Trump Submits Written Responses to Some of Mueller's Questions

Trump Submits Written Responses to Some of Mueller's Questions

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.

Following his conviction, Mr Cohen was said to be "more than happy" to tell the special counsel everything he knows about the president.

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 signed the submission on Tuesday before he left Washington to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Florida, a person familiar with the matter said. Trump's legal team has indicated that the president would not answer any additional questions aside from potential follow-ups.

But he added that the president provided "unprecedented cooperation" and that it was time to "bring this inquiry to a conclusion".

"I don't think there's an answer that will surprise them very much", Giuliani said of the responses. "The questions presented dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry", attorney Jay Sekulow was widely quoted by USA media as saying. If Mueller finds the answers satisfactory, the responses may also help stave off a potential subpoena fight over Trump's testimony. Moscow has said it did not interfere in the election and Trump has denied any collusion.

In 2016, U.S. 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.

Trump last summer denied knowing about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians, who had promised damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump himself has offered mixed responses.

Talking with Axios' Jonathan Swan, Giuliani said that any in-person interview between Trump and Mueller about whether his actions constitute obstruction of justice would be a waste of time.

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.

Mr. Trump had confirmed to reporters earlier in the day that he completed the questions and they had been given to his attorneys.

"They have said they would in good faith read these answers and then come back to us and tell us if they need anything more", Giuliani said in an interview Tuesday. As a private citizen, Whitaker criticized the Mueller probe.

Trump previously tweeted that the "inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess", adding the probe was, "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!"

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