Robert Mueller Found Acted Illegally, Summoned to Oval Office
Saturday, the organization established for US President Donald Trump’s transition to the White House a year ago said that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election, obtained tens of thousands of e-Mails unlawfully.
Kory Langhofer, counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America, Inc., wrote a letter to Congressional committees to say Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had improperly received the eMails from the General Services Administration (GSA), a government agency.
Career staff members at the agency “unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office,” according to the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
It said the materials included “tens of thousands of emails.”
President Trump’s transition team used facilities of the GSA, which helps manage the US government bureaucracy, in the period between the Donald Trump’s November Presidential election victory and his Inauguration in January.
The Trump Team’s accusation adds to the growing friction between the President’s supporters and Mr. Mueller’s office as it investigates whether Russia interfered in the election and if President Trump or anyone on his team colluded with Moscow.
Asked for comment, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: “We continue to cooperate fully with the special counsel and expect this process to wrap up soon.”
The GSA and officials at the special counsel’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
President Trump has in full voice declared Robert Mueller’s effort a waste of time, a witch hunt if you will .
“There is absolutely no collusion. That has been proven,” President Trump told reporters Friday. Russia denies interfering in the election.
The letter was sent to the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
It asked for Congress to act immediately “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.”
The letter said Mr. Mueller’s office obtained the e-Mails despite the fact that it was aware the GSA did not own or control the records.
It said the special counsel’s office has “extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege” without notifying The Trump for America team.
On the transition team were a number of aides who were later caught up in Mr. Mueller’s investigation, such as former national security adviser Michael Flynn who pleaded guilty this month to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
Mr. Langhofer, the Trump transition team lawyer, wrote in his letter that the GSA’s transfer of materials was discovered on 12 and 13 December.
The FBI requested the materials from GSA staff on 23 August, asking for copies of the e-Mails, laptops, cell phones and other materials associated with nine members of The Trump Transition team response for national security and policy matters, the letter said.
On 30 August the FBI requested the materials of 4 additional senior members of The Trump Transition team, it said.
Mr. Langhofer argued that while such transition teams are involved in executive functions, they are considered private, nonprofit organizations whose records are private and not subject to Presidential records laws.
In light of all of the scandal swirling around Mr. Mueller and his gang, the White House has summoned him to the Oval Office for a meeting next week, I expect an announcement from President Trump on Friday, 22 December.
Have a terrific weekend.
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