Mueller appears to respond early in subpoena fight at Supreme Court
By JOSH GERSTEIN 12/28/2018 11:10 PM EST
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office appears to have responded to a foreign company’s bid to get the Supreme Court to step into a fight over a grand jury subpoena served on the firm.
Most details of the case remain under seal at the Supreme Court since the company asked for an emergency stay last week, but an entry in the high court’s docket indicates a response was filed Friday, three days ahead of the Monday deadline set by the court. The filing was accompanied by an application to put the filing under seal, the Supreme Court docket says.The docket entry doesn’t indicate Mueller’s office is involved in the legal fight. Indeed, there’s not even a mention in the Supreme Court’s public records that the U.S. Government or the Justice Department is involved in the case.
Friday’s filing was likely submitted by Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s office, which handles nearly all Supreme Court briefs for the U.S. government.
When a federal appeals court issued a ruling last week turning down the company’s effort to quash the subpoena, the judges made public some details about the dispute. The D.C. Circuit order revealed that the firm involved is owned by a foreign government and was held in contempt by a district court judge who rejected the firm’s arguments that its governmental ownership makes it immune from a grand jury subpoena.
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