Trump says he answered Mueller questions, not his lawyers

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President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he has answered questions in writing that were submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, but he hasn't turned them over to Mueller's team yet. Rudolph Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, tells the paper that some of those questions "create more issues for us legally than others", calling some of them "unnecessary", "possible traps", and "irrelevant".

Though he spent hours with his lawyers, Mr Trump insisted: "My lawyers don't write answers, I write answers". You need lawyers to go over some of the answers.

Additionally, Mr. Trump has told confidants in recent days that he is deeply frustrated by widespread criticism of his choice of Matthew Whitaker for acting attorney general, according to four officials and Republicans close to the White House who spoke on condition of anonymity. "But no, the questions were very routinely answered by me". That move gave Whitaker, a Trump loyalist who Democrats have called a "political lackey", oversight of the Mueller probe.

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Trump's lawyers counseled him strongly not to agree to sit down with Mueller and investigators in person, although the president has never publicly ruled out that he might do so.

The president said he hasn't submitted them because he's "been a bit busy". Everyone has to be careful with questions designed "by people who probably have bad intentions", he also said.

Some 32 individuals and three Russian businesses have been indicted by Mueller and his team of prosecutors on charges ranging from computer hacking to obstruction of justice.

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In these 2018 file photos, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, left, leaves federal court in Washington, D.C., and Trump attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in NY. Mueller was appointed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director by former President George W. Bush and Obama later extended his original 10-year-term by two years until 2013.

In this October 5, 2017, photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a fundraiser for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.

On Thursday the president let loose a tirade against Mueller on Twitter, alleging the investigation by the former FBI director was politically biased and had used threats against witnesses. Mr. Trump, in turn, contended that the criticism was unfair since Mr. Mueller also was not confirmed for his post. "They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want", he wrote. The investigators don't care "how many lives they can ruin", he wrote.

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