WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working through thousands of emails from the Trump staff during the transition period between the election and the inauguration.
Now one of the president’s transition team lawyers says Mueller improperly obtained the emails. President Donald Trump has hinted that he may agree with the lawyer who claims Mueller’s investigators obtained “unauthorized” access to “tens of thousands” of Trump transition team emails.
“It’s not looking good. Not looking good. It’s uh quite sad to see that, so my people were very upset about it,” said President Trump when asked about it.
Mueller’s team issued a rare public denial, saying all of the emails that have been obtained were with either the owner’s consent or through the appropriate criminal process.
President Trump maintains that the emails won’t show any collusion with Russia and that he does not plan to fire Mueller.
Democrats say the president is trying to discredit Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 election.
“You see a concerted effort out of the White House to undermine the investigation, I really hope our Republican colleagues will not join in subverting that process,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD.
Capitol Hill Republicans say they plan to subpoena two former members of Mueller’s team.
FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok was taken off the investigation after Mueller learned he had texted with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page criticizing then-candidate Trump throughout the campaign. Agent Strzok led the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. Page had completed her detail to the Mueller team before the office became aware of the allegations.