Offbeat Judge holds Roger Stone associate in contempt for refusing to testify in Russia investigation

19:27  10 august  2018
19:27  10 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Andrew Miller has been held in contempt for defying an order to testify in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, The Washington Post reported Friday. Miller is a former aide to political operative and longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, Roger Stone .

Republicans have threatened to hold an FBI agent formerly assigned to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in contempt for refusing to 11/17 Roger Stone . Mr Stone is a former Trump adviser who worked on the political campaigns of Richard Nixon, George HW Bush, and Ronald Reagan.

The witness, Andrew Miller, worked for Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential campaign. © Kevin Lamarque The witness, Andrew Miller, worked for Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential campaign. A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone.

After the hearing, Miller’s lawyer Paul Kamenar said Miller was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision to the court of appeals.”

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Howell stayed her order while Miller’s legal team appeals the judge’s decision.

Miller had fought and lost a court battle earlier this month to quash a subpoena, after a judge issued a 93-page opinion saying Miller must testify before the grand jury.

Peter Flaherty, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative nonprofit that is funding Miller’s legal fight, said Miller had refused to appear before the grand jury in response to a subpoena. Miller is in Missouri, Flaherty said.

Earlier in the day, Kamenar and Flaherty were seen entering Howell’s courtroom before she sealed it, and declined to comment on the proceeding. Kamenar spoke afterward, confirming it was a hearing held after prosecutors filed a motion to find the witness in contempt.

'Manhattan Madam' to testify before Mueller grand jury this week

  'Manhattan Madam' to testify before Mueller grand jury this week Last week an investigator on Mueller's team questioned Kristin Davis, an associate of former Trump adviser Roger Stone, about Russian collusion.Last week an investigator on Mueller's team questioned Davis about Russian collusion, according to a person with knowledge.

2018, that Mueller's office had the prior week subpoenaed Stone 's social media strategist, Jason Sullivan, to testify before a grand jury on that led the FBI in July 2016 to open an investigation into Russia 's attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump's associates conspired.

Most likely, the prosecutor putatively acting on the grand jury’s behalf will respond to an ignored subpoena request by asking a court to hold the person in civil contempt for refusing to comply.

When a subpoenaed witness refuses to testify before a grand jury, that person can be held in contempt. In some cases, such a contempt finding can lead to a witness being sent to jail until the person agrees to testify.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with those efforts.

Stone has been under scrutiny by Mueller in part because of a series of public statements and tweets he made during the 2016 campaign appearing to suggest he had advance knowledge of hacked Democratic emails released by the group WikiLeaks. The publication of the emails embarrassed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and helped disrupt the presidential race.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government was behind the hacking of the material from the Democratic Party and the personal email account of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

A grand jury indicted 12 Russian military officers in July for orchestrating the hacks.

Miller worked for Stone during the 2016 presidential campaign, handling duties such as setting up media interviews. He is one of at least a half-dozen of Stone’s associates to be called to testify. Others include his driver, John Kakanis, and a social media consultant, Jason Sullivan. Kristin Davis, who gained notoriety in the 2000s as the “Manhattan Madam” when she ran a high-end prostitution ring, is also expected to testify to the grand jury.

Stone has accused Mueller’s team of harassing his associates.

Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone .
Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be narrowing his focus on Roger Stone in his investigation into Russian interference in the election, prompting widespread speculation that the longtime adviser to President Trump is likely a target in the probe. Stone has long been subject to public scrutiny as a result of his connections to WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the hacking persona that Mueller's team now alleges was a front for Russian intelligence officers.The focus on Stone has seemed to intensify in recent weeks, as Mueller has sought testimony from a growing number of individuals linked to him.

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