• Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

NYT report: Mueller questions for Trump probe possible obstruction

  • Published at 03:13 pm May 1st, 2018
  • Last updated at 03:40 pm May 1st, 2018
NYT report: Mueller questions for Trump probe possible obstruction
Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at the "disgraceful" disclosure of questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller has sought to ask the US president about potential obstruction and other matters as part of his probe into Russian election interference. Compiled by the president's lawyers, the questions lay out detailed lines of inquiry by Mueller into whether Trump may have tried to obstruct the Russia probe, The New York Times reported. The questions -- at least four dozen in all -- also show Mueller wants to find out what Trump knew about links between members of his presidential campaign and Russia, including a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on election rival Hillary Clinton, the Times said. "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened! Witch Hunt!" Trump shot back in a round of early-morning tweets. Trump incorrectly claimed there were no questions on the list about collusion, which he dismissed as "a made up, phony crime." But at least one question directly asks what Trump knew about his campaign aides, including former chairman Paul Manafort, seeking Russia's assistance, according to the Times. "What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?" The questions also show Mueller wants to know if Trump offered a pardon to his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who has already been charged with lying to investigators and is believed to be cooperating with the investigation. But there is no indication Trump is now an official suspect of the year-old probe, or that Mueller has found evidence Trump colluded with the Russians, which Trump on Tuesday again denied, as he has done repeatedly. [caption id="attachment_262442" align="alignright" width="372"] These two file photos show US President Donald Trump, top, meeting with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC; and then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller, bottom, testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Oversight June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC AFP[/caption]

'A phony crime'

"So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were 'leaked' to the media," Trump said on Twitter. "Oh, I see...you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!" The Times said Mueller's team read the questions over the telephone to Trump's legal team, which compiled them into a list. The Times said it obtained the list from someone outside Trump's legal team. Mueller's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Since at least early this year, Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Trump for the investigation, according to the president's lawyers. But they appear to have been divided on how and how much Trump should cooperate. Two weeks ago, Trump recruited to his legal team former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said he would try to reach a deal with Mueller on how the president would cooperate with the probe. Most of the questions reported by the Times ask what Trump knew of certain events, like the June 2016 meeting with the Russian lawyer, or what was he was thinking when he did or said something, like firing former FBI director James Comey. "When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?" one question asks. "What efforts were made to reach out to Mr Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?" goes another. Mueller also wants to know if Trump discussed with any campaign staff arranging a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. While none of the questions is accusatory, they could carry the risk of Trump's being trapped in a lie if any of the former staff already indicted by Mueller have provided evidence to the contrary.
50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail