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 Decide Beryl Howell of Washington, D.C., held Andrew Miller in contempt on Friday, the Washington Post studies. Howell had dominated earlier this month that Miller should testify in an opinion that rejected a problem to Mueller’s authority, in accordance with prior protection by Politico and Law.com.
Howell dominated after holding a sealed listening to on the problem. Miller’s lawyer, Paul Kamenar, advised the Submit that that they had sought a contempt order so they may attraction the choose’s resolution.
Stone has beforehand acknowledged he communicated with a Twitter persona often called Guccifer 2.0, however has stated the interactions had been restricted and completely benign. A particular counsel indictment has said Russian army intelligence officers who hacked into Democratic organizations launched the paperwork by means 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 accordance with the Submit. Others embrace Stone’s driver, his social media marketing consultant and his pal Kristin Davis, the girl 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 advised NBC she didn’t know a lot in regards to the presidential marketing campaign as a result of she was in jail till Could 2016 on a drug cost.