President Donald Trump on Tuesday submitted his written answers to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s questions in the ongoing Russia probe, setting a major milestone in the long-running investigation as it seemingly nears its conclusion, Fox News informed.
“The President today answered written questions submitted by The Special Counsel’s Office,” Jay Sekulow, counsel to the President, said in a statement. “The questions presented dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry. The President responded in writing.”
“It has been our position from the outset that much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry. This remains our position today. The President has nonetheless provided unprecedented cooperation. The Special Counsel has been provided with more than 30 witnesses, 1.4 million pages of material, and now the President’s written responses to questions. It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion,” Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani added.
Speaking to the reporters in front of the White House Tuesday afternoon, Trump stated that the announcement was coming, shortly before he departed to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“They’re all finished…. The lawyers have them,” Trump said. “The written answers to the witch hunt that’s been going on forever. No collusion, no nothing. They’ve been finished. Finished them yesterday. The lawyers have them. I assume they’ll turn them in today or soon.”
Speaking to “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, Trump told host Chris Wallace that he had personally dictated his responses to his team, who was “writing what I tell them to write.”
Trump emphasized, however, that he probably would not sit for an in-person interview with Mueller, amid fears voiced by his attorneys that he could be tricked into a so-called “perjury trap” in which, even if the President is honest, his version of events differs from other witness accounts enough to trigger a criminal prosecution.