Witness In Mueller Probe Held In Contempt Of Court For Refusing To Testify

A federal judge held a witness in special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference  in contempt of court for refusing to testify before a grand jury. According to the Washington Post, District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling on Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone.

After the hearing, Miller’s lawyer Paul Kamenar said Miller was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision to the court of appeals.” Howell stayed her order while Miller’s legal team appeals the judge’s decision.

Earlier this month, Miller fought and lost a court battle to quash a subpoena after a judge issued a 93-page opinion saying Miller must testify before the grand jury.

According to the WaPo, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, Peter Flaherty, a conservative nonprofit that is funding Miller’s legal fight, said Miller had refused to appear before the grand jury in response to a subpoena. Miller is in Missouri, Flaherty said.

Earlier in the day, Kamenar and Flaherty were seen entering Howell’s courtroom before she sealed it, and declined to comment on the proceeding. Kamenar spoke afterward, confirming it was a hearing held after prosecutors filed a motion to find the witness in contempt.

When a subpoenaed witness refuses to testify before a grand jury, that person can be held in contempt. In some cases, such a contempt finding can lead to a witness being sent to jail until the person agrees to testify.

Stone has been under Mueller scrutiny following a series of public statements and tweets he made during the 2016 campaign in which he appeared to suggest he had advance knowledge of hacked Democratic emails released by WikiLeaks.

Miller worked for Stone during the 2016 presidential campaign, handling duties such as setting up media interviews. He is one of at least a half-dozen of Stone’s associates to be called to testify. Others include his driver, John Kakanis, and a social media consultant, Jason Sullivan. Kristin Davis, who gained notoriety in the 2000s as the “Manhattan Madam” when she ran a high-end prostitution ring, is also expected to testify to the grand jury.

Stone has accused Mueller’s team of harassing his associates.

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lincolnsteffens Ace Ventura Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:43 Permalink

"The Law" in the USA is too complex. I think the basic principals of law authorized by the Constitution are not difficult to understand. Teaching the reasoning behind the constitution, its limits, and how to preserve each human being's rights on the land should be mandatory in any  public school. The reason applicable history and the Constitution are not taught in public school let alone "Law Schools" is because government does not want you informed on how to nullify it and lawyers to profit by it.

Think about the millions of laws, statutes and regulation you are a "subject" of when ignorance of the law is no excuse, you understand the catch 22 you are in. It is a web of deceit and profit for the courts and the prostitute BAR flies.

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Chupacabra-322 lincolnsteffens Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:56 Permalink

@ Lincoln,

Prior to 1913, most Americans owned clear, allodial title to property, free and clear of any liens or mortgages until the Federal Reserve Act (1913) “Hypothecated” all property within the federal United States to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, -in which the Trustees (stockholders) held legal title.

 

The U.S. citizen (tenant, franchisee) was registered as a “beneficiary” of the trust via his/her birth certificate. In 1933, the federal United States hypothecated all of the present and future properties, assets and labor of their “subjects,” the 14th Amendment U.S. citizen, to the Federal Reserve System.

 

In the 1930s, during the turmoil of the "Great Depression", the concept of birth certificates, licenses for occupation and marriage, property registration, income taxation, and a whole host of regulations governing nearly every little aspect of our lives began to encroach on a distinctly unique American society.  The pre-1930s American society was still more than vaguely a republic in its character.  However, things changed after the depression of the 1930s, which lead to the bankruptcy of the government created of/by/for the people and endlessly perverted throughout the preceding century, and resulted in our being converted to collateral for the bankrupt United States corporate entity.

 

Ever since then, as you'll notice, the politicians have consistently referred to our system of government as a "democracy" which, according to our founding documents, is completely wrong.  Thus their utterance of this mischaracterization is either a result of abject ignorance or evidence of willful fraud (forignorantia legis neminem excusat, ignorance of the law excuses no one)--or it's the truth.

 

Assuming they know full well what they are doing--and let's face it, they are not all geniuses, but they are all lawyers, and they go to expensive law schools to know this stuff--then they are telling you how it is.

 

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webmatex asiya789 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:53 Permalink

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Trump DOJ is investigating Clinton Foundation: federal agents load boxes into Boeing 757 at Little Rock Airport

Posted on August 9, 2018 by Dr. Eowyn | 30 Comments

Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not do things with fanfare.

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2018/08/09/trump-doj-is-investigating-…

 

In April 2018, The Daily Beast reported that “sometime last fall, without saying anything publicly at the time,” Sessions had “quietly appointed a prosecutor to probe Trump’s foes” — John Huber, U.S. Attorney for Utah. The left-leaning Daily Beast calls Huber’s appointment “could be an unprecedented disaster” for Democrats.

On July 31, 2018, Sessions made a brief stop in Little Rock, ostensibly to hold a “press event only” news conference at 10:50 a.m. to talk about efforts to combat violent crime.

Yes indeed, it makes perfect sense for Sessions to fly more than 1,000 miles from Washington, D.C., to Little Rock for a press conference.

On August 7, 2018, Little Rock’s Newsradio 1029 reported that federal agents were seen loading boxes into a DOJ-owned Boeing 757 at Little Rock Airport.

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rwe2late silverer Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:13 Permalink

written by LAUREN C. REGAN

Over the last 17 years I have represented dozens and dozens of clients who were subpoenaed to testify as witnesses at State and Federal Grand Juries regarding government investigations. A grand jury is a secret tribunal where a citizen is forced to answer questions by a prosecutor, often against their will. They are not allowed to have an attorney in the grand jury room to advise them while the questioning takes place. There is no Judge in the grand jury room to oversee the fairness or legitimacy of the proceedings. The prosecutor alone determines what evidence will be provided to the grand jurors, and that alone forms the basis of their deliberations and their determination regarding whether a felony indictment will issue. The prosecutor becomes the grand jurors’ friend: he controls their bathroom breaks, meals, and whether they can return to their work, families, and lives. The prosecutor, a politically elected position, works very closely with police every day and generally exhibits bias toward police as a result of this familiar relationship. The prosecutor holds enormous power over the outcome of a grand jury proceeding.

As a lawyer for a subpoenaed witness, the primary concern is whether our client may incriminate itself by providing testimony to the grand jury. Because the grand jury is this secret process, the answer to this question is almost always yes, there is a possibility that this person could be compelled to testify and give information that might lead to criminal charges against that person. In these cases, the witness is advised that they must assert their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent so there is no chance they will incriminate themselves of a crime. The only way that the prosecutor can overcome the Fifth Amendment right of a person is to impose immunity from any potential prosecution upon the subpoenaed person. If immunity is thrust upon the witness, their Fifth Amendment right is taken away from them and they are forced to testify. But, by providing immunity, the State acknowledges that they are no longer allowed to prosecute the witness for any crime related to the testimony sought.

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rwe2late silverer Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:32 Permalink

why refuse to testify?

Grand juries are not subject to the rules of evidence that limit prosecutorial misbehavior in criminal trials. Prosecutors can offer hearsay evidence and evidence that was obtained illegally. They can keep exculpatory evidence from the grand jury. The target of the grand jury hearing cannot have an attorney in the room to say “That’s a trick question” or “You don’t have to answer that” or “The first part of what the prosecutor just said is a bald-faced lie.”
You cannot refuse to testify because you might be divorced by your spouse or fired by your boss. You cannot refuse to testify because your words might incriminate your closest friend, your spouse, your child, or someone you are certain is innocent. You cannot claim Fifth Amendment protection for anyone but yourself.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2004/06/22/why-steve-kurtz-s-colleagues-re…

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rwe2late silverer Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:33 Permalink

If you are not in custody, your total silence, especially in the face of an accusation, can very possibly be used against you as an adoptive admission under the Federal Rules of Evidence.

This means you are subjected to questioning on a matter where you have done nothing wrong, your responses are being compared (without your knowledge) to detailed records (which you haven’t consulted) and to the agent’s subjective notes (to which you are not privy). Even though you’re not under oath every discrepancy of date, time, name, sequence, or other detail becomes a separate felony charge, each one of which is punishable by years in prison:

Alright, Mr. or Ms. X. We’re prepared to charge you with 14 felony counts, which will put you in prison for the rest of your life. Or you can plead guilty to one charge of lying to the FBI, with a light or possibly suspended sentence. Which will it be? Your other option is to go to trial before a jury of sheep your peers, where the feds have a 90 percent-plus conviction rate. Or you can try to fight the charges until you’ve utterly bankrupted yourself, you’ve gone into debt you can never pay back, and your marriage has broken up – they can afford to wait — and still be in the same pickle. The mystery is that everyone doesn’t take the plea offer right away.

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JRobby inhibi Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:21 Permalink

"Miller’s lawyer Paul Kamenar said Miller was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision to the court of appeals.” "

Sounds like a challenge to Mueller's legitimacy and authority in the works.

"Earlier this month, Miller fought and lost a court battle to quash a subpoena after a judge issued a 93-page opinion (Who wrote it? 93 pages? really?) saying Miller must testify before the grand jury."

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Chupacabra-322 Bastiat Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

@ Bastiat,

History will look back on this as the US Banana Republic moment.

Tyranically Lawless.

Indebted, both Morally & Spiritually. 

 

We’ve been Tyrannically Lawless for so long that when even the most logical laws are broken, enforcing them becomes impossible with the constant barrage of Deep State PsyOp carried out by their Presstitute appendages.

The Criminal actions of spying, Political Persecution & Espionage carried out by highly Compartmentalized Levels of the CIA, FBI & DOJ on a Presidential Candidate should be indicative of the absolute, complete, open, in your Faces Tyrannical Lawlessness the Republic and The American People find themselves in today.

 

In a sane world, no doubt Maxine Waters should have been immediately arrested for inciting violence.

 

However, we’re now living in some sick, twisted, warped, Tyrannical Lawless Dystopian Reality.

 

Living, Slaving on borrowed predetermined, Central Planning / Banking Fraud.

 

All we have left, is PsyOp & Ponzi.

 

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GoingBig Bastiat Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

There is a problem when any foreign agency can or does unduly influence our elections. And that did happen. It has been proven. To what degree is the question. Did Trump's organization take part? Who knows, but he sure acts guilty. And everyone going around saying it doesn't matter has their head up their ass. 

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SunRise Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:00 Permalink

A 93-Page Opinion?  Your laws are too complicated for anyone to understand.  Please get them down to one Postcard along with tax laws:  How much did you make last year?  Multiply it by X.  Send us the $.   This will take virtually all Tax CPA's, Tax Attorneys, and Tax Consultants off the DOLE, then all there are to worry about are the poor people.