( CNN) Special attorney Robert Mueller's investigation began a year ago — tasked with looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the feasibility of establishing officials in Donald Trump's campaign colluding with the Russians.
The leak of Mueller's questions — which should not be treated as the totality of what he wants to ask — also lands at a moment in which the White House remains profoundly divided about whether or not Trump should sit down for a face-to-face interview with Mueller before the investigation wraps up. Trump himself has at times voiced awillingness to voluntarily sit for an interview — I explain why I think that is here
— but his legal team has been more skeptical. The leading voice in opposition to Trump granting an interview with Mueller — John Dowd — left Trump's legal squad in March
. CNN's most recent reporting is that he is leaning away from doing an interview since federal agents raided his attorney Michael Cohen's home, office and hotel room.
The sweep of questions that Mueller is seeking to ask Trump may change the President's mind about sitting for an interview with the special counseling.