Special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now overseeing a sweeping investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, secretly obtained tens of thousands of emails from the administration's transition team.
The emails in question involve 13 transition officials, including four senior ones, according to the letter.
The recent revelations about Mueller's top investigator expressing partisan sentiments against Trump don't help Mueller's case one bit.
Upon his return to the White House from an overnight trip to Camp David, the president weighed in on the controversy surrounding his transition team's emails, telling reporters, "It's not looking good". (TFA), also called on the committees "to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives". While Trump's team has insisted that former GSA general counsel Richard Beckler had assured them that they "owned and controlled" the emails, BuzzFeed wrote, Loewentritt disputed that account and Beckler has since died. A copy of the letter was obtained by the AP. His team has denied rumors that he will fire Mueller.
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GSA Deputy Counsel Lenny Loewentritt, who Langhofer blames along with other GSA career staff for providing the transition documents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told Buzzfeed that Beckler didn't make a commitment to the transition team that requests from law enforcement for materials would be routed through transition lawyers.
The special counsel reportedly got the email trove from the GSA, not from Trump For America, a still-functioning arm of Trump's transition team.
He added that there was "no collusion whatsoever" between Trump campaign officials and Russian operatives.
A spokesman for Mueller said all documents related to the investigation had been obtained through normal means. Spokespeople for GSA didn't immediately respond to AP's emailed requests for comment.
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The detective added that the police were still trying to " determine if there is foul play involved or not ", as reported by CBC. Police said later Friday evening that they are not now seeking any suspects but are keeping an open mind on all possibilities.
Mr. Trump said he was "quite sad" to see Mueller had obtained the emails but doesn't think they contain any incriminating information.
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.
The letter added that a warrant should have been obtained for such materials, and said it violated the Presidential Transition Act. "The President's lawyers have said they want to fully comply with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, so it is odd that they now suggest they would have withheld key documents from federal investigators".
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