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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Sunday compared special counsel Robert Mueller’s explanation of not recommending obstruction of justice charges against President Donald Trump to the comically roundabout legalese used by Pinocchio in the third “Shrek” movie. The senator also falsely said Mueller hadn’t presented any evidence to back up a potential obstruction violation.

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Included in special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted final report released Thursday were President Donald Trump’s written responses to questions from Mueller’s office. Following the reception of the of the written answers, Mueller wrote in a note included in his report, “we informed counsel of the insufficiency of those responses in several respects,” among them, the number of times (30) that the President said he did not recall or remember or an answer.

Mueller said he told Trump’s lawyers that the President’s answers “demonstrate the inadequacy of the written format, as we have had no opportunity to ask follow-up questions that would ensure complete answers and potentially refresh your client’s recollection or clarify the extent or nature of his lack of recollection.”

They asked again for an in-person interview. “The President declined.”

Mueller ultimately decided it was not worth subpoenaing Trump for his testimony, even though “We viewed the written answers to be inadequate.” At that point, Mueller wrote, “our investigation had made significant progress and had produced substantial evidence for our report.” The cost of a subpoena, including the inevitable lengthy litigation over it, was decided to be not worth it.

So, this is all we have from Trump. Below, we’ve spliced the document up so you can see Trump’s answers directly below Mueller’s questions. We’ve marked the end of each complete answer with a row of asterisks.

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After agreeing to meet with Russians connected to the Russian government, and who he believed were bringing dirt on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the meeting itself if she could provide information to connect Clinton to illegal campaign donations — further evidence outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted final report released Thursday that Trump Jr. sought foreign help in the 2016 campaign.

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