Supreme Court Turns Down Mueller Subpoena Challenge

WASHINGTON (CN) – A mystery company fighting a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller failed Monday to lodge its challenge with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The order denying a writ of certiorari appeared this morning in a list with no new grants, just one day after Attorney General William Barr released a 4-page summary of Mueller’s report.

The Justice Department said Sunday that Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Though the report is said to “not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice, Barr told Congress that Mueller merely “set[] out evidence on both sides,” without coming to a definitive answer on this question.

As for the company that objected to a subpoena from Mueller, little is known about the case because most of the filings remain under seal on federal court dockets.

From the few documents that are public, it is known that the case involves a company owned entirely by an unnamed country that refused to respond to a grand jury subpoena, incurring a contempt order and a $50,000-per-day fine from in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Supreme Court denied the company’s petition without comment Monday, as is its custom, leaving the company no choice but to provide the grand jury with the information requested by Mueller or face growing fines.

Proceedings around the company’s efforts remained secret for months, with the D.C. Circuit taking the unusual step of closing off an entire floor of the federal courthouse in Washington when it considered the case in December.

The company, which court documents say is “owned by Country A,” described itself as a witness in the special counsel’s investigation, and argued to the Supreme Court that forcing it to comply with the subpoena would violate the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.  

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