Chief Justice Roberts weighs in on mystery subpoena clash potentially tied to MuellerSupreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has weighed in on a clash over a mysterious grand jury subpoena, which is rumored to be connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
The dispute involves an unknown company owned by a foreign nation, which has fought the subpoena and appealed a related contempt citation. In a brief order issued Sunday, Roberts stayed that contempt citation and associated financial penalties pending a response from government lawyers, due Dec. 31.
A large swath of the federal government is shut down — and so are negotiations to reopen it.
President Donald Trump’s standoff with Democratic leaders over the border wall dragged into a third day on Monday, with no hopes on either side of a Christmas deal to break the stalemate. It’s been 48 hours since the last real discussions between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Vice President Mike Pence, and there’s growing sentiment in the Capitol that the closure could drag on until mid-January.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 650 points Monday — the worst Christmas Eve trading session in the country’s history, according to experts — after eyebrow-raising comments by the treasury secretary, an escalating trade with China, and amid an economic slowdown.
Stocks are negative for the year, and the Dow has fallen thousands of points from its high of nearly 27,000.
The Dow ended the day a dramatic 653 points lower at 21,792 in an abbreviated trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday, down nearly 10 percent from a mere week ago. The day’s losses of 2.9 percent, added to last week’s of 6.8 percent, set the stage for a sober last week of trade this year.
With no compromise in sight to end the partial government shutdown, President Trump on Monday urged Democratic leaders to “make a deal” on border security — while those lawmakers countered that mixed messages from the White House are “making it impossible to know where they stand.”
The back-and-forth on Christmas Eve signaled a stalemate likely to last through the holiday week and possibly into the new year. Trump, on a busy day of tweeting, weighed in with a social media appeal claiming he’s “all alone” waiting for Democrats to return to the negotiating table.
“I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security,” Trump tweeted. “At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!”