Michael Zeldin, a former assistant to Robert Mueller, doesn’t think the list of leaked questions came from Mueller’s office. During a recent CNN panel, Zeldin said:
“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.”
When asked why he thought that was the case, Zeldin didn’t sugarcoat his response:
“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.”
The list of questions was obtained by The New York Times on Monday and were supposed to be the questions Mueller will ask Trump as part of the ongoing investigation, but Zeldin thinks it is more likely the questions came from the White House and not Mueller’s office, “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.”
Zeldin should be aware of Mueller’s style and the grammatical level of his writing because he worked as special counsel to Mueller in the 90s.
Ever predictable, Trump had plenty to say about the list of questions:
“So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were ‘leaked’ to the media. No questions on Collusion.”
You just knew witch hunt and no collusion were going to be in the response, didn’t you? He wasn’t done yet though!
“Oh, I see...you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!”
Wait...was it a “phony crime” that “never existed” or was it “illegally leaked classified information?” If it never existed...how did it get leaked?