17 November, 2018
President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he has answered questions in writing that were submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, but he hasn't turned them over to Mueller's team yet.
He told reporters in the Oval Office Friday that he - and not his lawyers - wrote the answers and that it "didn't take very long to do them". He said the answers related only to whether Trump colluded with Russian Federation during his presidential campaign.
He did not say when he would turn over the answers to Mr Mueller, but his lawyer Rudy Giuliani indicated it could happen next week.
Mueller was appointed as special counsel in May 2017, after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and his critics accused him of obstructing the FBI investigation into claims by Democrats that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in 2016. "You have to be careful answering questions with people that probably have bad intentions, but no".
It is not clear if these questions were the ones that Trump answered.
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.
He said the answers have not yet been submitted to the Mueller investigators.
Trump on Friday again called the probe a "witch hunt" and said there was no collusion., Reuters reports.
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Mueller had signaled a willingness to accept written answers on matters of collusion.
Trump claimed the "inner workings" of the investigations is a "total mess" and it has gone "completely nuts". That move gave Whitaker, a Trump loyalist, oversight of the Mueller probe rather than Rod Rosenstein, the department's No. 2 official who previously had authority over it.
Trump's aides have repeatedly warned the president to refrain from targeting Robert Mueller.
"They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want".
Critics fear Whitaker will interfere with the investigation and provide the White House inside information on its activities to help protect the president, who if accused by Mueller of obstruction could face impeachment.
"There should have never been any Mueller investigation because there was never anything done wrong".
"But ... as far as I'm concerned, I like to take everything personally because you do better that way". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has opposed any such legislation.