to deny reality and continue claiming he won the election, the hate group that he ordered, on national television, to "stand back and stand by" now considers (per leadership's statements that "standby order has been rescinded," as well as other threatening statements on social media) those orders null and void: The Proud Boys are now playing the role of Trump's goon-squad defenders in the streets—and appear unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Following the initial burst of Proud Boy violence in Washington, D.C., during and after the "Million MAGA March" of November 14, the familiar black-and-yellow polos, red MAGA hats and thug tactics have been showing up on the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; and Staten Island, New York. At each event, brawls broke out amid overheated rhetoric, much of it in Trump's defense.

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