Did Trump Leak a Fake Set of Mueller Investigation Questions to Undermine the Mueller Investigation?

What a guy, if true. It’s one of those moves that you never see coming, but, then when you look back on it you say, “well, it’s juvenile, but, it just might work.”

Michael Zeldin, a CNN legal analyst and former assistant to Robert Mueller, said Tuesday he believes President Trump leaked the list of nearly 50 questions the special counsel allegedly wants to ask Trump.

“I think these are notes taken by the recipients of a conversation with Mueller’s office where he outlined broad topics and these guys wrote down questions that they thought these topics may raise,” Zeldin said

Source: TheHill via CNN

He went on to add: “lawyers wouldn’t write questions this way, in my estimation. Some of the grammar is not even proper.”

You know whose specialty “not even proper” grammar is? EVERYONE IN THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION. This is a humor blog, so, I’m working very hard right now to stick to jokes about this matter, but, I will expand on why I believe the theory in the comments.

What a move, though. Trump is laying groundwork for either firing Mueller for leaks, or, simply to undermine the strength of the investigation. Is it believable? Well, this is the same Trump that began his career by trading favors and gossip with all sorts of publications in New York City, so, you tell me.

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One thought on “Did Trump Leak a Fake Set of Mueller Investigation Questions to Undermine the Mueller Investigation?

  1. This was a difficult blog to get into…so, I apologize if it felt like there wasn’t really anything to it. To be honest, I just wanted to touch on the legal side of things and basically rant about why this does actually make sense. But, in the end, this IS a humor blog. So, I did not necessarily feel like it would have been appropriate to break into that.

    So, I will do it here in the comments in case anyone stumbles through here. My day job is as a criminal defense attorney. This blog here was started in large part because I wanted an outlet to get away from certain stress that comes with being an attorney. Just as some background.

    The questions are pretty shitty from a legal perspective. The explanation given that they were broad strokes from a phone conversation makes a ton of sense. If Mueller was trying to get Trump to sit for an interview, that is a type of conversation that Mueller’s team would have with Trump’s attorneys. You want to know what we would discuss in this interview? Sure. And, then, they would lay out the areas involved.

    The questions were pretty straight forward and basic for the topic areas. If Trump is going to do an actual interview, there’s a hell of a lot more questions that he would get than what was presented on that list. The questions are written in this kind of quasi-open-ended manner. Which seemed curious. There weren’t too many pointed questions that seemed to indicate there could be only one answer. The open-ended questions also didn’t seem like they were done in a way where Trump could talk himself into trouble.

    It felt like a media list. The media are not very smart when it comes to legal issues. So, having a list of a couple dozen questions related to a topic might fly as something they would believe is part of the investigation…but, the reality is, Mueller has a team of lawyers working around the clock on this as their only area of work. They’re not going to write these questions that Trump can wriggle out of…unless they genuinely believe he is not guilty of a crime. Bottomline, this looks like a list of questions that are starting points. Not detailed interview questions. We write and ask questions all the time in criminal law.

    This is a microscopic number of questions and there is NO WAY that Mueller would allow Trump to answer these questions on the record unless he knew he would be able to ask follow-up questions.

    The other idea, of course, is that Mueller’s team leaked a list of questions to set Trump’s legal team at ease. It’s already been shown that there’s a good chance that he does not have the BEST legal minds on the legal team, so if the questions drew Trump in to an actual interview? Maybe that’s what they want.

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