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Mueller asked Trump about RNC changing its stance on Ukraine during campaign: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly asked President Trump about the Republican National Convention (RNC) changing its position on the U.S. providing arms to Ukraine when he submitted a list of questions to him amid the investigation into Russia's election meddling.

ABC News, citing sources familiar with the president's responses, reported on Wednesday that Trump told Mueller he was not aware of the platform change, to the best of his recollection.

The news network notes that the question stemmed from the RNC's controversial July 2016 decision to weaken its formal position on whether the U.S. should assist Ukraine amid aggressive Russian incursion, including the annexation of Crimea.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Trump submitted his answers to Mueller's questions last week. The questions from the special counsel mainly focused on whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to ABC News.

In addition to Mueller's question about the RNC platform, CNN reported that Mueller asked Trump about his knowledge of the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of his campaign and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, whom Trump officials had been told could offer dirt on then-presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump told Mueller in a written response that, according to his best recollection, he was not told about the meeting, which has emerged as a focal point amid questions about possible coordination between Moscow and Trump's team. 

He also said that Roger Stone, who once served as an informal adviser to the president, did not speak with him about WikiLeaks. 

Mueller has reportedly been investigating whether Stone had knowledge that WikiLeaks was planning to release a trove of emails that Russia apparently hacked from the Democratic National Committee.

One unidentified source told ABC News that the questions were "pretty obvious," adding that Trump's answers were "consistent to what he's been saying publicly."

Trump has continually railed against Mueller's investigation, often referring to it as a "with hunt" and a "disgrace."

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