President Donald Trump's administration is growing increasingly anxious and bracing for a slew of indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation, according to a new Politico report. "I just finished them", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he wrote the answers to the questions himself. "But no, the questions were very routinely answered by me".
"It led me to believe the walls are closing in and they have been notified by counsel of some actions about to happen", one senior Republican official told Politico.
"I'm sure they're tricked-up because, you know, they like to catch people", Trump added, referring to questions that he suggested, without evidence, could be created to result in perjury charges. Trump had not yet submitted his answers, according to reports.
The White House has said it would not answer Mueller's questions on possible obstruction of justice, though that hasn't been confirmed by the special counsel's team, which has generally only detailed its movements in court and through court filings.
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" and claiming it was a waste of millions of dollars.
It isn't clear now whether if, when Trump submits his written answers to the special counsel's office, that will end the matter or whether Mueller might still want to hear from the president in person.
Trump on Friday again criticised the probe as a "witch hunt" and said there was no such collusion. 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.
"There should have never been any Mueller investigation because there was never anything done wrong", Trump said.