Details Emerge in DC's Mystery 'Sealed v Sealed' Case

Ruling is an apparent win for Mueller's team
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2018 2:08 AM CST
Details Emerge in Mysterious DC 'Sealed v Sealed' Case
A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman US Courthouse in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The "Sealed v Sealed" case working its way through courts in Washington is shrouded in so much secrecy that reporters were cleared from an entire floor of a DC courthouse before a hearing Friday—but a Tuesday night ruling provided some clues. CNN—whose reporters spotted attorneys from Robert Mueller's team returning to their offices after the Friday hearing ended—reports that the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered an unnamed party to comply with a grand jury subpoena. The ruling revealed that the party trying to resist the subpoena is a corporation owned by "Country A," not an individual, ended speculation that the party might have been President Trump.

National security attorney Bradley Moss, who notes that the case has been proceeding with unusual speed over the last few months, believes the corporation could be a foreign bank. "This suggests to me that Mueller is following the money—Trump is heavily dependent on foreign banks as US lenders gave up on him a long time ago," he tells the Guardian. The Lawfare blog notes that despite speculation, there's not enough information to draw firm conclusions, and it's "not even clear whether the corporation is a familiar character in the story so far or a new player altogether. As with every step of the Russia investigation so far, there’s a lot that remains in the shadows." (More Robert Mueller stories.)

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