Trump officials demand Mueller return thousands of emails

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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.

Mueller is now leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the election.

Langhofer detailed his claims in a seven-page letter sent to Congressional oversight committees over the weekend.

Langhofer wrote that Mueller's office "received from the GSA tens of thousands of emails, including a very significant volume of privileged material", according to a copy of the letter published by Politico.

On whether Mueller should have disclosed that they had obtained the emails, Loewentritt added, "That's between the Special Counsel and the transition team".

The Trump attorney also argued that Mueller's office has "extensively used the materials in question" during its investigation even though its prosecutors were aware some of the materials were subject to claims of attorney-client privilege and other protections.

"I seriously doubt there is anything here to taint the [Mueller] investigation", said William Jeffress, a white-collar defense attorney who represented Vice President Dick Cheney's senior aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, during the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation.

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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.

"Career GSA staff, working with Mr. Loewentritt and at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, immediately produced all the materials requested by the Special Counsel's Office - without notifying TFA or filtering or redacting privileged material", Langhofer writes. (EPA) President Trump being sworn in. Beckler was "hospitalized and incapacitated" in August and died the following month.

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.

But GSA official Lenny Loewentritt said there was nothing improper about the disclosure of the emails to Mr Mueller's team. Officials with Trump for America learned last week that GSA officials had turned over the cache of emails to Mueller's team. The former FBI director's team appear to be making a headway in their investigation.

"Democratic lawmaker Eric Swalwell was among the first to hit back at the claims: "'Private documents' on a U.S. Government, public email system?

The letter added that a warrant should have been obtained for such materials, and said it violated the Presidential Transition Act. "He wants to shut down these investigations and he wants to fire special counsel Mueller".