08 Jun 03:31 PM

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What does " it's not so strange to think about it in those terms," (last paragraph) mean?

The anonymous foreign-government-owned company that fought a subpoena in the special counsel investigation for months appears to be off the hook, while prosecutors continue to put significant resources into investigating what Robert Mueller pursued related to the company, according to newly unsealed court records.

Federal judge Beryl Howell of the DC District Court stopped fining the company in February, when it turned almost 1,000 pages of documents over to Mueller.

The court fight dragged on from February into April, however, because Mueller's team and other prosecutors believed the company had kept records from them, according to the newly unsealed information.

She finally deciding the company was no longer in contempt on April 17.

Howell previously ordered that the company should be fined $50,000 a day beginning January 15 for refusing to comply with Mueller's subpoena from last year. It's unclear from the newly released court record how much, if anything at all, the company paid in fines.

Much of the mystery around the case remains.

Yet the court records released by Howell on Friday night do provide some new clues.

The company had handed over documents in two parts -- about 950 pages in total -- in early February, after losing some of its appeal attempts. Many of those pages were translated into English for Mueller, the filings say, implying that the country that owned the company isn't primarily English-speaking.

It had "gone to great lengths to find and voluntarily produce documents responsive to the subpoena," the company wrote to the court.

A defense attorney appeared to argue that the records the company gave Mueller might not be complete because the company was fledgling in recent years. "Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak -- they started their billion-dollar businesses in garages. So it's not so strange to think about it in those terms," the company's attorney Brian Boone said at a court hearing, according to the newly released records.

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