Mueller’s questions for Trump leaked to NYT, in latest unexplained disclosure from Russia probe

By Gregg Re | Fox News

A lengthy list of questions for President Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller was leaked to The New York Times, marking the latest in a string of apparently deliberate disclosures relating to the ongoing probe into Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election.

Fox News has since obtained the questions, which cover Trump’s interactions with key figures like former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

The Times called some of the questions “tantalizing” and suggested they reveal that Mueller may have uncovered pre-election outreach by Trump’s campaign to Russian officials.

Trump blasted the leak on Tuesday morning, calling it “disgraceful” that the questions made it out to the media.

“So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see…you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!” Trump tweeted.


In one question first obtained by the Times, Mueller asks what Trump knew about campaign staff, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reaching out to Moscow.

Leaks in the Mueller probe have been suspected for several months, leading The New York Post to ask last year if Mueller is “playing politics with his prosecutions.”


The news of the indictments of Paul Manafort and Flynn, for example, came in media reports days in advance. Although some commentators have praised Mueller for clamping down on leaks, Republicans have sharply criticized past disclosures they suggest came from within Mueller’s ranks.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the leader of the House’s top investigative committee, slammed Mueller in October for allowing the news media to learn that he and his legal team had charges in their Russia investigation.

“In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, I stressed to him the importance of cutting out the leaks,” Gowdy, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and the violations of the law would violate the law.”

Although Mueller’s team has indicated to Trump’s lawyers that he’s not considered a target, investigators remain interested in whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice and want to interview him about several episodes in office. The lawyers want to resolve the investigation as quickly as possible, but there’s no agreement on how to do that.

“It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and the violations of the law would violate the law.”

– Rep. Trey Gowdy

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow declined to comment to The Associated Press on Monday night, as did White House lawyer Ty Cobb.

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