1. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press:
"So today we were expecting Kristen Davis who is a former madam and compatriot of Roger Stone to arrive at the DC federal courthouse and speak to the grand jury. We haven't seen that happen yet today."
New York - 6 August 2013
2. STILL photo of Kristen Davis leaving the Manhattan federal court with her attorney
Washington, DC - 10 August 2018
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press:
"So today Roger Stone assistant Andrew Miller was supposed to come speak to the grand jury. Instead, however, his lawyer came out and announced that he is not going to be appearing, is going to be in contempt and will basically be appealing his entire need to appear in the first place as part of an effort to question the legitimacy of the entire Robert Miller probe. His attorney said that he believes this is capable of going to the Supreme Court and that Robert Mueller's appointment is unconstitutional and this is the best way to challenge that."
Washington, DC - 26 September 2017
4. Roger Stone speaking to the press at the Capitol
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Washington, DC - 10 August 2018
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Kamenar, attorney for Andrew Miller:
"No, the reason he's not talking to the special counsel is because he has to not talk to the grand jury in order for him to get a contempt. He's not being recalcitrant. He's been more than cooperative with special counsel. He's been interviewed by two FBI agents months ago. We've supplied the documents that the government requested. So the only thing that was the linchpin in order for us to get this appeal was this final, you have to appear before the grand jury. And at that point he respectfully declined. He was not being contumacious. We made it clear that he was doing this solely as a necessary step to appeal the decision."
6. Wide shot of Paul Kamenar outside the courthouse
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Kamenar, attorney for Andrew Miller:
"So our point is if US attorneys have to be approved by the United States Senate, so too should Mr. Mueller. And therefore, that argument is what we made, the court rejected that argument in its opinion last week. That opinion has been unsealed and now we are taking the opportunity to bring this to the Court of Appeals here and ultimately to the Supreme Court."
8. Wide shot of Paul Kamenar outside the courthouse
An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone allowed himself to be held in contempt of court Friday in a fresh attempt to challenge Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel investigating possible Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The move spotlighted a growing focus by Mueller on Stone as another of his associates, a New York woman known as the "Manhattan Madam" for once running an upscale escort service, was expected to appear before a grand jury but had not yet done so as of Friday afternoon.
Paul Kamenar, the attorney for Stone associate Andrew Miller, argued that Mueller's appointment is unconstitutional, asserting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not have the authority to appoint Mueller to lead the investigation, which President Donald Trump has sought to undermine by calling it a "witch hunt" and a "hoax."
Kamenar also said a prosecutor with powers as broad as Mueller's should be subject to Senate confirmation, like U.S. attorneys are.
"So our point is if the U.S. attorneys have to be approved by the United States Senate, so, too, should Mr. Mueller," Kamenar told reporters outside the courthouse.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel last year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped aside from overseeing the Russia investigation.
Mueller appears to be putting a spotlight on Stone, a longtime informal adviser to Trump. Stone was mentioned, though not by name, in a sweeping indictment accusing 12 Russian military intelligence officers of hacking into the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent, and the Democratic Party, and releasing tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy orchestrated by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.
Miller worked for Stone during Trump's campaign. Kamenar said his client planned to appeal the contempt ruling in hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually hear the case.