MUELLER MAYHEM: Special Counsel's Questions for Trump LEAKED to NY TIMES

MUELLER MAYHEM: Special Counsel's Questions for Trump LEAKED to NY TIMES

MUELLER MAYHEM: Special Counsel's Questions for Trump LEAKED to NY TIMES

Given that the Times says the list came from communications between the special counsel and the Trump legal team, it's entirely possible the leak came from the president's own side.

Trump was responding to a series of questions proposed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the investigation into Russia's interference in our elections process in 2016.

Compiled by the president's lawyers, the questions lay out detailed lines of inquiry by Mueller into whether Trump may have tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe, The New York Times reported.

Also on Tuesday, Trump in a separate tweet suggested that the questions that leaked to the New York Times focus exclusively on obstruction charges, dropping entirely the question of whether collusion itself was even being considered any longer.

Regardless of what he tweets, obstruction is a crime, with or without a separate crime occurring - and with each day that passes, it's looking more likely that Trump's nerves are getting the best of him, perhaps because he knows he could be charged due to his actions while in office.

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Trump incorrectly claimed there were no questions on the list about collusion, which he dismissed as "a made up, phony crime". The Times report said it had condensed and paraphrased the questions themselves.

"What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russian Federation about potential assistance to the campaign?"

Former federal prosecutors reacted to the leaked questions on CNN.

Despite Mr Trump's insistence, there appears to be plenty of interest in possible collusion.

"So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media", he wrote.

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Numerous questions obtained by the Times center on the obstruction issue, including his reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, a decision Trump has angrily criticized. The leading voice in opposition to Trump granting an interview with Mueller - John Dowd - left Trump's legal team in March.

The queries also touch on Trump's businesses and his discussions with his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, about a possible Moscow real estate deal.

"If you just look at the president's conduct from the public record and you look at the different things that we know, there's just a lot many more things in the obstruction bucket than there are in the collusion bucket directly related to the president, many more things", said Schmidt, including "[former FBI Director James] Comey firing, his treatment of Jeff Sessions. his his obsession with loyalty, the loyalty of the person who is running the investigation".

- When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?

Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why?

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While none of the questions is accusatory, they could carry the risk of Trump's being trapped in a lie if any of the former staff already indicted by Mueller have provided evidence to the contrary.

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