The news of the long list of questions special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask Donald J. Trump hits me hard at two levels.
First things first.
Mueller appears loaded for a deep probe into obstruction of justice, according to the questions obtained by the New York Times. From what I’ve read of the NY Times account of the inquiry, Mueller isn’t looking too carefully into collusion, given that there appears to be no federal statute that covers whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian government officials who meddled in our 2016 presidential election.
He is zeroing in on obstruction and whether the president sought to derail the investigation by pressuring the Justice Department, and former FBI Director James Comey to back off their probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s role in those meetings with the Russians.
The Times also reports that Mueller is looking at the Trump family’s business dealings and whether there is any link between that aspect of the president’s other life and the one he inherited by getting elected president of the United States.
Mueller is known to be a meticulous lawyer. He dots all the “i’s” and crosses all the “t’s” before proceeding.
I hope he is allowed to continue this probe to its conclusion.
The second part of this story is the troubling aspect of the leak that apparently allowed the Times to obtain the questions in the first place.
I am forced to ask: Did someone within the Mueller legal team leak these questions to the media and possibly undermine its integrity?
I hope that’s not the case.