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Analysis: Mueller's Questions Show Just How Far Reaching Russia Probe Is

If Mueller is asking these questions, the possibility exists that he already knows the answers, NBC News' First Read team says.

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    The reported list of questions that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask President Donald Trump underscores the magnitude of the Russia probe, a story that’s been reported in bits and pieces over the last 17 months, NBC News' First Read team says.

    The questions combine all of the different strands of the potential story, from hacking to contacts with Russians and the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

    They’re a reminder that the obstruction angle — regarding Comey and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — might be the smallest part of the investigation.

    If Mueller is asking these questions, the possibility exists that he already knows the answers.

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