After several months of confidential negotiations, attorneys representing President Trump are preparing answers to a specific set of questions from the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Lawyers for Mr. Trump reportedly struck an agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in early September to a limited response to written questions.
Sources familiar with the matter have said the questions are narrow in scope and revolve only around Trump associates and their contact with Russians during the campaign.
It is unclear whether a second round of written questions would follow; and it is also unclear if Trump will hold a face-to-face meeting with investigators from Mueller’s office.
“We have ongoing dialogue with the special counsel, and we’re not discussing the contents,” said Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow.
In the event a second set of questions arrive at the White House, speculation persists the fresh batch would center on allegations Trump obstructed justice for his decision to dismiss former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump attorneys Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani are believed to have argued Trump was acting legally under the Constitution when he fired Comey
The move to respond to Mueller’s office signals an advance in the probe, an investigation which has been marked recently by the exit of several lawyers. Some legal experts theorize the departures suggest Mueller is winding down his probe.
Trump has repeatedly denied either he or any member of his campaign or administration schemed with Russia during the 2016 election season.
Editor’s note: This article has been edited since its original publication.
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