Trump slams leaked questions in Russia probe

Trump also slammed a leaked list of questions that the Justice Department's special counsel may want to ask him as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

But if he were subpoenaed and did not want to testify, Trump could always invoke his constitutional right not to testify against himself and decline to answer questions.

The report came just one day after The New York Times said Mueller has a list of almost 50 questions for Trump aimed at trying to figure out if he obstructed justice.

"Mueller would know that trying to interview Ivanka Trump would be like lighting a match to the highly combustible Donald Trump", former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega, who worked under Mueller, told Politico.

"Your investigation and others into the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation are costing my family a great deal of money - more than $125,000 - and making a visceral impact on my children", he told the committee in the remarks.

Mueller, multiple experts indicated, is potentially waiting until the tail end of his probe before calling her for an interview and asking her for documents, out of fear of angering the president or furthering cries of a "witch hunt".

They agreed to provide the President's lawyers with more specific information about the questions they wished to ask Mr. Trump.

Attorney John Dowd told The Associated Press that Mueller's team broached the subject in March during a meeting with Trump's legal team while they were negotiating the terms of a possible interview with the president.

"I think everybody would agree, regardless of their position, that it would ultimately be resolved by the Supreme Court", said Ryan Goodman, law professor at New York University and editor-in-chief of the website Just Security. His new legal team is still assessing that before making a recommendation, sources say.

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

Whether President Donald Trump will be the second as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe remains to be seen.

Two US officials on Tuesday said Mr Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, believes he has legal standing to subpoena a sitting president, even though such a move has never been fully tested, .

The questions also involve key moments from the early months of the Trump administration, including his reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation and Trump's firing of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

It's still unclear whether Mueller's investigators will be able to ask Trump any questions - or whether these are the ones they would ask. Another asks if there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn "about seeking immunity or possible pardon". His view of Mueller soured further after raids last month that targeted one of his personal lawyers, Michael Cohen, in a separate investigation.

  • Joey Payne