Trump calls leak of Mueller's Russia questions 'disgraceful'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 03, 2018,
May 03, 2018, 2:42
On Monday, the president criticised the New York Times for publishing more than 40 questions that Mueller wanted to ask him as part of the Russian Federation investigation. "So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media". As one former prosecutor pointed out, the leaked questions couldn't even get basic grammar right!
Are relations between Mueller and Trump's team still on ice?
President Donald Trump was reportedly threatened with a grand-jury subpoena if he refuses to sit down with prosecutors in the Russian Federation probe.
The questions focus on events of the 2016 Trump campaign, transition and presidency - and include Trump's firing of Comey, the Times report said.
To date, Mueller hasn't handled the investigation to any degree in the court of public opinion.
If Mueller raised the issue of issuing a subpoena to Donald Trump, he would have already talked about doing so with Rod Rosenstein.
From what we've seen of Mueller, he doesn't make dramatic moves until it's absolutely necessary (for example, he still hasn't called Ivanka Trump for an interview). "Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted. Some touch on Russian meddling in the USA election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated in any way with the Kremlin. Mueller has the option to ask the grand jury to issue a subpoena to compel Trump's testimony under oath and without his lawyer present. While both Kelly and Trump have denied the report, attributed by NBC to four unnamed officials, similar reports a year ago that then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" were followed several months later by Tillerson's removal from office.
Second, the questions, contrary to Trump's assertions, suggest that collusion is very much on the table. There are questions about post-election efforts to establish back-channel communications with Russian Federation, and Trump's knowledge of those efforts.
One asks: "What was the objective of your May 12, 2017, tweet?"
However, the Post noted Trump's team is still frustrated over the special counsel's apparent focus on whether or not Trump obstructed justice when he pushed for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign past year.
The following day, according to memos written by Comey, Trump encouraged Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn.
He rounded off the tweet by lashing out at his own Justice Department and what some of his supporters say is a deep state establishment, saying, "A sad chapter for law enforcement".
Vacco said the prosecutors' questions sometimes veered into "uncharted territory", but he added that Caputo handled the interview well.
If Mueller is not willing to wait for clearance that may or may not be granted, he could end up just subpoenaing Trump to appear before a grand jury. Trump has said he wants to talk to Mueller. Will an interview with Mr. Trump take place?
"Nonetheless, when you look at all of the questions, and you're going, wait, it looks like they are trying to prove obstruction of justice?" A recent poll from Monmouth University found that a diminishing majority supports the continuation of the Mueller investigation (54%, down from 60% in March and 62% in July).