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Trump Transition Team Is Claiming Mueller Unlawfully Obtained Campaign E-mails

18 December, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe including confidential attorney-client communications and privileged

The speculation escalated with the release of a letter Saturday from a Trump transition team attorney to key House and Senate committees accusing the special counsel of unlawfully obtaining thousands of the team's emails through the General Services Administration.

GSA Deputy Counsel Lenny Loewentritt, who Langhofer blames along with other GSA career staff for providing the transition documents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told Buzzfeed that Beckler didn't make a commitment to the transition team that requests from law enforcement for materials would be routed through transition lawyers. Numerous emails that Mueller's investigators have now include national security discussions about possible Trump worldwide aims as well as candid assessments of candidates for top government posts, said those familiar with the transition.

He claimed that Mueller's office asked the GSA for "copies of the emails, laptops, cell phones, and other materials" of 13 members of Trump's transition, four of whom Langhofer claimed were senior members.

Mueller was appointed earlier this year as a Justice Department special counsel to determine whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow to influence the outcome of the 2016 White House race. Ohio Republican lawmaker Jim Jordan, said that if everyone on Mueller's team who was "anti-Trump" were kicked off the investigation, "I don't know if there'd be anyone left.' Jordan also added that "the public trust in this whole thing is gone", referring to the Mueller inquiry NBC reported".

With the ex-FBI director's investigation making inroads into the president's inner circle in recent weeks, Republicans have cast doubt on its impartiality and pressed for a new independent prosecutor to investigate anti-Trump bias. Trump's legal team has reacted with outraged claims of unconstitutional and illegal tactics, while Fox News hosts have begun wildly accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller of a "coup".




"As the White House has consistently said for months, there is no consideration of firing the special counsel", Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel, told CNN in a statement. Flynn was sacked by Trump in February for misleading senior administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

The special counsel reportedly got the email trove from the GSA, not from Trump For America (TFA), a still-functioning arm of Trump's transition team.

The Special Counsel's office said: "We will decline to comment". He did not name the transition officials who used the devices. "He wants to shut down these investigations and he wants to fire special counsel Mueller".

Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, told KQED Radio Friday that there was a "rumor" that Mr. Trump planned to fire the special counsel on December 22, which White House special counsel Ty Cobb denied in a statement.

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