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Federal appeals court orders foreign company to comply with subpoena

By Allen Cone

Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered an unnamed company owned by a foreign country to comply with a grand jury subpoena possibly linked to Robert Mueller's investigation.

In a three-page ruling, appellate judges in Washington, D.C., didn't mention the link between the "Corporation" and "Country A," but Politico reported in October the case involved Mueller's Russia investigation.

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The company argued it was immune from criminal proceedings under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the subpoena would require it to violate law in "Country A." The 1977 FSIA law limits the ability of foreign nations to be sued in U.S. courts

Judges David Tatel, Thomas Griffith and Stephen Williams unanimously agreed with the court that the act does not immunize the company from the subpoena. The company could seek a review of decision by the circuit's full bench

The D.C. Circuit Court heard arguments in a closed hearing last week. Media members were denied access to the fifth floor of the courthouse and staircases.

About 10 minutes after the court activity, CNN reported, a Justice Department car pulled into the special counsel's office building with two top Mueller attorneys.

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An associate of longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, Andrew Miller, also is resisting a subpoena to testify before Mueller's grand jury in D.C. by challenging Mueller's authority. A separate three-judge panel is weighing the case.

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