US President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday over the apparent leak of a list of questions special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to ask him in the federal investigation into the Trump campaignâ€™s ties to Russia and the presidentâ€™s possible obstruction of the probe, according to Yahoo News.
â€œSo disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were â€˜leakedâ€™ to the media,â€ Trump tweeted. â€œNo questions on Collusion. Oh, I see â€¦ you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!â€
The president added: â€œIt would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened! Witch Hunt!â€
According to federal law, someone can obstruct an investigation of a potential crime even if that inquiry ultimately finds no crime was committed. In other words, someone only has to interfere with a federal investigation to be guilty of obstructing justice.
On Monday night, the New York Times published a report including more than 40 questions that Mueller would like to ask Trump. The Times said it obtained the questions, which were given to the presidentâ€™s lawyers, from a person outside of Trumpâ€™s legal team.
Mueller, who has reportedly been seeking an interview with Trump for months, appears to want to know about a broad array of issues, including Trumpâ€™s thinking surrounding the firings of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey.
The questions also address Trumpâ€™s attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as the presidentâ€™s knowledge of his campaignâ€™s interactions with figures tied to the Kremlin. In particular, the special counsel is interested in the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower â€” arranged by Donald Trump Jr. â€” with a Russian lawyer who offered â€œdirtâ€ on Hillary Clinton.
â€œWhen did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?â€ Mueller reportedly wants to ask Trump, according to the Times.
The questions also indicate that Mueller is interested in what Trump meant when he declared in an interview with NBCâ€™s Lester Holt that he had been thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey.
â€œI was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it,â€ Trump told Holt shortly after Comey was ousted. â€œAnd in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself â€” I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. Itâ€™s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they shouldâ€™ve won.â€
Mueller also reportedly wants to know what Trumpâ€™s purpose was for his tweet warning Comey of â€œtapesâ€ of their conversations.