Trump Says He's Giving Mueller Questions a Personal Touch

Pauline Gross
November 17, 2018

President Trump said Friday he has finished answering questions to written questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but he hasn't submitted them yet.

While speaking to reporters at the White House Friday, Trump said the questions were "not very difficult" and he wrote the answers mostly himself.

The president did not say Friday when he would turn his answers over to Mueller.

On Thursday, he took to Twitter to describe Mr Mueller as "conflicted", called the investigation "absolutely nuts", adding that those involved in the long-running probe "are a disgrace to our nation".

"I'm sure they're tricked-up because, you know, they like to catch people", Trump added, referring to questions that he suggested could be created to result in perjury charges.

Whitaker has criticized the Mueller probe in previous print and broadcast media interviews.

"You always have to be careful answering questions for people who have bad intentions", he said of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "And I'm sure it'll be just fine", Mr. Trump told reporters.

It isn't clear now whether if, when Trump submits his written answers to the special counsel's office, that will end the matter or whether Mueller might still want to hear from the president in person. The president has repeatedly denied any such collusion with Moscow.

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George Papadopoulos, a former aide to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents probing ties between the campaign and Russian Federation, filed a motion on Friday seeking to postpone his sentence pending a separate case he hoped would lead to his conviction being overturned.

One argument against Whitaker was that he has not been confirmed by Senate.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October 2017.

Protesters gathered in front of the White House last week as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign.

He faced criticism from both sides of the aisle for his weekend trip to Paris, during which he scuttled a visit to a World War I ceremony due to bad weather and further strained ties with traditional Western allies. "We are the envy of the world".

After recent weeks of tweets focused on the migrant caravan moving through Mexico and the US midterm elections, Trump relaunched his attacks on the Russian Federation probe on social media on Thursday.

Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed reporting.

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