Judge Nap: Leaked Questions for Trump Are 'Treasure Trove' Into Mueller's Thinking

Marcus Newton
May 2, 2018

The Times reports that the questions from Robert Mueller's team cover Trump's motivations for firing FBI Director James Comey and contacts Trump's campaign had with Russians as well as other matters. So even if Mueller finds no evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, for instance, he could still potentially allege the President obstructed justice based on actions he may have taken during the investigation.

"What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?" reads one question.

Mueller is leading the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and if there were any ties between Moscow and Trump campaign associates.

Taking a break, to trash previous administrations in a tweet about a delegation he has sent to China "to begin talks on the Massive Trade Deficit that has been created with our Country", Trump returned to Mueller's questions.

The issue of whether Trump should sit down with Mueller has been fiercely debated within Trump's legal team, and the disclosure of the question list could influence the decision-making process.

The NYT bombshell, which dropped during Hannity's show last night, revealed several juicy nuggets and lines of inquiry that Mueller would go in on if he ever got Trump alone in a room. One asks what Trump knew about any Russian outreach regarding potential campaign assistance by former campaign chairman Paul Manafort or other campaign aides.

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It is "disgraceful" that a list of Russian Federation inquiry questions prepared for the president has been leaked to US media, US President Donald Trump says. Mueller was appointed to oversee the investigation by the deputy attorney general after Trump fired Comey in May 2017.

That question, she said, "seems to be based on previously nonpublic information".

Overall, McQuade said, the questions struck her as "very open-ended" and likely the starting point for a much deeper interview. He has said it was because of how Comey handled himself in the 2016 election.

"Because of the way these questions are written. lawyers wouldn't write questions this way, in my estimation". Trump would have no way of knowing what Mueller knew - or didn't know - over the past year of the investigation.

George Papadopoulos was a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. The Times noted that four people in the president's orbit have already pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators. The lawyers want to resolve the investigation as quickly as possible, but there's no agreement on how to do that. Given that the Times reports the list came from communications between the special counsel and the Trump legal team, however, it's entirely possible the leak came from the president's own side.

"It's a risky strategy, because these questions tell a powerful story about the case, even without answers by Trump", she added.

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