The legal team representing President Trump submitted his written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions on Tuesday according to Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani, two of Trumps attorneys.
“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,” Giuliani said in a statement. “This remains our position today. The President has nonetheless provided unprecedented cooperation. The Special Counsel has been provided with more than 30 witnesses, 1.4 million pages of material, and now the President’s written responses to questions. It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion.”
As reported by NBC, For months, the president’s legal team pushed back on Trump answering questions related to possible obstruction of justice related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials, insisting the president would only answer questions on interference and collusion.
Sekulow also said in his statement that the questions presented to them by Mueller “dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry.”
During a Sunday interview with Fox New’s Chris Wallace, Trump pretty much shut down the idea that he would sit for any sort of interview. The President said he thought “we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we’re finished” after submitting written answers.
“We gave very, very complete answers to a lot of questions that I shouldn’t have even been asked and I think that should solve the problem,” Trump said. “I hope it solves the problem, if it doesn’t, you know, I’ll be told and we’ll make a decision at that time. But probably this is the end.“
Back in August, Trump’s lawyers were already preparing a memo to oppose a subpoena from Mueller to provide such an interview.
“We would move to quash the subpoena,” Giuliani told The Washington Post at the time. “And we’re pretty much finished with our memorandum opposing a subpoena.”