Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted a list of 48 questions to President Donald Trumps legal team he hopes to have answered in a prospective interview as part of the investigation into possible obstruction of justice and campaign collusion with Russia.
The New York Times obtained the list of questions, which are moistly related to a potential obstruction of justice case against Trump.
Five questions relate to Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who was forced to resign on Feb. 13, 2017. Eighteen questions focus on James Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director on May 9, 2017. Eight questions center on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and 13 regard possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
Perhaps the most intriguing question regarding possible collusion is about Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.
“What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?” one question reads.
“It is not clear whether Mr. Mueller knows something new, but there is no publicly available information linking Mr. Manafort, the former campaign chairman, to such outreach,” The Times noted.
Mueller has indicted Manafort on money laundering and bank fraud charges related to his work for a Ukrainian political party several years before he joined the Trump campaign in April 2016. Rick Gates, a former Manafort business partner and Trump campaign aide, is cooperating with Muellers prosecutors as part of a plea deal.
It remains unclear whether Mueller is investigating Manaforts campaign activities. But some of Manaforts campaign emails showed he offered to provide campaign briefings to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin.
Deripaska and Manafort had been in a dispute over a $19 million business deal involving a Ukrainian cable company.
On the Russia front, Mueller also hopes to ask Trump when he first learned of the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting. Trumps son, Donald Trump Jr., accepted the meeting with a Russian delegation after being offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. The meetings participants, which included Manafort and Kushner, have claimed the meeting was insignificant and a waste of time.