In recent days, the Trump administration allies have been attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and related issues. Mueller has obtained of “Tens of thousands of emails” from the Trump transition team – spanning topics from potential appointments to foreign policy. Mueller got a hold of the emails through the General Services Administration, a federal agency that helps presidential transitions and hosts the email system offering them “Ppt.gov” email addresses.
We learned all of this because the Trump transition’s team lawyer, Kory Langhofer, wrote a seven-page letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee claiming that the GSA acted illegally by releasing the emails. Trump transition officials were warned early on that GSA materials “Would not be held back in any law enforcement” investigation.
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.”
Mueller’s office also maintains that all emails were obtained either voluntarily or through the appropriate criminal process.