Trump Says He Wrote Answers to Mueller’s Questions, Hasn’t Sent Them

Frederick Owens
November 17, 2018

Mueller was appointed as special counsel in May 2017, after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and his critics accused him of obstructing the FBI investigation into claims by Democrats that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in 2016. Another person familiar with the effort said they expect Trump to turn over the answers before Thanksgiving. "As you know, I've been a bit busy". "I imagine it's ending now", he said. "My lawyers don't write the answers", he said.

Trump on Friday again criticized the probe as a "witch hunt" and said there was no such collusion.

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The president's son, Donald Trump Jr, met a Russian lawyer during the campaign who was said to have "dirt" on Mrs Clinton, and former adviser George Papadopoulos has admitted lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with alleged go-betweens for Russia.

Trump said nothing in particular caused him to fire off a number of tweets earlier this week criticizing Mueller's team and its Russian Federation election meddling probe. That move gave Mr Whitaker, a Trump loyalist, oversight of the Mueller probe.

Since then the two sides have reportedly jousted over whether the president had to answer and how he would do so - including the possibility that he would submit to a face-to-face interview with prosecutors.

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Tensions have risen even higher over the probe since Trump last week ousted Jeff Sessions as US attorney general and named Matthew Whitaker as his replacement on an acting basis.

Donald Trump speaks after signing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, November 16, 2018.

In recent weeks speculation has grown that Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. and campaign consultant Roger Stone could face charges.

On Thursday the president let loose a tirade against Mueller on Twitter, alleging the investigation by the former FBI director was politically biased and had used threats against witnesses.

He added, he was easily able to answer the questionnaire himself without the help of his lawyers. "They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts", Trump tweeted.

"They are a disgrace to our Nation and don't care how many lives they ruin".

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