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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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. "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.

Axios has asked the Special Counsel's Office for comment and will update this story with the response. The transition sources said they were surprised about the emails because they have been in touch with Mueller's team and have cooperated.

"They ask us to waive NDAs [nondisclosure agreements] and things like that," a second source said. "We have never said 'no' to anything."

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.


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There must be some questionable stuff in those emails because:

Trump lawyer: Mueller improperly obtained transition documents in Russia probe


#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-16 05:30 PM | Reply

Rep. Eric Swalwell @RepSwalwell

Rep. Eric Swalwell Retweeted Fox News
"Private documents" on a US Government, public email system? What are they afraid was found? Baloney. This is another attempt to discredit Mueller as his #TrumpRussia probe tightens.
2:04 PM - 16 Dec 2017

Tea Pain‏ @TeaPainUSA

Mueller: "Remember the transition emails I requested?"

White House: "You mean the 630 we turned over to you?"

Mueller: "Good news. I found the other 50,000.
2:24 PM - 16 Dec 2017

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-16 06:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Natasha Bertrand‏ @NatashaBertrand

@chrisgeidner spoke to a senior GSA lawyer, who said of the Trump transition team: "In using our devices," transition team members were informed that materials "would not be held back in any law enforcement" actions.
"Therefore, no expectation of privacy can be assumed."

Here's Geidner's article:

The Trump Campaign Claims A Federal Office Illegally Turned Over Transition Emails To The Special Counsel


#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-16 10:39 PM | Reply

Stupid Watergate.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-17 12:25 AM | Reply

No expectation of privacy.
Email hosted on government servers.
No action to bring this made up "violation" to a judge. None. Just a press release and whining.
This is, 100%, another attempt to discredit Mueller through character assassination and impugining the integrity of the investigation.
Again, not one critique of any factual information has been made by those that are running their mouths about "bias" or other ridiculous claims. I can imagine the howling that these idiots would have let go if the Democrats had said "Only a Democrat could investigate Clinton!!"


Oh, and Mueller didn't need Wikileaks or the Russians to "find" all those e-mails. He did it legally and all above board.

#5 | Posted by YAV at 2017-12-17 09:18 AM | Reply

"Private documents" on a US Government, public email system?"

No such thing.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-17 10:28 AM | Reply

check mate. haw haw haw

#7 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2017-12-17 11:26 AM | Reply

Evan Pérez‏@evanperez

Peter Carr, Special Counsel spokesman:
"When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner's consent or appropriate criminal process."

Statement from Special Counsel responds to questions about accusations from Trump Transition that Mueller illegally obtained transition emails from GSA.
10:50 PM - 16 Dec 2017

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-17 02:10 PM | Reply

All which he got illegally. That shouldn't surprise anyone.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-17 04:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Does the Faux News drivel you lap up so enthusiasticly taste as bitter as I'd expect? Or is it like anti freeze? Tastes sweet but fatally rots your brain?

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-17 05:39 PM | Reply



The only people who say the emails were acquired illegally are paid liars and -------.
I hope for snippys sake that he is both.

#11 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-17 06:29 PM | Reply

russia, Russia, just must be RUSSIA!!!

#12 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-12-17 07:57 PM | Reply

russia, Russia, just must be RUSSIA!!!

Doesn't have to be. Intent is Trump's issue now. Russia need not be involved to undermine the presidency.

#13 | Posted by OTT0 at 2017-12-17 08:00 PM | Reply

Renato Mariotti‏ @renato_mariotti

If Mueller didn't follow the law, a court would suppress the evidence so it couldn't be used. The reason Trump's lawyers are writing letters to Congress instead of Mueller or a court is because their legal arguments have no merit.
10:02 PM - 16 Dec 2017

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-17 08:28 PM | Reply

All which he got illegally. That shouldn't surprise anyone.


I always enjoy watching the drumpfies flap about in the wind until their overlords tell them what strategy they're supposed to parrot every time some new bit of news comes out. In 2 more days, they'll have their story straight, but only after Rupert Murdoch's minions figure out how to spin it. It's thoroughly entertaining, if not completely pitiful.

#15 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-17 08:40 PM | Reply

All which he got illegally. That shouldn't surprise anyone.


Wait, are you saying Mueller got the emails from Russia via Wikileaks? Because that would be treasonous!

#16 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-17 08:46 PM | Reply

This why Hillary had her own server physically under her control. She didnt trust the government either.

#17 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-17 09:20 PM | Reply

"This why Hillary had her own server physically under her control. She didnt trust the government either."

I don't usually post things from anonymous sources, but this has the ring of truth to me. However, caveat emptor. [Note: The author says Backler, but I think s/he means Beckler]:


I think Trump trusted the people he put into positions of power in the govt would protect him (Sessions, Pompeo, Comey at first, Beckler, the US attorneys he personally interviewed to oversee jurisdictions where cases against him might be tried), but Sessions recused himself, Comey's firing trigger Mueller's appointment, and Beckler died.

Richard W. Beckler Appointed GSA General Counsel www.gsa.gov

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-17 10:20 PM | Reply

After preaching his love for Wikileaks, Trump begged the Russians to get ALL of Hillary's emails. Now his lawyers are claiming this cache of emails were obtained illegally. BOOHOO.

Citizens deserve to know the truth. No small task in the USA.

#19 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-18 06:42 AM | Reply

Mueller had these emails when he interviewed members of the Drumpf Administration. The only reason they would freak out is if they lied to the FBI. The story is not about how the emails were obtained, it's about the lying liars of the GOP who just got served notice that they are f'd.

#20 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-18 10:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Snippy, have you ever had a job with an email account? Whether it's private corporate or government when you read the T&Cs of signing up you'll know that you have precisely zero expectation of privacy. Even the letter from Gropenfuhrer's Transition team lawyers complaining about the acquisition of the emails specifies that a legislative fix is needed to address the rules so that FUTURE admins don't have the same situation.

#21 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-12-18 11:07 AM | Reply

All which he got illegally. That shouldn't surprise anyone.


My god, you are too stupid to even quote the Fox article properly. Mueller didn't do anything illegal. The GSA is alleged to have dome something illegal by turning over the emails.

But a spokesperson for Mueller's team said they followed legal criminal procedure so they may have had a warrant we don't know about.

In addition, why weren't those emails turned over in the first place?

#22 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-18 01:05 PM | Reply

Trump Transition Team Agreed to Waive All Privacy Rights in Memo

The GSA has revealed that the Trump transition team had entered into a "standard agreement" that says that the entire team waives "all privacy rights" when they are using government property. This is standard practice of all employees of the government.

In the memorandum between the GSA and Team Treason, according to Brian Buelter, "Office of the President-elect staff members will be required to individually sign and accept [government furnished] laptop and Smartphone while accepting IT Rules of Behavior to safeguard the assets and the integrity of the network infrastructure."

The rules made it very, very clear that all "Users have no expectation of privacy on GSA IT resources since all activities are subject to monitoring."


#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-18 03:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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