Mueller Is Investigating Events at 2016 Republican National Convention

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into events that took place at the 2016 Republican National Convention as part of his investigation into whether or not President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Kremlin during the presidential election, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Two sources familiar with the investigation told the news agency that Mueller has been questioning witnesses at the event, which was attended by both Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then-Sen. Sessions, and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

According to another source who spoke with Reuters under the condition of anonymity, Mueller is also probing how and why a portion of language calling for the U.S. to supply “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces” was removed from the GOP platform, thereby making the policy less aggressive toward Russia.

Diana Denman, a member of the platform committee’s national security subcommittee, also told the news agency that J.D. Gordon, a Trump foreign policy adviser, said the president’s campaign team had a “direct role” in removing the language from the platform.

Both the Trump administration and the Kremlin have maintained that there was no collusion.

A spokesperson for the special counsel declined to comment on Mueller’s interest in Sessions’ possible connection to the events that allegedly took place at the GOP convention.

Sessions, who recused himself from the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election last year, also declined to comment on the allegations.

President Trump has openly criticized Sessions for recusing himself, saying he would have chosen someone else for the role of attorney general if he had known that was his intention. He has also referred to the Russia probe as a “witch hunt.”

Last week, some suspected the president may be preparing to fire Mueller after he fired off a string of tweets blasting the investigation for being unfair and “based on fraudulent activities.”

White House lawyer Ty Cobb responded to the suspicions and denied them outright, saying the president was not considering removing the special counsel from his role.

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