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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Kremlin says Trump discussed inviting Russia to G7 in call with Putin

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their bilateral meeting at the G20 Osaka Summit 2019, in Osaka, Japan in 2019. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on Monday about Trump's plans to expand September's G7 meeting in Washington to include Russia, according to the Russian government's readout of the call.

The big picture: The phone call between the two leaders, which the Kremlin says was initiated by Trump, comes amid six consecutive days of mass unrest in the U.S. over police brutality and racial inequality. The White House confirmed the call took place and said a readout was forthcoming.

Facebook employees stage "virtual walkout"

Screenshot of an image some Facebook employees are adding to their internal profiles, with or without the hashtag, to protest company policy.

"Dozens" of Facebook employees staged a "virtual walkout" Monday over the company's decision not to take action against President Trump's provocative messages in the face of nationwide protests against police violence, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: While Twitter added fact-check labels and hid the president's most inflammatory tweet — "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" — Facebook has said Trump's statements do not violate its policies, and that the platform aims to promote free speech.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Trump lashes out at governors, urges them to "dominate" protesters

President Trump berated the nation’s governors in a video teleconference call Monday, calling many of them "weak" and demanding tougher crackdowns on the protests that erupted throughout the country following the killing of George Floyd, according to multiple reports.

The big picture: Trump blamed violence on the "the radical left" and told the governors, who were joined by law enforcement and national security officials, that they have to "dominate" protesters and "arrest people" in order to bring an end to the unrest.