Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

Paul Kamenar, right, attorney for Andrew Miller, joined by Peter Flaherty, center, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, talks to reporters after a federal judge found Miller in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, at the District Court in Washington, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has been held in contempt of court after refusing to appear before a grand jury in the special counsel's Russia investigation. His lawyer says he will challenge the constitutionality of Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel.

Paul Kamenar, attorney for Andrew Miller, says Mueller's appointment is unconstitutional. He argues that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein didn't have the authority to appoint a special counsel and that any prosecutor with Mueller's broad powers should be confirmed by the Senate. Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

Miller worked for Stone during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Miller refused to appear before a grand jury Friday in Washington.

Miller plans to appeal.

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