Mueller's Questions for Trump Leaked

Special counsel has dozens of things to ask president
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2018 6:33 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2018 6:56 AM CDT
Mueller's Questions for Trump Leaked
In this June 21, 2017 photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

President Trump is not happy about a story involving three of his least favorite things: the Robert Mueller investigation, leakers, and the New York Times. Trump denounced the "Russian Witch Hunt" early Tuesday after the Times reported on a leaked list of around four dozen questions that Mueller wants to ask the president on issues including the firing of FBI chief James Comey, campaign contact with Russians, his public criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. The questions, which can be seen here, also touch on Trump's business contacts, with Mueller wanting to know more about discussions of a Moscow real estate deal, the AP reports.

"What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017 tweet?" reads one question, referring to Trump's statement that Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations." The Times—which says the questions were provided to Trump's lawyers and it obtained them from somebody outside his legal team—reports that most of the questions relate to possible obstruction of justice, including queries about whether a pardon had been discussed with Flynn. Trump called the leak "disgraceful" in a tweet Tuesday. "No questions on Collusion," he said. "Oh, I have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!" (The Michael Cohen raid may have dashed Mueller's hopes of sitting down with Trump.)

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