Mueller says he’d accept written responses from Trump

07 September, 2018, 12:15 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Rudy and Judith Giuliani

The special counsel Robert Mueller will reportedly accept some written answers from Donald Trump about collusion with Russian Federation.

Mueller's decision to accept at least some written responses represents a concession to Trump's legal team, which since December has resisted the special counsel's efforts to interview the president.

Mueller has reportedly not ruled out an in-person interview with Trump, though the letter did not ask for answers on obstruction of justice questions, leading team Trump to think that a sit-down with Mueller could be much less expansive in scope than they feared.

Rudy Giuliani says the White House would likely attempt to block a full public release of Robert Mueller's anticipated final report about the Russian Federation investigation ― bolstering long-held fears that the special counsel's ultimate findings may never see the light of day.

Trump was brief when asked about his interview of Mueller to replace Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director before deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein named Mueller special counsel.

'So that's four things, that's four, then you have the conflicts of the people - you know I call them the 17 angry Democrats, I guess they're being lowered down now, ' Trump said, referencing staff that transferred out of Mueller's office.


Echoing a previous argument, Giuliani said he will only allow Trump to submit to an interview if Mueller promises not to catch him in a "perjury trap".

The New York Times first reported Mueller's offer.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the Special Counsel's office, declined to comment.

Mueller's investigators and Trump's legal team have engaged in a monthslong back-and-forth about whether Trump will sit down for an interview. That's an effort that could lead to a Supreme Court challenge by the White House.

The letter does not mention obstruction - but sources said they believe that will likely be part of negotiations with Mueller's team. Giuliani has said Trump does not recall asking Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and he does not want the president to be accused of lying about the episode.

"Republicans are trying to hide as much about Kavanaugh's record as they can because they know it would be damning", Meyers argued, showing Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) bang his gavel as 2010's Grassley, on split screen, demanded all documents relating to then-Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and ample time to review them.

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