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Mystery surrounds Supreme Court filing by foreign firm in fight with Mueller

A foreign-owned company that seems to be engaged in a tough fight with special counsel Robert Mueller has filed papers with the Supreme Court that were presented on Saturday to Chief Justice John Roberts.

The mystery firm asked the high court to block the special counsel from obtaining records via a subpoena after being turned down by a federal appeals court following a lower court ruling ordering release of the records, according to Politico:

The identity of the firm and the foreign country at issue remain closely guarded secrets, but POLITICO first reported earlier this year that the dispute appeared to involve Mueller’s prosecutors. A POLITICO reporter was in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals clerk’s office in October when a person connected to the appeal arrived to request a copy of the special counsel’s latest filing in the case.

When the case was argued at the D.C. Circuit last week, the courtroom was closed to the public. Court personnel went to unusual lengths to preserve the secrecy, ordering journalists to leave the floor where lawyers were presenting their positions.

The high court’s public docket did not offer many clues as to the identity of the foreign firm or the context of its filing or which attorneys are involved. But on Tuesday, a three-page court order revealed that the witness opposing the subpoena is a foreign-owned corporation.

The company is arguing that its status as an extension of a foreign government makes it immune from subpoenas, but that was rejected by a three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C. The judges were also unconvinced by the state-owned firm’s claims that complying with the records request would be a violation of laws in its home country.

Politico noted further:

After the order was filed Tuesday, sealed filings continued in the appeals court in what appeared to be a bid to stay the D.C. Circuit’s ruling or appeal it further. On Friday, the appeals court denied a motion from the company. The precise nature of the motion was not disclosed.

The Supreme Court’s online docket reveals only the request for a stay of the subpoena, as well as the fact that the company seeks to proceed with the case under seal.

Some have speculated that the company involved could be a state-owned corporation from Russia. Vox reported on some circumstantial evidence indicating that the case has to do with both Russia and Mueller:

  • Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn observed that when the case reached the appellate level, Judge Gregory Katsas recused himself. Katsas was a staffer in Trump’s White House counsel’s office before Trump appointed him to the court, and he had previously said he’d recuse himself on Russia investigation-related matters.
  • Then last Friday, when appellate arguments were held, the courthouse sealed off the whole floor the courtroom was on, so reporters couldn’t see which lawyers would enter. But shortly after arguments appeared to end, CNN saw several Mueller prosecutors returning to their office building — including their top appellate specialist Michael Dreeben (the one person nearly certain to be involved if this was a Mueller-related appeal), as well as international specialist Zainab Ahmad.


  • Finally, this Tuesday, when the appellate panel’s ruling was announced, the Washington Post saw five Mueller prosecutors (including Dreeben) attend a sealed hearing in district court, along with two other unidentified lawyers.

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4 Comments on Mystery surrounds Supreme Court filing by foreign firm in fight with Mueller

  1. USJoeFreedom // December 23, 2018 at 9:25 am // Reply

    All I had to see was “Vox reported” to know it was communist bullsh*t and nothing but fake news I had no time for.

  2. ”Vox speculates….” RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! Suck a bag o diks!

  3. The President must act independently, boldly & decisively, or he is finished. He must grow his base. He is tied down, circumscribed by a thousand Lilliputian lines, but he can set things to right with his State of the Union Speech. He must talk to the American people, make them his ally.

    The establishment is attacking the economy. The Congress will not cooperate & the opposition media is fake. They conspire to prevent & disallow him from growing his base. He shouldn’t let that happen.

    Fire Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, not because he raised rates hoping to sabotage the economy, but because he cited specific data points as his rationale & in great specificity. In fact, the data says the opposite as does all the other economic evidence. So the chairman is either a liar, or an incompetent at best. At worst, he is suspect & subversive to the American economy. The president should call for an immediate audit of the Fed and a commission to decide, if correctives are necessary. Ron Paul and Steve Forbes come to mind. End the dual mandate. Institute a stable currency tethered to actual value & destroy inflation, a scam for Wall Street’s big banks to steal every generation of working people’s life savings. Now the President has saved the economy & he is growing his base. Talk directly to the American people, Mr. President.

    Immediately arrest Hillary and charge her with whatever is currently “A lead pipe cinch” such as destruction of classified documents. I would imagine at least one serious charge can also be filed immediately against Comey, Mueller and Rosenstien. Declare America will have law and a measure of justice. Watch your base explode with support.

    Declare the military will immediately begin building the wall & won’t stop until it is completed. You will protect America and its people. Trigger impeachment proceedings & your support will only grow. Exposure is your ally. Offensive = control. They react. You roll. The people are with you. Or just continue to punt and see how long you last.

  4. It is either Russia, Israel, England, Japan, China, North Korea, Mexico, Canada – if it were anyone else, I think it would have leaked. These are both are closest allies and our worst enemies. Maybe Israel preferred Trump and attempted to have him employed as President OR helped hill not win. Maybe Russia and England colluded to help or hinder. Maybe they can prove that Trump once passed by someone at the same time, or sat at a table with someone at the same time, or horrors shook their hand a thousand years ago – whatever they will make the attempt – BUT GOD IS in charge.

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