If Robert Mueller Will Ultimately Vindicate Trump, Why Fire Him?

But here's how Mueller got those emails, according to the picture of events emerging on Sunday: According to CNN, he simply asked the General Services Administration, which hosted the.gov domain on which the emails were stored, to hand them over. Then-GSA General Counsel Richard Beckler in June explained to him that all requests for the transition's communications would indeed be routed through its lawyers and that GSA would hold all of the material in secure facilities.

In other words, the transition team geniuses apparently did not consider the possibility that federal investigators could easily obtain emails they sent on federal government systems.

The tens of thousands of emails in question relate to 13 senior Trump transition officials, according to the Associated Press. Beckler was "hospitalized and incapacitated" in August and died the following month.

But a spokesperson for Mr Mueller said the "appropriate criminal process" had been followed.

While there's nothing yet to indicate whether there was anything explosive in those emails, the administration is clearly spooked.

President Donald Trump, when asked on Sunday if he was considering firing USA special counsel Robert Mueller, told reporters, "No".

Loewentritt told BuzzFeed News that the GSA initially "suggested a warrant or subpoena" for the materials, but that the Special Counsel's Office determined the letter route was sufficient.

Mr Mueller is investigating allegations of collusion between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Langhofer argues in the letter that decision by GSA officials went against what he calls "the GSA's previous acknowledgement concerning" the Trump campaign's "rightful ownership and control of" transition team materials.

If Trump knows he has something to hide that's potentially impeachable, he should probably - putting ethics and the truth aside - fire Mueller and try to out-run the law.

Among the officials who used transition email accounts was former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a count of making false statements to FBI agents in January and is now co-operating with Mr Mueller's investigation.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed efforts to influence the presidential election campaign in ways that would help Trump and hurt his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Both men pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

The emails pertain to 13 senior transition officials and many include national security discussions about possible Trump global aims. So the president has a legitimate case to make that Mueller is on a fishing expedition - a partisan witch hunt using taxpayer dollars to do the bidding of Democrats in Congress to find evidence to impeach the president.

The lawyer added that TFA had a "reasonable expectation of privacy in those emails" and claims that in order for the special counsel to have received the materials it would have needed a warrant or a subpoena.

A spokesman for the special counsel said in a statement that the emails were obtained properly.

Mr. Trump said he was "quite sad" to see Mueller had obtained the emails but doesn't think they contain any incriminating information.

  • Tracy Klein