What to Make of the Mystery Judgment in In re Grand Jury Subpoena

Earlier this evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released a judgment in In re Grand Jury Subpoena, a mysterious case that has drawn attention for its suspected connection to the Mueller investigation. The ostentatious secrecy has fueled speculation that the case might involve something as dramatic as an effort to secure testimony from the president himself. It turns out that’s not true—but the appeals court’s decision does set out some hints about what might be going on. The case first caught the eye of the press when Politico reporter Darren Samuelsohn overheard an unknown man request the latest sealed filing from the special counsel’s office—and noticed a sealed response appear in a grand jury case three hours later.  Speculation heated up when former prosecutor Nelson Cunningham suggested that the Mueller link and the unusually speedy handling of the case might indicate a battle over a presidential subpoena. Oral…

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