Donald Trump lashes out at 'disgraceful' leak of Mueller's Russian Federation probe questions
- Author: Wendy Palmer May 02, 2018,
May 02, 2018, 1:01
More than half of the approximately 50 questions relate to possible obstruction of justice, and about a dozen involve allegations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Barbara McQuade, a former USA attorney from the Eastern District of MI, said one question stood out: Campaign outreach from Manafort to Russian Federation about potential assistance with the campaign. No such outreach has been revealed publicly. 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.
What questions does the special counsel have... "Nice!" Trump tweeted at 6:47 a.m. Tuesday.
"So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media", Trump wrote."No questions on Collusion".
Referring to the possibility that Mueller could be investigating potential obstruction of justice by Trump, the president later tweeted, "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"
Some questions focus on Trump's communication with his campaign staffers and Russia, while others discuss Russian hacking during the election and Trump's past business dealings.
A source familiar with the matter told CNN in March that the President's legal team had created dozens of potential questions Mueller's team could ask in an interview based off the topics his team had conveyed verbally to Trump's team. Trump said in another. The Times report said it had condensed and paraphrased the questions themselves.
The special counsel is also looking at whether the president unlawfully tried to obstruct the inquiry.
But there are at least 13 questions that appear to relate to possible collusion.
The appearance of the questions - and Trump's reaction - may be the last nail in the coffin for a prospective interview between the president and the special counsel's investigators.
The president insists there was no collusion between his election campaign and the Russians. "Witch Hunt!" he snarked. "So, I don't see this as a list of written questions that Mueller's office gave to the president". Mr. Mueller wants to ask Mr. Trump about his contacts with Mr. Coats as well as the C.I.A.'s director at the time, Mike Pompeo, and the National Security Agency's director, Michael S. Rogers. The dangers are too great, in this view, that if the president exaggerated or prevaricated, he would fall into a "perjury trap."
The door, however, may not be completely shut. The newest member of Trump's legal team, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, signaled that he intends to end Mueller's probe in a matter of weeks.