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

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2018

An associate of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneMueller to subpoena Roger Stone-Wikileaks connection: report Michael Moore calls Trump "the last president of the United States" in new movie Intentionally deceiving voters should be a crime 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 Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation, according to The Washington Post.

Mueller is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, and Miller's subpoena is the latest to suggest the special counsel's probe is focusing at least in part on Stone, an early Trump backer with a reputation as an aggressive political operative. A former US senator, Sessions was one of Trump's earliest Senate backers and was involved in campaign operations.

Mueller has spent months investigating Russian meddling in the election and whether any Trump campaign aides had a hand in the foreign interference plot. Stone himself is still under scrutiny in the Mueller probe because of his alleged ties to Wikileaks and his apparent, advanced knowledge that they would release the Democratic National Committee's hacked emails in order to hurt Hillary Clinton.

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, through his attorney, has acknowledged having a "24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0". She is expected to appear in federal court in Washington by midday Friday. She placed a stay on that order until Monday, as his lawyers file an appeal. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation and has called Mueller's investigation a witch hunt. He is also godfather to her child. Davis pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution, and spent about four months in New York's Rikers Island prison complex.

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. Manafort, who is on now on trial in federal court in Virginia for alleged financial crimes, lost each time.

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