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Complaint filed against former Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky alleging misconduct in Stone case

Zelinsky testified before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week.

Published: June 26, 2020 7:18am

Updated: June 27, 2020 3:52pm

The National Legal and Policy Center, in conjunction with Andrew Miller, a former aide to Roger Stone, filed a complaint against one of Stone's prosecutors who worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the case against Stone. 

Miller and the NLPC are alleging that prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky engaged in ethical misconduct pertaining to the use of a grand jury in the case against Stone.

The 17-page complaint accuses Zelinsky of misleading the court in 2019, in addition to switching grand juries without informing Miller, who was testifying, his attorney or the court. 

"Mr. Zelinsky abused the grand jury by seeking Mr. Miller’s testimony long after Mr. Stone was indicted, which violates Department of Justice policy prohibiting gathering evidence on a defendant after indictment, unless the government was seeking evidence for new crimes against Mr. Stone or other targets. Neither exception appeared to be the case," said Paul Kamenar, a National Legal and Policy Center attorney and counsel for Miller. 

Peter Flaherty, the chair of the NLPC, said that Zelinksy's claim that Miller's grand jury testimony was needed for an ongoing investigation was false, as evidenced by the final Mueller report.

"Our complaint must be thoroughly investigated and Mr. Zelinsky disciplined if the facts support our claims,” he said. Miller and the NLPC filed the complaint with the Office of Professional Responsibility at the DOJ.

Earlier this week, Zelinksy testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr lessened Stone's sentencing recommendation, which Barr changed to 40 months in prison. 

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