New York Times obtains questions that special counsel wants to ask Trump

New York Times obtains questions that special counsel wants to ask Trump

New York Times obtains questions that special counsel wants to ask Trump

If Mueller does not agree to end the investigation in exchange for presidential interrogatories, then it may be time to try to block the whole thing in court, with full discovery into whether its foundation was so corrupted - and the stonewalling actions so blatant - that the doctrine of the fruits of a poisonous tree can be invoked to stop this national distraction.

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

Should Trump meet with Mueller, he could expect to explain why he dined with Comey on January 27, 2017, and what was said, although the fired G-man has already shared his version of events in unclassified memos.

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

The Times obtained a list of the questions, which range from Mr Trump's motivations for firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey a year ago to contacts Mr Trump's campaign had with Russians.

He was speaking, of course, about the Trump Tower meeting between a Russian delegation and leaders of the Trump campaign, ostensibly arranged so the Russians could deliver dirt on Hillary Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump", as an email to Trump Jr. put it. Trump has denied any collusion or improper activity and called the Mueller investigation a witch hunt.

"After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon", another question reads.

As per usual of late, House Intelligence Committee Republicans and Democrats issued separate reports last week with the GOP version declaring that there is "no evidence" of collusion between President Donald Trump, or his campaign, and the Russians.

"I just want somebody that's competent", the president responded. Four people, including Mr. Flynn, have pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in the Russian Federation inquiry. "Who played a role?" He was sacked on February 13, 2017 - purportedly because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the phone calls.

The list of questions grew out of those negotiations.

Trump's legal team is reportedly undecided about whether he should sit for an interview with Mueller.

The lawyers want to resolve the investigation as quickly as possible, but there is no agreement on how to do that. But an interview with Mueller could open Trump up to perjury charges if he gives false statements.

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