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President Trump said Friday that he had finished writing answers form the Russian Federation probe but had not yet submitted them to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump did not repeat the more colourful of these claims on Friday evening and he not specify when his legal team would give Mueller his written responses, but a person familiar with the matter told Reuters they likely would be submitted next week. However, Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post on Thursday he had not answered questions relating to the period after his election, saying some were "possible traps", while others were "unnecessary" or "irrelevant".

Mr Mueller is investigating whether members of Mr Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow in the 2016 election and whether Mr Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe, which has cast a cloud over his presidency.

Trump and his lawyers had been in negotiations with Mueller's team for months over how the president would be questioned as part of the investigation.

Giuliani said the special counsel has not imposed a firm deadline, but he added that Trump's answers could be submitted Friday.

The president's comments, which he made to reporters gathered in the Oval Office for a bill signing, came after his lawyers postponed submitting his answers on Thursday, as they had considered doing.

Russian Federation has denied any interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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West Wing sources said they are "worried" about Trump Jr as they fear Mueller will be able to snare him on perjury. McConnell didn't weigh in on whether Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

Despite his insistence that he is "very happy" with how things are going, his frustrations with the ongoing probe have been evident everywhere from his overheated Twitter feed this week to his private grousing that the special counsel may target his family. There's also the criticism he's getting over his choice for acting attorney general, as well as late-arriving election results that have largely been tipping toward House Democrats. He also suggested that Mueller's team don't care "how many lives they can ruin".

"From what I'm hearing it's ending and I'm sure it'll be just fine", Trump said. There has been widespread media coverage of two Trump allies - Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi - who say they expect to be charged.

For months, the president has told confidants he fears Donald Trump Jr, perhaps inadvertently, broke the law by being untruthful with investigators after a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, according to one Republican close to the White House.

Recently ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from overseeing Mueller because he had worked on Trump's Republican campaign - a decision that infuriated Trump and led to Sessions resigning at the president's request.

Mr Whitaker has been a vocal opponent of the special counsel probe.

Democrats and a number of Republicans have raised concerns about Whitaker's appointment, with a bipartisan group of USA senators renewing a push for legislation to protect the special counsel. He has undertaken an unlikely public relations tour as he looks to make a deal to reduce his prison sentence.

"We do that next week", he said, in what signals a new phase of the inquiry.

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