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'Russiagate' Media Leak Reveals What Special Counsel Mueller Wants to Ask Trump

'Russiagate' Media Leak Reveals What Special Counsel Mueller Wants to Ask Trump

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said it was "disgraceful" that a list of questions, which the special counsel investigating Russian election interference wants to ask him, have become public.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's lawyers outlined almost 50 questions for President Donald Trump about a variety of topics related to the 2016 campaign and his personal orbit, two sources told CNN.

The questions Mueller wishes to ask Trump were revealed late Monday evening by The New York Times.

"It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"

Trump repeatedly has called the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller a "witch hunt" and insists there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. No questions on Collusion. The Times report said it had condensed and paraphrased the questions themselves.

"What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russian Federation about potential assistance to the campaign?" one of the questions read.

It was unclear to whom Trump was referring about the leak. A former British intelligence official, Christopher Steele, compiled a dossier on the trip, with uncorroborated, anonymous allegations Trump cavorted with prostitutes in a hotel room, which Trump has denied.

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Mr. Trump has said the probe is a "witch hunt" and has called for it to end.

"Oh, I see.you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information".

Mueller's list of questions for Trump was obtained and reported on by The New York Times on Monday. The leading voice in opposition to Trump granting an interview with Mueller - John Dowd - left Trump's legal team in March. The lawyers want to resolve the investigation as quickly as possible, but there's no agreement on how to do that.

But they appear to have been divided on how and how much Trump should cooperate.

The list includes questions about Mr. Trump's firings of former FBI Director James Comey and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, his treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a meeting at the Trump Tower between campaign officials and a Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, The Times said. While there's no requirement in place mandating a sitting president be a legal scholar beyond reproach, Trump's interpretation of the law should leave little doubt that he's absolutely clueless when it comes to the laws he's commenting on.

"What efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?"

Earlier the president also tweeted that "there should never have been a Special Counsel appointed" in the first place as a yearlong inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee found no proof of alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.


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