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Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

12 August 2018

A former associate of Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone says he will not testify in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

In a closed hearing Friday in a Washington, DC, district court, Judge Beryl Howell found Miller in contempt and then stayed that ruling until this Monday to allow for an appeal to be filed.

Howell ruled after holding a sealed hearing on the issue. In response, Stone has accused Mueller's investigative team of harassment.

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Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes to have President Donald Trump's nominee confirmed to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy before the new court session begins October 1.

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Both Miller and Davis have been called to testify in Mueller's investigation in what may be a sign the special counsel is building a case against Stone.

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Mueller issued a subpoena to Miller earlier this year, making him the third associate of Stone to be identified as having been contacted by Mueller's investigators in the Department of Justice probe.

Stone, a longtime confidant of Trump's, has always been a person of interest in the special counsel's probe: Several of his associates have been subpoenaed in the investigation in recent weeks. The statement from lawyer Grant Smith said the exchange "provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails". John Kakanis, an assistant and driver for Stone, has also been subpoenaed.

Stone, who served as an unofficial adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential race, has acknowledged he communicated with Guccifer 2.0 - the fictitious online persona through which Kremlin intelligence operatives disseminated stolen documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, as Mueller outlined in a 29-page indictment of Russian officials who coordinated the Kremlin's interference in the United States election.

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The U.S. Senate intelligence panel, which is among several congressional committees conducting Russian Federation probes, is also investigating Wikileaks' role.

Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe