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Trump says he's not planning to fire special counsel Robert Mueller

Trump says he's not planning to fire special counsel Robert Mueller Trump says he's not planning to fire special counsel Robert Mueller
Erik Tate | 18 December, 2017, 00:44

The comments come after lawyers for Trump's transition accused the special counsel of "unlawfully" obtaining tens of thousands of emails from the transition. In other words, the best bet right now is that, after catching up people guilty of various, extraneous crimes, the Mueller investigation will leave President Trump relatively untouched.

According to those familiar with the Trump transition organisation, the investigators did not directly request the records from Trump for America and instead obtained them from the General Services Administration.

"This morning we sent a letter to Congress concerning the unauthorized sharing of private and transition emails with the Mueller team", lawyer Kory Langhofer said in an interview, as first reported by Reuters.

"Additionally, certain portions of the [transition] materials the Special Counsel's Office obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims, have been leaked to the press by unknown persons".

Transitions officials told Axios that the emails were used as the basis for questioning officials.

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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. But he has apparently caught Michael Flynn in a lie about his lobbying activities and may have former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon on money laundering crimes he committed before he even knew the president. But GSA Deputy Counsel Lenny Loewentritt told the site in a statement that the transition team officials were explicitly told that "in using our devices", any materials stored therein "would not be held back in any law enforcement" requests.

A lawyer for TFA, who spoke on background because he was not authorized to speak to media, told NPR it found out on December 13 that GSA officials turned over the emails to the Special Counsel in September.

Two administration officials meanwhile Sunday sought to downplay speculation that Trump was preparing to fire Mueller, who was appointed after Trump abruptly fired then Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was leading an agency probe into the Russian Federation affair.

But in his letter Langhofer said that Mueller's team has been "actively using" the emails obtained from GSA as part of the ongoing investigation. "Baloney. This is another attempt to discredit Mueller as his #TrumpRussia probe tightens", he wrote on Twitter.

"The reality is that this administration has complied in every single possible way with the special counsel, tax payers have spent millions and millions of dollars on this investigation that has not yet proven any sense of collusion with the Russians", Short said.

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