President Trump confirms he has answered questions for Mueller probe

Lamar Ellis
November 17, 2018

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.

On Friday, the President said he was done with his answers, though they have yet to be submitted. My lawyers don't write the answer, I write the answers, ' he told reporters on Friday.

Trump stressed Friday that he answered the questions personally, not his lawyers.

"The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess", Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday as part of a series of morning posts. "I'm sure they're tricked up because, you know, they like to catch people". "You have to be careful answering questions with people that probably have bad intentions, but no".

However, Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post on Thursday he had not answered questions relating to the period after his election, saying some were "possible traps", while others were "unnecessary" or "irrelevant".

It is not clear if these questions were the ones that Trump answered. The White House has said it would not answer Mueller's questions on possible obstruction of justice.

Additionally, Mr. Trump has told confidants in recent days that he is deeply frustrated by widespread criticism of his choice of Matthew Whitaker for acting attorney general, according to four officials and Republicans close to the White House who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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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.

A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss criminal charges against Concord Management and Consulting LLC, a Russian Federation company accused by Mr Mueller of funding a propaganda operation to sway the 2016 election in Mr Trump's favour.

Whitaker replaced Jeff Sessions, who had incurred Trump's wrath after recusing himself of oversight of Mueller, allowing, in Trump's view, the investigators to probe too far.

Trump's aides have repeatedly warned the president to refrain from targeting Robert Mueller.

"There should have never been any Mueller investigation, because there was never anything done wrong", he added.

Democrats and a number of Republicans have raised concerns about Mr Whitaker's appointment, with a bipartisan group of USA senators renewing a push for legislation to protect the special counsel.

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