Stone associate held in contempt of court

Stone I wouldn't testify against Trump

Stone I wouldn't testify against Trump

An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has been held in contempt of course after refusing to appear before a grand jury in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Miller's attorney, Paul Kamenar, said he plans to appeal the order, which was put on hold pending his action.

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 had tried to get Mueller's subpoena invalidated last month, but a judge ruled that Mueller's request was valid and that Miller would have to testify.

Both Miller and Davis have been called to testify in Mueller's investigation in what may be a sign the special counsel is building a case against Stone.

Mueller has spent months investigating Russian meddling in the election and whether any Trump campaign aides had a hand in the foreign interference plot. Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation and has called Mueller's investigation a witch hunt.

Stone acknowledged that he was likely the unnamed U.S. official in the indictment, which listed messages exchanged with Guccifer 2.0, the identity United States investigators say was used by Russian hackers. At least nine people associated with Stone have been contacted by the special counsel.

The statement from lawyer Grant Smith said the exchange "provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the [Democratic National Committee] e-mails". John Kakanis, an assistant and driver for Stone, has also been subpoenaed.

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.

The U.S. Senate intelligence panel, which is among several congressional committees conducting Russian Federation probes, is also investigating Wikileaks' role.

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