Trump hands over written responses to Mueller's Russian Federation probe questions

Trump hands over written responses to Mueller's Russian Federation probe questions

Mr Trump had known for months that his legal team had been sent dozens of questions regarding the investigation, which aims to uncover whether his campaign team worked with the Kremlin to influence the election.

The step is a milestone in the negotiations between Trump's attorneys and special counsel Robert Mueller's team over whether and when the president might sit for an interview. Mueller secures on-the-record statements whose accuracy the president will be expected to stand by for the duration of the investigation.

Trump signed the submission on Tuesday before he left Washington to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Florida, a person familiar with the matter said.

And that's a good thing, Giuliani told Axios, because Trump would refuse to cooperate if Mueller demanded answers along those lines. "It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion".

Trump lawyers said the answers only cover events before Trump became president and Russian-related topics. Giuliani said they did not address allegations of obstruction of justice.

After his appointment, Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said the president risked creating a "constitutional crisis" if he sought to impede the Mueller investigation.

Trump made no mention of the parallel investigation Mueller has reportedly pursued, one focused on whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017.

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US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to try to tip it toward Trump by undermining Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

Trump has denied knowing about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians, who had promised damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"We'll consider them and answer them if necessary, relevant and legal", Giuliani said.

Trump joins a list of recent presidents who have submitted to questioning as part of a criminal investigation.

Mueller has already has brought charges against some former Trump aides, including his former campaign chairman and his former national security adviser, as well as a number of Russian individuals and entities. If Trump's responses are deemed satisfactory, he moves past the threat of an in-person interview, which he and his lawyers want to avoid.

Giuliani has not ruled out that Trump might answer further questions if forwarded by Mueller, but said that it is "unlikely we will answer any more questions". "But probably this is the end", said the president, who has regularly dismissed the probe as a "witch hunt" and personally slammed Mueller.

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