Finally, we see the 49 delicious questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller allegedly wanted to ask Donald Trump. The biggest question of all, though was: who leaked them?
Mueller has being leading an investigation into Russia’s attack on our 2016 president election and any involvement by the Trump campaign. Yet, his team has never leaked before.
No, the special counsel’s ship has been so tight that not even one leaked squeaked through. That means, it is doubtful that the leak came from that direction. In fact, Mueller may be quite irritated that someone leaked all his questions.
Former special assistant to Robert Mueller and CNN legal analyst, Michael Zeldin, has a theory about what happened, and it all turns on grammatical errors.
The former special assistant to Robert Mueller doesn’t believe for a second that the “leaked questions” came from the special counsel or that those are the questions he will ask for certain.
The 49 questions were about three individuals and what was Trump’s relationship to them: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former FBI Director James Comey, and former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Over half of the question pertained to conspiracy, which is when two or more people collude to commit a crime. Notably, there were no questions about money laundering.
Zeldin said on CNN’s New Day that it was very unlikely that Mueller’s group leaked the questions. Instead, he thinks they were “notes taken by the recipients:”
‘We have, this morning, been calling these questions that Mueller propounded, but I don’t believe that that’s actually what these are. 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 explained his reasoning, especially pointing out the grammar was “not even proper:”
‘Because of the way these questions are written. Lawyers wouldn’t write questions this way, in my estimation. Some of the grammar is not even proper. So, I don’t see this as a list of written questions that Mueller’s office gave to the president. I think these are more notes that the White House has taken and then they have expanded upon the conversation to write out these as questions.’
An interesting coincidence occurred, that may have something to do with the leak. Former New York City mayor from 1994 to 2001, Rudi Giuliani, recently joined Trump legal team.
Giuliani is known for his ability to work the media. CNN host, Dana Bash sent out this tweet:
‘Just talked to Giuliani who said his role on Trump team is limited. He worked with Mueller at DOJ & as NYC Mayor (Mueller at FBI) He hopes knowing Mueller can help bring the investigation to conclusion, saying it “needs a little push.” How soon? “maybe a couple of weeks.”‘
Journalist, Sam Stein noted in his tweet that the “leaks have picked up:”
‘Leaks about the Mueller team’s interactions with the Trump legal team seem to have picked up since Rudy joined the crew.’
Zeldin believed that legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had it right. These 49 questions were simply introductory. Worse, they appeared to show the investigation will not end any time in the near future.
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