David Cay Johnston: ‘Five Questions I’d Ask Robert Mueller’
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David Cay Johnston: ‘Five Questions I’d Ask Robert Mueller’

What Our Pultizer Prize-Winning Editor-in-Chief Wants to Know and What Congress Needs to Ask

David Cay Johnston

  1. Did acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Attorney General William Barr or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ever suggest that you wrap up your investigation, suggest limits on lines of inquiry (and, if so, be specific) or limit resources available to your office?
  1. Did your office make any assessment of the degree to which Donald Trump, his campaign and his administration, advanced the interests of the Russian Federation, wittingly or unwittingly, and, if so, what was that assessment? If not, please explain the reasoning for avoiding this.
  1. What information did your office request, such as intercepts and other intelligence, from the CIA, the National Security Agency and other federal intelligence services, and were all requests honored? Did your office withhold anything, or not pursue any leads, leads because of concerns about protecting such intelligence, including sources and methods?
  1. Since you were the second-longest-serving FBI director, and knowing what you now know, are there are other areas of investigation into the conduct of Trump, his team, its relationships with others and his conduct in office that you would have agents investigate were you still leading the FBI?
  1. Your report states that “it is important to view the President’s pattern of conduct as a whole. That pattern sheds light on the nature of the President’s acts and the inferences that can be drawn about his intent.” And you have stated that responsibility in this regard rests with Congress. So, what do you recommend Congress do—enact new laws and if so what laws? Hold oversight hearings and if so into what? Initiate impeachment proceedings?
July 24, 2019