Rudy Giuliani says Trump may give Mueller more written answers
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President Trump's lawyers are negotiating with Robert Mueller's team over whether to provide additional written answers, Rudy Giuliani tells me.
The backdrop: Giuliani said that when Trump lawyers were determining the rules for the first round of written answers that were submitted last month, the prosecutors said: "Suppose we have a few things we want to go over [after receiving the submission]?" So the former New York mayor said that there's an agreement that, after reviewing the answers, Mueller's team could "come back and show us what you need."
- "We might agree," Giuliani said, and then might provide "a few more answers. ... Or we might not."
Giuliani said that's the phase the conversation is in now: "They have the right to submit more questions to us. We have the right to say yes or no."
- "It's not particularly contentious," Giuliani said. "Other things are contentious."
- Asked to elaborate, Giuliani said: "I'm very upset with the way they treated [Michael] Flynn" during his FBI interview.
- "That’s a trap. That’s not a search for the truth. If I’m questioning you and want to know the truth, you make a mistake, I correct you."
Giuliani said that during the campaign, he spent 12 to 18 hours a day with Trump for four to five months: "There's no way he was doing anything with Russians."
- When Trump delivered his original set of answers just before Thanksgiving, Giuliani told Axios that the Mueller questionnaire "looked like a law school exam ... one big long group of questions, that were multi-part questions."
- In Sunday interviews, Giuliani seemed to rule out an in-person interview with Mueller. "Over my dead body," Giuliani told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "But, you know, I could be dead."