Mueller subpoenas second aide to Roger Stone: report

Mueller subpoenas second aide to Roger Stone: report
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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has reportedly subpoenaed a longtime aide to Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneMueller pushes back on Stone's claim CNN was tipped off about arrest Mueller won't deliver report to Justice Dept. next week Defending the First Amendment, even for Roger Stone MORE, an informal adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE who is coming under heavy scrutiny in the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller subpoenaed John Kakanis, who has worked as an assistant to Stone in several capacities, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

It's the second subpoena of a Stone associate to come to light this week.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Jason Sullivan, a lawyer and social media expert who has worked for Stone, received two subpoenas last week. 

The FBI has questioned Kakanis as part of the investigation, particularly about the website WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, as well as the hacker group known as Guccifer 2.0, one source told the news wire. 

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Mueller has not set a date for Kakanis to appear before a grand jury, the source told Reuters.

The Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE's campaign chairman, John Podesta, faced embarrassing hacks during the 2016 election, which resulted in emails being released publicly by WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0.
 
The intelligence community has concluded that Russia was behind the hacks and aimed to sow discord during the election and help Trump win.

Kakanis's lawyer, Michael Becker, did not respond to Reuters's requests for comment.

Some of Stone’s previous remarks during the election has raised questions about his interactions with WikiLeaks, particularly when he said on Infowars radio show that he knew when WikiLeaks would disclose a trove of hacked emails — a claim he later walked back on CNN.

The hackers gave the emails to Assange, who published the materials, causing massive damage to the Clinton campaign and the Democratic campaign arm.

Stone, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, blamed the media for creating “misapprehensions and misconceptions” about him in a statement to Reuters, arguing it was press reports that had triggered Mueller's interest in his involvement.

“I sincerely hope when this occurs that the grotesque, defamatory media campaign which I have endured for years now will finally come to its long-overdue end,” Stone told Reuters.

- Updated at 5:31 p.m.