Judge holds former Roger Stone aide in contempt for refusing to testify: report

Judge holds former Roger Stone aide in contempt for refusing to testify: report
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An associate of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTime for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Roger Stone associates questioned about ties to WikiLeaks for Mueller probe: report Michael Moore compares Trump to Hitler in new movie MORE has been held in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation, according to The Washington Post.

U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell ordered Andrew Miller to be held in contempt after a sealed hearing on Miller's refusal to not testify before the grand jury. She placed a stay on that order until Monday, as his lawyers file an appeal.

Miller's attorney Paul Kamenar told the Post that his client was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision to the court of appeals.”

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Miller had previously challenged the subpoena ordering him to testify before the grand jury, arguing that Mueller's appointment as special counsel was unconstitutional. Howell rejected that argument in a 93-page opinion earlier this month, ordering him to appear before the grand jury and hand over documents in the probe.

Stone, a longtime confidant of Trump's, has long been a person of interest in the special counsel's probe: Several of his associates have been subpoenaed in the investigation in recent weeks.

Prostitution mogul Kristin Davis, nicknamed the "Manhattan Madam," who has a close relationship with Stone, will also reportedly testify before Mueller's grand jury and reportedly voluntarily met with the special counsel's team.

Stone himself has not yet been questioned or subpoenaed in the investigation.

He said last month that he believes he is an unnamed person referred to in Mueller's indictment last month of 12 Russian military officers in the 2016 Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack.