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

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CNN is reporting that Donald Trump's personal lawyers will meet with special counsel Robert Mueller next week in order to "gain a clearer understanding of the next steps in Mueller's probe, according to sources familiar with the matter". 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. This included messages belonging to son-in-law and Senior Adviser to the President, Jared Kushner, who himself served in the transition team and faced scrutiny in the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

But later the same day a top Trump transition team official once again casted aspersions over the legitimacy of the investigation, sending a letter to several congressional committees claiming that Mueller's team improperly obtained thousands of emails from the General Services Administration (GSA). My people were very upset about it. "I can't imagine there's anything on them, frankly".

Senator-elect Doug Jones, D-Alabama, told "State of the Union" that he believes the investigation will roll on, but added that "anybody would need to be concerned if Bob Mueller was sacked".

In addition to the emails, CNN reported, Mueller's team was also able to secure access to "transition laptops, cell phones and at least one iPad" without a subpoena.

At issue is how the special counsel obtained the materials. Officials with Trump for America learned last week that GSA officials had turned over the cache of emails to Mueller's team.

A spokesman for Mueller said all documents related to the investigation had been obtained through normal means.

The letter added that a warrant should have been obtained for such materials, and said it violated the Presidential Transition Act.

Also on Saturday, Kory Langhofer, a general counsel for Trump For America, sent a letter to chairs of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Mueller's team, "has extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege, and without notifying TFA or taking customary precautions to protect TFA's rights and privileges".

"Well, it's a shame what's happened with the FBI", Trump said.

Pressed further, he added: "I don't have any reason to think the president is going to do that, but that's obviously up to him". So the president has a legitimate case to make that Mueller is on a fishing expedition - a partisan witch hunt using taxpayer dollars to do the bidding of Democrats in Congress to find evidence to impeach the president.

"As the WH has persistently said for months, there is no consideration being given to firing the Special Counsel with whom we continue to cooperate with the expectation of an appropriate and timely result".

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