Feds claim 'continued need' for Stone associate's grand jury testimony

Feds claim 'continued need' for Stone associate's grand jury testimony
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Federal prosecutors on Thursday argued they want to hear from Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number What if impeachment fails? MORE associate Andrew Miller and opposed a request to stay an order holding him in contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

In a filing in the D.C. Court of Appeals, the prosecutors indicated that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s grand jury remains active and Miller should appear before it.

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“Contrary to Miller’s suggestion, the government has a continued need for his testimony, which concerns an ongoing investigation that is now being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia,” the document reads, in an apparent reference to Stone’s case.

Miller had cited Stone’s indictment earlier this year in arguing that his own testimony is no longer needed. He said he would ask the Supreme Court to take up his case.

But the prosecutors on Thursday cast doubt on the possibility of the justices actually agreeing to review his case, writing that “every judge" who has considered Miller's position so far has rejected his arguments.

Miller has argued that Mueller’s appointment was unconstitutional because he was appointed by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE and was not approved by Congress.

The appeals court had ruled against Miller, finding that Rosenstein was effectively acting as the attorney general after then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE recused himself from the Russia investigation, and that Mueller’s appointment didn’t need congressional approval.

In Thursday’s court filing, the prosecutors urged the court to not issue the stay for Miller.

And they disputed Miller’s arguments that appearing before the grand jury would cause irreparable harm as it would require him to miss work and incur travel costs, saying he would receive a witness fee and be reimbursed for his travel.

“The public’s interest in swift justice far outweighs any inconveniences that Miller faces. Miller’s motion to stay the mandate should be denied,” the filing reads.

Miller has been fighting the subpoena since it was issued roughly a year ago. He is one of a number of Stone associates who were requested to testify before the grand jury.

Stone was indicted earlier this year on several charges coming out of Mueller's probe, including making false statements to Congress, impeding a congressional investigation and witness tampering.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will go to trial in November.

 

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