Ken Starr: Written Answers to Mueller Probe Are a 'Symbolic Victory' for Pres. Trump
Kenneth Starr said he doesn't think it's likely that the written answers President Trump has provided to Robert Mueller would conflict with any evidence the special counsel has already collected.
Trump submitted written answers to Mueller's Russia probe last Tuesday and told reporters outside the White House that he completed "written answers to the witch hunt that's been going on forever."
Starr, who served as independent counsel during the Clinton era, said on "Cavuto Live" that asking the president for written answers represents a "symbolic victory" for Trump.
"Written questions, written answers and so forth are a safe and secure way of providing information to the special counsel," he said.
Starr said that with Trump's answers submitted, he assumes there will be a back-and-forth negotiating process over some responses.
"It does suggest that Mr. Mueller is very far along in his investigation, at least with respect to the allegation of collusion," he said.
Starr added that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker can influence "major decisions" pertaining to the Mueller investigation.
"He cannot interfere with the independence of the day-to-day operations," he added.
The president has said that he views Whitaker as "a very smart person" and someone who is "very well aware politically."
"[Whitaker is] going to do what’s right," Trump said. “I really believe he’s going to do what’s right."