Liberals are jonesin' for impeachment after Mueller questions leak
- Author: Rita Burton May 02, 2018,
May 02, 2018, 1:05
Although Mr Mueller's team has indicated to Mr Trump's lawyers that he is 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.
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.
Mueller is probing Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether Moscow colluded with the Trump campaign and if the president has unlawfully tried to obstruct the investigation. Another question asks what the president may have known about a possible attempt by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to set up a back channel with Russian Federation before Mr Trump's inauguration.
The Journal on Tuesday said Trump's legal team met with Mueller last week to discuss an interview with Trump.
Regardless of why Trump thinks what he thinks, the main takeaway from the leaking of these questions is that the Mueller investigation is wide and broad - and that Trump, in Mueller's mind, can shed lots of light on much of it. One asks what Trump knew about any Russian outreach regarding potential campaign assistance by former campaign chairman Paul Manafort or other campaign aides.
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 after Comey was sacked.More news: Prices stay strong but just off recent highs
That question, she said, "seems to be based on previously nonpublic information".
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges against him that include conspiring to launder money, failing to register as a foreign agent, bank fraud and filing false tax returns. Trump and his supporters say those documents included official secrets and so the descriptions about them in the press after his firing, and since then by Comey, amount to an improper breach.
"Because of the way these questions are written. lawyers wouldn't write questions this way, in my estimation". The lawyers want to resolve the investigation as quickly as possible, but there's no agreement on how to do that.
Trump's reference to "illegally leaked classified information" is an allusion to the memos Comey kept about his interaction with the president.
The special counsel's office has already concluded guilty pleas with a few people in the Russian Federation matter - including Flynn - that were based upon acknowledgements about lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"When he does that, he reveals things that are pieces of the puzzle that they don't know the answers to yet, and that will fill [it] in".