A former aide to Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, has been held in contempt for refusing to testify earlier than a grand jury convened by particular counsel Robert Mueller within the probe of Russian affect within the 2016 election.
Chief U.S. District Choose Beryl Howell of Washington, D.C., held Andrew Miller in contempt on Friday, the Washington Post experiences. Howell had dominated earlier this month that Miller should testify in an opinion that rejected a problem to Mueller’s authority, in keeping with prior protection by Politico and Law.com.
Howell dominated after holding a sealed listening to on the problem. Miller’s lawyer, Paul Kamenar, instructed the Put up that that they had sought a contempt order so they might attraction the decide’s determination.
Stone has beforehand acknowledged he communicated with a Twitter persona referred to as Guccifer 2.0, however has mentioned the interactions have been restricted and fully benign. A particular counsel indictment has said Russian navy intelligence officers who hacked into Democratic organizations launched the paperwork by way of the fictional Guccifer persona, in addition to different on-line handles.
Miller had labored for Stone through the presidential marketing campaign and is amongst a number of associates known as to testify, in keeping with the Put up. Others embody Stone’s driver, his social media advisor and his buddy Kristin Davis, the lady known as the “Manhattan Madam” as a result of she ran a high-priced prostitution ring. Davis was set to testify Friday afternoon, NBC reported.
Davis did graphics work and workplace duties for Stone’s political consultancy, however instructed NBC she didn’t know a lot concerning the presidential marketing campaign as a result of she was in jail till Could 2016 on a drug cost.