Mueller Questions for Trump Leak to The New York Times

Mueller Questions for Trump Leak to The New York Times

Mueller Questions for Trump Leak to The New York Times

President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that a set of leaked questions special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask him shows that the Russian Federation probe is a pointless exercise, even as Trump's rebooted legal team is working behind the scenes to defuse the sprawling and intensifying investigation.

Mueller also wants to ask Trump how he chose to fire Comey and what he told Russian diplomats in the Oval Office a day later, among other questions.

It's not clear to me whether Trump's tweets this morning are motivated by a genuine belief that the leaked questions are somehow good for him because collusion is not the main focus or whether he simply doesn't understand that there are lots and lots of questions that Mueller wants to ask about that suggest major challenges ahead for the president and his team. Oh, I see.you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information.

"But no question it came from Trump's side", he said.

The four dozen questions that were obtained by the Times from a person outside of Trump's legal team included open-ended queries created to try and penetrate the president's thinking and look into the motivation behind some of his tweets.

He reminded viewers that any misstatement by Trump in a possible interview with Mueller could be construed as a lie to a federal official in a formal investigation.




Earlier the president also tweeted that "there should never have been a Special Counsel appointed" in the first place as a yearlong inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee found no proof of alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Beyond obstruction issues, Mueller also still has the core mission of his appointment in mind with regard to Trump.

Remember that Trump's explanation on why he fired Comey has repeatedly shifted. "My best guess is that Trump's team leaked this in an attempt to try to demonstrate how many different things Mueller is looking at, all to further Trump's "witch hunt" narrative", Katyal said.

The questions - at least four dozen in all - also show Mueller wants to find out what Trump knew about links between members of his presidential campaign and Russia, including a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on election rival Hillary Clinton, the Times said. Gates was Manafort's deputy during the campaign, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements, and is cooperating with Mueller's team. Daniels alleged that she had an affair with the President some ten years ago and that the non-disclosure agreement she signed is invalid.

Most of the questions relate to possible obstruction of justice, according to the reports. "They already know the answers".

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