Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump says he answered Mueller questions, not his lawyers

Trump says he answered Mueller questions, not his lawyers

U.S. President Donald Trump said that he has just finished writing answers to questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't submitted them yet. "I answered them very easily", he said.

"You have to always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions", Trump told reporters Friday in his latest swipe at the probe into 2016 election interference and possible ties between Moscow and the president's campaign.

But it is still possible Mr Mueller may press Mr Trump to answer questions on potential obstruction at some point and whether the President will eventually sit for an interview.

Mueller, who took over the investigation in May 2017, is investigating whether members of Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation in the 2016 election and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe, which has cast a cloud over his presidency.

Trump and his lawyers had been in negotiations with Mueller's team for months over how the president would be questioned as part of the investigation.

Trump said his lawyers will review the answers before they're sent to Mueller.

Russian Federation has denied any interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

"They are a disgrace to our Nation and don't care how many lives they ruin". There has been widespread media coverage of two Trump allies - Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi - who say they expect to be charged.

Protesters gathered in front of the White House last week as part of a nationwide
ANDREW HARNIK APProtesters gathered in front of the White House last week as part of a nationwide"Protect Mueller campaign

The confirmation came nine days after Trump installed a new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, who has been strongly critical of Mueller and suggested cutting the probe's purse-strings to make it hard to continue. Jeff Flake, to introduce legislation to protect the special counsel, according to the officials and Republicans.

Trump's flurry of attacks came despite repeated warnings from his aides to refrain from targeting the special counsel.

One argument against Whitaker was that he has not been confirmed by Senate.

A team of investigators led by Mr Mueller is looking into whether anyone from Mr Trump's campaign colluded in the effort. The special counsel position does not require confirmation, and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was confirmed for that previous job.

Congressional investigators asked Trump Jr. about the contacts he was making in the early summer of 2016 as he set up the Trump Tower meeting in New York City. Cohen has pleaded guilty to a series of crimes and has said under oath that Trump ordered him to make hush-money payments to cover up an affair.

Focus on the midterm elections meant the Mueller probe dropped out of the headlines in recent weeks.

- Despite his insistence that Americans no longer have to fear North Korea's nuclear program, news of Pyongyang's persistent weapons program made headlines this week. "We are the envy of the world".

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.

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