Trump Allies Allege Mueller's Obtaining Trump Transition Emails Was 'Unlawful'
- Author: Megan Austin Dec 18, 2017,
Dec 18, 2017, 0:47
Langhofer claims the production of transition materials to the Special Counsel's Office by GSA violated "GSA's duties to" the Trump campaign, a Presidential Transition Act requirement that "computers or communications services" to the transition team be "secure", and the Fourth Amendment.
After learning in March that Russian Federation investigators were seeking its records, Langhofer said he contacted GSA to get assurances that the transition's lawyers would be the conduit for the materials. "Nobody has said that in any way this impacted the election". "If I felt he was doing something inappropriate, I would take action".
"No, I'm not", Mr. Trump told reporters upon his arrival back at the White House. A source speaking on the condition of anonymity told CNN that Trump lawyers are planning a meeting with the special counsel as soon as next week.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, said Sunday in separate interviews that they were unaware of any such discussions. Some reportedly came from Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, who is now a White House advisor. "You guys keep bringing that up".
"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". The reason for his dismissal appears to stem from Mueller's discovery that Strzok exchanged text messages critical of Trump with a lawyer assigned to the probe.
Democratic lawmakers in recent days have expressed concern that Trump might fire Mueller, who is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and whether Trump or anyone on his team colluded with Moscow.
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The special counsel's critics have seized upon the case of Peter Strzok, a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent whom Mueller removed from his team for sending text messages critical of Trump.
Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted his own concerns on Friday, saying, "I'm increasingly anxious Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month". And Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him, told Congress last week that he monitors Mueller's operation closely and has seen nothing improper.
Trump criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation while speaking with reporters on Friday, calling the state of the agency "sad" while referring to released text messages that were critical of him between an attorney and an agent working on the case.
As to whether the Trump campaign should have been informed of the request, Loewentritt said, "That's between the Special Counsel and the transition team".