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The questions special counsel Robert Mueller intends to ask President Trump are focused more on obstruction of justice than Russia collusion, according to a list provided to Trump’s lawyers from special counsel investigators and leaked to the New York Times.
“No questions on Collusion,” Trump tweeted. “Oh, I see…you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!”:
He later tweeted:
The president is expected to sit down with investigators for an interview at some point to wrap up the investigation.
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The questions leaked to the Times reportedly stem from negotiations between Mueller’s team and Trump’s lawyers over the terms of an interview.
Trump’s former lead lawyer, John Dowd, advocated against having the president sit down for a face-to-face interview, concerned about putting the president in legal jeopardy.
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Mueller’s questions convinced Dowd that the president should not sit for an interview, according to the Times. Out of a desire to wrap up the investigation, Dowd resigned after Trump allegedly continued to insist he meet with Mueller. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the president is now against sitting for an interview.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s longtime confidant and newest member of his legal team, met with Mueller last week.
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“Hopefully we’re getting near the end. We all on both sides have some important decisions to make,” he told the Post. “I still have a totally open mind on what the right strategy is, which we’ll develop in the next few weeks.”
The questions Mueller wants to ask Trump, according to the Times, are:
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1. What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?
2. What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017?
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3. What did you know about Sally Yates’s meetings about...
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