Trump hands over responses to Robert Mueller's team

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Investigators months ago presented Trump's legal team with dozens of questions they wanted to ask the president related to whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to tip the 2016 election and whether he sought to criminally obstruct the Russian Federation probe by actions including the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Giuliani said that the special counsel's office had indicated they will respond quickly to Trump's answers - he said it could be a week to 10 days - and said they would "in good faith determine do we really need any more".

Trump's personal lawyer Rudi Giuliani said Tuesday, that "much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry", without elaborating.

But Giuliani also noted there was a "gray area legally" when it came to the presidential transition and executive privilege, since Trump had not yet taken office.

"Mueller certainly could have forced the issue and issued a subpoena, but I think he wants to present a record of having bent over backwards to be fair", Wisenberg said.

The president told reporters over the weekend he wrote the answers himself. "It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion". "The questions presented dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry", attorney Jay Sekulow was widely quoted by U.S. media as saying.

Mueller was tasked to probe "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation" into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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It is unclear whether Mueller would subpoena him to testify, likely setting off a legal and political battle.

The president has insisted in the past that he didn't know at the time about the meeting, which was initially expected to be about opposition research related to Hillary Clinton. The questions refer to the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Moscow.

Trump joins a list of recent presidents to be questioned as part of a criminal investigation.

One of the delays in returning the response was speculation among Trump's legal team that Mueller would release indictments before Thanksgiving, according to a person who speaks to the President.

Mr Trump - who has repeatedly criticised Mueller's investigation, which is especially concerned with whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation - also confirmed that the written answers had been completed.

The US president strongly denies any collusion with Russian Federation, calling Mr Mueller's investigation "a witch hunt". "But probably this is the end", said the president, who has regularly dismissed the probe as a "witch hunt" and personally slammed Mueller.

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