In his written answers to questions from Robert Mueller, President
Trump said he was not told in advance about a now-infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting that his son Donald Jr. convened with a group that included a Kremlin-connected lawyer.
And he claimed political trickster Roger Stone never tipped him off about the WikiLeaks organization’s plan to release thousands of hacked emails belonging to
President Trump told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office that he was not told in advance about a now-infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting that his son Donald Jr. convened with a group that included a Kremlin-connected lawyer
Roger Stone, a former Trump confidant, is under fire for a tweet he sent in 2016, which later appeared to be a signal that he knew WikiLeaks was about to publish emails stolen from John Podesta; Trump also told Mueller that Stone didn’t tip him off about it
The Trump Tower meeting included Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in addition to then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Stone is under fire despite his insistence that he didn’t have advance knowledge of the WikiLeaks email dump, and told CNN recently that he never spoke with Trump about it.
Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower that the president’s son Don Jr. convened with the hope of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton; Veselnitskaya’s Kremlin ties were exposed later
‘I never discussed any of this with Donald Trump. 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, he said.
Mueller is thought to be near the end of his expansive probe, launched to investigate whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians to affect the presidential election.
But his team is also reportedly looking at actions the president took after his inauguration, including the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey.
It was Comey’s sacking that led to Mueller’s appointment, which was seen in part as a signal that the Justice Department thought Trump had obstructed justice by freezing Comey out of looking into his campaign operation.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, said last week that the president would refuse to answer any questions Mueller might ask about a nobstruction claim, but would answer truthfully about his campaign.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said Trump would not address questions from Mueller (right) about obstruction of justice, but would engage on campaign-related matters
Trump has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a ‘witch hunt’ and insisted that there was ‘no collusion’ with Moscow during his run for the White House.
He has long denied knowing about the Trump Tower meeting.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the election by undermining Clinton, and preferred to see Trump win.
Mueller has already has brought charges against some former Trump aides, including Manafort and former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and a low-level foreign policy adviser.