The Associated Press reports:
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel after his authority had been challenged by a witness who refused to appear before a grand jury related to the Russia investigation.
The case was brought by Andrew Miller, an aide to longtime Trump campaign adviser and confidant Roger Stone. Prosecutors wanted him to testify as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
In the legal fight, Miller argued that Mueller hadn’t been properly appointed, making his grand jury subpoena invalid. A lower court held Miller in contempt for refusing to testify.
Today's DC Circuit ruling means that former Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller is looking at jail time if he continues to refuse to comply with a grand jury subpoena (barring more appeals or if the subpoena is withdrawn) https://t.co/Evq20TrmkC
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) February 26, 2019
Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller lost his challenge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s authority. The court agreed with a prior ruling that Miller should be held in contempt of court and jailed for failing to testify under a grand jury subpoena from Mueller. @kpolantz
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 26, 2019