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Former assistant to Robert Mueller: Leaked questions likely from the White House

What we learn from Mueller's 'Trump questions'

President Donald Trump said Tuesday it's "disgraceful" that a list of questions that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference wants to ask him was "leaked" to the news media.

What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?

It's not clear to me whether Trump's tweets this morning are motivated by a genuine belief that the leaked questions are somehow good for him because collusion is not the main focus or whether he simply doesn't understand that there are lots and lots of questions that Mueller wants to ask about that suggest major challenges ahead for the president and his team. This is what happened to Scooter Libby, who served as Chief of Staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection to an investigation into the leaked identity of Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame during the Iraq War.

It is "disgraceful" that a list of Russian Federation inquiry questions prepared for the president has been leaked to US media, US President Donald Trump says.

The questions allude to Trump's discussions about sanctions on Russian Federation during the campaign, Trump's awareness during 2016 about Russia's active measures and "any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russian Federation about potential assistance to the campaign".

Trump's reference to "illegally leaked classified information" is an allusion to the memos Comey kept about his interaction with the president. In one of the more tantalizing inquiries, Mr. Mueller asks what Mr. Trump knew about campaign aides, including the former chairman Paul Manafort, seeking assistance from Moscow: "What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russian Federation about potential assistance to the campaign?" The paper said it obtained the list from a person outside Mr. Trump's legal team.

The news was met with the most glee by a couple members of the holy trinity of Russian Federation collusion experts, Louise Mensch and Seth Abramson, who saw this a clear indication Mueller was planning on indicting Trump for his "crimes" against the Republic.

In fact, D'Antonio believes that the leaking of the questions will only make it more likely that Trump will put himself in further legal jeopardy by more brazenly attacking the probe.

What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?

The questions range from Trump's motivations for firing FBI Director James Comey last May to contacts Trump campaign officials had with Russians.

He followed up with another tweet: "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!" The Times report said it had condensed and paraphrased the questions themselves.

Mr. Comey's testimony publicly confirmed that the F.B.I. was investigating members of the Trump campaign for possible coordination with Russian Federation.

The queries also touch on President Trump's businesses and his discussions with his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, about a possible Moscow real estate deal.