Trump Submits Written Answers To Special Counsel Robert Mueller

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Donald Trump has submitted written answers to questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller probing into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA elections, local media on Tuesday quoted the president's attorneys as saying.

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.

The precise questions and answers that Trump gave to Mueller weren't immediately clear, though the president told reporters last week that he had prepared the responses himself.

Mr Trump - who has repeatedly criticised Mueller's investigation, which is especially concerned with whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation - also confirmed that the written answers had been completed.

The president so far has not agreed to be interviewed in person by Mueller, whose team is probing Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

Trump previously tweeted that the "inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess", adding the probe was, "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!"

Trump's lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller's prosecutors since a year ago over whether the president would sit for an interview.

In 2016, Mr Trump accused Mrs Clinton of putting the USA "in danger" over her use of a private email while secretary of state.

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For now, Mueller will comb through Trump's responses, a format with downsides to both parties.

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Giuliani and fellow lawyers Jay Sekulow and Jane Raskin grabbed Trump in and around the Oval Office whenever they had the chance, Axios reported.

Sessions had been repeatedly attacked by the president for his recusal from overseeing the Mueller probe.

It is unclear whether Mueller would subpoena him to testify, likely setting off a legal and political battle.

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"Mueller certainly could have forced the issue and issued a subpoena, but I think he wants to present a record of having bent over backwards to be fair", Wisenberg said.