Trump insists he, not his attorneys, wrote responses to special counsel

The president says he's answered written questions in the Robert Mueller probe without the help of his lawyers.
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President trump saying he's written responses to a series of questions submitted by the special counsel, Robert Mueller. So let's go to ABC news white house correspondent Tara Palmeri who has more on what the president is saying about his answers and about the special counsel. Tara, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Dan and Eva. This may be the first sign the special counsel's investigation may be wrapping up but just because the president is ready to submit his responses doesn't mean he's done answering to Robert Mueller. Overnight, the president finally answering those questions from special counsel Robert Mueller claiming that he alone responded without the help of his lawyers. My lawyers don't write answers. I write answers. I was asked a series of questions. I've answered them very easily. Very easily. Reporter: At the same time the president without evidence suggesting the special counsel wants to catch him in a perjury trap. You have to always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions. Reporter: His lawyer Rudy Giuliani previously raising concerns that president trump could be accused of lying under oath. What is the danger in answering Robert Mueller's question. Because they're trying to trap -- you couldn't put a lawyer on this show who wants to keep his law license to tell you he should testify. Reporter: The president has yet to submit his answers saying he still needs his lawyers to review them. You need lawyers for submittal. You need lawyers to go over some of the answers, but they're not very difficult questions. Reporter: Sources tell ABC news that the president has been working with his legal team for days to complete the questions. During that time his irritation with the investigation unleashed in a series of tweets. The president crying foul saying, quote, the inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They are a disgrace to our nation and don't care how many lives they ruin. On Twitter yesterday you seemed a bit agitated about what you might be receiving in the Mueller investigation. No, I'm not agitated. It's a coax. There was no collusion. Reporter: The president has long said he wanted to sit down face-to-face with Robert Mueller and answer his questions and that it was his lawyers who were advising him against it. That was long before he ever saw the questions. Thank you. A lot to talk about so let's bring in ABC news chief political analyst Matt dowd. Matt, good morning to you. The president says the special counsel probably has bad intentions. Those were his words and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he may be setting up a perjury trap. Do you think those are valid concerns? Well, as my mom used to say, if you tell the truth, you don't need to have a good memory. If you tell the truth you don't need to worry about a perjury trap. I think the special counsel is not interested in capturing the president in a perjury trap. I think he's much more interested in was there obstruction of justice and was there some conspiracy to coordinate or collude in this election by the Russians in concert with the Americans. So, I think that is not necessarily the major concern or shouldn't be the major concern of the president. I think actually what is substantively going on inside the Mueller investigation, which, Dan, as you know, none of us fully know. It's almost been completely leakproof. It is a black box and at some point we will presumably know. Let me ask you about another headline this morning. As we reported a few moments ago, the CIA now says it has confidence that the murder of "Washington post" journalist Jamal khashoggi was in fact ordered by the Saudi crown prince. He's a close ally of the white house. Whit asked Ian Pannell about this. Do you think this news will force the president to take tougher tion against the crown prince? Well, that's really an open question and I don't know the answer to that. As you recall, remember when all the things came out about the Russians interfering in the election and Donald Trump continued to say he didn't know if it was, he didn't know if he believed it, that Putin had told him he wasn't involved in it so I don't know if Donald Trump will take that tact. He would be better off in saying I have the intelligence, we have the information. We're now assured that the crown prince was involved in this and he should therefore take some action, some forceful action. Not only because of that but also because of what's going on in the humanitarian crisis in Yemen in the civil war that the Saudis are backing and we're selling weapons to. I think the president ought to step forward but as history shows he's willing to forgive the people that are his friends. Finally I want to ask about an interesting article in "The New York Times" this morning. It says the president has been asking many people in his orbit whether vice president Mike pence is loyal. Many onlookers would say that vice president pence has been extremely loyal, so what's going on here? It's interesting that the vice president gets tons of criticism for being overly obsequious with the president and constantly saying the president is great and constantly saying the president is wonderful. He is the greatest president that we've had but he gets this from the president. The president puts a premium on loyalty and I think he questions it in everybody except his family. Do you think this is a sign that pence could be off the ticket? No, I think that would be a grave mistake. I think the president always raises these questions and does it I think to pressure Mike pence to continue to be loyal. Matt dowd, we always appreciate your analysis. On a Saturday morning, thank you very much, sir.

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