Senate Judiciary Dems detail 60 unanswered questions they still have after the release of the Mueller report

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The ten Democratic senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed in a letter May 8 to Chairman Lindsey Graham 60 unanswered questions they still have after the release of the Mueller report. Democratic Senators Feinstein (Ranking Member), Leahy, Durbin, Whitehouse, Coons, Klobuchar, Blumenthal, Hirono, Booker, and Harris wrote:

"We are writing as members of the Judiciary Committee to follow up on our request that the Committee hold a hearing with Special Counsel Mueller regarding  his report on Russian electoral interference and obstruction of justice.

The Mueller report is a seminal document that caps the Special Counsel's nearly two year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, as comprehensive as the report is, it's clear there are many outstanding questions that remain unanswered. Having Special Counsel Mueller before the committee is necessary to get those questions answered.

The attached document identifies at least 60 unanswered questionsrelated to both Russian interference and obstruction of justice. We believe Robert Mueller would be best-suited to answer these and other questions - from both sides of the aisle - and we feel the Committee would benefit greatly from his testimony.

We therefore respectfully request a hearing so Members might have the opportunity to ask these and other questions of Special Counsel Mueller directly and receive his answers. I appreciate your consideration of this request.”

The questions are divided into two categories: Russian Interference and Obstruction of Justice. The particular questions themselves can be read in the pdf link of the letter as referenced above in the first sentence, under the word link "letter.”

There are six subheadings of questions under Russian Interference:

  1. “Offers of assistance from Russia or its potential intermediaries to the Trump campaign, including the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting.” Nine questions.
  2. “Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's sharing of internal campaign strategy and polling data with Russian operative Konstantin Kilimnik.” Six questions.
  3. "Trump campaign efforts to benefit from Russian hacking and WikiLeaks' release of stolen documents.” Five questions.
  4. “Trump Campaign efforts to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails.” Two questions.
  5. “Trump campaign efforts to establish "back channel" communications with Russia.” Four questions.
  6. “Trump personal and business ties with Russia, including Trump Tower Moscow (2015-2016).” Six questions.

There are nine subheadings of questions under Obstruction of Justice:

  1. “No traditional prosecutorial decision on whether the President obstructed justice.” Eight questions.
  2. “Obstruction Standard.” Six questions.
  3. “Impact of President Trump's limited cooperation.” Two questions.
  4. “Impact of President Trump's limited cooperation.” Two questions.
  5. “President Trump's conduct towards Michael Cohen. “ Two questions.
  6. “Paul Manafort's failure to cooperate.”Two questions.
  7. “President Trump's orders to White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the Special Counsel.” Six questions.
  8. “President Trump's orders to White House Counsel Don McGahn to create a statement denying that he had been ordered to fire the Special Counsel.” Four questions.
  9. “President Trump's directive to Corey Lewandowski to order Attorney General Sessions to curtail the Special Counsel investigation.” One question.

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