May 20, 2018

What Robert Mueller Reportedly Wants To Ask Donald Trump

02 May 2018, 01:06 | Kenneth Drake

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has at least four dozen questions he wants to ask U.S. President Donald Trump in his investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Special Counsel Mueller has been investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation for almost a year.

As for questions about collusion, there were plenty - including about Trump's 2013 beauty pageant visit to Moscow, his involvement with any Russian real estate deals during the presidential race, his son-in-law's back-channel outreach to the Russian government, his former adviser's contacts with Wikileaks and his knowledge of any outreach by campaign aides "to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign". Another asks Trump whether he discussed any meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian sanctions during the campaign.

President Trump condemned the leak on Twitter Tuesday.

Some questions relate to Russian Federation. Trump himself has at times voiced a willingness to voluntarily sit for an interview - I explain why I think that is here - but his legal team has been more skeptical.

The New York Times published a set of questions meant for Trump reportedly from the office of the special counsel.

Trump's tweet may not be correct because it seems there are questions about collusion, but it is correct in that "collusion" is not a crime nor a legal term that prosecutors formally might invoke in an indictment.

Mr Mueller has brought several charges against Mr Manafort, but none are for any crimes related to Russian election interference during the 2016 campaign. Mr. Comey's notes say that Mr. Trump raised concerns about the Steele Dossier and said he needed loyalty from his F.B.I. director.

Trump's lawyers have been negotiating the details of a potential interview between the president and Mueller.

The list reportedly ranges from questioning the president's motivations in firing former FBI director James Comey last May to his treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

A yearlong Russian Federation probe by the House Intelligence Committee concluded that neither Trump nor anyone in his campaign colluded with Russian Federation, according to a final report released last week.

This question is important because, if Mr. Trump truly was upset about the Clinton investigation, he would have shown an early distaste for Mr. Comey.

A White House spokesman, Raj Shah, said later Tuesday morning that the Times report was "troubling". Mr Mueller was appointed to oversee the investigation by the deputy attorney general after President Trump fired Mr Comey in May 2017.

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