48 Questions (Or a Way Out of a Dilemma)
After over a year investigating Russian collusion, are the investigators looking for a way out?
May 28, 2018
Robert Mueller’s investigative team issued a list of about 48 questions to President Trump and his lawyers on an exhaustive array of issues that covered a wide spectrum of both pertinent and in some cases innocuous subject matter. The intent was to determine whether President Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, and/or obstructed justice in the inquiry by the special investigator.
Although not quite a conspiracy theory, but perhaps you might consider it a bit farfetched, what if there was another reason for the questions? With this in mind, I ask that you kindly indulge my theory. But before that in an effort to enlighten the reader, I have gathered as many of the questions as were available at the time.
*What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?
*What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017?
*What did you know about Sally Yates’s meetings about Mr. Flynn?
*How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017?
*After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?
*What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?
*What did you think about Mr. Comey’s intelligence briefing on Jan. 6, 2017, about Russian election interference?
*What was your reaction to Mr. Comey’s briefing that day about other intelligence matters?
*What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
*What was the purpose of your Feb. 14, 2017, meeting with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
*What did you know about the F.B.I.’s investigation into Mr. Flynn and Russia in the days leading up to Mr. Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017?
*What did you think and do in reaction to the news that the special counsel was speaking to Mr. Rogers, Mr. Pompeo, and Mr. Coats?
*What was the purpose of your calls to Mr. Comey on March 30 and April 11, 2017?
*What was the purpose of your April 11, 2017, statement to Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business?
*What did you think and do about Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony?
*Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?
*What did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about Mr. Comey and Russia?
*What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017, tweet?
*What did you think about Mr. Comey’s June 8, 2017, testimony regarding Mr. Flynn, and what did you do about it?
*What was the purpose of the September and October 2017 statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Mr. Comey?
*What is the reason for your continued criticism of Mr. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe?
*What did you think and do regarding the recusal of Mr. Sessions?
*What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind?
*Did you discuss whether Mr. Sessions would protect you, and reference past attorneys general?
*What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the special counsel?
*Why did you hold Mr. Sessions’s resignation until May 31, 2017, and with whom did you discuss it?
*What was the purpose of your July 2017 criticism of Mr. Sessions?
*When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?
*What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails?
After over a year’s investigation, with all its schemes and leaks and what in many instances appeared to be nefarious means of obtaining information, what if these questions had nothing to do with getting to the truth. That the highly regarded Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found themselves in positions that could prove to be personally embarrassing and possibly damage their reputations.
So in order to avoid this from occurring, and having to stand before the American people and admit that there is nothing there, and that President Trump had no involvement is any Russian collusion and did not attempt to undermine or obstruct justice, they came up with a litany of what in many cases amounted to ridiculous questions that might cause a very high-spirited president to react with disgust and impatience, and strike out and the result is he fires both Mueller and Rosenstein. This would give them an excuse, a way out, without having to admit defeat. They could then blame the president for stopping any further investigation, and he would bear the brunt of criticism and calls for impeachment.
The hopes and dreams of the Democrats, hate mongers, and the never-Trump crowd, however, would be shattered, an uproar would ensue that stretched from sea to shining sea, the amber waves of grain would burst into flames, and a new controversy would begin.
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