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Roger Stone Aide Faces Contempt Charges After Refusing Grand Jury Subpoena in Mueller Probe

He could be sent to jail until he agrees to testify.

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The Washington Post reports that Andrew Miller, a longtime aide to Trump adviser Roger Stone, has refused to appear before the grand jury serving in the special counsel investigation of the 2016 election. Miller went to court rather than appear when first called to testify, but lost that appeal on August 2 when he was ordered to  “appear before the grand jury to provide testimony at the earliest date available” and to provide subpoenaed documents.

Miller’s continued refusal to appear can, and almost certainly will, lead to charges of contempt. If Miller continues to refuse, he can be sent to jail until he agrees to testify. 

Miller is just one of three Stone assistants who have been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller so far. Others include John Kakanis and Jason Sullivan. The special counsel’s questioning of ‘Manhattan Madam’ Kristin Davis is also widely thought to be related to her connection with Stone. Of everyone so far raised as a possible target of the Mueller investigation, Trump adviser, confidante, and proud “dirty trickster” Stone appears most likely to face charges of both conspiracy and obstruction.

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Of all those interviewed in connection with Stone, Miller’s testimony could be the most telling. He worked for Stone during the period when Stone was having communications with both Russian operatives and WikiLeaks.

Further developments related to this refusal can be expected soon.

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Mark Sumner is the author of the nonfiction work "The Evolution of Everything" as well as several novels including "Devil's Tower."