Trump says he has finished answering Mueller probe questions

Hannah Rogers
November 17, 2018

Donald Trump has said he "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, although he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie.

He said the answers have not yet been submitted to the Mueller investigators.

"I was asked a series of questions - I've answered them very easily, very easily", said President Trump. He called the Mueller probe "illegal" and said, without evidence, that Mueller's team was "screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want".

The president said he personally finished answering the list of questions for Mueller, but has not yet submitted them.

During months of back-and-forth negotiations with the special counsel office, Mr. Trump's lawyers have repeatedly counseled the president against sitting down for an in-person interview.

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"I was asked a series of questions".

Trump's lawyers had previously made the case to Mueller's team that the President would only answer questions related to collusion about events that took place before the 2016 election.

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He also told ITV that "eating bums, balls and willies, I'm totally cool with" ahead of the show's return on November 18. He said: "Everyone has phobias and I am terrified of some of the things on the programme".

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

Adding to his grim outlook has been a barrage of criticism over his choice for acting attorney general and late-arriving election results that have largely been tipping towards House Democrats. They are a disgrace to our Nation and don't.care how many lives the (sic) ruin.

Trump has also complained about efforts in the Senate by his longtime foe, Arizona Sen.

Trump also indicated in an interview with The Daily Caller on Wednesday that he installed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general to hamper the Russian Federation inquiry.

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

"There should have never been a so-called investigation, which, in theory, it's not an investigation of me", he said.

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. Giluliani had said that the president's attorneys were working with him on the answers to make sure he didn't fall into a perjury trap. "We are the envy of the world".

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