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NYT: Mueller has 4 dozen questions he wants to ask Trump

The New York Times has obtained a list of more than four dozen questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask President Trump as part of his investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia and possible obstruction of justice.

The questions focus primarily on Trump's firings of former FBI Director James Comey and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; a 2016 meeting held in Trump Tower between several top Trump campaign officials and Russians who said they had compromising information on Hillary Clinton; discussions Trump had with personal lawyer Michael Cohen regarding a Moscow real estate deal; whether the president offered people pardons; and if Trump knew about any attempts by his son-in-law Jared Kushner to set up a back channel with Russia after the election and before Trump's inauguration.

Members of Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers about the questions the special counsel wanted to ask, and they wrote them all down, with that document provided to the Times by someone not on Trump's legal team. The Times also published an annotated list of the questions, and reporters Michael Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo note that "one of the most intriguing questions on the list" is this: "What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?" Manafort was Trump's former campaign chairman, and there is no publicly available information connecting Manafort to such outreach, making his inclusion here "significant."