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Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:41 PM

Supreme Court rules against mystery corporation 'from Country A' fighting subpoena in Mueller invest

Source: Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a lower court order requiring an unnamed foreign-owned corporation to comply with a subpoena said to be part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The court dissolved a temporary stay that had been put in place by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. In a short order, it did not give a reason for the decision, nor did it note any dissents.

The entity that is the subject of the cloaked legal battle -- known in court papers simply as a "Corporation" from "Country A" -- is a foreign financial institution that was issued a subpoena by a grand jury hearing evidence in the special counsel investigation, according to two people familiar with the case. It is thought to be the first time that an aspect of Mueller's wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign has reached the Supreme Court.

Last year, a federal court in Washington ordered the corporation to pay a daily fine until it complied with the subpoena, according to court records. An appeals court panel upheld that decision last month, prompting the company's lawyers to appeal to the Supreme Court. Late last month, Roberts, who receives emergency petitions from the D.C. Circuit, put the order and the fines on hold until the justices could consider the matter.

The secret nature of the case has prompted a Washington guessing-game about the information that Mueller is pursuing. In the lower courts and at the Supreme Court, details of the legal battle to get information from the corporation have been sealed. At one point an entire floor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was closed to the public to protect the identity of the litigants.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-rules-against-mystery-corporation-from-country-a-fighting-subpoena-in-mueller-investigation/2019/01/08/a39b61ac-0d1a-11e9-84fc-d58c33d6c8c7_story.html



Full title: Supreme Court rules against mystery corporation from 'Country A' fighting subpoena in Mueller investigation

UPDATE above.

Original article -

By Washington Post Staff
January 8 at 3:38 PM

The court left in place a lower court order requiring an unnamed foreign-owned corporation to comply with a subpoena and dissolved a temporary stay that had been put in place by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. In a short order, it did not give a reason for the decision, nor did it note any dissents.

The entity that is the subject of the cloaked legal battle -- known in court papers simply as a "Corporation" from "Country A" -- is a foreign financial institution that was issued a subpoena by a grand jury hearing evidence in the special counsel investigation, according to two people familiar with the case.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2019/01/08/supreme-court-rules-against-mystery-corporation-from-country-a-fighting-subpoena-in-mueller-investigation/?utm_term.958016d5efcb


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Seth Abramson

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Some cases are so historic, SCOTUS feels it must weigh in just to preserve the rule of law. That was the case in Bush v. Gore, and in 2019 we'll often find it to be the case in the Trump-Russia probe. So initial SCOTUS intercessions, like Roberts', shouldn't cause undue surprise.
Chris Geidner

@chrisgeidner

BREAKING: Supreme Court denies the foreign country-owned company's request to stay a contempt order resulting from its refusal to comply with a grand jury's subpoena. Chief Justice Roberts' "administrative stay" is vacated, so the result is the contempt order is back in effect.
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Some cases are so historic, SCOTUS feels it must weigh in just to preserve the rule of law. That was the case in Bush v. Gore, and in 2019 we'll often find it to be the case in the Trump-Russia probe. So initial SCOTUS intercessions, like Roberts', shouldn't cause undue surprise.

Seth Abramson

@SethAbramson

2/ In other words we may at times in 2019 hear of an "administrative stay" coming out of SCOTUS that makes us think the Court is going to rule a certain way, when in fact it's simply taking hold of a case so that it can be the one to issue the case's final, determinative holding.

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Reply Supreme Court rules against mystery corporation 'from Country A' fighting subpoena in Mueller invest (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 OP
C_U_L8R Jan 2019 #1
helpisontheway Jan 2019 #9
WheelWalker Jan 2019 #24
NewJeffCT Jan 2019 #18
volstork Jan 2019 #20
Cold War Spook Jan 2019 #22
volstork Jan 2019 #23
azureblue Jan 2019 #25
Cold War Spook Jan 2019 #26
PubliusEnigma Jan 2019 #2
louis-t Jan 2019 #3
Achilleaze Jan 2019 #4
mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2019 #5
saidsimplesimon Jan 2019 #6
MFGsunny Jan 2019 #7
BigmanPigman Jan 2019 #8
sandensea Jan 2019 #10
iluvtennis Jan 2019 #11
Dopers_Greed Jan 2019 #12
malchickiwick Jan 2019 #13
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 #16
BobTheSubgenius Jan 2019 #21
Jose Garcia Jan 2019 #27
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orangecrush Jan 2019 #17
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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:43 PM

1. Trump is not having a good day

What more will it take for him to blow a gasket on live tv?

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:59 PM

9. Good because he is not a good person. Nt

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Response to helpisontheway (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 07:01 PM

24. Karma. It's not just a good idea. It's the law.

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 05:25 PM

18. I'm dreaming of his "Code Red" moment

where he says Mueller can't handle the truth and admits to ordering the Code Red (Russian Collusion)

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 05:56 PM

20. I'm dreaming of his "Code Blue" moment

where he blows a gasket on national TV.

What a sweet dream that is...
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Response to volstork (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 06:09 PM

22. Only if Pence goes to help him, falls and breaks his neck.

 

I hope Schumer doesn't waste any time bringing the Bible and the Chief Justice over to Pelosi.

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Response to Cold War Spook (Reply #22)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 06:47 PM

23. No kidding!

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Response to Cold War Spook (Reply #22)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:06 PM

25. OTOH

Jesus was a socialist and taught the rich are obligated to help the poor. and see Matthew 25:31 -46 for Jesus' dire warning.

So it will be fun to hammer Pence with the teachings of Jesus and ask him why if he is a Christian, he is refusing to do what Jesus taught? That sort of makes Pence anti Christian, doesn't it...

From what little I know about Pence, he is blindly dogmatic. And those people who fall back on the Bible, the word of God, etc., can be induced into a crisis of faith, when they are confronted with matters like "why aren't you doing what Jesus tells you to do?"

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Response to azureblue (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:40 PM

26. I am not a Christian.

 

I do try to follow Matthew 25: 35-39. Even in the Tanakn there are some good laws to follow.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:43 PM

2. Now THIS.... does bring a smile to my face.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:46 PM

3. If anything, I think what will shock most of the country

when Mueller's report comes out is the level of foreign interference in our elections, the amount of classified info given to Russia by Republicans, and the staggering amounts of cash owed to Russia by MF-45.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:48 PM

4. Corrupt KGOP republican knees knocking in fear

...as more and more of their vile treason moves toward EXPOSURE.



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:48 PM

5. BREAKING: Supreme Court denies the foreign country-owned company's request to stay a contempt order

I can't keep all these trials straight.

MilitaryEminentDomainHat Retweeted

BREAKING: Supreme Court denies the foreign country-owned company's request to stay a contempt order resulting from its refusal to comply with a grand jury's subpoena. Chief Justice Roberts' "administrative stay" is vacated, so the result is the contempt order is back in effect.


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:51 PM

6. Mr. Mueller does not

suffer fools lightly. If this Special Counsel issues a subpoena, a challenge is only going to provide a brief delay in the march to the guillotine.
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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:52 PM

7. K & R for visibility

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:54 PM

8. They are already hinted over hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This mystery company must be loaded.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 03:59 PM

10. And now, for a weather report from Country A:

Those winters in Country A are something else aren't they.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 04:05 PM

11. Woohoo, woohoo.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 04:06 PM

12. Wow...so even Dump's illegitimate appointments couldn't tip the scales for him

He's going to be rabid this evening during his address

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 04:35 PM

13. Is there any good idea who the corp. is? I am HOPING Deutsche Bank, with evidence of years of crime

The lack of leaks from an investigation that has reached into so many venues is a true testament to Mr. Mueller's professionalism and complete neutrality, everything the dotard lacks. Similarly, in my opinion, it speaks to the strength and stability of our judicial branch, and encourages me that it will be the wall we all think of when we look back on this shit-show of a "presidency"
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Response to malchickiwick (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 04:55 PM

16. "I am HOPING Deutsche Bank"

I keep thinking that one or possibly the somewhat notorious Alfa Bank (with its data communications to the campaign server).

EDIT TO ADD - see this little thread on that - https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211642921

You had DeVos and brother Erik Prince involved with a Russian back-channel meeting... and then this connection in terms of server communications -

Only one other entity seemed to be reaching out to the Trump Organization’s domain with any frequency: Spectrum Health, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spectrum Health is closely linked to the DeVos family; Richard DeVos, Jr., is the chairman of the board, and one of its hospitals is named after his mother. His wife, Betsy DeVos, was appointed Secretary of Education by Donald Trump. Her brother, Erik Prince, is a Trump associate who has attracted the scrutiny of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump’s ties to Russia. Mueller has been looking into Prince’s meeting, following the election, with a Russian official in the Seychelles, at which he reportedly discussed setting up a back channel between Trump and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. (Prince maintains that the meeting was “incidental.”) In the summer of 2016, Max and the others weren’t aware of any of this. “We didn’t know who DeVos was,” Max said.

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The D.N.S. records raised vexing questions. Why was the Trump Organization’s domain, set up to send mass-marketing e-mails, conducting such meagre activity? And why were computers at Alfa Bank and Spectrum Health trying to reach a server that didn’t seem to be doing anything? After analyzing the data, Max said, “We decided this was a covert communication channel.”

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One remarkable aspect of Foer’s story involved the way that the Trump domain had stopped working. On September 21st, he wrote, the Times had delivered potential evidence of communications to B.G.R., a Washington lobbying firm that worked for Alfa Bank. Two days later, the Trump domain vanished from the Internet. (Technically, its “A record,” which translates the domain name to an I.P. address, was deleted. If the D.N.S. is a phone book, the domain name was effectively decoupled from its number.) For four days, the servers at Alfa Bank kept trying to look up the Trump domain. Then, ten minutes after the last attempt, one of them looked up another domain, which had been configured to lead to the same Trump Organization server.

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Alfa Bank was founded by Mikhail Fridman, in the last years of the Soviet Union. Fridman was born in western Ukraine and studied metallurgy in college. Like many others of his generation, he was introduced to the market economy through hustle. He sold theatre tickets, washed windows, and ran a student discothčque. After the Soviet Union collapsed, in 1991, Fridman joined the scramble to befriend members of the new government and amass a fortune with help from the state. Along with an economist named Petr Aven, who had previously served as the country’s minister for foreign economic relations, Fridman built Alfa Bank into one of the most successful businesses in the new Russia. Its parent company, Alfa Group, now controls the country’s largest private bank, along with financial institutions in several European nations.

Refresher stuff on this - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/was-there-a-connection-between-a-russian-bank-and-the-trump-campaign


Some more on Alfa - https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/maria-butina-paul-erickson-suspicious-bank-money-russia

Dutch just raided the subsidiary in their country - https://www.reuters.com/article/netherlands-russia-bank/corrected-dutch-subsidiary-of-russias-alfa-bank-raided-in-money-laundering-investigation-idUSL8N1OC4SM

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 06:08 PM

21. Between those two, I don't know which one to hope is the subject of investigation.

More investigation, I should say.

Those two are easily the two leading candidates, at least in my mind, but it could also be a private equity firm belonging to one of the Russian oligarchs. That would be OK,. too.

Whatever causes the most disruption of their operations, and that of their "client" (co-conspirator) and the worst PR nightmare is fine by me.

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Response to malchickiwick (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:53 PM

27. It can't be Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a publicly traded corporation. The company involved in this litigation is owned by a foreign government.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 04:47 PM

15. Mr. Undefeated wins again. Whoot!



Mueller is damn good at what he does. He may help save the union yet.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 04:58 PM

17. Great News!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 05:34 PM

19. Good to hear. Many on DU were worried about Roberts initial stay.

I am glad this worked out. Sometimes we need to wait out the procedural stuff.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 11:28 PM

28. The article speaks of the NRA. Well known traitor, Ollie North, heads up the NRA. NT

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 03:54 AM

29. Country A...

 

...owns Individual 1.

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