President Trump has submitted written responses to questions about possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election, his lawyers said on Tuesday November 20th. It is the first time the president has directly cooperated with the long investigation.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team months ago presented Trump’s legal team with dozens of questions they wanted to ask the president related to whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to tip the 2016 election and whether he sought to obstruct the Russia probe by actions including the firing of former FBI director James Comey.
However, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told reporters on Wednesday that the president will not answer the special counsel Robert Mueller's questions on his possible obstruction of justice as president.
The answers mark an important milestone in the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russia, as it is the first time the president described to investigators his knowledge of key moments of the campaign. While Mueller could subpoena Trump on his activities as president, Giuliani said Trump would refuse to cooperate.
Indications have emerged that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is wrapping up, among them the recent departure from his office of a handful of prosecutors.
Mueller previously seemed to acknowledge that the issue of executive privilege could complicate matters in the investigation, particularly as it relates to a presidential interview.
Executive privilege gives the president and the executive branch the power to resist subpoenas from Congress and the judicial branch.
Trump's allies have often framed Mueller's questions to Trump as a "perjury trap" designed to catch Trump contradicting himself under oath but Giuliani seemed to think they had a way around that.