Trump says he answered Mueller questions 'very easily'

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The US leader told reporters he had personally answered the questions "very easily", but that they had yet to be submitted to Robert Mueller's team.

Though he spent hours with his attorneys, Mr. Trump on Friday insisted: "My lawyers don't write answers, I write answers".

However, local analysts said the delay in submitting suggests that the president is still consulting with his lawyers. "I've answered them very easily".

"There should have never been a Mueller investigation".

Mr Trump and his lawyers had been in negotiations with Mr Mueller's team for months over how the President would be questioned as part of the investigation.

While the President is no stranger to criticising the Special Counsel, the tweets sent on Thursday were unusually specific.

Congressional investigators asked Trump Jr. about the contacts he was making in the early summer of 2016 as he set up the Trump Tower meeting in New York City.

He added: "They are screaming and shouting at people. horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want".

Trump said he suspected some of the questions were created to be pitfalls and catch him in a "perjury trap" - to induce to him to lie about things for which prosecutors might already have contradictory evidence. "You have to always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions".

Mr Mueller is investigating whether members of Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election and whether the President has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

During months of back-and-forth negotiations with the special counsel office, Mr. Trump's lawyers have repeatedly counseled the president against sitting down for an in-person interview.

Mueller has signaled a willingness to accept written answers on matters related to collusion with Russian Federation.

Another open question is whether he will eventually sit for an interview.

The confirmation came nine days after Trump installed a new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, who has been strongly critical of Mueller and suggested cutting the probe's purse-strings to make it hard to continue. But Trump's written answers and speculation about forthcoming indictments for several of his associates-including Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi-shows the investigation is continuing apace.

The year-and-a-half long probe has secured convictions for multiple Trump administration aides, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump's long-time personal attorney Michael Cohen.

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

Trump on Friday again criticized the probe as a "witch hunt" and said there was no such collusion. "And you know why it's going to be just fine?"

The special counsel's office and the Justice Department hadn't made any comment on Friday as Washington waited on tenterhooks for the next milestone in the saga.

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