Trump furious about Russian Federation investigation's questions and 'phony crime'

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Mr Trump lashed out on Tuesday at the "disgraceful" disclosure of the queries, first reported by The New York Times, which lay out detailed lines of inquiry by Mr Mueller into whether Mr Trump may have tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

However, Dowd did not immediately make clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about the move. Mueller is probing not only Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates but possible obstruction of justice by Trump after he took office.

President Donald Trump is slamming a leaked list of questions that the Justice Department's special counsel may want to ask him as part of the Russian Federation investigation. It's the latest shakeup for the legal team grappling with unresolved questions on how to protect the president from legal and political jeopardy.

Michael Caputo made the comments to CNN shortly after he spoke with Mueller's team. The occasion also was the first in which a sitting president testified under oath in a criminal investigation in which he was a potential target.

If Trump refuses to give a voluntary interview, prosecutors could issue a subpoena compelling testimony. The president's legal team has not committed him to an interview with Mueller, who has dozens of questions on a broad array of topics he'd like to ask.

The Times said it obtained the list from someone outside Trump's legal team.

The Times report said Trump's lawyers compiled the questions into a list and that document was "provided to The Times by a person outside Mr. Trump's legal team". Giuliani allegedly told the special counsel that while Trump is still opposed to the idea, a future interview isn't off the table.

It has always been clear that Mueller is interested in whether Trump may have obstructed justice.

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It's common practice for prosecutors to inform defense attorneys about the subjects they plan to pursue during a voluntary interview and for defense lawyers to try to limit the extent of questioning, said Harry Sandick, a former prosecutor with the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

"Your investigation and others into the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation are costing my family a great deal of money - more than $125,000 - and making a visceral impact on my children", Caputo said in a prepared statement that he delivered at the end of the Senate interview, which was provided to CNN. Some of Mr Trump's advisers have counselled that he could risk being accused of perjury if he submits to open-ended questioning from Mr Mueller and provides meandering answers.

However, he said if Mueller had already chose to believe former FBI Director James Comey's account of events, "then we would just be leading him into the lion's den", Bloomberg reported.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Wednesday that Flood would be joining the White House staff to "represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt". "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"

Most of the questions reported by the Times ask what Trump knew of certain events, like the June 2016 meeting with the Russian lawyer, or what was he thinking when he did or said something, like firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Mueller has brought several charges against Manafort already, including money laundering and bank fraud. Trump denies making such requests.

One question asks whether there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn "about seeking immunity or possible pardon" ahead of his guilty plea past year.