Donald Trump lashes out at 'disgraceful' leak of Mueller's Russian Federation probe questions


02 May, 2018

In one question obtained by the Times, Mueller asks what Trump knew about campaign staff, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reaching out to Moscow.

What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?

Some questions relate to Russian Federation.

The following day, according to memos written by Mr Comey, Mr Trump cleared the Oval Office of other officials and encouraged Mr Comey to drop the investigation into Mr Flynn.

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.

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.

Despite Trump's claim that the Mueller questions do not touch on collusion, there are reportedly several such questions, including "what knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russian Federation about potential assistance to the campaign?" and "What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin?"

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The special counsel's office made no comment about the questions or the Times report.

As the Times reports, "Mueller has sought for months to question the president, who has in turn expressed a desire, at times, to be interviewed, viewing it as an avenue to end the inquiry more quickly".

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that it is "so disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media".

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 after Comey was sacked.

According to the newspaper, numerous questions centre on the obstruction issue, including Trump's reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, a decision Trump has angrily criticised. Manafort is facing federal charges that focus on alleged money laundering and has pleaded not guilty. 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.

"What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?" another Mueller question asks.

Some on the left had more layered theories: If the leak didn't come from Mueller and it wasn't a masterstroke by the president's team to get ahead of the investigation, then it was absolutely a botched gambit by Rudy Guiliani. Trump would have no way of knowing what Mueller knew - or didn't know - over the past year of the investigation.

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