Comey pens blog revealing what he would ask Mueller in upcoming testimony

As Washington, D.C., anticipates former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's testimony before lawmakers next week, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE has revealed in a new Lawfare Institute blog post what questions he would ask the former special counsel.

Mueller is expected to give extended testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 24, with all members of both panels allotted time to ask questions about his completed Russia investigation. 

"If I were a member of Congress with five minutes to question Robert Mueller, I would ask short questions drawn from the report’s executive summaries," Comey wrote in his post before listing a series of questions on Russia's election interference and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump officials.

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Some of Comey's questions listed in a section labeled "Volume One: Russia" include: "Did you find that there were a series of contacts between the Trump campaign and individuals with ties to the Russian government?"; "Did you find that, despite the fact that candidate Trump said he had 'nothing to do with Russia,' his organization had been pursuing a major Moscow project into the middle of the election year and that candidate Trump was regularly updated on developments?"; and "Did the Trump campaign report any of its Russian contacts to the FBI?"

The questions allude to the former special counsel's probe into reported plans for a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow, and a meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lobbyist at Trump Tower in New York ahead of the 2016 presidential election, which was not reported to the FBI.

On possible obstruction of justice, Comey posed the questions: "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"; "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"; and "Did you find that the president wanted the White House counsel to write a false memo saying he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed?"

Comey's questions on obstruction specifically refer to former White House special counsel Don McGahn's testimony that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE instructed him to arrange the firing of Mueller in June 2017. 

While his investigation ensnared a number of close Trump associates on an array of charges, including making false statements, Mueller's final report did not find sufficient evidence to establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. It also did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed the investigation himself.

Lawmakers have clamored for Mueller to give a testimony before lawmakers explaining his findings since the long-awaited release of his final redacted report.

His original testimony was slated for July 17 under subpoena, but the appearance would have been limited to two hours per committee, preventing all members from getting an opportunity to question Mueller. 

The Judiciary panel will convene at 8:30 a.m. on July 24 to hear Mueller’s testimony on his two-year investigation.