Apr 2, 2019

Judge won't identify foreign-owned firm in Mueller subpoena fight

A firm has been fighting a subpoena brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A federal judge on Monday declined to publicly identify a company owned by a foreign government that's fighting a grand jury subpoena brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team.

Details: U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell wouldn't grant the identity aspect of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press request because the "underlying grand jury investigation is ongoing." Howell did grant the unsealing of redacted versions of case briefs and transcripts.

Why it matters: The RCFP had asked the district court to release grand jury materials "cited, quoted, or referenced" in the Mueller report. Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday he'd release a version of the full Mueller report by mid-April, but he'd redact material "subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure" that can't be made public.

The big picture: The mysterious firm at the center of Howell's ruling has since January racked up a fine of $50,000 a day for contempt of court for not complying with the grand jury subpoena.

Go deeper: House Judiciary to vote to reauthorize subpoenas for release of report

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.

How Trump’s economy stacks up

Source: "Presidents and US Economy", Trump figures through 2019 courtesy of Alan Blinder; Note: Data shows real GDP and Q1 growth in each term is attributed to the previous president; Chart: Axios Visuals

Average economic growth under President Trump has outpaced the growth under Barack Obama, but not all of his recent predecessors.

Why it matters: GDP is the most comprehensive economic scorecard — and something presidents, especially Trump, use as an example of success. And it's especially relevant since Trump is running for re-election on his economic record.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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