If anyone actually thought Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe had concluded, then they thought wrong. According to CNN, yesterday, Mueller’s office announced that it has turned over a subpoena battle against an unidentified foreign-government owned company to the U.S. Attorney’s office for Washington, DC.
Per Talking Points Memo: “The foreign-own company first received the subpoena in July 2018, and took Mueller to court over the request the following month. However, the case’s early proceedings took place under extreme secrecy and the existence of the case — and its possible link to the Russia probe — only became publicly known in fall 2018.”
Interestingly, Mueller had already won the case against the company in appeals court, but in turn, it appealed the case to the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court has refused to hear the case and has allowed for briefings in the case to be filed under seal. In essence, this leaves the mystery company somewhat empty handed, as it had already lost its challenge several times at the lower courts and is currently facing hefty fines to the tune of $50,000 a day, all because it adamantly refuses to produce certain documents for the courts.
At this point, no one really knows much about the company other than the few things which have been confirmed through public court filings, such as it is fully owned by a foreign government, it’s a financial institution, and it does business in the United States.
Regardless, those details are pretty telling in and of themselves. Whatever Mueller was trying to subpoena surely must have fit within the scope of his investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal. And considering the company’s reluctance to provide the requested records, logic suggests they must be pertinent to the investigation.
Although it’s currently unclear what move the U.S. Attorney’s office will make regarding this mystery company, the subpoena is still alive and well. In other words, even though Robert Mueller is no longer controlling the reigns, his investigation is far from over.