Special counsel Robert Mueller to accept some written answers from Trump

07 September, 2018, 12:17 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani

In his newest letter to President Donald Trump's legal team, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now offering that Trump submit written answers on questions of his campaign's possible conspiring with Russian Federation to interfere with the 2016 election, according to a Tuesday New York Times report.

Mueller's offer to accept written responses from Trump on questions about possible collusion was contained in a letter that Trump's lawyers received on Friday, the person said.

Mueller is wary that the Trump's legal team may use executive privilege to shield the president from answering questions about obstruction of justice - another avenue of the inquiry.

Trump's lawyers have dangled written answers as a possibility, and Mueller's team appeared receptive to it as an interim measure.

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Trump was brief when asked about his interview of Mueller to replace Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director before deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein named Mueller special counsel.

Trump's personal attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, declined to comment.

The White House Counsel's Office, led by attorney Emmet Flood, has been girding to fight a subpoena for Trump's testimony under oath.

The news of the Mueller team's response comes the same day as excerpts from political reporter Bob Woodward's latest book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", became public.

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The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, eased up on his demands to question President Trump in the Russian Federation investigation, a shift that came as the president's lawyers, who have advised him against sitting for an interview, are fighting his desire to answer investigators' queries.

The letter does not mention obstruction - but sources said they believe that will likely be part of negotiations with Mueller's team. "You know, he's Comey's best friend", said Trump.

However, in a new interview with the conservative Daily Caller, the president let on he was also disturbed by something equally scandalous, the fact that Comey and Mueller were so chummy that they frequently hugged and kissed each other - and Trump has pictures to prove it.

And for another, Trump claimed, without any proof that Comey and Mueller are "best friends" and even more, of the "hugging and kissing" variety.

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