A source described the president's response without giving any direct quotes and said the president clarified that he responded to…
A source described the president’s response without giving any direct quotes and said the president clarified that he responded to the best of his reminder.
This is the first understanding of how the President responded to the Muellerlag’s written questions – – A key unknown because Mueller aims to package his investigation and prepare his final report.
These two points – the WikiLeaks and Trump Tower meeting – are crucial to Mueller’s central mission: to investigate whether the Trump campaign co-operated with the Russians during the 2016 campaign.
The President’s lawyers told CNN that the answers would match his public statements . Nevertheless, these written answers may be subject to criminal fees if it is false.
A spokesman for the Special Advisor refused to comment. CNN did not get a full reading of all the President’s answers to Mueller’s questions.
According to many lawyers who have experience of such cases, he adds the attempt he does not have, which the President apparently did with these written answers to Mueller is the default procedure as a way to protect a client if their reminders are challenged.
“It is well documented how often he says or tweets fake things and there is no criminal exposure to that “, says CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. “The difference is that, if he lies in his statement to federal investigators, he is potentially exposed to criminal liability, provided he testifies to the accuracy of the information.”
On WikiLeaks, Mueller’s team has investigated whether Stone, a Republican political operative and long-standing Trump allies knew in advance about WikiLeaks’s dumping of hacked e-mail from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta at important times during the 2016 campaign. 19659002] Investigators have questioned several Stone Associates in recent months. Stone has denied having in-depth knowledge of WikiLeaks editions.
“I never discussed any of this with Donald Trump. It is one of the questions Mueller wants the president to answer – one of the written questions. Very sure that his response will be that he did not know anything about We never discussed it, Stone recently told CNN.
Stone’s denial matches with what Trump said to Mueller: The two never talked about WikiLeaks.
] Trump strongly denies that he is cooperating with Russia. He told Associated Press in an interview last year, “When WikiLeaks came out … never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard about it. When WikiLeaks came out, all I just said is “Well, check out all this information here. These are pretty good things.” “
At the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, the president has publicly said he did not know about the meeting.
“I did not feel like meeting with my son, Don Jr,” Trump tweeted in July.
The President’s son told the legislator that he did not tell the father about the meeting in advance. He said he met the meeting to listen Mueller had asked Trumps lawyers for call logs and visitor logs related to Stone from Trump Tower, CNN reported earlier this month. The request so late in the investigation surprised the Trumps team.
Before the answers were submitted, Mueller asked Trumps lawyers for call logs and visitor logs related to Stone from Trump Tower. Stone told CNN that he had not been contacted by Mueller’s law. Trump Jr. testified to several congressional committees and submitted documents to Mueller’s investigator. His lawyer declined to comment on Trump Jr. was interviewed by the Special Adviser.
CNNs Sara Murray and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.