Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained “many tens of thousands" of Trump transition emails, including emails of Jared Kushner, transition team sources tell Axios.
- Trump officials discovered Mueller had the emails when his prosecutors used them as the basis for questions to witnesses, the sources said.
- The emails include 12 accounts, one of which contains about 7,000 emails, the sources said.
- The accounts include the team's political leadership and the foreign-policy team, the sources said.
Why it matters: The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters that include potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes.
Let's look at that word "strategizing" in the proper context. They were "strategizing" how to use Russia's help and steal the presidency. They were using everything at their disposal to undermine our democratic process and collude with Russia. Mueller and his team do not care about E-mails where one Trump official is talking to another Trump official about how to bring back coal mining jobs. They care about the E-mails that prove that the Trump Campaign colluded with Russia and where they were breaking the law.
And that's what they have, and that's why Trump's lawyers are panicking.
“Mueller is using the emails to confirm things, and get new leads," a transition source told me.
How it happened: The sources say Mueller obtained the emails from the General Services Administration, the government agency that hosted the transition email system, which had addresses ending in “ptt.gov," for Presidential Transition Team.
Taking fight public: Charging "unlawful conduct," Kory Langhofer, counsel for the transition team, wrote in a letter to congressional committees Saturday that "career staff at the General Services Administration ... have unlawfully produced [transition team] private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel's Office."
This letter is now the gold standard in phony outrage. The Trump people were so fucking incompetent that they wrote it all down. They wrote it down in E-mails passed through systems under U.S. government administrative control. All of their lawbreaking and colluding was done while using the GSA's E-mail system. They were too stupid to use another E-mail system (but, if they did, and if there are E-mails that go back and forth between two systems, they're even more fucked than they realize). They were so incompetent, they had no idea what they were even doing to themselves.
The seven-page later, obtained by Axios, says: "We understand that the Special Counsel's Office has subsequently made extensive use of the materials it obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims."
The letter says this was a violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
"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."
How can you violate their Fourth Amendment protections? When they agreed to use the GSA-provided E-mail, they gave up their right to privacy and agreed to subject themselves to the government's E-mail retention policies.
The Special Counsel's office said: "We will decline to comment."
The transition sources said they were surprised about the emails because they have been in touch with Mueller's team and have cooperated.
The twist: The sources say that transition officials assumed that Mueller would come calling, and had sifted through the emails and separated the ones they considered privileged. But the sources said that was for naught, since Mueller has the complete cache from the dozen accounts.
Oh, they "sifted" through them, did they? Well, I sure as hell hope they didn't try to delete anything because that would be obstruction of justice.
Robert Mueller has everything. He has all their E-mails. He has a Grand Jury at his disposal. He has a team in place that is competent and professional. Trump has a limousine full of jackasses who just woke up to a nightmare.
This is why Trump has to move against Mueller.