A list of questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller provided to President Donald Trump’s lawyers has been leaked to the media, and the information is truly unbelievable, according to The New York Times.
The Times, who reportedly obtained that list, posted the questions that were given to Trump’s legal team a few weeks ago. They were provided ahead of a possible presidential interview between Trump and Mueller, but that may not happen now.
There are dozens of questions that largely revolve around the Russia investigation, but there’s no mention of “collusion,” which is why Mueller was appointed in the first place.
The Times categorized the questions into four main areas. Here’s the focus of each category.
1. Mueller wants to know why Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey last year, and whether he did so to protect members of his administration of campaign.
The issue with these questions is that Trump didn’t unilaterally fire Comey, he followed a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a three page memo (here) saying that Comey’s actions and behaviors at the bureau were so egregious that he was unfit to lead the FBI.
Rosenstein’s memo said the only way to restore confidence and integrity at the FBI was to fire Comey. So why is Mueller questioning Trump’s decision to fire Comey when Rosenstein directed him to do so?
2. Mueller wants to know why Trump has tweeted about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and voiced his concerns with Sessions’ inaction on a slew of major issues. Mueller may believe Trump is mad at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, which led to the appointment of Mueller.
Trump has every right to be mad that Mueller was appointed to lead a witch hunt, which has dragged on for a year. It’s not illegal for Trump to be angry about the investigation.
3. Mueller wants to know about former White House national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice to protect him.
This is also a ridiculous and unbelievable question. Last week, Comey’s memos were released to the public. In those memos, Comey explicitly wrote that Trump asked about making sure no one on his team broke the law or acted unethically. Comey said Trump specifically asked him to look into Flynn and to make sure he didn’t do anything wrong.
How can Trump be protecting Flynn when he literally requested Comey to look into his actions to ensure no laws were broken?
4. Mueller wants to know about the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 between Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump officials with a Russian lawyer.
This meeting has been widely discussed for more than a year. Trump Jr. has released his email communications about the meeting and those who set it up. The Russian lawyer said the meeting was about international adoptions. But when the lawyer mentioned having “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. ended the meeting.
After a year of investigating, Mueller hasn’t found or produced a shred of evidence against Trump or about collusion. If these are the questions Mueller has for Trump before he concludes his investigation, this shouldn’t take too long to wrap up.
— Amy Fiscus (@amyfiscus) May 1, 2018