US President Donald Trump has submitted written responses to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday.
The US president strongly denies any collusion with Russian Federation, calling Mr Mueller's investigation "a witch hunt".
According to a Tuesday Politico report, Mueller still wants information on Trump's actions post-inauguration as part of a greater investigation into possible obstruction of justice.
Trump lawyers said the answers only cover events before Trump became president and Russian-related topics.
The answers Trump did provide mark an important milestone in the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation, as it is the first time the president described to investigators his knowledge of key moments of the campaign.
The submission caps off months of high-stakes wrangling between Mueller's team and the president's lawyers about what answers Trump would provide for investigators.
Mueller was appointed to his role by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinMueller: Whitaker appointment has "no effect" on ongoing legal challenge Senate Dems sue to block Whitaker from serving as attorney general Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into hard situation MORE, a Trump appointee.
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In 2016, Mr Trump accused Mrs Clinton of putting the USA "in danger" over her use of a private email while secretary of state.
Mueller will receive the president's response as the Trumps settle in for a long Thanksgiving weekend at the president's Mar-a-Lago golf club in South Florida. "We've wasted enough time on this witch hunt, and the answer is, probably, we're finished", he said Friday.
"It has been our position from the outset that much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry".
In 2004, President George W. Bush was interviewed by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's office during an investigation into the leaked identity of a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer.
The president said last week he answered the questions "very easily," but added they were likely "tricked-up", because "you know, they like to catch people".
He speculates that Trump may have brought on Whitaker thinking he could cripple the probe, but he says any such plans have now backfired spectacularly given bipartisan blowback to his appointment as acting AG. It's also not clear that Mueller's team would prevail if a subpoena fight reached the Supreme Court.
The personal interview might still happen if Mueller's office issues a subpoena for Trump to testify.
Other cases involving Presidents Richard Nixon and Clinton have presented similar issues for the justices that could be instructive now.