President Donald Trump seized on a collection of leaked questions special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly hopes to ask the president, claiming Tuesday morning that the list contains no queries about collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. The Ukraine-related changes to the Republican Party platform.
Trump's casual lie about the nature of Mueller's questions illustrates why his legal advisers think it's risky for the president to sit down for an interview with the special counsel.
John Dowd, who has strongly opposed to the idea of a face-to-face interview between Mueller and Trump, left his role as one of the president's top attorneys in March - a move that appeared to remove a roadblock to a sitdown.
Mr. Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, possible collusion with the Trump campaign and whether the President has unlawfully tried to obstruct the probe.
"The entire premise of this investigation was on this topic of collusion and the overwhelming focus of the questions is not on that topic".
Mr Flynn was sacked on February 13, 2017, after White House officials said he had misled them about his Russian contacts during the transition period by saying he had not discussed sanctions.
"So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media", he wrote.
"It tells me they already know the answers to many of those questions, they can document the answers and they want to see if the president will tell the truth", Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday.
The newspaper refused to comment on how reporters "obtained" the information, but published the "tantalizing" questions ahead of a possible meeting between Mueller and the President.
Trump says the investigation is a "witch hunt" and insists his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation. Another question asks what the president may have known about a possible attempt by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to set up a back channel with Russian Federation before Trump's inauguration.
The list includes inquiries about Trump's firings of former FBI Director James Comey, who headed the Russian Federation investigation before he was dismissed in May 2017, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the Times reported.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Tuesday that the Times report was "troubling". He has said it was because of how Comey handled himself in the 2016 election.
In other words, roughly a third of Mr Mueller's questions cut right to the heart of the investigation into possible ties between Mr Trump's team and Russian Federation.
Mr. Comey's testimony publicly confirmed that the F.B.I. was investigating members of the Trump campaign for possible coordination with Russian Federation.
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