Supreme Court just weighed in on the mysterious legal case allegedly tied to Mueller's probe

Supreme Court just weighed in on the mysterious legal case allegedly tied to Mueller's probe
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined to block fines against a mysterious foreign country that refused to comply with a subpoena in a grand jury proceeding at a federal court in Washington last year:


The courthouse mystery began to unfold last summer when the company — identified only as a corporation owned by country A — resisted a grand jury subpoena, arguing that it's beyond the reach of U.S. law. But the company was found in contempt of court for refusing to comply and was ordered to pay a fine for every day it resisted.

The company appealed to the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Roberts put everything on hold in late December, including the fine of $50,000 a day. But Tuesday, in a brief unsigned order, the court lifted that stay, denying the company's request to block the fine.

The identity of the company is not known, as the contents of the grand jury proceeding are sealed. All that is known about the company is that it is "owned by Country A," implying that it is a state-run enterprise of a foreign government. The subpoena at the heart of the dispute is speculated to be from special counsel Robert Mueller, in connection with the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

This news comes days after attorneys for Concord Management and Consulting LLC, a Russian firm charged with conspiracy by Mueller, behaved so unprofessionally toward D.C. District Judge Dabney Friedrich a Trump appointee that she demanded they "knock it off."

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