This list of questions seems to have two obvious purposes and one sneaky one.
The obvious purposes:
To get Trump to provide evidence against himself which Mueller’s team has failed to gather from other sources. Obviously, Trump should not answer questions with this purpose.
To get Trump in a perjury trap in which his answer disagrees, if only slightly and arguably, from an answer of another interviewee, in which case Mueller will proclaim the other interviewee to be obviously telling the truth (even if that “truth” was obtained in exchange for immunity or a light plea deal) and claim Trump has committed perjury. Obviously, Trump should not answer questions with this purpose.
Alan Derschowitz proposes a sneaky angle to the questions: That they have been constructed to not be answered by “Yes” or “No,” but have been constructed to invite open-ended answers and digressions, to encourage Trump to ramble on and wind up talking about things not even asked about or even much thought about, for which they can then charge him with perjury.
Trump is a rambler, and his mouth often seems to be an independently-acting organism with full autonomy of action and little guidance from his brain.
Given that this is obviously a set-up, and that the Special Counsel’s office is acting unethically even by leaking these questions to its partner-in-crime the media, Trump should just invoke any privilege not to answer, from the Article 2 separation of powers to executive privilege to “any other privileges I may enjoy” (a method of invoking the 5th Amendment without saying “I invoke the 5th,” which Democrats employed during previous investigations), and tell Mueller to go spit.
Derschowitz himself argues Trump should answer the questions in written form (with full vetting by his lawyers, one presumes), or, if that is rejected, then he should negotiate for a certain number of questions or a certain time limit for questioning. He also allows that Trump can/should invoke Executive Privilege, but not the 5th Amendment.
I disagree. Others have been permitted to allude to the 5th Amendment without specifically invoking it, just generally asserting “any other rights I might have under the Constitution.” If it works for Democrats, it works for Trump.
Meanwhile, Paul Manafort’s legal team says that Mueller’s team has told him they have failed to find evidence of any contacts between himself and Russian officials.
At least that’s what the Manfort’s lawyers say that Mueller’s lawyers say. Who knows with these people what the truth is.
In any event, the Deep State has declared war on a duly elected president chosen by the people in open defiance of their demands, how dare they!, and Trump should not refrain from declaring war right back.
Some of the questions ask Trump “what were you THINKING while ……”
Shouldn’t whether he did this-or-that at all be established 1st??
How is that relevant to a fact-finding line of questions?
Is his INTENT more important over his act? Sounds like it.
Funny, considering intent was irrelevant to Hillary’s crime but was used as an excuse for not going after her.
What some legal eagles are saying is that these questions would merely constitute an opening to OTHER, follow-up questions based on Trump’s answers!
Never going to happen, I hope.
Golly, more leaks from the honorable professionals that don’t leak, huh Greg?
After Mueller’s raid on Cohen’s office and the theatrics of raiding Manafort’s home, Trump should refuse to cooperate whenever he can. There is nothing ethical about this “investigation”.
The leaks were by somebody inside the Trump White House or the Trump legal team, because it was the Trump legal team that came up with a list of hypothetical questions. The Special Counsel’s staff only advised them of the interview topics they could be interested in.
Mueller has been running a very tight ship. Nobody has a clue what they’ve got, which is why Trump answering questions could be so dangerous.
The Trump White House, on the other hand, has leaked like a sieve since the beginning.
@Greg: And your proof of this assertion is from?
Or am I confused it’s only your opinion?
Opinions count as facts to leftists. Pay no attention. He’s fired up after his May Day festivities yesterday.
@Greg: That “investigation” leaks like a sieve. If they have it, they’ve leaked it. Now, three separate investigations have cleared Trump. All Mueller has is wishful thinking.
‘Fox & Friends’ claims ‘We don’t know’ who leaked the Mueller questions
Mueller’s people advised Trump’s legal team of the topics they were interested in covering in an interview; Trump’s team then compiled a list of questions. The source of the assertion that Mueller’s people leaked specific questions is Sean Hannity.
The New York Times neither said nor implied any such thing.
@Greg: What the NYT says is hardly to be believed. Now that leaks are being exposed and possibly prosecuted, propaganda outlets have to be more careful and disguise their sources.
@Deplorable Bill, #6:
What, specifically, has the Mueller investigation itself been proven to have leaked? Each public revelation about what’s going on inside the investigation has come as the result of a formal legal action. Everything else has been external speculation.
If they’re now seeking sworn testimony from Trump, rest assured that there are things they already know and have the evidence to prove. This is an endgame move. Trump’s legal team knows this perfectly well.
@Greg: Proven? When information that only the Mueller organization has (or has fabricated) is leaked, I would say that all indications point towards Mueller.
Trump has my permission and support to tell Mueller to go f**k himself.
@Deplorable Bill, #10:
Which is not the situation in the case of the questions list. Obviously Team Trump had them, and most likely wrote them. They also most likely leaked them, in an effort to create an opportunity to attack and discredit Mueller.
Where Did the List of Questions Robert Mueller Allegedly Had For Trump Come From?
@Greg: Yeah, Greg. Most likely, the Trump team writes the questions for Mueller to ask. Damn, youd think they were treating Trump like they treated Hillary.
You keep believing the crap from vehemently Trump-hating sources. It will serve you well.
No, someone on the Trump team—most likely Jay Sekulow—wrote up a list of questions to prepare Trump for what he would most likely be asked.
Mueller’s team wouldn’t have revealed specific questions ahead of time. That’s not what potential prosecutors do.
Rosenstein – Republican
Comey – Republican
Sessions – Republican
Wray – Republican
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York – Republican
Judge who approved Cohen warrants – Republican, appointed by Ronald Reagan
McCabe – also Republican
Yet this is all supposedly some sort of Obama-and-Clinton orchestrated, deep state, leftist witch-hunt-conspiracy against the likes of Donald J. Trump, just because he says so?
Seek a mental status evaluation.
Uh, you are involved. And your only powers are those defined by the Constitution.
You are guessing based on what you want to believe is the truth.
But they did, didn’t they? See, this is not an investigation seeking the truth. It is a campaign to depose Trump.
Trump is as much a threat to establishment Republicans as he is to far left Democrats. They both want to maintain the status quo, which is March towards the One World Government. It’s not about Democrats or Repiblicans, it’s about the Constitution.
I believe that was a demonstration of circular reasoning.
There’s no evidence that Mueller’s people leaked their questions, and doing so would have been illogical. To my mind, that argues against making such an assumption.
Trump’s legal and PR team, on the other hand, had a reason to release hypothetical questions and then attribute the leak to Mueller—namely, to provide a basis for the accusation they’re now making.
My bet is on Door #2.
@Greg: That is not what good prosecutors do. That would not include Mueller. His history tell just what kind of prosecutor he is!
Actually Mueller’s long professional history has been exemplary. Based on his record, George W Bush nominated him to become Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That nomination was unanimously approved in the U.S. Senate. Obama subsequently offered him a two year extension of his tenure, which Mueller accepted, and that extension was also unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. Most everyone thought well of the man and held him in high regard, until it fell to him to investigate Donald Trump.
Mueller’s military record poses a bit of a problem for those who would discredit him. His Vietnam service involves a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, two Navy and Marine Corps commendations, and a Combat Action Ribbon, along with the more standard decorations of the era. Still, his honorable service might be turned on its head. It’s been successfully done with others.
Mueller is just one more honorable public servant Trump zealots and republican sycophants are attempting to destroy to protect their boy in the White House. I wish them no luck whatsoever, because they deserve none. I wish them all exactly what they deserve.
Yet there’s no evidence Trump did, either, is there? Logically, those wo HAVE the questions (Mueller) is who distributed them. Also, those with a history of leaking for the sole purpose of trying to harm Trump are the leakers. Once again, this is not a legitimate investigation, it is a political propaganda campaign. Also, Trump’s relationship with the NYT is not exactly cordial and it is doubtful they would play the media lackey for him as they do for liberals.
Yeah, but to your mind, Hillary deleted 33,000 State Department emails once they were requested as evidence just because the were all about yoga, weddings and funerals, so your “reasoning” is suspect.
Actually it is littered with botched investigations and egotistical eruptions. Since you are oblivious, I robbed this from Randy on another thread.
His military career, while commendable and appreciated, has no bearing on him conducting a witch hunt at the behest of sore loser crybabies. In fact, his service is badly tainted by his anti-American and anti-Constitutional pursuit of this liberal sedition.
@Deplorable Bill, #20:
It’s fortunate one’s military history is irrelevant, since that of the draft dodger under investigation wouldn’t compare favorably.
How do we account for the fact that Mueller’s nominations as FBI Director—once by a republican president and once by a democratic president—were twice confirmed by unanimous votes of the U.S. Senate? Did they somehow twice miss that he was a seditious incompetent? Or might there be something seriously biased about that very recent appraisal?
Everything in Trump World, including our American values, seems to have been turned upside down, just as easily as they change their story. For example, Trump previously denied all knowledge of any Stormy Daniel payoff, which had been made by his attorney without his knowledge or direction, with funds out of his attorney’s own pocket; now Rudy is suddenly telling us that Trump actually reimbursed him, which would seem to suggest that he did know about it. Nobody in Trump World seems to care that one tale or the other must be a lie.
Your “draft dodger” meme, though false, is ironic since you actively supported a real draft dodger and the draft dodger’s wife, both of whom hated the military.
People behave differently until they are called into service by the anti-American, “One World Government”, service of the Clinton’s.
Even of the stories of a porn industry prick-cushion is to be believed, it was consensual and 11 years old. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Trump’s ability to govern, which has proven to be very able.
@Deplorable Bill, #22:
Republicans tried to take Bill Clinton down based on nothing more than a false statement he made concerning a consensual affair with a young woman who was not a porn queen, as I recall—and only managed that by terrifying her with threats of perjury charges, because she had no desire whatsoever to testify about a private affair. This was the final result of a prolonged, taxpayer-funded “witch hunt” that came up with little else to damage Clinton’s presidency.
Trump likely has more skeletons than closets to put them in.
As for Trump’s ability to govern, there are few signs that any such thing exists. He can’t even assemble a stable administrative staff or legal team. His “ability to govern” is little more than the product of self promotion, with a big assist from an irresponsible Congressional majority that would support the frickin’ Prince of Darkness if he were willing to rubber stamp their legislation.
These bozos just tried to fire the House Chaplain, following complaints to the leadership that he had asked in prayer that the legislative body be guided to seek the greater good of all the people they represent. Happily that attempt to silence the House’s voice of conscience has blown up in their faces. Maybe Pat Conroy should run for president.
@Greg: If you knew your history, Clinton lost his law license. Now that the “Me too ” people have come forth, there is now truth about the Clinton rapes and harassment that was ignored by people like you and your ilk! This is not a Republican vs Democrat issue. It is an issue of people who want justice against those who are allowed to skate by personnel in the FBI, Justice Department and the CIA. Those people are really traitors to our country’s principles and laws.
That was the result of an investigation (an actual criminal investigation) that led to Clinton committing perjury before a Grand Jury… before that was deemed legal for a Clinton. Clinton’s affair also happened while he was in office… IN the office.
Trump is governing on a level Obama or Hillary could not even imagine. Successful economic policies, successful foreign policies and restoring global respect for the US. All of your complaints are based on the simple fact that the criminal Hillary beat herself and you crybabies can’t accept facts.
Actually, he didn’t lose his license. As a consequence of denying under oath that he’d had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, his license to practice law in Arkansas was suspended for a period of 5 years, and he was fined $25,000. He was also barred from practicing law before the U.S. Supreme Court, which he had never done to begin with.
No “Clinton rapes” have ever been established to have happened.
With the Lewinsky impeachment, republicans set a precedent that they will now have to live with in the case of Donald Trump. Mueller may have a lot more on Trump and his associates than a middle aged president’s lie about a foolish affair with a much younger woman.
The Times didn’t write the questions–Trump’s lawyers ADMITTEDLY did so —then released them—to get DT’S full attention?
Poor Rudy –reduced to an old man doing a comedic act–next gig the Borscht belt? Rudy’s 3rd wife filed for divorce in April so maybe he can get the 35 grand a month that DT was paying the disposed Cohn.
What brought on Neil Cavuto’s anti Trump rant today? Surprised the hell out of me.
Kudo’s to DT re dealings with the rocket man–let’s hope this détente is real and continues.
I think that’s called lying.
Neither have any of Trump’s accusations. Nor any of the “sexual harassment” accusations. Nor any Russian collusion. Yet you continue to refer to them as if they were fact. Clinton’s accusers, though, don’t vanish between elections. Clinton also paid out an $850,000 settlement. A bit more substantive than believing something happened simply because you believe it.
There is no precedent here. Clinton’s activities happened while on the citizen’s clock. Trump’s, if true, happened 11 years ago.
Why did she stick her dress in a freezer, blue was the color I think.
Did you look at the questions? its tripe I dont think anyone leaked I think the Media came up with a fake wish list of questions, if they are the questions Mueller should be fired for idiocy.
What did you think, what was your opinion, it is all BS. Find the facts about Russian influence on our election, not opinions and feelings. Seems to prove he doesnt have squat.
Stormy Daniels is a sideshow, momentarily in the spotlight because it’s tawdry tabloid material and because so little is being revealed about what the Mueller investigation is actually focused on. They’re narrowly focused on something, and it isn’t a gold digging porn star.
@Greg: No, apparently a porn star is their focus, which tells you the width and breadth of his “investigation”. They’ve leaked their best shots. There is nothing and never was.
Ex-Trump aide: Mueller is still ‘really focused’ on Russia collusion
I guess the last 3 times I’ve posted this haven’t managed to scratch Greg’s ‘built-in bias’ and his apparent worship of all things Mueller (except maybe the truth…).
Not one, but TWO incorrect suspects in a single investigation who were never charged with any crime. One of whom committed suicide, but was later shown to be innocent, the other who won almost $6 million taxpayer dollars – which is on top of however much was spent in ten years for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of investigator hours.
But I guess we’re supposed to be comforted by the fact that at least Mueller didn’t feel the need to apologize?
Not particularly ‘exemplary’ in my opinion. Mueller has a background of massive screw-ups to go along with his tendency to ignore facts that might lead in a different direction than his pre-determined outcome.
@Jay: Greg’s head is like a sewer pipe. It can only spew sewage and can not recognize fresh water when it is even poured on him!
@Greg: Hmmm… so raiding the office of one of Trump’s attorney, who has NOTHING to do with the campaign or Russia, a MAJOR overstep, was just a tryst? I guess Mueller likes to have fun every once in a while, too.
@Jay: You have to understand, if these deep charactor flaws are directed at a Republican, he becomes “honorable”.
@Deplorable Bill, #35:
Why would anyone assume Trump’s personal attorney had nothing to do with the campaign or Russia? Michael Cohen holds a leadership position with the RNC finance committee, putting him very much at the center of party fundraising and finances. He’s the place where many of the threads of the story intersect. Following the money has always been a reliable way for criminal investigators to get to the bottom of things.
Stormy Daniels has little to do with what Mueller is attempting to zero in on.
Yet the left always denies there is any reason why Hillary’s various questionable income streams should be investigated.
Perhaps because they are well aware of what is at ‘the bottom of things’ regarding Hillary.
Apparently Judge Ellis may feel the same way about the charges Mueller brought against Paul Manafort.
In the doublethink department,
If I remember correctly, isn’t (at least) one of President Trump’s travel ban EO’s in limbo as we speak because the judge is questioning Trump’s ‘motivation’ in issuing the order?
So it’s OK to question Trump’s motivation in federal court, but not Mueller’s?
Once again, it appears that if it weren’t for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.
Their tax returns and the Clinton Foundation’s annual statements are all there for examination, so have at it—though I think republican lynch mobs have spent more than enough of the taxpayers money investigating the Clintons already. Take up a collection. Maybe you’ll actually find some basis for filing charges for a change.
Yes, indeed. It’s called the checks and balances system.
Mueller has been given an entirely different sort of assignment for entirely different reasons.
When they are looked at, the Clinton’s have to go back and revise them to include the millions in foreign donations they “forgot” to declare. Their returns are as honest as they are.
Federal judges don’t check or balance anything. Their job is to see law is enforced, not interpret intent based on their liberal bias.