Trump submits answers to special counsel Robert Mueller

Frederick Owens
November 21, 2018

Trump's lawyers has so far refused to answer any questions about Trump's time as president-elect or as president, arguing Mueller is not legally entitled to demand the president's answers about his decision-making as executive-in-chief.

On Tuesday, Giuliani confirmed Trump's handwritten answers had been handed over to investigators but said he was confident about the President's legal position.

President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding, at least for now, a potentially risky Trump sit-down with prosecutors.

Trump - who has repeatedly criticised Mueller's investigation, which is especially concerned with whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation - also confirmed that the written answers had been completed.

Mr Trump had known for months that his legal team had been sent dozens of questions regarding the investigation, which aims to uncover whether his campaign team worked with the Kremlin to influence the election.

That would mean the questions would not touch on the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey or Trump's changing explanations for a June, 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump tower.

He added that "much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry". Moscow has said it did not interfere in the election and Trump has denied any collusion.

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In 2016, USA intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation had used a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media in an attempt to turn the election against Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.

Other questions may have touched on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally with ties to WikiLeaks, who also is under investigation.

Since assuming office, the president has spent 149 days at Mar-a-Lago or one of his other golf resorts, according to the website TrumpGolfCount.

Mueller has already brought charges against some former Trump aides, including his former campaign chairman and his former national security adviser, as well as a number of Russian individuals and entities.

In an interview that aired on Sunday, he told "Fox News Sunday" that he was unlikely to do so, explaining that "we've wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we're finished".

For now, Mueller will comb through Trump's responses, a format with downsides to both parties.

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