President Donald Trump has reportedly responded in writing to key questions from special counsel Counsel Robert Mueller about activities related to the 2016 presidential election.
Trump told Mueller that "Roger Stone did not tell him about WikiLeaks, nor was he told about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son, campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton," CNN reported.
Mueller's team of Democratic lawyers has reportedly been investigating "whether Stone, a Republican political operative and longtime Trump ally, knew in advance about WikiLeaks' dumps of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta at key times during the 2016 campaign."
"I never discussed any of this with Donald Trump," Stone told CNN. "It's one of the questions that Mr. Mueller wants the President to answer -- one of the written questions. I'm highly confident that his answer will be that he knew nothing about it. We just never discussed it."
Regarding the Trump Tower meeting, Mueller's team has been investigating whether Trump knew in advance of the meeting and whether his son, Donald Trump Jr., told him about the meeting in advance, something he denies doing.
Trump tweeted last July that he did not know about the Trump Tower meeting.
One aspect of the Trump Tower meeting that has been largely underreported by the mainstream media is its connection to Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
"The firm that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hired to conduct 'research' on then-candidate Donald Trump met with a Russian operative before and after she lured Donald Trump Jr. into a meeting with her," The Daily Wire reported last November. "Fusion GPS, the firm behind the unverified Trump dossier, met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya before and after her meeting with Trump Jr."
Hours before her meeting with Trump Jr, Veselnitskaya was with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson in a Manhattan courtroom and then met him again after the meeting. Fox News reported:
The contacts shed new light on how closely tied the firm was to Russian interests, at a time when it was financing research to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump.
The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya occurred during a critical period. At that time, Fox News has learned that bank records show Fusion GPS was paid by a law firm for work on behalf of a Kremlin-linked oligarch while paying a former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump through his Russian contacts.
Simpson’s presence with Veselnitskaya during this critical week in June — together with revelations about Fusion’s simultaneous financial ties to the DNC, Clinton campaign and Russian interests — raise new questions about the company’s role in the 2016 election.
The circumstances surrounding how Veselnitskaya was even allowed into the U.S. was even more suspicious.
The Hill reported last June that the Obama Justice Department allowed her to enter the U.S. "without a visa" under "extraordinary circumstances" before "she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials."
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