President Donald Trump said Friday that he had answered a list of questions for special counsel Robert Mueller but had not submitted it yet.
What did the president say?
“I was asked a series of questions. I've answered them very easily, very easily,” Trump told reporters gathered in the oval office. “I'm sure they are tricked up, because, you know, they liked to catch people: 'Gee, was the weather sunny or was it rainy? He said it might have been a good day, it was rainy, therefore he told a lie. He perjured himself.'”
Trump said that while he had finished the questions, he had not turned them into the special counsel yet.
“You always have to be careful when you answer questions from people who probably have bad intentions,” he added.
What's the background?
In April, the New York Times reported that it had obtained a list of four dozen questions that Mueller planned to ask Trump. These included sections relating to both former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and questions about possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It is not clear if these questions were the ones that Trump answered.
This admission that he has answered questions from Mueller comes only a day after he tweeted a series of attacks against the Mueller investigatoin, calling it “a total mess” and “absolutely nuts.”
What about the investigation?
Trump has always been dismissive of the Russia investigation and, while this admission means he is cooperating with Mueller, he continued to dismiss the legitimacy of the probe.
“There should have never been any Mueller investigation” he said Friday. “Because there was never anything done wrong. There was no collusion, there never has been, you would have known about it a long time ago if there was. There was nothing — they should have never had it. They wasted millions and millions of dollars. There should have never been a so-called investigation.”
He also called the investigation a “witch hunt” and a “hoax,” terms he has also used to describe it in the past.