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The spending bill seems like a legitimate criticism on your end but the other ones are just you being upset that someone isn't getting in trouble for crimes you think they committed. But I also don't like Sessions and wish he was gone, so at least we can agree on that even if it is for different reasons.

How are you so certain that there was no collusion to the point of it being a fact? I'm not even 100% sure that he is guilty and there is a lot more information that points to my side than yours. Regardless, I will accept whatever the investigation finds. If you think that Mueller is going to indict Trump on some shoddy or illegal evidence, then I honestly don't know what to tell you. What kind of evidence would you need to convince you that Trump is guilty? Seriously. Or do you think that the Deep State is so powerful that they could literally create solid proof of collusion but really it is all made up? I just want to try and understand your line of thinking with all of this. How would you make sense of it if Trump was indicted?
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If there was evidence it would have leaked. If they had anything remotely close they would have leaked it. Mueller is not there to find collusion, he is there to find whatever dirt he can on Trump so the Dems can impeach him.


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As long as Trump doesn't sit for an interview Mueller won't convict him of anything. Like I said the Dems once they get the house will start impeachment proceedings with nothing other than "He is a bad guy". Like the Stormy Daniels stuff.
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If there was evidence it would have leaked. If they had anything remotely close they would have leaked it. Mueller is not there to find collusion, he is there to find whatever dirt he can on Trump so the Dems can impeach him.




As long as Trump does sit for an interview Mueller won't convict him of anything. Like I said the Dems once they get the house will start impeachment proceedings with nothing other than "He is a bad guy". Like the Stormy Daniels stuff.
I'm inclined to agree with this at this point in time.
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If there was evidence it would have leaked. If they had anything remotely close they would have leaked it. Mueller is not there to find collusion, he is there to find whatever dirt he can on Trump so the Dems can impeach him.




As long as Trump doesn't sit for an interview Mueller won't convict him of anything. Like I said the Dems once they get the house will start impeachment proceedings with nothing other than "He is a bad guy". Like the Stormy Daniels stuff.
You are in such denial that you can't even consider of a scenario where Trump gets indicted or even humor me enough to explain how you would react to such news. I think you're in for a rude awakening. I have no clue where you get this idea that it would have leaked. One of the most important investigations in our countries history and you think that information would have been leaked prematurely? That would be a bungle of epic proportions. Mueller is no dummy. He has been building this case piece by piece and tactically making his moves like a skilled military commander, only showing his hand when he has to. The raid was a huge signal that Trump is all but done imo. You can gladly make me eat my words if I'm wrong but if I'm right, don't come out and say that the evidence is bullshit or was gotten illegally after the fact since you refuse to say it now.
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Rosenstein Tells Trump He’s Not a Target in Mueller, Cohen Probes

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After the meeting, Trump told some of his closest advisers that it’s not the right time to remove either man since he’s not a target of the probes.
How does this part not come off like a man who is corrupt to the core? He's basically admitting the only reason he wanted to fire them is to stop the potential of him being indicted on criminal charges. This also is evidence to me of his possible innocence though because if Trump was guilty and he knew he was guilty, I would have to think he would be smart enough to think this was just a trick to get his guard down. Or maybe he really just is that overconfident, I don't know. Are they required to be completely honest with him? Can the FBI straight lie to the President about something like this? It would pretty amazing if the only reason Trump has been so lenient on Russia and heaping praise on Putin is because he misinterpreted a compliment Putin gave him once. I don't see any other reason for his behavior towards Russia. Say good things about Trump and he'll love you forever. Especially if you're already someone he admires.
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How does this part not come off like a man who is corrupt to the core? He's basically admitting the only reason he wanted to fire them is to stop the potential of him being indicted on criminal charges. This also is evidence to me of his possible innocence though because if Trump was guilty and he knew he was guilty, I would have to think he would be smart enough to think this was just a trick to get his guard down. Or maybe he really just is that overconfident, I don't know. Are they required to be completely honest with him? Can the FBI straight lie to the President about something like this?
That is exactly what Comey did with Trump when he gave him a copy of the document about Russian prostitutes.

Comey was already investigating Trump based on the document and knowing it was provided by the HRC campaign he failed to disclose that bit of information to Trump.

I also believe Trump is not a target in the sense that they don't have evidence of Russian collusion, but he is a target in that they are trying to find anything they can prosecute/impeach Trump on anything no matter how far back they look.
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That is exactly what Comey did with Trump when he gave him a copy of the document about Russian prostitutes.

Comey was already investigating Trump based on the document and knowing it was provided by the HRC campaign he failed to disclose that bit of information to Trump.

I also believe Trump is not a target in the sense that they don't have evidence of Russian collusion, but he is a target in that they are trying to find anything they can prosecute/impeach Trump on anything no matter how far back they look.
Comey not telling him about who funded the dossier is not the same as straight up lying to him. Mueller has the authority to go wherever the investigation takes him. Are you saying that if he finds impeachable crimes that we shouldn't care?
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Comey not telling him about who funded the dossier is not the same as straight up lying to him.
I will disagree on that.

Mueller has the authority to go wherever the investigation takes him. Are you saying that if he finds impeachable crimes that we shouldn't care?
Exactly, this is just a fishing expedition, collusion was just an excuse.

I doubt they will find any crimes. If they find that he made mistakes on his taxes in 1998 he should be impeached?

What if he paid a bribe in 2001?
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Exactly, this is just a fishing expedition, collusion was just an excuse.

I doubt they will find any crimes. If they find that he made mistakes on his taxes in 1998 he should be impeached?

What if he paid a bribe in 2001?
it definitely depends on the crime but if they find something like illegal business dealings, then I think that should apply. I was kinda hoping they wouldn't interview Trump unless they already had very solid evidence against him because he was going to lie at some point during the interview no matter what, he just can't help himself. And I don't want the only charge they get him with to be lying to the FBI. I don't want him indicted simply for being a pathological liar.
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This is a pretty hilarious/sad list of Trump's tweets. Some that are outright lies or pure projections. Others seem almost like foreshadowing and there are some projections of things that hadn't even happened yet when he tweeted them. In no particular order.

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Polls are starting to look really bad for Obama. Looks like he'll have to start a war or major conflict to win. Don't put it past him! - 7:30 AM - 17 Oct 2012

Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.
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While Putin is scheming and beaming on how to take over the World, President Obama is watching March Madness (basketball)! - 5:14 PM - 20 Mar 2014

Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend? || 10:17 pm 06/18/13

Isn't it sad the way Putin is toying with Obama regarding Snowden. We look weak and pathetic. Could not happen with.a strong leader! 11:49 PM - 1 Aug 2013


Baseball player Ryan Braun turned out to be a total con man after so vociferously proclaiming his innocence only to be guilty as.hell! Jul 23, 2013

"Fact--Obama does not read his intelligence briefings nor does he get briefed in person by the CIA or DOD. Too busy I guess!" - 9/30/2014 1:15 PM

Leadership: Whatever happens, you're responsible. If it doesn't happen, you're responsible. - 8 Nov 2013

Why does @barackobama always have to rely on teleprompters? March 19, 2012

Obama's complaints about Republicans stopping his agenda are BS since he had full control for two years. He can never take responsibility. - Sept. 26, 2012

"Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter" 13 Oct 2014

"Just like I have warned from the beginning, Crooked Hillary Clinton will betray you on the TPP." 26 Jul 2016

Assad will never give up his chemical weapons. He has spent years and billions accumulating them. This is all a ruse. 2:39 PM - 10 Sep 2013

I am starting to think that there is something seriously wrong with President Obama's mental health. Why won't he stop the flights. Psycho! (2:23 AM - 16 Oct 2014)

Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III. | Aug 31, 2013

We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect! (9 Aug 2014)

@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic. 1:36 PM - 15 Aug 2011

[6:56 PM - 24 Dec 2017] People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season! 8:26 AM - 23 Dec 2010

Wow, you are all correct about @FoxNews - totally biased and disgusting reporting. 1:41 PM - 10 Mar 2016

I knew disgusting and unwanted porn star @REPWEINER was a sleazebag the first time I met him. Thank goodness he was revealed (so to speak). 8:28 AM - 19 Apr 2012

As I told everyone once before, Wiener is a sick puppy who will never change-100% of perverts go back to their ways. Sadly, there is no cure - 23.7.2013

"The media is so after me on women Wow, this is a tough business. Nobody has more respect for women than Donald Trump!" 8:19 AM - 26 Mar 2016

.And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape? 7:15 PM - 16 Nov 2017

I'm over 70 and have never seen such , arrogance, incompetence and Ill -intentions as this President and his aids. (jun 26, 2014)

The Republicans are always worried about the press--they should just do what is right. 01/11/13 1:24 pm

I know some of you may think l'm tough and harsh but actually I'm a very compassionate person (with a very high IQ) with strong common sense (April 21, 2013)

Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected--be careful Republicans! (Oct 22, 012)

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” - Isaac Newton -- 1:11 PM - 7 Oct 2013

Michelle Obama's weekend ski trip to Aspen makes it 16 times that Obamas have gone on vacation in 3 years. Insensitive. @BarackObama 10:57 AM - 21 Feb 2012

The federal gov. has handled Sandy worse than Katrina. There is no excuse why people don't have electricity or fuel yet. (Nov 6, 2012)

The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria,fix U.S.A. - 4:13 AM - 5 Sep 2013

"It's almost like the United States has no President - we are a rudderless ship heading for a major disaster. Good luck everyone!" (2:41 AM - 20 Mar 2014)

"Obama is, without question, the WORST EVER president. I predict he will now do something really bad and totally stupid to show manhood!" - 6:07 PM - 5 June 2014

"Don't take vacations. What's the point? If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job." -- Think Like A Billionaire - 11:28 am - 19 Nov 2012

“Boston incident is terrible. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence.” (8/21/15, 12:35)

"It makes me feel so good to hit "sleazebags" back -- much better than seeing a psychiatrist (which I never have!)" - 11:06 AM - 19 Nov 2012

The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia... | Jun 26, 2017

Obama is not a leader, he's just a campaigner! | 6 Sep 2013

Typical--@BarackObama's Press Secretary deflects any criticism of Obama's constant celebrity visits by attacking me. My great honor. - 1:35 PM - 8 Jun 2012

"With the number of tweets sad sack @Rosie has done, she has totally lost control of herself-- hopefully not a breakdown." 7:56am 12/15/2011

Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence? 3:23 AM - 4 Jun 2014

Putin is having such a good time. Our President is making him look like the genius of all geniuses. Do not fear,we are a NATION OF POTENTIAL ~ 6:11 AM - 11 Sep 2013

There are so many blatant lies coming out of the ADMINISTRATION - healthcare, spying, NSA, IRS, brutally killed Americans -WILL IT EVER END? - 4:45am 10/29/13

President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States! - 2 Aug 2016
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Salon is pure garbage but these are the words of David Cay Johnston from an interview, not from Salon themselves. So if you want to discredit the words, discredit the man who said them. Don't discredit them because of the website they are published on.

Lots of interesting insight from a man who has studied Trump for 30 years. Here is what he said about the Mueller investigation.

Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: “The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor”

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He's not exactly what Putin wanted, but most importantly Trump's not Hillary Clinton, who would have gone up to the edge of war to make Putin give up Crimea. She made that very clear in a campaign. He would be in severe pain if he didn't give up the Crimean peninsula in eastern Ukraine. So he didn't want her under any circumstances. Mueller is going to report on tax fraud, he's going to report on the Russians and he is going to show that the Trump campaign was knowingly being helped by the Russians. Remember that the Australian, Dutch and British intelligence agencies, and maybe others, went to the FBI, State Department and other contacts and said, "You folks have a problem. "

Where exactly Mueller will go beyond that, I don't know. His mission is the Russians and the Russians are tied in with the tax returns. But remember this: The job of a prosecutor is not to bring the perfect case, it's not to bring the case that should be brought for political reasons. It's to bring the easiest, most solid case that wins. Mueller will do that. There is nothing that prevents indicting a sitting president, but it is an untested issue. Mueller is going to have to decide whether to indict him or to go to Congress.

If the overwhelming conclusion of the Mueller report is that the Russians put Trump in the White House, then you face a second terrible problem: What do you do about Mike Pence who is also the beneficiary of Russian interference?

If the Congress impeaches and removes Trump and Pence, it will only be because the Democrats control Congress. So unless something else changes, we get President Nancy Pelosi. You can just imagine the people who will be in the streets screaming coup d’état if she's president. I think the only way to address that is for her, or whoever is speaker, to announce they will be a caretaker president who is not going to do anything extreme.

There is no good ending to the story. America will survive this, we'll get past it, but whenever Trump leaves, there's no good ending. If Trump is removed by impeachment or by the voters, whether in a Republican primary or a general election, I know what he will do. He's already told us what he will do by his actions. Trump will spend the rest of his days fomenting violence and revolution in this country.

He's be careful not to directly say "revolution," but he will call the government illegitimate. He might even call it criminal, since he called Democrats who didn't stand up during his State of the Union speech treasonous. If they're going to impeach Trump, I believe they have to have a plan to indict, try, convict and imprison him. But Trump will be a role model for some people and there may well be violence over it.
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Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: “The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor”

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Do you or anyone actually believe this type of garbage?

I'm sure people who believe this stuff call Drudge fake news.
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I'm sure people who believe this stuff call Drudge fake news.
This isn't news. This is the insight of someone who has studied Trump for 30 years. Funny how all the people who have studied him come to very similar conclusions about him. Stop being a useful idiot for the Russians. First they propped up the left with their support of leftist causes. Now they have switched to the right and infiltrated the NRA, Trump and even Fox News in an effort to further the conflict. They have pitted the entire country against each other while both sides ignorantly engage in a battle for America, or at least that's what they think they are doing. This isn't some sort of hidden conspiracy either. Russia has a playbook they are using and anyone can read it.
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This is Trump's rumored next Chief of Staff. At this point it can be assumed that anyone Trump appoints to any position is going to be a complete sociopathic, lying swamp creature. When Trump talks about how much he likes someone and gives them power, that person is probably a complete piece of shit.
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Steve Bannon ordered messaging tested about Putin in 2014: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Democrats on the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees that Steve Bannon directed staff to test messaging in 2014 about Russian president Vladmir Putin and Russian expansion in Eastern Europe.

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Wylie said it was unusual because it was the only foreign leader they tested.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Democrats on the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees that Steve Bannon directed staff to test messaging in 2014 about Russian president Vladmir Putin and Russian expansion in Eastern Europe.

Wylie said it was unusual because it was the only foreign leader they tested.

“I can’t explain why it was that they picked Vladmir Putin to talk about in focus groups or to do message testing or to do models on, and why that would be useful to Steve Bannon,” he told Democrats in interviews on Capitol Hill this week. “But what I can say is that they were also testing images of Vladimir Putin and asking questions about Russian expansion in Eastern Europe.”
Cambridge Analytica worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign, and Bannon was vice president of the board of the data analytics firm beginning in 2014. Bannon joined Trump’s campaign team in August 2016.

Wylie — who left Cambridge Analytica in 2014 — revealed to the Observer last month how Cambridge Analytica improperly took and used the personal information of more than 50 million Facebook users ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Wylie told Democrats that Cambridge Analytics was a “full service propaganda machine,” that wanted to use collected Facebook data — at the direction of Bannon — to discourage specific groups of people from voting, including those likely to vote Democratic.

“There is one document which I have that specifically says—in bold terms—voter disengagement as an objective in the United States.,” he said, later adding that he had heard Bannon talk about voter disenfranchisement or voter disengagement.

“If by that term you mean discouraging particular types of voters who are more prone to voting for Democratic or liberal candidates, if that’s what you mean by that term, then yes,” Wylie explained.

Democrats said they invited the Judiciary Committee Republicans to attend the interview with Wylie, but they “refused.”

I'm sure this is all just a big coincidence. How long until Trump supporters say "So what if he colluded with Russia and repeatedly did illegal and treasonous things? Its better than Hillary!"
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President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, plans to assert his Fifth Amendment rights in the lawsuit filed against him by adult film star Stormy Daniels.

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"The mob takes the Fifth Amendment," Trump said at a campaign event in Iowa later that month. "If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?"

"Why do u take the 5th if you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide?" - Sean Spicer

"125 times - thats how many times @HillaryClinton IT guy invoked the 5th to cover up her server scandal," - Sean Spicer again

@HillaryClinton IT specialist takes 5th over 100 times. #Trump2016 #fieldoffight #AmericaFirst - Mike Flynn

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Attorney Michael Avenatti hints $1.6 million abortion payout was for Trump — not GOP donor

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“So, Mika, you are familiar with the fact that a week ago, Judge (Kimba) Wood ordered Michael Cohen’s attorneys to disclose all of his clients for the last three years,” Avenatti said, “and there were three clients listed — three clients listed. Do you recall which three?”

Brzezinski listed Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and Republican donor Elliott Broidy — but Avenatti said she was making the same mistake everyone else had.

“No, no, no,” he said. “Mr. Trump, the Trump organization and Sean Hannity. Mr. Broidy was not disclosed in open court as one of Michael Cohen’s clients.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough asked the attorney what that meant.

“I think at some point we are going to find out, if in fact, the client in connection with the ($1.6 million) settlement was, in fact, Mr. Broidy. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Holy shit I hope it's true. This is too fucking glorious. How will the pro-life Christians spin this one? Will they become pro choice now? Will they forgive Trump because he'll come up with some bullshit about how much he regrets it? Or will they say it's okay for him to kill babies because he's Trump? Especially after his story about how he had a "friend" who wanted his wife to abort and she didn't and that changed Trump's opinion on abortion because the kid turned out to be so wonderful. Except his friend was really him and that kid was Tiffany, who apparently wasn't such a wonderful kid since you wouldn't even know she existed unless you researched it.
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Holy shit I hope it's true. This is too fucking glorious. How will the pro-life Christians spin this one? Will they become pro choice now? Will they forgive Trump because he'll come up with some bullshit about how much he regrets it? Or will they say it's okay for him to kill babies because he's Trump? Especially after his story about how he had a "friend" who wanted his wife to abort and she didn't and that changed Trump's opinion on abortion because the kid turned out to be so wonderful. Except his friend was really him and that kid was Tiffany, who apparently wasn't such a wonderful kid since you wouldn't even know she existed unless you researched it.
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Will you please be specific to which way you are implying that quote to my post?

If it's in regards to Trump paying for this abortion, I said I hope it's true. Not that I know it's true. If you're referring to the part about Trump wanting to abort Tiffany, I can provide some evidence for that if you want.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/30/u...mp-russia.html

What Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What It Means

The questions show the special counsel’s focus on obstruction of justice and touch on some surprising other areas.

By Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt

April 30, 2018
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently provided President Trump’s lawyers a list of questions he wants answered in an interview. The New York Times obtained the list; here are the questions, along with the context and significance of each. The questions fall into categories based on four broad subjects. They are not quoted verbatim, and some were condensed.

Questions related to Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser

• What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?
These questions revolve around whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice to protect Mr. Flynn from prosecution. His phone calls with Mr. Kislyak are at the heart of that inquiry.

During the calls, Mr. Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to sanctions just announced by the Obama administration. But Mr. Trump’s aides publicly denied that sanctions were discussed and, when questioned by the F.B.I., Mr. Flynn denied it, as well. Mr. Mueller wants to know whether Mr. Flynn was operating on Mr. Trump’s behalf. Prosecutors may already know the answer: Mr. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying and is cooperating with investigators.

• What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017?
In January, the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius revealed Mr. Flynn’s phone calls with Mr. Kislyak. Mr. Ignatius questioned whether those conversations had violated a law prohibiting private citizens from attempting to undermine American policies. In February, The Washington Post revealed the true nature of Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Mr. Kislyak.

Mr. Mueller wants to know, among other things, whether Mr. Trump feared that his national security adviser had broken the law and then tried to shield him from consequences.

• What did you know about Sally Yates’s meetings about Mr. Flynn?
Ms. Yates, the acting attorney general for the first weeks of the Trump administration, twice warned the White House that Mr. Flynn was lying, and those lies made him vulnerable to Russian blackmail. No one from the White House has ever said how much Mr. Trump knew about those warnings.

• How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017?
Eighteen days after Ms. Yates’s warning, Mr. Flynn was asked to resign. The White House said that Mr. Trump lost confidence in Mr. Flynn because he had lied. But the White House has never fully explained why, after learning about the lie, officials waited so long to act.

• After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?
The Times recently revealed that, when Mr. Flynn began considering cooperating with the F.B.I., Mr. Trump’s lawyers floated the idea of a pardon. Mr. Mueller wants to know why.

Questions related to James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director

• What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?
The questions about Mr. Comey relate to whether Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last year to shield Mr. Flynn, or anyone else, from prosecution. Mr. Trump has denied that, saying he fired Mr. Comey because of his mishandling of the F.B.I.’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

This question is important because, if Mr. Trump truly was upset about the Clinton investigation, he would have shown an early distaste for Mr. Comey.

• What did you think about Mr. Comey’s intelligence briefing on Jan. 6, 2017, about Russian election interference?
The briefing revealed that American intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian operatives meddled in the election to hurt Mrs. Clinton and to boost Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on these conclusions and said he believes the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, who denies any interference.

• What was your reaction to Mr. Comey’s briefing that day about other intelligence matters?
This question addresses documents written by a retired British spy, Christopher Steele, who said that Russia had gathered compromising information on Mr. Trump. The documents, which became known as the Steele Dossier, also claim that the Trump campaign had ties to the Russian government. Mr. Comey privately briefed Mr. Trump about these documents.

• What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
A few weeks after his briefing, Mr. Comey was called to the White House for a private dinner. Mr. Comey’s notes say that Mr. Trump raised concerns about the Steele Dossier and said he needed loyalty from his F.B.I. director. This question touches on Mr. Trump’s true motivation for firing Mr. Comey: Was he dismissed because he was not loyal and would not shut down an F.B.I. investigation?

• What was the purpose of your Feb. 14, 2017, meeting with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
That was a key moment. Mr. Comey testified that the president told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” Mr. Trump has denied this.

• What did you know about the F.B.I.’s investigation into Mr. Flynn and Russia in the days leading up to Mr. Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017?
Mr. Comey’s testimony publicly confirmed that the F.B.I. was investigating members of the Trump campaign for possible coordination with Russia. Mr. Mueller wants to know what role that revelation played in Mr. Comey’s firing.

• What did you do in reaction to the March 20 testimony? Describe your contacts with intelligence officials.
In the aftermath, The Post reported, Mr. Trump asked the United States’ top intelligence official, Daniel Coats, to pressure Mr. Comey to back off his investigation. Mr. Mueller wants to ask Mr. Trump about his contacts with Mr. Coats as well as the C.I.A.’s director at the time, Mike Pompeo, and the National Security Agency’s director, Michael S. Rogers. The conversations could reflect Mr. Trump’s growing frustration with Mr. Comey — not about the Clinton case, but about his refusal to shut down the Russia inquiry.

• What did you think and do in reaction to the news that the special counsel was speaking to Mr. Rogers, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Coats?
It is not clear whether Mr. Mueller knows something specific about Mr. Trump’s reaction to these interviews, but the question shows that Mr. Mueller is keenly interested in how Mr. Trump responded to each step of his investigation.

• What was the purpose of your calls to Mr. Comey on March 30 and April 11, 2017?
Mr. Comey said that Mr. Trump called twice to ask him to say publicly that he was not under F.B.I. investigation. In the second call, Mr. Comey said, the president added: “I have been very loyal to you, very loyal. We had that thing, you know.”

• What was the purpose of your April 11, 2017, statement to Maria Bartiromo?
While the White House ultimately said Mr. Comey was fired for breaking with Justice Department policy and discussing the Clinton investigation, Mr. Trump expressed no such qualms in an interview with Ms. Bartiromo of Fox Business Network. “Director Comey was very, very good to Hillary Clinton, that I can tell you,” he said. “If he weren’t, she would be, right now, going to trial.”

• What did you think and do about Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony?
In this Senate appearance, Mr. Comey described his handling of the Clinton investigation in detail. Mr. Comey was fired soon after. Mr. Mueller’s question suggests he wants to know why Mr. Trump soured.

• Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?
Over the past several months, Mr. Mueller has asked White House officials for the back story, and whether the public justification was accurate. He will be able to compare Mr. Trump’s answers to what he has learned elsewhere.

• What did you mean when you told Russian diplomats on May 10, 2017, that firing Mr. Comey had taken the pressure off?
The day after Mr. Comey’s firing, Mr. Trump met with Russian officials in the Oval Office. There, The Times revealed, Mr. Trump suggested he had fired Mr. Comey because of the pressure from the Russia investigation.

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

• What did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about Mr. Comey and Russia?
Shortly after firing Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump undercut his own argument when he told NBC News that he had been thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Mr. Comey.

“I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won.”

• What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017, tweet?
After The Times revealed the president’s private dinner with Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump responded on Twitter.
"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Mr. Comey appeared unworried. “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Mr. Comey said. The White House ultimately said that, no, there were no tapes.

• What did you think about Mr. Comey’s June 8, 2017, testimony regarding Mr. Flynn, and what did you do about it?
After he was fired, Mr. Comey testified about his conversations with Mr. Trump and described him as preoccupied with the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russia. After the testimony, Mr. Trump called him a liar.

• What was the purpose of the September and October 2017 statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Mr. Comey?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said that Mr. Comey had testified falsely to Congress and suggested that the Justice Department might investigate. Mr. Trump followed up with tweets suggesting that he should be investigated for rigging an inquiry into Mrs. Clinton. Such comments reinforced criticism that Mr. Trump views the Justice Department as a sword to use against his political rivals.

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...people not interviewed, including Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn't do this-obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?

• What is the reason for your continued criticism of Mr. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe?
Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe are among Mr. Trump’s favorite targets. Mr. McCabe is a lifelong Republican, but Mr. Trump has criticized him as a Clinton loyalist because Mr. McCabe’s wife, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for office in Virginia and received donations from a Clinton ally. This question suggests that Mr. Mueller wants to know whether Mr. Trump’s criticism is an effort to damage the F.B.I. while it investigates the president’s associates.

Questions related to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

• What did you think and do regarding the recusal of Mr. Sessions?
Mr. Trump has criticized Mr. Sessions’s recusal from the Russia investigation. The Times reported that Mr. Trump humiliated him in an Oval Office meeting and accused him of being disloyal. Mr. Sessions ultimately submitted his resignation, though Mr. Trump did not accept it. Along with the next two questions, this inquiry looks at whether Mr. Trump views law enforcement officials as protectors.

• What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind?
The Times has reported that Mr. Trump told his White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, to stop Mr. Sessions from recusing himself. Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and Mr. Trump erupted, saying he needed an attorney general who would protect him.

• Did you discuss whether Mr. Sessions would protect you, and reference past attorneys general?
Mr. Trump has spoken affectionately about past attorneys general who he said were loyal to their presidents. He cited Robert F. Kennedy and Eric H. Holder Jr. as examples. “Holder protected the president,” he said in a Times interview in December. “And I have great respect for that.”

• What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the special counsel?
In a twist, Mr. Mueller’s very appointment has become part of his investigation. Mr. Trump has repeatedly denounced the inquiry as a “witch hunt.” Mr. Trump blames the appointment on Mr. Sessions’s recusal.

• Why did you hold Mr. Sessions’s resignation until May 31, 2017, and with whom did you discuss it?
Mr. Trump rejected Mr. Sessions’s resignation after aides argued that it would only create more problems. The details of those discussions remain unclear, but Mr. Trump’s advisers have already given Mr. Mueller their accounts of the conversations.

• What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation? With whom did you discuss it?
Mr. Priebus, who was Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, has said he raced out of the White House after Mr. Sessions and implored him not to resign. Mr. Mueller has interviewed Mr. Priebus and would be able to compare his answers with those of Mr. Trump.

• What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?
Again, Mr. Mueller’s investigation intersects with its own existence. The Times reported that, in June 2017, Mr. Trump ordered Mr. McGahn to fire Mr. Mueller. Mr. McGahn refused. Though Mr. Trump’s own advisers informed Mr. Mueller about that effort, Mr. Trump denied it: “Fake news,” he said. “A typical New York Times fake story.”

• What was the purpose of your July 2017 criticism of Mr. Sessions?
Mr. Trump unleashed a series of attacks on Mr. Sessions in July.

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"

Campaign Coordination With Russia

• When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?
This and other questions relate to a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who offered political dirt about Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., arranged the meeting. He said he did not tell his father about it when it happened.

• What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails?
When The Times found out about the meeting, Mr. Trump helped draft a misleading statement in his son’s name, omitting the true purpose of the meeting. After The Times obtained the younger Mr. Trump’s emails, he published them on Twitter.

• During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government officials?
The Trump Tower meeting was arranged through the Russian singer Emin Agalarov, his billionaire father, Aras Agalarov, and a music promoter. Mr. Mueller is scrutinizing the nature of connections between the Agalarovs, Mr. Trump and Russian officials.

• What communication did you have with Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and others, including foreign nationals, about Russian real estate developments during the campaign?
Mr. Mueller is referring to a failed effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Mr. Sater, a business associate, proposed the idea to Mr. Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to Mr. Trump. Emails show that Mr. Sater believed that the project would showcase Mr. Trump’s deal-making acumen and propel him into the presidency.

• What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others?
Journalists and lawmakers have uncovered several examples of Russian officials trying, through intermediaries, to arrange a meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin. Senior campaign officials rejected some overtures, but Mr. Trump’s involvement has been a mystery.

• What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding Russian sanctions?
Even as the Obama administration stepped up sanctions on Russia, Mr. Trump struck a laudatory tone toward Mr. Putin.

• What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?
A portion of the Republican platform was changed in a way more favorable to Russia.

• During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?
This is a key question. Mr. Trump praised the release of hacked Democratic emails and called on Russia to find others. Mr. Mueller’s investigation has unearthed evidence that at least one member of Mr. Trump’s campaign — George Papadopoulos — was told that Russia had obtained compromising emails about Mrs. Clinton. But Mr. Trump has repeatedly said there was “no collusion” with the Russian government.

• What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?
This is one of the most intriguing questions on the list. 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. So his inclusion here is significant. Mr. Manafort’s longtime colleague, Rick Gates, is cooperating with Mr. Mueller.

• What did you know about communication between Roger Stone, his associates, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?
Mr. Stone, a longtime adviser, claimed to have inside information from WikiLeaks, which published hacked Democratic emails. He appeared to predict future releases, and was in touch with a Twitter account used by Russian intelligence. This question, along with the next two, show that Mr. Mueller is still investigating possible campaign cooperation with Russia.

• What did you know during the transition about an attempt to establish back-channel communication to Russia, and Jared Kushner’s efforts?
Mr. Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, has testified that the Russian ambassador proposed getting Mr. Flynn in contact with Russian officials to discuss Syria. In response, Mr. Kushner said, he proposed using secure phones inside the Russian Embassy — a highly unusual suggestion that was not accepted.

• What do you know about a 2017 meeting in Seychelles involving Erik Prince?
The meeting was convened by Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. It brought Mr. Prince, an informal adviser to Mr. Trump’s team, together with a Russian investor close to Mr. Putin.

• What do you know about a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Mr. Cohen in 2017?
Mr. Cohen, the lawyer, hand-delivered to the White House a peace proposal for Ukraine and Russia. This unusual bit of backdoor diplomacy is of interest because it involved a Ukrainian lawmaker who said he was being encouraged by Mr. Putin’s aides. Mr. Cohen has said he did not discuss the proposal with Mr. Trump.
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More fake news. These are not questions written by Mueller.
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More fake news. These are not questions written by Mueller.
According to who? Sean Hannity? Q Anon? Trump seems to think they're legit.

"So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see...you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!"
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Mueller doesn't leak anything unless he wants. There is no benefit in him leaking questions.

But then you believe everything you read form the fake news.
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But then you believe everything you read form the fake news.
Hey genius, they just gave Trump's legal team the questions so maybe it didn't leak from Mueller's side. I'm sure Trump is above leaking it himself though in an effort to show the public that there aren't any collusion questions and then feigning disgust about "leakers". Also, you saying Mueller doesn't leak anything unless he wants to goes against your earlier assertion that if there was any evidence of Trump's guilt, it would have leaked by now. Moving the goal posts?
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