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Mueller looking into late-night calls between Trump, Stone: report

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE is taking a look into late-night phone calls between President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE and his former informal campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Mueller prosecutor says next attorney general should investigate Trump MORE that were made in 2016, The Washington Post reported late Wednesday.

Trump and Stone spoke in a “series” of phone calls during the campaign, people familiar with the phone records told the Post. 

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Mueller's interest in the calls comes as he probes whether Stone acted as a go-between for the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks while WikiLeaks was publishing hacked Democratic emails.

Earlier this week, Jerome Corsi, a right-wing conspiracy theorist and Stone associate, provided a number of news organizations with charging documents from the special counsel that showed he told Stone in emails that WikiLeaks was planning a release of documents damaging for then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE.

One of those emails came on Aug. 2, 2016, the day before Stone had a phone call with Trump, according to the Post.

Stone told the newspaper that the WikiLeaks dump was not a subject he discussed on that phone call.

“It just didn’t come up,” Stone said. “I am able to say we never discussed WikiLeaks. I’m not sure what I would have said to him anyway because it’s all speculation ... I just didn’t know if it’s true or not.”

Stone has also denied working with WikiLeaks and has repeated Trump's criticism that the special counsel probe is a “witch hunt.”

WikiLeaks has been a central figure in Mueller's investigation, and in July he charged 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee that pilfered the documents that were then published by WikiLeaks.

The calls from Trump would often show up on Stone's phone as “unknown” on the caller ID, with Trump calling from a blocked number, according to the newspaper. 

Stone also told the Post that his phone calls with Trump often came late at night because Trump “gets almost no sleep.”

“When Donald Trump calls you, he does most of the talking; you do most of the listening,” Stone said

Stone did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow declined to comment to the Post on Trump's calls with the veteran political operative.

“The president has responded to the questions asked by the special counsel,” Sekulow said. “We do not discuss those responses.”