Robert Mueller now has thousands of Trump transition emails

Joshua Roberts  Reuters
Special counsel Robert Mueller

The letter blames the agency's counsel, Lenny Loewentritt, and his "career GSA staff" for turning over thousands of unredacted emails without notifying the transition team.

The letter says this was a violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Spokespeople for GSA didn't immediately respond to AP's emailed requests for comment.

Asked if Mr. Trump was "setting the stage for firing Bob Mueller", Mr.

The federal investigation and others in Congress have indeed been a drag on the Trump administration's first-year political agenda, which had led to speculation that Trump wants to fire Mueller to conclude the probe. Van Grack also declined to identify the 13 transition officials whose materials the special counsel's office had obtained. Officials with Trump for America learned last week that GSA officials had turned over the cache of emails to Mueller's team.

Mr Beckler was hospitalised in August and has since died.

This dispute over the lawful obtaining of this batch of emails is the latest in a series of ongoing attacks, particularly from conservatives, on the Department of Justice investigation looking into what role Russian Federation played in interfering in the 2016 presidential election.




Specifically, Loewentritt said, "in using our devices", transition team members were informed that materials "would not be held back in any law enforcement" actions.

There was plenty of chatter Sunday outside the White House about whether President Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but apparently nothing of the sort on the inside.

Among the officials who used transition email accounts was former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a count of making false statements to FBI agents in January and is now co-operating with Mr Mueller's investigation. This is a result of the disturbing evidence of political bias of top Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and prosecutors, (we editorialized about this Thursday) but is completely at odds with point 1. "Meanwhile, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the House intelligence committee, dismissed the claim outright as a transparent ploy: "'Private documents' on a US Government, public email system?" he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

"Our committee has direct jurisdiction over the Presidential Transition Act, and it simply does not support withholding transition team emails from criminal investigators", the Maryland Democrat said.

Late Saturday, Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, said the special counsel's office has followed the law when it has obtained documents during its investigation.

Mr. Trump said he was "quite sad" to see Mueller had obtained the emails but doesn't think they contain any incriminating information.

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