Here are the Questions Robert Mueller Wants to Ask Trump

By Published on May 1, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted a list of 48 questions to President Donald Trump’s legal team he hopes to have answered in a prospective interview as part of the investigation into possible obstruction of justice and campaign collusion with Russia.

The New York Times obtained the list of questions, which are moistly related to a potential obstruction of justice case against Trump.

Five questions relate to Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who was forced to resign on Feb. 13, 2017. Eighteen questions focus on James Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director on May 9, 2017. Eight questions center on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and 13 regard possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Perhaps the most intriguing question regarding possible collusion is about Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

“What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?” One question reads.

“It is not clear whether Mr. Mueller knows something new, but there is no publicly available information linking Mr. Manafort, the former campaign chairman, to such outreach,” The Times noted.

Mueller has indicted Manafort on money laundering and bank fraud charges related to his work for a Ukrainian political party several years before he joined the Trump campaign in April 2016. Rick Gates, a former Manafort business partner and Trump campaign aide, is cooperating with Mueller’s prosecutors as part of a plea deal.

It remains unclear whether Mueller is investigating Manafort’s campaign activities. But some of Manafort’s campaign emails showed he offered to provide campaign briefings to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin.

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Deripaska and Manafort had been in a dispute over a $19 million business deal involving a Ukrainian cable company.

On the Russia front, Mueller also hopes to ask Trump when he first learned of the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., accepted the meeting with a Russian delegation after being offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. The meeting’s participants, which included Manafort and Kushner, have claimed the meeting was insignificant and a waste of time.

Mueller also wants to quiz Trump about whether he knew about Russian hacking during the campaign. One of the unproven theories of collusion is members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government to release emails stolen from the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

“During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media, or other acts aimed at the campaign?” Mueller’s question reads.

Another question on the list deals with Trump’s visit to Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Mueller specifically asks what communication Trump had with Russian government officials and the Agalrovs, an Azerbaijani-Russian family who partnered with Trump on the pageant. Aras and Emin Agalarov also helped arrange the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.

Regarding Flynn, Mueller wants to know what Trump knew about the retired general’s phone calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about those phone calls, which occurred in December 2016. He was fired on Feb. 13, 2017 — purportedly because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the phone calls.

The bulk of Mueller’s questions focus on Comey, and Trump’s conversations with the ousted FBI director. Mueller hopes to ask Trump the purpose for several meetings he had with Comey during the early days of his presidency. Comey wrote memos following those meetings. Trump asked Comey to back off of the investigation of Flynn, the former FBI director claimed in a Feb. 14, 2017 memo.

Mueller also wants to find out Trump’s thought process in deciding to fire Comey.

“When was it made? Why? Who played a role?” Another question on the list states.

Trump’s legal team is reportedly undecided about whether he should sit for an interview with Mueller. John Dowd, who was the top lawyer on the legal squad, reportedly opposed an interview. Mueller’s team has reportedly told Trump’s lawyers he is not a target of the investigation. That would suggest charges are not expected against Trump. But an interview with Mueller could open Trump up to perjury charges if he gives false statements.

Earlier today, President Trump tweeted his reaction to the leaked questions.

 

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  • Jim Walker

    “So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media”.
    The Dems just can’t keep anything secret. I guess someone needs money.

  • Paul

    What a fishing expedition.

  • Cody

    Maybe someone should be asking stuck in a rut Muller why he keep chasing what he knows to be a lie, and not investigating Hillary were the real Russian collusion is an he knows it. after all she threw all of America under the bus when she sold Russia 25 percent of America’s uranium.

    • michael

      She couldn’t if she wanted too. She didn’t have the authority to do so. There’s committee of 9 people who are in charge of approving deals that involve national security.

      • Bryan

        If I remember correctly, she’s either on that panel or has direct influence on that panel. So even if she doesn’t have sole authority to authorize that sale, she was involved and it seems that the sale likely started with her in some sort of either pay to play or other similar scheme.

        • michael

          She wasn’t on the panel nor was she in charge of it. The stuff to look into would be defense contracts and wal street.

          • Bryan

            “As part of that effort to gain control of the mining company Uranium One, Russian nuclear officials gave some $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. Secretary of State Clinton was then serving on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a group deciding the fate of the deal.”

            This was from https:// stream(dot)org/ uranium-one-deal-growing-more-radioactive/

            So when she was SecState you are correct, but when she was Senator Clinton, she had another role.

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