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Roger Stone's former aide held in contempt for refusing to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury: Report

CNBC International 2018-08-10 21:17:19
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A former aide to political operative and longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, has been held in contempt for defying an order to testify in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, The Washington Post reported Friday.

That aide, Andrew Miller, lost a legal challenge earlier this month in U.S. District Court against Mueller's subpoena for him to appear before a grand jury.

The Post reported that the chairman of conservative nonprofit group the National Legal and Policy Center, Peter Flaherty, said Miller had refused to cooperate with the grand jury subpoena.

A judge has now held Miller in contempt, whereupon he could be sent to jail until he agrees to testify before the grand jury, according to the newspaper.

Flaherty did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. The special counsel's office declined to comment.

Miller is one of a handful of Stone's associates who have been targeted in Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Kristin Davis, the former "Manhattan Madam" who worked with Stone and Miller in a 2010 New York gubernatorial campaign, told NBC News she would appear before the special counsel's grand jury on Friday. Davis, who was subpoenaed last month, has said "I don't have anything" to offer regarding Russian collusion, but has agreed to cooperate with Mueller's requests.

CNBC previously reported that Mueller looking into Stone's ties to ex-Trump campaign advisor Rick Gates, who struck a plea deal with Mueller back in February and agreed to fully cooperate with the probe.

Stone's lawyer, Robert Buschel, told CNBC at the time that "Roger Stone did not have any substantive or meaningful interaction with Rick Gates during or leading up to the 2016 campaign."

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