The special counsel’s office got ahold of “tens of thousands” of emails from President Donald Trump’s transition team, including “sensitive” ones of senior White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team reportedly received the emails from 12 accounts from the General Services Administration, which served as the host for the transition team’s system, Axios reported Saturday citing transition team sources.
One of the accounts included roughly 7,000 emails, and the messages detailed seemingly everything about the transition like foreign policy, strategies on a variety of policies, Trump’s political nominees and their weaknesses and other “gossip.”
As speculation increases over how Mueller intends to proceed with his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the report indicates the former FBI director is using the emails to find “new leads.”
“Mueller is using the emails to confirm things, and get new leads,” one transition source told Axios.
Those sources also stated they were surprised Mueller’s team had the messages since they have fully cooperated.
“They ask us to waive NDAs [nondisclosure agreements] and things like that,” another unnamed source said. “We have never said ‘no’ to anything.”
Kushner’s emails could further detail his contacts with foreign nationals during the transition. The husband to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Kushner has denied collusion with Russia and has sat down with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees running separate investigations - outside of Mueller’s - and has also been interviewed by the special counsel’s team.
However, the Kushner’s security clearance has been held up due to past failures to properly disclose information about his contacts with foreign nationals during the transition.
Kushner and former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak reportedly spoke about the creation of a “secret and secure communications channel” between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported in May.
Kislyak also reportedly told Moscow officials that Kushner proposed the diplomatic backchannel during a meeting at Trump Tower in New York on either December 1 or 2 and that disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn was also at the sit-down, according to The Post.
To date, Mueller’s seven-month long probe has resulted in charges against four former members of Trump’s campaign. Two of those people, Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopolous, were charged and pled guilty to lying to FBI officials about their contacts with Russians.
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