Trump says he's finished answering Mueller's questions, but hasn't submitted them yet

Robert Mueller

This admission that he has answered questions from Mueller comes only a day after he tweeted a series of attacks against the Mueller investigatoin, calling it "a total mess" and "absolutely nuts".

"You can see it in Trump's body language all week long. There's something troubling him", a senior Republican official who communicates with the White House told Politico.

The special counsel had signaled a willingness to accept written answers on matters of collusion but Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has said repeatedly that president would not answer Mueller's questions on possible obstruction of justice.

"It's not just a couple staff screw-ups with Melania", he added, referring to the removal of deputy national-security adviser Mira Ricardel from her position following an intervention by First Lady Melania Trump.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he wrote the answers to the questions himself. "Folks are preparing for the worst". The investigators don't care "how many lives they can ruin", he wrote.


The questions, roughly two dozen which focus on five topics, all predate Trump winning election.

A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss criminal charges against a Russian company, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, accused by Mueller of funding a propaganda operation to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favour.

Trump's rambling then turned to the questions from Mueller when a reporter asked if the president's lawyers were writing answers.

Earlier this week, Jerome Corsi, a far-right conspiracy theorist and associate of the longtime GOP strategist Roger Stone, indicated he expects to be indicted soon. No, it's, the questions were very routinely answered by me. The statement was reminiscent of his admission to NBC's Lester Holt previous year that he ousted then FBI director James Comey to kill the investigation.

Mueller already has brought charges against a series of former Trump aides, including his former campaign chairman and a former U.S. national security adviser, as well as a number of Russian individuals and entities.

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