Mueller probing Roger Stone following Russian hacker indictment: report

Mueller probing Roger Stone following Russian hacker indictment: report
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Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneNew HBO documentary lets Gaetz, Massie, Buck offer their take on how to 'drain the swamp' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 Democrats blister Barr during tense hearing MORE remains a focus of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation despite not being named in a recent indictment. 

Mueller is apparently interested in Stone's contacts with online persona "Guccifer 2.0," which was allegedly used by Kremlin-linked hackers during the 2018 election to disseminate stolen Democratic Party emails.

CNN reported Wednesday that two attorneys representing a former Stone associate were in court Wednesday morning for a 90-minute sealed proceeding that followed the associate Andrew Miller's refusal to turn over some documents to Mueller's attorneys.

Miller, who worked for Stone during the 2016 campaign, was subpoenaed last month, the third ex-Stone associate reportedly subpoenaed in the Mueller investigation.

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The former adviser said on CNN last week that he is "probably" the unnamed individual said to be in contact with the hackers in the indictment filed last Friday by Mueller's office. Mueller is charging 12 Russian nationals with crimes related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's and other servers during the 2016 election.

Mueller was looking into the hacked emails, as well as Stone’s connection, as of at least February, according to reports at the time.

The GOP operative maintained in a statement to The Hill that his messages with the Guccifer 2.0 persona were "benign based on its content context and timing."

“This exchange is entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails, as well as taking place many weeks after the events described in today’s indictment,” Stone said.

Stone has yet to be charged with a crime in the ongoing special counsel investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mueller has pursued charges against multiple people as result of the probe, including former Trump campaign chair Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads MORE who faces a slew of financial charges related to his lobbying work in Ukraine. Manafort pleaded not guilty last year, and awaits trial.

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