No wonder Team Trump and GOP lawmakers appear increasingly nervous about the Russia probe and Special Counselor Robert Mueller. According to a report by Axios on Saturday, Mueller has obtained “tens of thousands” of emails from 12 accounts belonging to Trump’s transition team.
These accounts include Trump’s foreign–policy and political teams that operated during the transition, Axios said. The cache reportedly also has “sensitive emails of Jared Kushner.”
Twitter exploded as the weekend approached with rumors that Mueller would soon bring an indictment against the president’s controversial son–in–law. Those rumors were fueled by a report in The Washington Post that revealed Kushner’s legal team is trying to hire a crisis public relations firm.
According to Axios:
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 fact–check and generate new leads.
The funniest part of the story is that it seems to have taken members of Trump’s transition team by surprise. Mueller obtained the emails from the General Services Administration, which hosted the transition’s email system.
On Friday, Trump denied any wrongdoing in the Russia probe, telling reporters on the White House South Lawn, “There is absolutely no collusion.”
After news broke about the emails, Trump TV (aka Fox News) and the president’s attorneys wasted no time in attacking Mueller, accusing him of “unlawful conduct.” Many have speculated that Trump may attempt to fire Mueller as early as next week.