Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was held in contempt of court Friday in a fresh attempt to challenge Robert Mueller's appointment as the special counsel investigating Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

An associate of Stone's, Andrew Miller, was supposed to testify before the grand jury but failed to appear and was held in contempt. She made the contempt ruling Friday after a closed hearing in Washington.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel previous year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation. In response, Stone has accused Mueller's investigative team of harassment.

According to the Washington Post, Miller defied a June subpoena by Mueller to testify as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians, along with potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president.

Miller worked for Stone during the 2016 campaign.

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The President has escalated his attacks on the investigation - publicly calling on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the probe, though the White House has said he was merely expressing an opinion, not giving an order - as his legal team continues its prolonged back-and-forth in negotiations with the Mueller team over whether Trump will sit for an interview as part of the investigation.

Miller agreed he was acting in contempt of the order Howell issued last week, "and we filed a motion to that effect", said Kamenar.

Stone told CNN's Anderson Cooper earlier this week that he has not been contacted by the special counsel's office and said that while he "would not rule out cooperating", with the investigation, he would not testify against Trump.

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.

Miller's lawyer in June said he would seek to quash the subpoena.

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