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Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russian Federation probe

Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russian Federation probe

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.

Mueller is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, and Miller's subpoena is the latest to suggest the special counsel's probe is focusing at least in part on Stone, an early Trump backer with a reputation as an aggressive political operative.

Miller did not appear for the grand jury, which prompted U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell to hold him in contempt during a closed court hearing on Friday, said Paul Kamenar, one of his attorneys.

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

The pressure on Stone threatens to bring the Russian Federation investigation even deeper into Trump's inner circle, but the eccentric political trickster told CNN on Wednesday there are "no circumstances" under which he would testify against the president.

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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. Following her release, she ran unsuccessfully for governor of NY.

In a related development, another Stone associate, comedian and talk show host Randy Credico confirmed that he had been subpoenaed by the special counsel's office, which is probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Stone said in July he is "probably" the unnamed American described in the document as having been in contact with both Guccifer 2.0 and "senior members" of the Trump campaign.

Had the judge not issued the stay, Miller could have been jailed until he agreed to testify before the grand jury and provide the subpoenaed documents. Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

He said, "We had to have one thing that he was refusing to do, namely go before the grand jury, in order for us to get the contempt and to appeal. I am highly confident she will testify truthfully is called to do so".