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President Trump on Tuesday submitted written answers to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s questions in the ongoing Russia investigation, marking a major milestone in the long-running probe as it seemingly nears its conclusion.

“The President today answered written questions submitted by The Special Counsel’s Office,” Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said in a statement. “The questions presented dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry. The President responded in writing.”

Added Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani: “It has been our position from the outset that much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry. This remains our position today. The President has nonetheless provided unprecedented cooperation. The Special Counsel has been provided with more than 30 witnesses, 1.4 million pages of material, and now the President’s written responses to questions. It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion.”

Outside the White House Tuesday afternoon, Trump told reporters the announcement was coming, shortly before he departed to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“They’re all finished…. The lawyers have them,” Trump said. “The written answers to the witch hunt that’s been going on forever. No collusion, no nothing. They’ve been finished. Finished them yesterday. The lawyers have them. I assume they’ll turn them in today or soon.”

Speaking exclusively to “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, Trump told host Chris Wallace that he had personally dictated his responses to his team, who was “writing what I tell them to write.”

Trump emphasized, however, that he probably would not sit for an in-person interview with Mueller, amid fears voiced by his attorneys that the could be tricked into a so-called “perjury trap” in which, even if the president is honest, his version of events differs from other witness accounts enough to trigger a criminal prosecution.

“We’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, that we’re finished,” Trump said.

He continued: “We gave very, very complete answers to a lot of questions that I shouldn’t have even been asked, and I think that should solve the problem. I hope it solves the problem, if it doesn’t, you know, I’ll be told and we’ll make a decision at that time. But probably this is the end.”

Earlier this year, some of Mueller’s questions for Trump at the time leaked to the media and were obtained by Fox News. In one question, Mueller asks what Trump knew about campaign staff, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reaching out to Moscow. Manafort has since been convicted on unrelated tax and bank fraud charges.

The questions also covered Trump’s motivations for firing former FBI Director James Comey a year ago, as well as his reaction to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from overseeing the Russia investigation.

They also inquired into Trump’s handling of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, who lied to federal authorities probing his contacts with Russia concerning sanctions during the presidential transistion period.

Speaking to Fox News, Trump defended Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker against Democrats’ calls that he should recuse himself because he has written critically of Mueller’s probe, which he said in 2017 was at risk of becoming a “political fishing expedition.”

Trump added that he “would not get involved” in Whitaker’s decisions as he oversees Mueller’s probe in his new role as head of the Justice Department. The DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion affirming the constitutionality of Whitaker’s temporary appointment without Senate approval.

“Look he — it’s going to be up to him,” Trump said. “I think he’s very well aware politically. I think he’s astute politically. He’s a very smart person. A very respected person. He’s going to do what’s right. I really believe he’s going to do what’s right.”

The president announced on Friday in the Oval Office that he had completed his written responses and was looking over them before sending them in.

“I was asked a series of questions. I’ve answered them very easily,” Trump said, adding one has to “always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions.”

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Mary Johnson

    November 21, 2018 at 2:10 am

    This has gone on long enough. This is taxes payer’s monies Mueller is wasting at the direction of the Democrats. Mueller should be under investigation himself for his part in the uranium one deal as well as Obama and Clinton. I thank GOD that President Trump is strong and has show his worth to this country. Someone who will stand and not give in and throw our monies to other countries that use those monies against us.

    • Dean Perry

      December 1, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Wasting? Look again…

  2. Mary Johnson

    November 21, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I will try this again. This has gone on long enough a waste of taxes payer’s monies. Mueller himself should be under investigation for his part in the uranium one deal along with Obama and Clinton. I thank GOD that President Trump is strong and stands for the American people. This Mueller investigation was founded on false information and should never have been started. The one that should be investigated is the Clinton cartel. The Democrats pull Mueller’s strings and he dances. President Trump has stood strong where others have gave to the point that they thought America was weak. Now President Trump is showing that we are not weak and we will stand for our rights.

  3. Edna Barefoot

    November 21, 2018 at 2:26 am

    I AM SICK OF OUR GOV SCREWING US THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.MUELLER IS A CROOKED ASS. TRUMP IS BEING SILLY ABOUT THIS WHOLE MESS. LET THE MAN FINISH & IF TRUMP IS OK IT WILL PROVE WHAT AN IDIOT OUR GOV HAS BEEN. THEY WORRY ABOUT THE MONEY WE SPEND ON OUR MILITARY BUT OK WITH MUELLER SPENDING ALL THIS TIME & MONEY CHASING TRUMP. IF TRUMP IS GUILTY WHY HASN’T MUELLER PROVED IT IN 2 YRS. I DON’T KNOW THE TRUTH BUT I KNOW WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEING SCREWED BY PEOPLE WHO R SUPPOSE TO BE HELPING US.

  4. Michael Durbin

    November 21, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Time to shut the robbing of the tax payers down and get on with the Presidents agenda of Making America Great!

  5. Ed

    November 21, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Should never have answered questions.

  6. Meyndert

    November 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    By answering their question you acknowledge that their was a Russian interference in the election. There was no interference so there is no questions.

  7. ltrail

    November 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Robert Mueller’s gravy train seems to be coming into the terminal. It’s about time and actually way overdue. Mueller’s witchhunt has devastated several people and families along the way; a terrible thing to do.

  8. Tony C

    November 22, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    DOES this remind you of someone ❓
    PROFILE of the SOCIOPATH
    Glibness and Superficial Charm.✅
    Manipulative and Conning✅
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible✅. …
    Grandiose Sense of Self. ✅
    Pathological Lying. .✅
    Lack of Remorse
    Shame or Guilt. …✅
    Shallow Emotions✅
    Incapacity for Love.✅
    Need for Stimulation✅

    • Dean Perry

      December 1, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      It’s TRUMP!

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