Moreover, the case is only four months old, marking a significantly fast trip to the Supreme Court.
Very little is known of the case, which reached the justices on Saturday, because everything has proceeded through the federal courts under seal. Absolutely no details of the people or possible incidents involved has been leaked to the press, or released.
The scant facts which are available have fueled speculation. Americans do know:
“A grand jury issued a subpoena to an unnamed company owned by a foreign government some time during the summer of 2018.
“That firm, referred to in court filings as ‘the corporation’ has been fighting the subpoena in federal court since August.
“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released one of the few public filings in the matter on Dec. 18.
“Since the entity is owned by a foreign government, it sought to quash the subpoena under the protections of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. The D.C. Circuit rejected those arguments, and found that the corporation must comply with the subpoena.”
However, the company appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, since it has been incurring a fine for every day that it fails to abide by the subpoena.
Roberts’ decision has temporarily halted the non-compliance fines.
He also ordered the Justice Department to submit a response to the foreign company’s application by Dec. 31.
The chief justice’s order is not a decision on the merits of the dispute, it’s just an administrative stay, while the full court considers how it wants to proceed.
“Though Mueller’s connection to the case has not been definitively established, several facts indicate the special counsel’s involvement:”
“CNN saw senior Mueller lawyers return to the Justice Department immediately after the conclusion of a recent secret hearing in the matter — an entire floor of the courthouse where that proceeding was taking place was sealed, a highly unusual move.
“On a separate occasion, Politico overheard lawyers and court officials discussing this matter with specific reference to the special counsel.
“Katsas was a lawyer in the White House counsel’s office in the early days of the Trump administration, where he handled topics bearing on the Mueller probe. The judge told lawmakers he would recuse himself from cases relating to Mueller’s investigation during his confirmation hearing.”
The speculation surrounding the case is rampant, but many people hope that it will help put a stop to the massive Mueller witch hunt that hasn’t turned up a single shred of evidence against the president in almost two years.