Special counsel Robert Mueller has won a bizarre legal fight that has garnered a great deal of speculation as sealed motions made their way through the federal court system, CNN reported Tuesday.
“We got a few more precious details from the appeals court. What we few know is that this entire fight, which we believe is related to the Mueller investigation involves a country that is arguing essentially that this grand jury subpoena that has been served on a company that is owned by this country, that essentially this company cannot obey the subpoena that’s been ordered by the court, because it’s against the law of that country,” CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Pérez explained to anchor Wolf Blitzer.
“Now, again, we don’t know what country this is. We don’t know the name of the company,” he reminded. “But it gives us a little bit more information about who has been fighting — spending a lot of money in federal courts here in Washington, trying to fight this grand jury subpoena.”
“Now, as you said, last Friday there was a lot of drama in the federal courthouse. The security there took the extraordinary measure to seal off an entire floor, so reporters could not see the lawyers coming in and out,” he noted. “Again, this is a subpoena — grand jury subpoena.”
“What’s extraordinary here is an entire floor was sealed off in a courthouse in order to protect the identity and the country’s identity of the people involved here,” explained CNN legal analyst Laura Coates. “The amount of secrecy and tactics used to shroud this thing does not happen unless there is some extraordinary means.”