Trump says he answered written questions in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't yet submitted them.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday that he answered the questions "very easily" this week but added that "you have to always be careful."

The president did not say when he would turn over the answers to Mueller as part of the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Trump had huddled with lawyer at the White House this week but made clear: "my lawyers don't write answers, I write answers."

Mueller had signaled a willingness to accept written answers on matters of collusion. The White House has said it would not answer Mueller's questions on possible obstruction of justice.

Trump had huddled with lawyers at the White House this week but made clear: "My lawyers don't write answers, I write answers."

The president continued to maintain his innocence while launching a fresh round of attacks on the probe, saying "there should have never been any Mueller investigation" while claiming it was a waste of millions of dollars.

But he denied being "agitated" by the probe despite his outburst of critical tweets the day before.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive back at the White House November 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. The two travelled to Paris for the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, President of United States and his wife Melania arrive at Arc de Triomphe to join other 60 heads of state and government to commemorate the end of the First World War a hundred years ago during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 Armistice, ending World War I. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive back at the White House November 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. The two travelled to Paris for the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
VERSAILLES, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11: American First Lady Melania Trump attends the Head Of States partner's Luncheon that attended the celebration of the centenial of the armistice of November 11 at Chateau de Versailles on November 11, 2018 in Versailles, France. The Armistice ending the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne,France on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleven month-11am on the 11th November 1918.This day is commemorated as Rememberance Day with specialattention being pais for this year ceremony. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
French President's wife Brigitte Macron (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump poseduring a spousal event at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles, outside Paris, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUCAS BARIOULET/AFP/Getty Images)
French President's wife Brigitte Macron (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump poseduring a spousal event at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles, outside Paris, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUCAS BARIOULET/AFP/Getty Images)
(From L) Moroccan Crown Prince Hassan Moulay, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, US First Lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BENOIT TESSIER/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BENOIT TESSIER/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to take part in a spousal event at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles, outside Paris, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)
VERSAILLES, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11: American First Lady Melania Trump attends the Head Of States' Partners Luncheon that attended the celebration of the centenial of the armistice of November 11 at Chateau de Versailles on November 11, 2018 in Versailles, France. The Armistice ending the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne,France on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleven month-11am on the 11th November 1918.This day is commemorated as Rememberance Day with specialattention being pais for this year ceremony. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
VERSAILLES, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11: French First Lady Brigitte Macron and American First Lady Melania Trump attend the Head Of States partner's Luncheon that attended the celebration of the centenial of the armistice of November 11 at Chateau de Versailles on November 11, 2018 in Versailles, France. The Armistice ending the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne,France on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleven month-11am on the 11th November 1918.This day is commemorated as Rememberance Day with specialattention being pais for this year ceremony. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
VERSAILLES, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11: French first Lady Brigitte Macron and American First Lady Melania Trump attend the Head Of States partner's Luncheon that attended the celebration of the centenial of the armistice of November 11 at Chateau de Versailles on November 11, 2018 in Versailles, France. The Armistice ending the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne,France on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleven month-11am on the 11th November 1918.This day is commemorated as Rememberance Day with specialattention being pais for this year ceremony. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and his wife US First Lady Melania Trump prepare to leave after they attended a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and his wife US First Lady Melania Trump arrive to attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE-NOVEMBER 10: French President Emmanuel Macron receives US President Donald Trump at the Elysée Palace on November 10, 2018 in Paris, France. President Trump is in France for the Centennial of the end the first world war. First ladies Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump.(Photo by John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE-NOVEMBER 10: French President Emmanuel Macron receives US President Donald Trump at the Elysée Palace on November 10, 2018 in Paris, France. President Trump is in France for the Centennial of the end the first world war. First ladies Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump.(Photo by John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE-NOVEMBER 10: French President Emmanuel Macron receives US President Donald Trump at the Elysée Palace on November 10, 2018 in Paris, France. President Trump is in France for the Centennial of the end the first world war. First ladies Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump.(Photo by John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) is welcomed by French President's wife Brigitte Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron accompany U.S. President Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump after their lunch at the Elysee Presidential Palace on November 10, 2018 in Paris, France. President Trump is in Paris to participate in the international ceremony of the Armistice Centenary of 1918 at the Arc de Triomphe on November 11, 2018. Heads of State from around the world meet in Paris to commemorate the end of the first World War (WWI). (Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
French President's wife Brigitte Macron welcome US First Lady at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 10: French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R) and French First Lady Brigitte Macron (R) greet US President Donald Trump (2nd L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) as they leave the Elysee Palace following their meeting in Paris, France on November 10, 2018. (Photo by Yusuf Ozcan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 10: US First Lady Melania Trump poses was she arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on November 10, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 09: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Orly Airport on November 09, 2018 in Paris, France. President Trump arrived in Paris to participate in the international ceremony of the Armistice Centenary of 1918 at the Arc de Triomphe on November 11 to commemorate the end of the first World War (WWI). (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 09: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Orly Airport on November 09, 2018 in Paris, France. President Trump arrived in Paris to participate in the international ceremony of the Armistice Centenary of 1918 at the Arc de Triomphe on November 11 to commemorate the end of the first World War (WWI). (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 9: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on November 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump and the First Lady are departing for Paris for a ceremony commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I. (Photo by Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 9: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on November 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump and the First Lady are departing for Paris for a ceremony commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I. (Photo by Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House on November 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to France to attend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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"The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess," Trump tweeted Thursday as part of a series of overheated morning posts. The investigators don't care "how many lives they can ruin," he wrote.

While the special counsel was publicly quiet in the run-up to last week's midterm elections, his investigation has suddenly returned to the forefront of Washington conversation and cable news chyrons.

Rumors are reverberating that Mueller may be preparing more indictments and there has been widespread media coverage of two Trump allies — Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi — who say they expect to be charged.

Trump's flurry of attacks came despite repeated warnings from his aides to refrain from targeting the special counsel.

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