A mysterious foreign corporation is fighting a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the Supreme Court. (The Daily Caller)
The unidentified entity filed an application for a stay with Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit turned down their request to quash a subpoena.
Saturday’s application was the first time a matter arising from the Mueller probe has reached the high court.
Very little is known about the case, which apparently arose on Aug. 16 in the Washington, D.C. federal trial court. The entire matter has proceeded under seal, meaning all filings are closely held by court officials, hearings take place in secret, and attorneys are forbidden from discussing details in public.
One of the few documents made public in the case was released on Dec. 18, when the corporation lost its appeal of a lower court ruling requiring their compliance with the subpoena.
The corporation argues it is immune to U.S. subpoenas under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, as a foreign government owns their firm.
The company also argues complying with the special counsel’s subpoena would violate domestic laws in their own country.
The D.C. Circuit Court rejected both arguments, prompting an appeal to the Supreme Court.