President Trump Tuesday morning in a pair of tweets slammed special prosecutor Robert Mueller for questions he is preparing for Trump, saying that they had nothing to do with Mueller's original mandate, which was to investigate possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation.
The list reportedly ranges from questioning the president's motivations in firing former FBI director James Comey last May to his treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.
The four dozen questions that were obtained by the Times from a person outside of Trump's legal team included open-ended queries created to try and penetrate the president's thinking and look into the motivation behind some of his tweets.
The Special Counsel's office also wants to ask about Trump's treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a meeting at Trump Tower between campaign officials and a Russian lawyer offering information about his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, among other discussions and events, it said.
D'Antonio goes on to speculate that someone on Trump's team leaked the questions as a way to get Trump's attention and show him just how serious the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is for the president.
He followed that tweet up with this one - a variation on a theme: "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"
Mueller's investigators have read the questions to Trump's lawyers, according to the Times, which said it obtained the list from a person outside Trump's legal team.
It was unclear to whom Trump was referring about the leak.
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 deeply divided about whether or not Trump should sit down for a face-to-face interview with Mueller before the investigation wraps up.
Mr Mueller was appointed as special counsel following Mr Trump's firing of Mr Comey last May.
The questions span the gamut from inquiring as to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to the circumstances surrounding the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Trump would have no way of knowing what Mueller knew - or didn't know - over the past year of the investigation. A former British intelligence official, Christopher Steele, compiled a dossier on the trip, with uncorroborated, anonymous allegations Trump cavorted with prostitutes in a hotel room, which Trump has denied.
"Witch Hunt!" the President tweeted early Tuesday. Mr. Mueller wants to ask Mr. Trump about his contacts with Mr. Coats as well as the C.I.A.'s director at the time, Mike Pompeo, and the National Security Agency's director, Michael S. Rogers. In addition to its biased origins, the claims within the dossier remain unverified despite intense scrutiny by the media, three separate government investigations, and a private probe funded by far-left billionaire George Soros and a secret group of Silicon Valley moguls.