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Supreme Court Rejects Foreign Corporation’s Appeal of Mueller Subpoena

March 25, 2019 by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Rejects Foreign Corporation’s Appeal of Mueller Subpoena
The Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Robert Mueller’s investigation may be over, but the cases he set in motion will continue for some time.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a corporation owned by an unidentified foreign government that has refused to turn over documents demanded by the special counsel’s office.

The corporation has asked the justices to review a ruling by a lower court holding it in contempt for ignoring the grand jury subpoena. It argued that it is immune from lawsuits under the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and because doing so would cause it to violate the laws of its own country.

The D.C. Circuit had previously rejected that argument.



The corporation is currently being fined $50,000 a day for not complying with the grand jury subpoena. The fines have been accruing since Jan. 15.

Although Mueller turned his final report over to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, the status of the grand jury is unknown.


As is their custom, the justices did not explain why they rejected the appeal.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said Monday that the matter was being handed off to federal prosecutors in the District of Columbia.

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