Donald Trump has submitted written answers to questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller probing into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections, local media on Tuesday quoted the president's attorneys as saying.
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The site said that Mueller did not ask specifically about obstruction of justice in this round of questioning but that Trump and his team had made a decision to stonewall further questions should they arrive.
The commander-in-chief - who said Friday that "My lawyers don't write the answers" and that he wrote them himself - has had several recent sit-downs with his legal team, including Rudy Giuliani, Jay Sekulow and Jane Raskin, to work on his responses.
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Among the topics Trump answered questions about on Tuesday was a June 2016 meeting between the president's son Donald Trump Jr, other members of Trump's campaign team and a group of Russians, the person familiar with the matter said.
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This round of questioning was limited to the general topic of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation.
He said the legal team would not release copies of the questions and answers or discuss any correspondence it has had with the special counsel's office.
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"We answered every question they asked that was legitimately pre-election and focused on Russia", Giuliani said in an interview.
Trump's lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller's prosecutors since previous year over whether the president would sit for an interview.
Giuliani declined to elaborate on the number of questions or content of the answers, but said they contain nothing surprising and the responses are in line with the president's public remarks.
Another of Trump's lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, said Tuesday that the lawyers continue to believe that "much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry".
"In the midst of all this, the president resorts to such actions", Quigley said.
Mueller could theoretically still look to subpoena the president if he feels the answers are not satisfactory.
Separately, a report in the New York Times says that Mr Trump earlier this year requested that prosecutions be opened against his 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.
The Supreme Court has never ruled on whether a president can be subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case.