An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone's was held in contempt of court Friday in a fresh attempt to challenge Robert Mueller's appointment as the special counsel investigating Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.The move also spotlighted a growing focus by Mueller on Stone.
An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has been held in contempt of court after refusing to appear before a grand jury in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.
That challenge was rejected, however, and U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell on Friday found Miller in contempt but stayed the order pending appeal, the Post reported. Deputy Attorney General Robert Mueller appointed special counsel previous year, after Mr. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.More news: Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson over burka comments
After months of investigation Mueller now appears to be focusing on Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump who was a political consultant during his 2016 election campaign. Following her release, she ran unsuccessfully for governor of NY.
Miller had tried to get Mueller's subpoena invalidated last month, but a judge ruled that Mueller's request was valid and that Miller would have to testify.
Stone said in July he is "probably" the unnamed American described in the document as having been in contact with both Guccifer 2.0 and "senior members" of the Trump campaign. Kamenar said his client planned to appeal the contempt ruling in hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually hear the case.More news: Emery names five Arsenal captains
The President has escalated his attacks on the investigation - publicly calling on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the probe, though the White House has said he was merely expressing an opinion, not giving an order - as his legal team continues its prolonged back-and-forth in negotiations with the Mueller team over whether Trump will sit for an interview as part of the investigation. 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".
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