Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

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A witness in USA special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was cited for contempt on Friday after he refused a court order to appear for a grand jury.

The grand jury testimony on Friday comes as Mueller's team faces its first major test in court with the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the Eastern District of Virginia, where Manafort faces charges of bank fraud, tax evasion and other financial crimes. Miller refused to appear before a grand jury Friday in Washington.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel past year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller has been focusing in recent months on Stone, who has had a decades-long relationship with Trump.

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According to the Washington Post, Miller defied a June subpoena by Mueller to testify as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians, along with potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president. Stone acted as a campaign strategist for Davis in 2010 when she ran for NY governor on a platform that included legalizing marijuana and prostitution. Stone said that he was "highly confident she will testify truthfully if called upon to do so". Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

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. At least nine people associated with Stone have been contacted by the special counsel.

Miller's lawyer in June said he would seek to quash the subpoena.

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. Kamenar said his client planned to appeal the contempt ruling in hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually hear the case.

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