President Donald Trump complained Tuesday about a New York Times report that includes questions special counsel Robert Mueller has for him in relation to his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, claiming that Mueller has “no questions” about allegations of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
“So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were ‘leaked’ to the media. No questions on Collusion,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Oh, I see...you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!”
The president has regularly complained that allegations of collusion are unfounded and were invented by Democrats as an excuse for losing the 2016 presidential election, which Hillary Clinton had been widely expected to win. Mueller’s investigation is a “witch hunt,” Trump has often said.
Despite Trump’s claim that the Times story does not list questions Mueller would ask him about collusion, there are, in fact, reportedly several such questions, including “what knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?” and “What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others?”
Whether Mueller will have the opportunity to seek answers from Trump remains an open question. While the president has said he is eager to speak with the special counsel, no such interview has been arranged and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently joined the president’s legal team with the specific intention of jump-starting talks on whether or not Trump will sit down with Mueller.