Until now Donald Trump has, incredibly, managed to keep his job as the most powerful man on earth while dodging the persistent questions over the role of Russia’s assistance in the 2016 campaign.
The Russian collusion allegations even made an appearance in the hilarious and scathing White House Correspondents’ Dinner hosted by comedian Michelle Wolf at the weekend.
“Trump is so broke he had to borrow money from the Russians and now he’s compromised and susceptible to blackmail and possibly responsible for the collapse of the Republic. Yay, it’s a fun game!” Wolf brilliantly deadpanned.
But very soon, Trump is expected to face questions from Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Russia scandal.
And the New York Times has now been leaked a list of questions that Trump will have to answer, which could put him in a very difficult position considering his relaxed relationship with the truth. But when he faces Robert Mueller, as Trump’s former employees like Michael Flynn have found out, if he’s dishonest he will be breaking the law.
These are some of the most awkward questions Trump will have to answer:
• During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?
• What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign… to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?
• What did you know about communication between Roger Stone, his associates, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?
• What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others?
• Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?
• What was your reaction to Mr. Comey’s briefing about other intelligence matters?*
*This is referring to the infamous pee tape in the Steele dossier
• When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?
• What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?
• After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?
Good luck Mr President and let’s hope you’re prepared.
*Update*: In an especially garbled tweet today, President Trump reacted to the leaked questions: