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

Special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now overseeing a sweeping investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, secretly obtained tens of thousands of emails from the administration's transition team.

The special counsel's office pushed back on the characterizations that the emails were obtained unlawfully.

According to Axios, which broke the story Saturday, the transition emails contain "sensitive exchanges" on topics ranging from policy planning, potential appointments and views on senators who would be involved with confirming political appointees.

In the letter obtained by Politico, Langhofer calls the emails "private, privileged materials" not government property and informs the committees of what he described as "unlawful conduct that undermines the Presidential Transition Act of 1963".

In a statement Saturday, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, dismissed the transition's arguments that GSA shouldn't have turned over the records to Mueller.

"The Special Counsel's Office has extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege, and without notifying TFA or taking customary precautions to protect TFA's rights and privileges". "The President's lawyers have said they want to fully comply with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, so it is odd that they now suggest they would have withheld key documents from federal investigators". Trump campaign adviser George Papadoupolos and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, both for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their conversations with Russians.

Asked if Mr. Trump was "setting the stage for firing Bob Mueller", Mr. "I think it should be over quickly, because I think there's nothing there".

Mueller was appointed earlier this year as a Justice Department special counsel to determine whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow to influence the outcome of the 2016 White House race.

On whether Mueller should have disclosed that they had obtained the emails, Loewentritt added, "That's between the Special Counsel and the transition team".

The Trump administration has pledged its cooperation with Mueller so far. Ohio Republican lawmaker Jim Jordan, said that if everyone on Mueller's team who was "anti-Trump" were kicked off the investigation, "I don't know if there'd be anyone left.' Jordan also added that "the public trust in this whole thing is gone", referring to the Mueller inquiry NBC reported".

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