Trump legal team balks at Mueller’s questions on post-2016 election activity
- Author: Tracy Klein Nov 17, 2018,
Nov 17, 2018, 15:55
The President and his lawyers are finalizing answers to the special counsel's questions and could return the responses as early as next week, according to the source.
While the President is no stranger to criticising the Special Counsel, the tweets sent on Thursday were unusually specific.
President Donald Trump and his legal team have taken issue with some of the questions from special counsel Robert Mueller that cover the transition period after the 2016 election, believing it could be off limits under executive privilege. "You have to be careful answering questions with people that probably have bad intentions, but no".
"As you know, I've been very busy", he quipped, bringing up last week's trip to Europe and several trade deals that were recently negotiated.
Tensions have risen over the probe since Trump last week ousted Jeff Sessions as United States attorney general and named Matthew Whitaker as his replacement on an acting basis. In the US, "collusion" is not a federal crime, although the Mueller probe has been looking into whether members of Trump's team, or the president himself, were involved in the obstruction of justice or conspiracy.
He also called the investigation a "witch hunt" and a "hoax", terms he has also used to describe it in the past. "They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts".
A team of investigators led by Mr Mueller is looking into whether anyone from Mr Trump's campaign colluded in the effort.
Critics fear Whitaker will interfere with the investigation and provide the White House inside information on its activities to help protect the president, who if accused by Mueller of obstruction could face impeachment.
The special counsel has been given the authority to look into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". "They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want", he wrote.
"There should have never been a so-called investigation, which, in theory, it's not an investigation of me".