Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

President Trump confirms he has answered questions for Mueller probe

President Trump confirms he has answered questions for Mueller probe

The US leader told reporters he had personally answered the questions "very easily", but that they had yet to be submitted to Robert Mueller's team.

President Donald Trump answers a reporters question about the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller during a signing ceremony of the "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act", in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington.

On Thursday, he took to Twitter to describe Mr Mueller as "conflicted", called the investigation "absolutely nuts", adding that those involved in the long-running probe "are a disgrace to our nation".

"The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess", Trump tweeted Thursday as part of a series of morning posts.

Trump stressed that he has been "busy" and that it has taken some time to complete the answers, but he also expressed his concern about Mueller's objective in obtaining them.

The president has always maintained that there was no collusion and the investigation is a "witch hunt".

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, said in an interview last month that the president's legal team had prepared written responses to several dozen questions from Mueller.

The White House is reportedly bracing itself for a slew of indictments from the special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation investigation.

However, local analysts said the delay in submitting suggests that the president is still consulting with his lawyers. My lawyers don't write answers.

Robert Mueller
Alex Wong Getty Images Mueller is reportedly preparing to issue more indictments in the Russia investigation which could come as soon as this week

Mueller has signaled a willingness to accept written answers on matters related to collusion with Russian Federation. Another person familiar with the effort said they expect Trump to turn over the answers before Thanksgiving.

The answers concern questions about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump's onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been meeting with the special counsel's investigators.

But the tight-lipped Mueller has not given any sign of whether Trump is regarded more as a witness or a target of the investigation.

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

Democrats and a number of Republicans have raised concerns about Mr Whitaker's appointment, with a bipartisan group of U.S. senators renewing a push for legislation to protect the special counsel. "I imagine it's ending now", Trump said.

Recently ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from overseeing Mueller because he had worked on Trump's Republican campaign - a decision that infuriated Trump and led to Sessions resigning at the president's request.

Tensions have risen over the probe since Mr Trump ousted Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general last week.

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