Mueller Responds To Trump’s False Claim That Thousands Of Emails Were Unlawfully Obtained
This weekend, Axios reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained tens of thousands of relevant emails of Trump transition emails, including emails of Jared Kushner. Sources then told the Associated Press that these emails involved 13 senior officials and discussed matters such as who Trump would hire for certain government posts along with national security issues.
In response to these reports, the Trump administration argued that the General Services Administration (GSA), the government agency that hosted the transition email system, unlawfully handed the emails to Mueller as part of the Justice Department’s ongoing Russia probe.
However, a special counsel office spokesperson, Peter Carr, responded that all emails that have been obtained during the Russia probe have either arrived via “appropriate criminal process.” In other words, Mueller isn’t being procedurally sloppy.
Mueller’s team reminded the Trump administration that transition team officials all previously signed agreements that informed them of the monitoring of government servers, so they should not have reasonably expected to have privacy in these discussions. However, the emails are said to heavily feature correspondence to and from Jared Kushner. The Trump son-in-law was reportedly fielding all sorts of flotsam (including a “backdoor overture”) from Russia. And at times, he has even used a personal email account to discuss undisclosed (for now) White House business.
Add all of this to the fact that Kushner had to revise his security form thrice while adding “more than 100 names” of foreign contacts, and it sure seems like Mueller is zeroing in on Kushner. Perhaps he’ll be the next person to fall.