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FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Report: Robert Mueller questions to President Trump leak, wants to know if he obstructed justice, knew of Russia interference


WASHINGTON (Circa) -- Questions which special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask President Trump have been leaked to The New York Times.

The investigator wants to inquire about whether Trump obstructed justice, whether he was aware of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, and the firings of Michael Flynn and James Comey among other things.

Some of the more than four dozen questions ask about specific incidents such as a meeting at Trump Tower in 2016.

The questions are reportedly purposefully open ended.

Here is a sampling of Mueller's questions, as reported by the New York Times:

• What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016? Kislyak is a longtime Russian ambassador who had a relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He went back to Russia in 2017 and is seen as one of Russia's top spies in Washington, according to CNN. Flynn's conversations with Kislyak led to his firing after he misinformed the vice president about the nature of those talks.

• How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017? National security adviser Michael Flynn was fired after it is believed President Trump lost confidence in him. A report from The New York Times in June indicated that President Trump asked FBI director at the time James Comey to drop the organization's investigation into Flynn saying, "he is a good guy."

• What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said? During this dinner, Comey alleges that President Trump asked for loyalty - referring to an investigation into former adviser Flynn. It is also at this dinner that Comey told Trump about allegations against him that were in a dossier being commissioned about the President's relationship with Russia.

• Did you discuss whether Mr. Sessions would protect you, and reference past attorneys general? In the past, President Trump has said he was disappointed in Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling and appointing Mueller. The New York Times reported in September 2017 that Sessions was willing to send his resignation - a concept Trump would later decline to go through. Trump accused Sessions of being disloyal, reports say.

• When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting? CNN reports that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were among eight people at a Trump Tower meeting along with Russian nationals including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who reportedly admitted to being an informant for Vladimir Putin.

• What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others? The New York Times says there were attempts to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin through intermediaries. Campaign officials objected to overtures multiple times.

In late April, Rudy Giuliani joined Trump's legal team. At the time when he announced he was joining, the former mayor of New York said his intent was to end the Russian investigation. He has also said he has high regard for Mueller and doesn't believe he should be fired.

This is a developing story.

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