Mueller Might Accept Some Written Answers From Trump In Russia Probe

Blanche Robertson
September 7, 2018

Sources familiar with the investigation and President Trump's legal team confirm that the special counsel's team, in a letter sent Friday, agreed to accept written answers from Trump on questions related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller told the president's legal team late last week in a letter that he would accept some of Trump's testimony in writing, according to a report from the New York Times. But the tone of the letter and the fact that the special counsel did not ask for written responses on obstruction prompted some Trump allies to conclude that if an interview takes place, its scope will be more limited than Mr. Trump's legal team initially believed, the people said.

And the special counsel left open the possibility that he may still try to press Trump in person about a second piece of his investigation: whether the president has sought to block the probe since taking office.

Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said: "We continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Office of Special Counsel".

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Part of the reason this is a compelling acknowledgement from Brady is that he long has been associated with United States President Donald Trump .

As the Post notes, "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". Neither charge holds much weight on their own, but in combination they're utter nonsense: If Mueller had a "serious business dispute with Trump dating back to 2011, why would Trump consider offering him the Federal Bureau of Investigation directorship in 2017?"

In his letter, Mueller did not address whether he had ruled out the idea of subpoenaing Trump or might push for a voluntary interview on later.

Mueller first indicated to Trump's lawyers in December 2017 that he wanted to interview the president in a face-to-face session to complete his investigation.

The AP writes, "The move by Mueller comes after he has issued two lengthy indictments detailing Russian efforts to interfere in the presidential campaign".

And for another, Trump claimed, without any proof that Comey and Mueller are "best friends" and even more, of the "hugging and kissing" variety. You know, he's Comey's best friend, ' Trump said.

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