U.S. judge holds Trump adviser Stone's ex-aide in contempt

Roger Stone associate held in contempt for refusing to testify before Mueller grand jury

Kristin Davis, also known as the 'Manhattan Madam, ' will testify before a grand jury in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Friday, her spokeswoman Lainie Speiser told CNN.

In a closed hearing Friday in a Washington, DC, district court, Judge Beryl Howell found Miller in contempt and then stayed that ruling until this Monday to allow for an appeal to be filed.

However, Mueller's investigation has focused on Stone, Miller's former boss, in part because Stone issued a series of public statements, posted tweets suggesting that he had advance knowledge of hacked Democratic emails that the group WikiLeaks released during the 2016 presidential campaign, several news organizations have reported.

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.

Russian Federation has denied any meddling in the election. Stone said that he was "highly confident she will testify truthfully if called upon to do so".

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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.

Paul Kamenar, the attorney for Stone associate Andrew Miller, whose refusal to appear before the grand jury Friday led him to be held in contempt, argued after the proceedings that Mueller's appointment is unconstitutional.

Stone told CNN's Anderson Cooper earlier this week that he has not been contacted by the special counsel's office and said that while he "would not rule out cooperating", with the investigation, he would not testify against Trump. John Kakanis, an assistant and driver for Stone, has also been subpoenaed.

The U.S. Senate intelligence panel, which is among several congressional committees conducting Russian Federation probes, is also investigating Wikileaks' role.

Mueller's outreach may mean he is focusing in part on whether Stone may have had advance knowledge of material detrimental to Trump's 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton that US intelligence agencies have concluded was obtained by Russian Federation through hacking.

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