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Trump’s lawyer doesn’t want president’s responses to Mueller questions released

President Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said Monday that he would not release his client’s written answers to questions posed by special counsel Robert Mueller, calling them “confidential.”

“I would fight very aggressively for that information to not be released. I think any lawyer would,” he said on CNN’s “New Day,” calling the responses “confidential communications that took place between the president of the United States and the Department of Justice.”

“As a lawyer, you don’t waive privileges, you don’t waive investigative detail absent either a court order or an agreement between the parties, he added. “It’s not a simple just wave your hand and we release the document. I think that would be very inappropriate.”

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr delivered a four-page summary to Congress detailing the principal conclusions of Mueller’s nearly two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In it, he said Mueller did not find that Team Trump conspired with Russia to influence the election. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also determined there was not enough evidence to prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice.

Regarding obstruction, Barr said Mueller concluded that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Sekulow also was asked Monday about what Trump meant when he called for somebody to “look at the other side” after he declared victory.

“Well, look, there’s serious questions that were raised, irregularities throughout this investigation, no one denies that. We’ve talked about them before … I’m not going to restate them again,” he said.

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