The New York Times delivered a big scoop in regard to the Robert Mueller investigation Tuesday when it revealed nearly 50 questions the special counsel has submitted to President Trump's lawyers that he wants the president to answer. "The open-ended queries appear to be an attempt to penetrate the president's thinking, to get at the motivation behind some of his most combative Twitter posts, and to examine his relationships with his family and his closest advisers," according to the Times' main story. Details and developments:
- 4 categories: See the questions in a separate Times breakdown here. They fall into four categories, regarding Michael Flynn (and whether Trump obstructed justice to try to protect him), James Comey (and whether Trump fired him to protect others), Jeff Sessions (and whether Trump "views law enforcement officials as protectors," per the Times), and the Trump campaign's alleged coordination with Russia (with a focus on the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower).
- Examples: "What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?" "What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?" "When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?"