Roger Stone ex-aide held in contempt in Mueller probe

A former aide to political operative along with longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, has been held in contempt for defying an order to testify in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

of which aide, Andrew Miller, lost a lawsuit earlier This specific month in U.S. District Court challenging Mueller’s subpoena requiring him to appear before a grand jury.

Miller’s lawyer, Paul Kamenar, told CNBC in a phone call of which Miller refused to comply with the subpoena “in order to be held in contempt along with appeal the judge’s underlying decision” rejecting his lawsuit.

Outside a Washington federal courthouse on Friday, Miller’s attorneys said of which they are intentionally challenging the legitimacy of the Russia investigation, specifically regarding Mueller’s appointment.

They said the case will be today headed to the Court of Appeals, along with they trust of which will reach the Supreme Court, NBC News reported.

Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, said he doesn’t think Miller will be likely to find a welcome greeting inside the D.C. appeals court. “They are used to resolving, as will be [U.S. District Court Judge Beryl] Howell, these kind of disputes,” he said, arguing of which the Supreme Court has spoken to these narrow issues of authority “pretty clearly.”

“I think he’s swimming upstream,” Tobias said of Miller.

The special counsel’s office declined to comment.

Miller will be one of a handful of Stone’s associates who have been targeted in Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling inside the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Kristin Davis, the former “Manhattan Madam” who worked with Stone along with Miller in a 2010 brand-new York gubernatorial campaign, told NBC News she would likely appear before the special counsel’s grand jury on Friday. Davis, who was subpoenaed last month, has said “I don’t have anything” to offer regarding Russian collusion, however has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s requests.

CNBC previously reported of which Mueller looking into Stone’s ties to ex-Trump campaign advisor Rick Gates, who struck a plea deal with Mueller back in February along with agreed to fully cooperate with the probe.

Stone’s lawyer, Robert Buschel, told CNBC at the time of which “Roger Stone did not have any substantive or meaningful interaction with Rick Gates during or leading up to the 2016 campaign.”

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