Robert Mueller will accept written answers from Donald Trump

Hugh Fox
September 7, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly dropped his insistence that President Trump appear in person to answer questions related to potential coordination his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation, agreeing instead to accept written responses.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Mueller made the concession in a letter to Trump's private lawyers.

Special counsel Robert Mueller sent a letter to Trump's legal team expressing a willingness to accept written answers to some questions, a source says.

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Trump's lawyers have dangled written answers as a possibility, and Mueller's team appeared receptive to it as an interim measure. For one thing, Trump asserts, Mueller interviewed with Trump for the FBI Director job, and didn't get it, and is presumably disgruntled.

"We'll decline to comment", special counsel spokesman Peter Carr told the Daily News.

The question of whether Trump will submit to an interview has been a long-running debate inside the president's legal team. In March, Mueller raised the prospect of subpoenaing Trump if he refused to be questioned voluntarily. How can you possibly have a man who is that, and then somebody from his law firm came out and said, 'I can't believe they picked Mueller.

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The news of the Mueller team's response comes the same day as excerpts from political reporter Bob Woodward's latest book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", became public.

Trump's first team of criminal lawyers chose to cooperated fully with Mueller, saying their client had nothing to hide.

Sources describe a lengthy response from Mueller with a strong emphasis on requesting written answers as it relates to the original mandate of the investigation - Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

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