After a year and a half long investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has begun writing its final report, multiple sources have told CNN.
Before that happens, one of the major questions in the Russia investigation remains to be answered: What happens to Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who has been at the center of a whirlwind of legal activity behind the scenes even during the election-related public quiet period by Mueller.
As recently as a month ago, Mueller asked Trump's lawyers to produce call and visitor logs related to Stone from Trump Tower in New York, according to a source briefed on the matter. The request at this late stage of the investigation came as something of a surprise to lawyers involved, given that the Mueller team has been focused for months on Stone and his activities before the 2016 election.
The questions for which Mueller has asked Trump to provide written responses include the subject of his communications with Stone during the 2016 campaign.
CNN also reported that the recent change in leadership at the Department of Justice, with Matthew Whitaker taking over as acting attorney general after Trump dismissed Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, are unlikely to affect Trump’s approach to Mueller’s questions.
The President and his lawyers have been aiming to return answers to Mueller's questions later this month, according to one source familiar with the matter. No final decision on an in-person interview has been made.
But Trump's legal team and other lawyers representing witnesses in the investigation expect that the President's responses to Mueller could be one of the final pieces of the 18-month-long probe before the investigators present a report on their findings.