Trump provides written responses to Mueller's questions for Russian Federation investigation

Donald Trump and Robert Mueller

Donald Trump and Robert Mueller

On Tuesday, Mr Giuliani confirmed that Mr Trump's answers had been handed over to investigators, adding that the president had provided "unprecedented co-operation" and that it was time to "bring this inquiry to a conclusion".

The president's legal team doesn't expect to answer any additional questions from Mueller beyond a few follow-ups, though they have no assurances from Mueller that he won't pursue further queries, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said. There have been reports, however, that the president's legal team has been staunchly opposed to a personal encounter between Trump and Mueller and eventually talked the president out of it.

It is the first time the U.S. leader has directly co-operated with the investigation he has long decried as a "witch-hunt", with some fearful that his post-midterms sacking of attorney general Jeff Sessions would lead to an attempt to bring the inquiry to an end.

Trump's response comes after a protracted period of negotiations between his attorneys and Mueller's team over the scope of the questions he would respond to. Trump himself has offered mixed responses.

Mueller is investigating Russian tampering in the 2016 election, alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives and related matters.

Giuliani previously has said Trump won't answer questions on obstruction of justice because of concerns the president could be accused of making false statements if his testimony contradicts Comey's over whether he asked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to go easy on his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who had been fired.

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It is unclear whether Mueller will be satisfied with the written answers or will still seek to question the president in person.

In an interview that aired on Sunday, he told "Fox News Sunday" that he was unlikely to do so, explaining that "we've wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we're finished".

Earlier this month, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Matthew Whitaker as his replacement on an acting basis, renewing calls for legislation to protect Mueller's work.

The Supreme Court has never directly ruled on whether a president can be subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case.

Other cases involving Presidents Richard Nixon and Clinton have presented similar issues for the justices that could be instructive now.

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