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A little over a month ago, The New York Times published an article including what they said was a list of questions that Special Counsel Mueller wants to ask Trump. Shortly thereafter, suspicions arose that it was a leak by Trump or his legal team: “Were Trump’s own lawyers behind the ‘disgraceful’ leak of Mueller’s questions?https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/05/01/were-trumps-own-lawyers-behind-the-disgraceful-leak-of-muellers-questions/

Yesterday they reported a new leak: “The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained” JUNE 2, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/02/us/politics/trump-legal-documents.html. It was quickly concluded that it was probably also a Trump leak. See: “Donald Trump gives away that he’s the one who leaked his confidential memo to Robert Mueller” , by Bill Palmer , 10:45 pm EDT June 2, 2018 http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/leaked-memo-trump-one/10545/

Trump has a track record of leaking information to the media, according to biographer David Cay Johnston. See: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/who-leaking-donald-trump-s-tax-returns-n733661

Regarding the April 30th leak, Trump tweeted that “there were ‘No questions on collusion.” However, as The Washington Post pointed out “that’s completely, 100 percent untrue.” See: “Trump’s tweets suggest he doesn’t understand his legal jeopardy“. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/05/01/trumps-tweets-suggest-he-doesnt-understand-his-legal-jeopardy

Apparently, the proper term is conspiracy, not collusion. However, Trump’s probably not referring to that distinction. Perhaps on the first leak he didn’t read the questions. The issue of Campaign Coordination-Conspiracy-Collusion with Russia is exactly what is mostly missing from this latest leak.

This new leak appears to be an agenda-setting leak to shift focus away from the investigation into Trump-Trump Campaign collusion with Russia. It also distracts from other important matters.

Trump’s tweet about April 30th leak:

In April there were these questions which addressed Trump-Russia Collusion-Coordination-Conspiracy:
Trump Tower Meeting Grouping (4 Questions)
When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?

What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails?

During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government 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?”
https://nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/politics/questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-russia.html

Russian Sanctions-Campaign Grouping-Backchannel to Russia
(10 Questions)
What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin?
Did you discuss it with others?

What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding Russian sanctions?

What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?

During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?

What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?

What did you know about communication between Roger Stone, his associates, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?

What did you know during the transition about an attempt to establish back-channel communication to Russia, and Jared Kushner’s efforts?

What do you know about a 2017 meeting in Seychelles involving Erik Prince?

What do you know about a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Mr. Cohen in 2017?
https://nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/politics/questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-russia.html

As can be seen, the leaked questions in the April article, “What Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What It Means“, by Matt Apuzzo-Michael S. Schmidt, April 30, 2018: https://nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/politics/questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-russia.html read like an exam prep check list. There is a Flynn group of questions regarding Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Russian Ambassador Kislyak, a high ranking transition official (believed to be Jared Kushner), and acting Attorney General Sally Yates. There is a similar grouping in the the latest leak.

Questions-Topics from yesterday’s leak include:
1. Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — information regarding his contacts with Ambassador Kislyak about sanctions during the transition process;
2. Lt. Gen. Flynn’s communications with Vice President Michael Pence regarding those contacts;
3. Lt. Gen. Flynn’s interview with the FBI regarding the same;
4. Then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates coming to the White House to discuss same;
https://nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/politics/questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-russia.html
(Note rare reference to VP Mike Pence.)

On April 30th, there was a second, Comey, group of questions dealing with intel briefings, Steele dossier, Comey firing, Rogers-Pompeo and Coats, and Trump’s continued criticism of Comey and McCabe. There was a third group of Attorney General Jeff Sessions questions, including potentially firing Mueller: “What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?

Yesterday’s leaked questions-topics included:
5. The President’s meeting on February 14, 2017, with then-Director James Comey;
6. Any other relevant information regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn;
7. The President’s awareness of and reaction to investigations by the FBI, the House and the Senate into possible collusion;
8. The President’s reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation;
9. The President’s reaction to Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee;
10. Information related to conversations with intelligence officials generally regarding ongoing investigations;
11. Information regarding who the President had had conversations with concerning Mr. Comey’s performance;
12. Whether or not Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony lead to his termination;
13. Information regarding communications with Ambassador Kislyak, Minister Lavrov, and Lester Holt;
14. The President’s reaction to the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel;
15. The President’s interaction with Attorney General Sessions as it relates to the appointment of Special Counsel; and,
16. The statement of July 8, 2017, concerning Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower.
https://nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/politics/questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-russia.html

On April 30th, there was a fourth group of questions, which the New York Times described as “Campaign Coordination with Russia“, and which included such topics as the Trump Tower Meeting (June 9, 2016), Trump’s 2013 trip to Russia, Michael Cohen, Felix Sater and any others regarding Russian real estate during the campaign; discussions regarding meeting with Putin; changing Republican Platform-Ukraine policy; hacking; Manafort, Roger Stone, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks; proposed Kushner backchannel communication with Russia (regarding Syria); Seychelles meeting with Erik Prince, Ukraine peace proposal. One question in this group is: “During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government officials?https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-part-i-flynn-questions/

NOT MUCH REMAINS OF THE CAMPAIGN COORDINATION WITH RUSSIA QUESTIONS IN THE LATEST LEAK EXCEPT, QUESTION-TOPIC 16: “The statement of July 8, 2017, concerning Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower,” Question-topic 13: “Information regarding communications with Ambassador Kislyak, Minister Lavrov, and Lester Holt” and Question 1: “Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — information regarding his contacts with Ambassador Kislyak about sanctions during the transition process;” Flynn’s guilty plea here, includes “On or about January 24, 2017, FLYNN agreed to be interviewed by agents from the FBI (“January 24 voluntary interview”). During the interview, FLYNN falsely stated that he did not ask Russia’s Ambassador to the United States (“Russian Ambassador”) to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia. FLYNN also falsely stated that he did not remember a follow-up conversation in which the Russian Ambassador stated that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of FLYNN’s request….” https://www.justice.gov/file/1015126/download

Questions from April 30th, found below (without NYT analysis):
What Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What It Means“, By Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt, April 30, 2018: https://nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/politics/questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-russia.html
Flynn Grouping – (5 questions)
What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?

What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017.
What did you know about Sally Yates’s meetings about Mr. Flynn?
How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017?

After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?

Comey Grouping– (18 questions)
What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?

What did you think about Mr. Comey’s intelligence briefing on Jan. 6, 2017, about Russian election interference?

What was your reaction to Mr. Comey’s briefing that day about other intelligence matters?

What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?

What was the purpose of your Feb. 14, 2017, meeting with Mr. Comey, and what was said?

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?

What did you do in reaction to the March 20 testimony?
Describe your contacts with intelligence officials.
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?

What was the purpose of your calls to Mr. Comey on March 30 and April 11, 2017?

What was the purpose of your April 11, 2017, statement to Maria Bartiromo?

What did you think and do about Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony?

Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?

What did you mean when you told Russian diplomats on May 10, 2017, that firing Mr. Comey had taken the pressure off?

What did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about Mr. Comey and Russia?
What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017, tweet?

What did you think about Mr. Comey’s June 8, 2017, testimony regarding Mr. Flynn, and what did you do about it?
What was the purpose of the September and October 2017 statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Mr. Comey?

What is the reason for your continued criticism of Mr. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe?


Sessions Grouping (7 questions)
What did you think and do regarding the recusal of Mr. Sessions?

What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind?

What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the special counsel?

Why did you hold Mr. Sessions’s resignation until May 31, 2017, and with whom did you discuss it?

What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation? With whom did you discuss it?


What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?

What was the purpose of your July 2017 criticism of Mr. Sessions?


Trump Tower Meeting Grouping (4 Questions)
When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?

What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails?

During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government 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?


Russian Sanctions-Campaign Grouping-Backchannel to Russia
(10 Questions)
What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin?
Did you discuss it with others?

What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding Russian sanctions?

What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?

During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?

What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?

What did you know about communication between Roger Stone, his associates, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?

What did you know during the transition about an attempt to establish back-channel communication to Russia, and Jared Kushner’s efforts?

What do you know about a 2017 meeting in Seychelles involving Erik Prince?

What do you know about a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Mr. Cohen in 2017?


New Leak Reported By The New York Times: “The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential 
Memo to Mueller, Explained” JUNE 2, 2018 “Read the confidential letter, with our reporters’ commentary.”: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/02/us/politics/trump-legal-documents.html

Yesterday’s (June 2, 2018) leaked questions-topics may be categorized as follows:
Flynn-Comey (7 Questions)
Sessions (2 Questions)
Comey FBI Intel (4 Questions)
Russian Amb (Kislyak)-Foreign Minister (Lavrov) (2 Questions, One Overlapy with Flynn)
Mueller Appt (1 Question)
Trump Tower (1 Question)

From the Memo leaked and made public yesterday:
January 29, 2018
By Hand
Confidential
John M. Dowd
Attorney at Law
Washington, D.C. 20015
Robert S. Mueller
Special Counsel
United States Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20024

Re: Request for Testimony on Alleged Obstruction of Justice

Gentlemen:

This letter will address the recent request by your office for an interview with the President and our discussions with you concerning the same on November 21, 2017, and January 8, 2018.

In our conversation of January 8, your office identified the following topics as areas you desired to address with the President in order to complete your investigation on the subjects of alleged collusion and obstruction of justice:
1. Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — information regarding his contacts with Ambassador Kislyak about sanctions during the transition process;
2. Lt. Gen. Flynn’s communications with Vice President Michael Pence regarding those contacts;
3. Lt. Gen. Flynn’s interview with the FBI regarding the same;
4. Then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates coming to the White House to discuss same;
5. The President’s meeting on February 14, 2017, with then-Director James Comey;
6. Any other relevant information regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn;
7. The President’s awareness of and reaction to investigations by the FBI, the House and the Senate into possible collusion;
8. The President’s reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation;
9. The President’s reaction to Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee;
10. Information related to conversations with intelligence officials generally regarding ongoing investigations;
11. Information regarding who the President had had conversations with concerning Mr. Comey’s performance;
12. Whether or not Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony lead to his termination;
13. Information regarding communications with Ambassador Kislyak, Minister Lavrov, and Lester Holt;
14. The President’s reaction to the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel;
15. The President’s interaction with Attorney General Sessions as it relates to the appointment of Special Counsel; and,
16. The statement of July 8, 2017, concerning Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower.

See the article here: “The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained” JUNE 2, 2018 “Read the confidential letter, with our reporters’ commentary.” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/02/us/politics/trump-legal-documents.html