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Robert Mueller will accept Trump’s written responses on Russian collusion

Robert Mueller will accept Trump’s written responses on Russian collusion

Special counsel Robert Mueller told President Donald Trump's lawyers in a letter Friday that he will accept written answers from Trump to questions about whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in his favor, according to two people briefed on the communication.

Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation oversight on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 13, 2013.

The understanding reached so far is that the president's lawyers and Mueller's team will reach a common understanding of the time required to provide legal answers, and that process will likely takes weeks - not days.

President Trump's top personal lawyer said Tuesday that his legal team is still deciding whether to "accept the proposition" of responding to the special counsel's request for written answers regarding the Russian Federation investigation.

The Associated Press, reporting separately citing a person familiar with the letter, said Mueller's office "indicated it would later assess what additional information it needs from the president, leaving open the possibility that Mueller's team might still seek answers on obstruction-related questions in an in-person interview".

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Although the Times reports that Mueller "did not say that he was giving up on an interview altogether".

Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said: "We continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Office of Special Counsel".

Scarborough said the president should be embarrassed that his own lawyers and staffers think he's too stupid to speak with Mueller without deepening his legal jeopardy. In March, Mueller raised the prospect of subpoenaing Trump if he refused to be questioned voluntarily. Trump's team has not yet responded to the offer.

The move by Mueller comes after he has issued two lengthy indictments detailing Russian efforts to interfere in the presidential campaign.

"Lawyers have an ethical obligation if they know that their client is committing perjury or is going to commit perjury, they have to report that to the court", Scarborough said.