Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

Mueller team interviews 'Manhattan Madam'

Kristin Davis, also known as the "Manhattan Madam", was expected to testify before a grand jury Friday in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell ordered Andrew Miller to be held in contempt after a sealed hearing on Miller's refusal to not testify before the grand jury. She made the contempt ruling Friday after a closed hearing in Washington.

For procedural reasons, Kamenar said, Miller needed to be held in contempt in order to initiate the appeal.

Although previous challenges to Mueller's legitimacy have failed, Miller's attorney, Paul Kamenar, argued that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not have the authority to appoint someone with sweeping powers like those given to Mueller, saying such powers can only be granted to US attorneys approved by the Senate.

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.

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A NY bank executive testified Friday that Paul Manafort received more than $16 million in loans after the bank's chairman expressed interest in joining Donald Trump's Cabinet if he won the 2016 presidential election.

Miller worked for Stone during the 2016 campaign. Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation and has called Mueller's investigation a witch hunt.

The President has escalated his attacks on the investigation - publicly calling on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the probe, though the White House has said he was merely expressing an opinion, not giving an order - as his legal team continues its prolonged back-and-forth in negotiations with the Mueller team over whether Trump will sit for an interview as part of 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.

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.

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