United States judge holds Donald Trump adviser Stone's ex-aide in contempt

Postado Agosto 12, 2018

A witness in US special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was cited for contempt on Friday after he refused a court order to appear for a grand jury. She is expected to appear in federal court in Washington by midday Friday.

Miller attorney Paul Kamenar told reporters after the judge's ruling that he actually wanted to be held in contempt of court so that they could appeal the decision in front of a different judge at the court of appeals.

Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election.

Miller is one of several Stone associates who worked for him during the 2016 presidential campaign, and are now being called upon to testify. She was released in 2016, after Stone had left the Trump campaign.

But Mueller's subpoena of Miller and other Stone associates recently suggests he is now focusing on whether Stone may have had knowledge in advance about the damaging leaks of Democratic documents that Guccifer provided to Wikileaks in the months running up to the November 2016 presidential election.

Stone has not been contacted by the special counsel's office, but he appears to be under investigation as part of the probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion between Trump's team and Russian officials.

Had the judge not issued the stay, Miller could have been jailed until he agreed to testify before the grand jury and provide the subpoenaed documents.

Sources told ABC News last month that Mueller's team was pushing for more information on whether Stone communicated with hackers who targeted DNC computers.

Stone associate Andrew Miller refused to comply with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's subpoena to testify in Washington on August 10, arguing that the subpoena powers and other extraordinary powers given to Mueller violate the U.S. Constitution - a move that prompted the court to hold him in contempt.

In addition to Miller, John Kakanis, described as a personal assistant to Stone, along with social media expert Jason Sullivan, were subpoenaed by the special counsel over the spring.

Kamenar also said a prosecutor with powers as broad as Mueller's should be treated like a US attorney and be subject to Senate confirmation.