President Donald Trump said Friday he has finished his written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but told reporters he has yet to submit the answers to Mueller's office.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he wrote the answers to the questions himself. But it's, as far as I'm concerned, I like to take everything personally because you do better that way.
Mr Mueller's year-and-a-half-long investigation has produced guilty pleas and convictions from several top Trump aides even as the special counsel and the White House have engaged in lengthy negotiations about how - or if - the president would give evidence.
"It led me to believe the walls are closing in and they have been notified by counsel of some actions about to happen", one senior Republican official told Politico.
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In 2016, WikiLeaks published emails from the Democratic National Committee that had been hacked by Russian intelligence. Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador, and he's been living in the country's London embassy since 2012.
"There should have never been a so-called investigation, which, in theory, it's not an investigation of me". Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said repeatedly the president would not answer Mueller's questions on possible obstruction of justice.
Trump said he suspected some of the questions were created to be pitfalls and catch him in a "perjury trap" - to induce to him to lie about things for which prosecutors might already have contradictory evidence. You need lawyers to go over some of the answers.
"I'm very happy with nearly all of my cabinet".
Mr Trump's team of lawyers agreed to have the president submit written answers to questions relating to Russia's role in the election.
And earlier this week, Mueller's office asked a federal court in Washington, DC, for an extension on the sentencing of former Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates until January, a sign that Gates still has a significant amount of information for prosecutors.
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No one there appeared to be paying close attention to Trump's visit, with evacuees saying they were told to leave by Sunday. Butte County sheriff Kory Honea said the situation was disheartening. "I want a great climate", he said.
But the tight-lipped Mueller has not given any sign of whether Trump is regarded more as a witness or a target of the investigation. He also suggested that Mueller's team don't care "how many lives they can ruin".
Democrats have also called for the special counsel bill to be added to a year-end spending bill that must pass in December to avoid a partial government shutdown.
"I'm not agitated", he said Friday.
In 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation had used a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media in an attempt to turn the election against Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump appointed Whitaker acting attorney general last week.
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