Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained thousands of emails of the Trump transition from the General Services Administration, according to the news site Axios. These include emails from Jared Kushner, Pr*sident Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law. The transition team’s counsel, Kory Langhofer, sent a seven-page letter to congressional committees saying the emails were “unlawfully” obtained. No doubt this will add to the case the regime is building to fire Mueller. Asked about Langhofer’s claims, Mueller’s investigative team had no comment.
The Trump regime apparently discovered the fact that Mueller had the emails based on questions the special counsel asked witnesses. Mike Allen at Axios reports that a transition source told him that Mueller is, in fact, using the emails to develop new leads. The 7,000 emails were found in 12 accounts. He writes:
Why it matters: The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters that include potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes. […]
How it happened: The sources say Mueller obtained the emails from the General Services Administration, the government agency that hosted the transition email system, which had addresses ending in “ptt.gov,” for Presidential Transition Team.
Taking fight public: Charging “unlawful conduct,” Kory Langhofer, counsel for the transition team, wrote in a letter to congressional committees Saturday that “career staff at the General Services Administration … have unlawfully produced [transition team] private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office.”
Of course Mueller obtained emails from a third party. Prosecutors in most white collar criminal investigations do that. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not Ã¢ÂÂinappropriateÃ¢ÂÂ or even unusual. Anyone who claims otherwise has no idea what theyÃ¢ÂÂre talking about. https://t.co/1JKNobvKJd
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 16, 2017
Trump’s legal team apparently thought the special counsel would show up asking for the emails and had already excluded some of them based on executive privilege. But Mueller has acquired them all.
Greg Price at Newsweek writes:
Kushner’s emails could further detail his contacts with foreign nationals during the transition. The husband to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Kushner has denied collusion with Russia and has sat down with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees running separate investigations – outside of Mueller’s – and has also been interviewed by the special counsel’s team.
However, the Kushner’s security clearance has been held up due to past failures to properly disclose information about his contacts with foreign nationals during the transition.
Tick, tock, tick, tock, Mr. Trump.