Trump adviser Stone's ex-aide refuses to appear before grand jury

12 August, 2018, 22:27 | Author: Myra Gill
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An associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone was found in contempt on Friday after refusing to appear as a witness before a grand jury convened as part of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, U.S. media reported.

The grand jury testimony on Friday comes as Mueller's team faces its first major test in court with the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the Eastern District of Virginia, where Manafort faces charges of bank fraud, tax evasion and other financial crimes.

CNN also reported that Kristin Davis, another Stone ally and one-time Manhattan madam, was scheduled to appear before the grand jury on Friday. She made the contempt ruling Friday after a closed hearing in Washington.

Miller's fight against Mueller largely follows the same contours as Concord Management and Consulting's attempt to say Mueller's appointment is unconstitutional.

If Mueller was not correctly appointed, that calls into question the legality of his client to testify, Kamenar argued.


Miller worked for Stone during the 2016 campaign.

Miller is a longtime associate of Stone and worked on Kristin Davis' campaign when the so-called "Manhattan Madam" unsuccessfully ran for governor of NY in 2010. He asserted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not have the authority to appoint Mueller to lead the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation. Stone is a longtime associate of President Donald Trump. At least nine people associated with Stone have been contacted by the special counsel.

An indictment announced last month accused 12 Russian military intelligence officers of hacking into the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent, and the Democratic Party, and releasing tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping Kremlin-orchestrated conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 US election.

He said, "We had to have one thing that he was refusing to do, namely go before the grand jury, in order for us to get the contempt and to appeal".

Had the judge not issued the stay, Miller could have been jailed until he agreed to testify before the grand jury and provide the subpoenaed documents.

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