New York Times obtains questions that special counsel wants to ask Trump

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More than half of the approximately 50 questions relate to possible obstruction of justice, and about a dozen involve allegations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The questions include ones about Trump's motivation behind some of his most incendiary comments on Twitter, where he often attacks the investigation and political opponents, but most more broadly focus on allegations Trump has obstructed justice by trying to thwart Mueller's probe.

As for questions about collusion, there were plenty - including about Trump's 2013 beauty pageant visit to Moscow, his involvement with any Russian real estate deals during the presidential race, his son-in-law's back-channel outreach to the Russian government, his former adviser's contacts with Wikileaks and his knowledge of any outreach by campaign aides "to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign".

In a subsequent tweet, Trump claimed that "i$3 t would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"

You can read the full list of the questions Mueller wants to ask Trump here. On that day, Trump tweeted that James Comey had "better hope" there are no tapes of his conversations with him before he starts leaking to the press.

Mr Mueller was appointed as special counsel following Mr Trump's firing of Mr Comey last May.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN in March that the President's legal team had created dozens of potential questions Mueller's team could ask in an interview based off the topics his team had conveyed verbally to Trump's team. Mr. Trump has denied this.

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In one of his Tuesday tweets, Trump said, "So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media".

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

What did you know during the transition about an attempt to establish back-channel communication to Russian Federation, and Jared Kushner's efforts?

The investigators want to explore Trump's thinking in firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey a year ago while he was leading the Russian Federation probe.

The issue of whether Trump should sit down with Mueller has been fiercely debated within Trump's legal team, and the disclosure of the question list could influence the decision-making process. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump told the Russians.

Some on the left had more layered theories: If the leak didn't come from Mueller and it wasn't a masterstroke by the president's team to get ahead of the investigation, then it was absolutely a botched gambit by Rudy Guiliani.

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