More details have emerged about a foreign-owned mystery company involved in a legal battle with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
Newly unsealed documents, according to Talking Points Memo, show that the company is facing more than $2 million in fines for resisting a subpoena from Mueller’s office—and that in January, there was discussion between the company’s attorneys, a judge and prosecutors over what type of public comment could be made in the case.
Although the identity of the company remains unknown to the general public, journalists have reported that on July 11, 2018, a grand jury issued a subpoena and gave the mystery company until July 27 to come up with the documents requested. Mueller’s office granted the company an extension for the subpoena, giving it until August 16. But when the company asked Mueller for another extension, his office refused to grant one—and the company has been fighting Mueller in court.
On September 19, 2018, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell upheld the legality of Mueller’s subpoena. And on October 5, Howell held the company in contempt and imposed a hefty fine of $50,000 per day for non-compliance.
The company has claimed that it is exempt from the subpoena because of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to examine the case.
In a February 27 court filing, the company urged the High Court to “stop the damage to Country A’s sovereign dignity.” Judge Howell has helped to keep the company’s identity a mystery, ruling that the company’s attorneys are not allowed to make any public comments indicating its identity.