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Trump told Mueller he was unaware of Trump Tower meeting, didn't hear from Stone about WikiLeaks: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE reportedly said to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE in written responses that he was not told about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of his campaign and a Russian lawyer, nor was he told about WikiLeaks during the campaign.

CNN reported Wednesday that Trump told Mueller that Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE, who previously served as an informal adviser to the president, did not speak with him about WikiLeaks, which published a trove of hacked emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign leading up to the 2016 election.

CNN reported that Trump noted that his responses were to the best of his recollection, a common practice during legal proceedings.

The network did not receive a full account of Trump's answers, nor did it have direct quotes. 

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The president's reported responses match his public statements about both the Trump Tower meeting and whether he was privy to WikiLeaks's planned publication of Democratic emails.

Stone and his associate, Jerome Corsi, have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks over their alleged contacts with WikiLeaks before the organization published the hacked emails.

Multiple reports published Tuesday indicated that Corsi, a right-wing conspiracy theorist, anticipated in emails to Stone that WikiLeaks was planning to release a batch of stolen documents containing damaging material about Clinton's campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Stone has denied he knew in advance about the planned publication of the hacked emails, and has maintained he did not speak with Trump about WikiLeaks.

Mueller has also reportedly asked witnesses about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Clinton.

Attendees included Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE, then-campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE and Trump's son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerIran moves closer to a diplomatic breakthrough that may upset Israel Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute Fauci fatigue sets in as top doc sows doubt in vaccine effectiveness MORE.

Trump and Trump Jr. initially insisted the meeting was focused on a Russian adoption policy, but later acknowledged it was meant to gather information on their then-political opponent.

Trump's lawyers submitted written answers last week to questions from Mueller's team, but the president has said he is unlikely to sit for an in-person interview.

Trump routinely criticizes the Mueller investigation, labeling it a "witch hunt" and a "disgrace." He has repeatedly said he did not collude with Russia during the campaign.

Mueller has thus far obtained guilty pleas from former Trump associates Michael Flynn, George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE and Richard Gates. He has obtained indictments against more than 20 Russian nationals as well.

Mueller's team convicted Manafort on bank and tax fraud charges earlier this year. 

Manafort reached a plea deal with Mueller to avoid a second, separate trial in Washington, D.C., but federal prosecutors said in a court filing this week that Manafort violated the terms of his plea deal by repeatedly lying to federal investigators.

— Update at 1:50 p.m.