Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails — AP report

He claimed some of the documents Mueller obtained were "susceptible to privilege claims".

Mueller and his team acquired thousands of emails sent and received by members of the Trump for America transition group from the General Services Administration, the agency charged with safekeeping all transition materials.

That assertion was immediately shot down by top Democrats and career law enforcement officials.

According to Langhofer's letter, the Trump transition team first learned that the special counsel had obtained the emails from GSA earlier this week.

Mr Beckler was hospitalised in August and has since died.

"Mueller is using the emails to confirm things, and get new leads", a transition source told me.

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Speculation about whether Trump will fire Mueller started after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said in a local TV interview Friday that "the rumor on the Hill" was Trump was going to fire Mueller at the end of this week, after members had left Washington for Christmas break.

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

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.

In the letter to the Republican chairmen of the House Oversight and the Senate Homeland Security committees, Langhofer contends that the disclosure by GSA was "unauthorized", and it considers the documents private and privileged and not government property.

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

Mr Mueller is investigating allegations of collusion between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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But in August, while Beckler was in the hospital and incapacitated, Mueller's office and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents approached GSA twice for Trump transition materials, Langhofer said.

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 cooperating with Mueller's investigation. Trump campaign adviser George Papadoupolos and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, both for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their conversations with Russians. That followed criminal indictments against Manafort and Gates on charges that include money laundering and tax evasion.

The emails are from about a dozen of Trump's inner circle during the transition period.

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"This is another attempt to discredit Mueller as his #TrumpRussia probe tightens", tweeted Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell.

A spokesman for the special counsel said in a statement that the emails were obtained properly.

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