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

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

Last weekend, Democrats in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives called on Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

"The president today answered written questions submitted by the special counsel's office".

Schindler then turns to Trump's decision to give Attorney General Jeff Sessions the boot and then replace him with Matt Whitaker, a political loyalist who has in the past been highly critical of Mueller's investigation.

Trump's legal team has indicated that the president would not answer any additional questions aside from potential follow-ups.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow offered no details on the current Q&A, saying merely that "the written questions submitted by the special counsel's office. dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry".

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Giuliani said in the statement on Tuesday the president had provided "unprecedented cooperation" with the probe over the past year and a half, noting that more than 30 White House-related witnesses had been questioned and 1.4 million pages of material turned over before Trump responded to the pre-election questions in writing.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation in the US 2016 elections. "So you have to always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions", he said.

Giuliani argued that executive privilege would shield Trump from answering some of Mueller's more damning questions. They represent the first time the president is known to have described to investigators his knowledge of key moments under scrutiny by prosecutors.

"What I can tell you is they're complete and detailed", said Rudy Giuliani.

Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani also issued a statement.

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Mueller could theoretically still look to subpoena the president if he feels the answers are not satisfactory.

Three Democratic senators, meanwhile, launched a new legal challenge on Monday to Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, accusing Trump of depriving the Senate of its constitutional power to act on such appointments. It's also not clear that Mueller's team would prevail if a subpoena fight reached the Supreme Court.

Mueller has already 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.

Other cases involving Presidents Richard Nixon and Clinton have presented similar issues for the justices that could be instructive now.

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