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

If Trump Fires Mueller, We Must Impeach

The documents were provided to Mueller's team by the GSA in September in response to requests from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but the transition wasn't informed at the time, according to people familiar with the transition organization.

But here's how Mueller got those emails, according to the picture of events emerging on Sunday: According to CNN, he simply asked the General Services Administration, which hosted the.gov domain on which the emails were stored, to hand them over.

Mr Loewentritt said Mr Beckler did not make a commitment to the transition team that requests from law enforcement for materials would be routed through transition lawyers.

According to Mr Langhofer, the assurance was made by then-GSA general counsel Richard Beckler, who was in hospital in August and has since died. This person reportedly said that the transition, which still exists in order to wind-down the operation, will send Special Counsel Robert Mueller a letter demanding investigators return the emails.

"My people were very upset about it", Mr. Trump said.

While there's nothing yet to indicate whether there was anything explosive in those emails, the administration is clearly spooked.

Langhofer claims the production of transition materials to the Special Counsel's Office by GSA violated "GSA's duties to" the Trump campaign, a Presidential Transition Act requirement that "computers or communications services" to the transition team be "secure", and the Fourth Amendment.

In addition to whether Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian Federation to help him win last year's election, the special counsel is also looking at possible obstruction of justice linked to Trump's firing of Comey.

But GSA official Lenny Loewentritt said there was nothing improper about the disclosure of the emails to Mr Mueller's team. "Future transitions will have to re-examine this relationship", he said.

A lawyer for TFA, who spoke on background because he was not authorized to speak to media, told NPR it found out on December 13 that GSA officials turned over the emails to the Special Counsel in September. Both men have pleaded not guilty and a trial is expected next year.

There are rumors around Washington suggesting Trump's firing of Mueller is imminent. The special counsel has also obtained a guilty plea from former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

"'Private documents' on a US Government, public email system? Baloney. This is another attempt to discredit Mueller as his #TrumpRussia probe tightens", he wrote on Twitter. Trump has called the allegation a "witch hunt" by Democrats.

The lawyer added that TFA had a "reasonable expectation of privacy in those emails" and claims that in order for the special counsel to have received the materials it would have needed a warrant or a subpoena.

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.

The email records are incredibly sensitive, given they include national security discussions about possible global goals for Mr Trump and contain candid assessments of candidates for top government posts.

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