Leaked Russia questions: Mueller seeks Trump's 'state of mind'

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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.

It's possible the list of questions came from someone supportive of Trump.

That query appears to relate to claims made by former FBI chief Comey that Trump had encouraged him to drop the investigation into Flynn at a one-to-one meeting.

But Trump is mostly right. The president, he added, is "facing some significant liability".

So far, four people, including Flynn, have pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in the Russian Federation inquiry.

The questions include ones about Trump's motivation behind some of his most incendiary comments on Twitter, where he often attacks the investigation and political opponents, but most more broadly focus on allegations Trump has obstructed justice by trying to thwart Mueller's probe. Mueller also wants to ask Trump if he was aware if his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, tried to create a back channel to Russian Federation. Firing the director of the F.B.I., for instance, is clearly within the president's authority. "Can the president be charged with a crime for exercising powers the Constitution confers on him explicitly?"

But there is no indication whether Trump is now an official suspect of the year-old probe, or that Mueller has found evidence of active collusion with the Russians, which Trump vehemently denies. No questions on Collusion.

Included in this category are questions about what Trump knew about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting where his son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort met Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Barbara McQuade, a former USA attorney from the Eastern District of MI, said one question stood out: Campaign outreach from Manafort to Russian Federation about potential assistance with the campaign. "They are close to statements of topics, plus a little more, as in the Manafort question receiving so much attention". "Trump will never answer these questions, but that is not a problem for the Mueller investigation". The president has said that action, which prompted the appointment of a special counsel, amounted to illegally leaking classified information and that Comey should be imprisoned. They also don't know what others may have told Mueller's team, and what might have been picked up by people who may have worn wires during the probe. Jeffress echoed the sentiment.

Trump's outrage comes after a list of four dozen questions covering a wide range of topics Mueller wants to ask the president about was leaked to the New York Times. During an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Schmidt noted that Dowd left the president's legal team less than two weeks after Mueller's team provided the questions.

One question asks what discussions Trump may have had regarding "any meeting with Mr. Putin", referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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