The New York Times has published the questions Mueller wants to ask President Donald Trump regarding Mueller’s “investigation” of Trump, the Trump campaign, Trump businesses, and whatever else blows Mueller’s skirt up. Never mind that this sort of thing is supposed to be secret, or at least known only to the target and his lawyer until they’re asked, answered, and become part of the public record of an actual trial.
How did the NYT get the questions? They didn’t send a reporter to steal them. No, the newspaper was given them. There’s also no reason to believe the Trump team knew these questions and so would have been in a position to leak them. Negotiations over the nature of a Mueller interrogation of Trump are supposedly in progress, but Mueller wouldn’t give up the questions until the negotiations have been completed and the interrogation set up.
Only Mueller’s team knew these questions. In a separate article about the questions, the NYT does assert this:
investigators for Mr Mueller agreed days later to share during a meeting with Mr Dowd [then Trump’s lawyer] the questions they wanted to ask Mr Trump.
But there’s no reason to believe that, since the NYT chose not to identify its source for that claim, making it impossible to believe that the claim is more than just an idle rumor.
And what’s Mueller doing about this leak? A lot of nothing. Because if Mueller isn’t the one who leaked, he actively approved others to do it.
The NYT had this about the questions in that separate article:
The questions provide the most detailed look yet inside Mr Mueller’s investigation, which has been shrouded in secrecy since he was appointed nearly a year ago.
But Mueller is an honorable man. So are all his team, all honorable men.