The lawfirm for Company A, a state-run bank, is being represented by Alston & Bird. It is believed, or conjectured that the firm is QIA Qatar Investment Authority which is a
We know it’s state owned We know it’s a financial institution (WaPo) We know it’s represented by Alston & Bird, a firm that has a history of representing Russians (incl. Deripaska), and the Alston lawyer working on the matter formerly represented the RNC (CNN) 1/
A lawyer for the committee, Gibson Dunn partner Theodore Boutrous Jr., told BuzzFeed News that Alston & Bird partner Brian Boone is representing the foreign country–owned company at the Supreme Court. The company has resisted a subpoena for information sought by a grand jury in DC and faces a contempt order as a result of its refusal to comply that would include daily accrual of fines.
A spokesperson for the special counsel’s office declined to comment, and a spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither Boone nor a spokesperson for Alston & Bird immediately responded to requests for comment.
And another weird wrinkle is that this firm has represented Bill Barr in a Sovereignty Immunities Act trial issue before.
He also represented three former attorneys general — including former attorney general Bill Barr, now President Donald Trump’s nominee to be attorney general — in a 2009 brief at the Supreme Court relating to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.