Feds: Grand jury in probe is ‘continuing robustly’
Washington – A grand jury that was involved in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is “continuing robustly,” a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday.
The prosecutor, David Goodhand, made the revelation Wednesday during a federal court hearing over whether filings in the Mueller probe related to an unidentified foreign company should be unsealed.
Mueller officially completed his investigation when he turned over his report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. But he referred some matters he discovered to several U.S. attorney’s offices.
Mueller found no evidence President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, according to a letter Barr sent to Congress summarizing the special counsel’s findings.
Wednesday’s court hearing came after attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a motion seeking to unseal some court filings tied to a subpoena fight that developed during Mueller’s investigation.
A company owned by an unidentified foreign government has refused to turn over information demanded by Mueller’s investigators. The Supreme Court had rejected an appeal from the company on Monday, and prosecutors in Washington are now handling the case.
The company has been held in contempt and has been racking up fines of $50,000 a day for not complying with the grand jury subpoena for documents. Fines have been accruing since Jan. 15 and could total nearly $3.5 million. New daily fines stop once the grand jury is discharged.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Chief Judge Beryl Howell asked prosecutors whether a grand jury investigation was continuing despite Mueller handing over his report last week.
“I can say it is continuing robustly,” Goodhand responded.
Howell ruled partially in favor of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, saying that redacted court documents and transcripts from a contempt hearing and other motions could be released, but gave the government time to redact the motions.
The judge did not say whether she would release the name of the corporation or country behind it.
Theodore Boutrous, who represented the press freedom organization, said he was pleased with the ruling. He said he was hopeful the judge would eventually make public the name of the corporation.