List reveals questions Mueller wants to ask Trump: report

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has reportedly assembled a list of close to 50 questions he wants to ask President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

The New York Times reported Monday that it obtained a list of the questions, which include inquiries related to Trump’s business dealings, his relationship with Russia and his communications with ex-staffers who have since been caught up in the probe. 

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The questions provide a window into what Mueller is interested in learning from Trump as the special counsel's probe nears the one-year mark.

A handful of the questions focus on communications between Trump or his campaign staffers and Russia. 

Mueller prepared to ask Trump about the well-known meeting at Trump Tower that involved Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE and a Russian lawyer, as well as whether the president himself discussed sanctions on Russia or meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign, the Times reported.

In addition, Mueller reportedly planned to ask, "What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Mueller probe figures use fame to pay bills Mueller subpoenas former Cambridge Analytica employee MORE, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?”

Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman who is set to go on trial in the Mueller probe in the coming months, has not yet been linked publicly to any campaign outreach to Russia. 

Another question focuses on what Trump knew, if anything, about Russian hacking during the presidential race. Trump during the 2016 campaign praised WikiLeaks for disseminating hacked emails from Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE's campaign and called on Russia to find her deleted emails from her time as secretary of State.

Several of Mueller's reported questions also focus on Trump's decisions to fire former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWarren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit McCabe: Trump 'may have' committed a crime in blocking Russia probe Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' MORE.

In both cases, Mueller appeared poised to ask when and why Trump decided to fire Comey and Flynn and who was involved in each decision.

Trump's explanation for why he fired each individual has appeared to change at times, stoking speculation that the president may have obstructed justice.

Mueller also planned to inquire about Trump's reported efforts to fire the special counsel.

"What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?" the question states, according to The Times.

Trump reportedly sought to fire Mueller on two occasions, but was talked out of it in both instances.

The special counsel also showed interest in a variety of other associates and administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' MORE; Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney; Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Rule change sharpens Dem investigations into Trump Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE, Trump's son-in-law and a senior adviser; and former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusIs a presidential appointment worth the risk? Ex-White House aide says 'cartoon villain' Kellyanne Conway bad-mouthed colleagues Trump Org hires former WH ethics lawyer to deal with congressional probes MORE, among others, according to the Times report.

Trump has repeatedly denied he or his campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election. He has often called Mueller's investigation a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.” 

The president has said on multiple occasions he’d be willing to speak with Mueller as part of the probe. However, he has reportedly cooled on the idea after FBI agents raided Cohen's home and office.

Former New York City Mayer Rudy Giuliani (R), whom Trump recently hired for his legal team, reportedly met with Mueller last week to discuss details of a possible interview with the president.

Giuliani, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in the 1980s, told The Washington Post that he joined Trump's legal team "because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller."

Mueller’s investigation has thus far led to guilty pleas or indictments against four former Trump associates, including Flynn and Manafort.
 
The special counsel also fired charges against 13 Russian nationals for their alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

Updated at 9:50 p.m.