President Donald Trump said Friday he was personally crafting the answers to special counsel Robert Mueller and denied he was agitated by the state of the probe.
“I write the answers. My lawyers don’t write answers. I write answers. I was asked a series of questions. I’ve answered them very easily – very easily. I’m sure they’re tripped up, because you know they like to catch people,” Trump told reporters gathered for a bill signing.
He said he hasn’t submitted them, but that he’s just finished them. CNN has previously reported Trump has met with his lawyers several times this week to go over Mueller’s questions.
Asked if anything specific triggered his recent angry tweets about Mueller, Trump said: “No, not at all. I’m very happy. I’m very happy with the White House.”
“I’m not agitated. It’s a hoax. The whole thing is a hoax. There was no collusion,” he said of Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and potential obstruction of justice.
“There should have never been a so-called investigation, which, in theory, it’s not an investigation of me. But it’s, as far as I’m concerned, I like to take everything personally because you do better that way … I imagine it’s ending now,” Trump said. “From what I’m hearing, it’s ending and I’m sure it’ll be just fine, and you know why it’s going to be just fine? Because there was no collusion.”
Trump, while signing a bill that would restructure portions of the Department of Homeland Security, also seemed to argue that the special counsel was interested in a perjury trap.
” ‘Gee, was the weather sunny or rainy?’ ” Trump said, appearing to reference a special counsel lawyer’s hypothetical line of questioning. ” ‘He said it may have been a good day. It was rainy. Therefore, he told a lie. He perjured himself.’ So, you have to always be careful with people that probably have bad intentions.”
This story has been updated.