Published: Fri, November 16, 2018

Trump has finished written answers to questions from Mueller

Trump has finished written answers to questions from Mueller

Mueller, who Rosenstein named to head the Russian Federation investigation in May 2017, is investigating whether members of Trump's campaign concluded with Moscow in the 2016 election and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe, which has cast a cloud over his presidency.

"You have to always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions, " said Trump in his latest swipe at the integrity of the probe.

"I haven't submitted them", the president said.

Trump on Friday again criticised the probe as a "witch hunt" and said there was no such collusion. "Very easily. I'm sure they're tripped up because they like to catch people", he continued.

Mueller is reportedly preparing to issue more indictments, which could come as soon as Friday.

Trump said that he just finished the questions but that he has not actually submitted them to the special counsel's office. "I imagine it's ending now", Trump added.

There should have never been an investigation, he argued, because there had been no wrongdoing by him or his campaign during the 2016 election. "They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts ..."

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

Tensions have risen even higher over the probe since Trump last week forced out Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general and named Matthew Whitaker as his replacement on an acting basis.

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 matters for which prosecutors might already have contradictory evidence. The statement was reminiscent of his admission to NBC's Lester Holt past year that he ousted then FBI director James Comey to kill the investigation.

"The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess", Trump tweeted Thursday as part of a series of morning posts.

Jeffrey Cramer, a longtime former federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the DOJ, echoed that assessment.

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