Trump officials demand Mueller return thousands of emails

Elias Hubbard
December 18, 2017

Fox News first reported that Mueller's team acquired a document cache with communications from Trump's inner circle, including Michael Flynn, from the 2016 election to Trump's inauguration. The president believes this, CNN's sources say, because his attorneys have tried to manage him by telling him that he faces no real danger from the probe.

Trump's transition lawyer also took aim in its letter at GSA, which it accused of "unlawful conduct" that undermines the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, a law that spells out the procedural rules for a change in power from one president to the next. A spokesman for the government agency which provided the emails to Mueller told BuzzFeed "no expectation of privacy" could be assumed. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No!

On Sunday, Trump said he is not considering firing Mueller, whose spokesman pushed back on the claims of unethical behavior.

Representative Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, had claimed on Friday that the "rumour" sweeping the Capitol was that Mr Trump planned to fire Mr Mueller this week.

The G.S.A. helps manage the US government bureaucracy, and Trump's transition team utilized its facilities in the period between Trump's November 2016 election victory and his inauguration in January 2017. In recent weeks, opponents of the investigation have focused on text messages that two former members of the special counsel team exchanged about Trump during the campaign, before Trump was elected.

News about the transition emails added fuel to that fire. On Sunday, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo called the investigation an "attack on the presidency" and told CNN there are "more and more indications that the Mueller investigation is off the rails". On Friday, Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said he thought Republicans were seeking to shut down that panel's Russian Federation investigation.

"I was at dinner last night with the President and Vice President".

"There's no conversation about that whatsoever in the White House", Short said on "Meet The Press". Republicans have increasingly urged Trump to fire Mueller regardless of the political consequences. It would be like firing Comey only worse. Flynn has pleaded guilty to that offence.

As the Trump transition complaint surfaced Saturday, several Democrats and former Justice officials cautioned that it may be an additional attempt at casting doubt on Mueller's integrity.

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